Mar. 3, 2015

Heidi Phillips 2014 NCEA Gerson Award
The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations is pleased to announce that two teachers, Deanna Beaver and Heidi Phillips, were honored this year for the Gerson Award for Excellence in Esthetic Education.

Heidi Phillips, co-recipient of the third NCEA Joel Gerson Excellence in Esthetics Education award is the Advanced Esthetic Instructor and owner of the European School of Esthetics. Her mother had always told her since she was a child how important it is to take care of her skin from the inside out. In 1984, Phillips had the privilege to study Kosmetikschule Petra Kutz-Breimer in Nuernberg, Germany. Her passion to help others led to furthering her own education and she became an instructor. Phillip's teacher was her mentor, and she was taught with love and passion. Returning to Alabama in 1991, she opened her own school. Phillips was actively involved in bringing esthetician licensing to the state of Alabama. From 2001 through 2007 she served as the Chairman of the Alabama Association of Licensed Estheticians Advisory Board. Phillips still is in contact with most of her students, and enjoys watching them grow in skin care. She continues to provide mentoring to all of her students and graduates offering sage advice, business and product education and maintains her "open door" policy. "My students graduate with confidence and knowledge. They have all been very successful, and I am extremely proud of them."

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Aging consumers
Spa Opportunities
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8 diet and exercise mistakes that age you
Eating too much sugar certainly isn't wise for your waistline, but overindulging in dessert can also add years to your face. "Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin," explains Dr. Leslie Baumann, a dermatologist based in Miami Beach. The natural ingredients in whole foods, such as romaine lettuce and strawberries, help increase cell turnover and boost the production of collagen fibers to help keep skin smooth and firm.More

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The comfort zone is really the danger zone
By Betty Boyd
A leader doesn't just wake up one day and become one. Leaders must work on and practice their leadership skills. Quite simply, that means leading others. However, over time, leaders can become complacent in how they lead. These types of leaders end up in their own comfort zone, and this is really a danger zone. How do leaders end up in the comfort zone, and how can they be turned around?More

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4 ways to make content marketing more successful
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Content marketing has been gaining traction for years. It's one of the best and most effective ways to find, connect and convert potential customers. Plus, leads from content marketing are 13 percent cheaper. What is content marketing? It's exactly what it sounds like. Your brand consistently creates relevant content to attract a defined audience in hopes of converting them into customers. Here are four expert tips to see a jump in your traffic, leads and conversions.More

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The Cochrane Library
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Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa
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By Savanna Flakes
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NCEA'S LED Position
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