NETT News
Sep. 16, 2014

NCEA Gerson Award for esthetic teachers
NCEA
Deadline for submission: Sept. 30

In honor of Mr. Gerson's contribution to education of the esthetic professional, NCEA is pleased to announce the creation of the "Gerson Award."

General information: Applicants must be currently employed as an Esthetics Teacher and demonstrate excellence in providing esthetic education. All applications must be received no later than Sept. 30t. Applications received after this date will be disqualified as well as incomplete applications.

Download application here.

About National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations:
The mission of the NCEA is to define standards of practice through certification and continuing education accreditation in order to represent and advocate for the esthetic profession.
You can contact the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations by going to their website, send an email to nceaorg@aol.com, or by calling 201-670-4100.More

Top 4 trends at Face & Body Northern California Spa Conference and Expo 2014
Skin Inc.
More than 3,800 skin care and spa professionals came together at Face & Body Northern California Spa Conference & Expo, Aug. 23–25, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. This year's conference and expo didn't fall short of full of passionate estheticians, spa owners and managers, massage therapists and suppliers. Following are the top five trends encountered at Face & Body Northern California 2014.More

Grayshott Spa launches nurturing program for post-cancer patients
Health Club Management
Simon Lowe, CEO of Grayshott Spa in Surrey, U.K., well known for its gut health regime, welcomed guests to the 50th anniversary of the spa and the launch of its new "Nurture & Support" wellness program for people who are living with cancer or are in remission.More

7 weird health boosters that will surprise you
Psychology Today
Meg Selig writes: "C'mon. Really?!?" That was my first reaction when I read about some of the following weird health boosters described. Many of these sounded too good to be true or just plain improbable. But when I thought about them further, I had to admit that they made good sense. Do you have any of the following stranger-than-fiction health boosters in your life?More

Spa industry sees slight decline in 2Q
Skin Inc.
After seeing a decrease in the first quarter of 2014, the Professional Beauty Association's Salon/Spa Performance Index continued to decline slightly by 0.2 percent in the second quarter 2014; its lowest level since 2012. This decrease is due in large part to a dip in expectations indicators, including a less positive outlook on the overall economy and less capital spending.More

6 ways to totally revamp your look during your lunch break
Daily Makeover
Our workday schedules can be pretty intense, and by lunchtime, we often look as downtrodden as we feel. Even as we lament to our friends that we really could use a spa day, the reality is that we just don't have the time. Lucky for us, there are a lot of worthy express beauty treatments out there — we mean serious beauty tuneups that can make you look and feel your best in the time it takes to eat your takeout sushi. Dream come true? Perhaps, but it's also a reality.More

Proactive management: A formula for success
By Harry J. Friedman
"Sales are down from last year." "The whole industry is down." "It's tough right now." "We're just trying to minimize our losses." In both good times and in bad, you've probably heard these comments if you haven't said them yourself. But there are always companies that are making their goals and many that are even exceeding them. So how is it possible for some companies to prosper while so many others are struggling to keep their doors open? The difference lies in upper management's style: reactive or proactive.More

Cross-training: Your best defense against indispensable employees
Forbes
Imagine you're part of a dangerous military combat operation. Suddenly, one of your team members with a mission-critical skill is injured or killed. Do you just pack up and go home? Of course not. In the military, cross-training is a part of everyday life. Our armed forces understand that duplication in the human system is one of the best ways to mitigate risk and ensure success. While your company's mission may not be life or death, it can sometimes feel like it. Regardless of your industry, today's businesses can't risk failing because they lose a key player at a critical juncture. It's essential to cross-train your employees so losing one won't mean the end of your company.More

Integrated customer data: The best thing to happen to marketing since sliced bread
Business 2 Community
Over the last 10 years, I have witnessed marketing undergo a transformative change — moving from a soft science with anecdotal results at best to a respected field equipped with hard data that informs strategies and decisions and enables us to accurately measure outcomes. Only in the last decade or so has marketing begun getting the respect it deserves and its rightful place in the C-Suite. This is due to integrated data and marketing analytics.More

How to measure your social media strategy
By Mayur Kisani
Measuring the ROI from social media is a widely debated topic. Marketers around the world have their most important task set out for them: What are the benefits of their marketing efforts? Then arises the next question: Can the ROI from social media be measured? The answer is yes. But it's not always easy. Here are six fundamental points to consider.More

Skin grafting, tissue replacement for treating foot ulcers in people with diabetes
The Cochrane Library
This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows: To determine the benefits and harms of skin grafting and tissue replacement for treating foot ulcers in people with diabetes.More

Yogurt facial? Probiotics are really good for your skin, too
Care2
By now you know that probiotics are good for your gut, but did you know that they're good for your skin, too? While most people are aware of the benefits of ingesting probiotics, they might be less well versed on the topical benefits. There's a growing body of research showing that putting probiotics directly on our skin can be a good thing.More

What's hot in spa?
Health Club Management
If you're planning to upgrade your spa area, why not try something a bit more adventurous? We take a look at some of the latest innovations in the area of hot — and cold — spa experiences.More

10 recommendations for improving group work
Faculty Focus
Many faculty now have students do some graded work in groups. The task may be, for example, preparation of a paper or report, collection and analysis of data, a presentation supported with visuals or creation of a website. Faculty make these assignments with high expectations. They want the groups to produce quality work — better than what the students could do individually — and they want the students to learn how to work productively with others. Sometimes those expectations are realized, but most of the time there is room for improvement — sometimes lots of it. To that end, here is a set of suggestions for improving group projects. A list in the article referenced below provided a starting place for these recommendations. More

Esthetic Equipment Evaluation
NCEA
Did you know? … Skin care professionals are required to check in with their state as to whether training on the use of equipment is required prior to purchasing, and/or if they can use device under their scope of practice.More