The New Science of Beauty: Stem Cells, Telomeres and Glycan

Is worrying about aging giving you wrinkles? Well, worry no longer. There’s a new trend in beauty, and no, it’s not rubbing peanut butter on your face (although that’d be tasty). It’s SCIENCE! Science is advancing faster than you can say stem cells, telomeres, and glycan, and with this new science of beauty comes major advances in skin products and cosmetics.

The Super Star: Stem Cells

Stem cells are the stand out star of progressive skin care.  According to researchers, stem cells work from within and address more than just the wrinkles or the surface effects of aging. They have been known to increase energy, improve muscular strength, and help with hair loss. In other words, stem cells are a one-stop shop for all things youthful.

Suggested products: Capture Totale MultiPerfection by Christian Dior is a popular face cream said to add density to the skin and revitalize the facial contours. If you want to repair the damage you caused your skin from laying in the sun for hours at a time, check out the Absolute Precious Cells line by Lancôme. And fans of this product say you won’t need a snap-chat filter with SVR’s Anti-Aging Serum to make you look ageless.

The Chromosome Security Guard: Telomeres

Let’s say you owned a bank. Chances are, you’d ask a healthy, strong, young security guard to protect it rather than a 90 year old man. Telomeres are caps that act as our chromosome’s security guards. To keep them young and beefed up, researchers suggest eliminating chronic stress, exercising, eating well and getting sleep (easier said than done). Now the beauty industry is developing products to help protect telomeres and slow down their aging process – it’s like a sunscreen for your DNA.

Suggested products: Orlane Absolute Anti-Fatigue Sublimation Treatment is said to watch over the telomere and restores its energy to the skin. Extreme Regenerating Serum, Lierac Premium Anti-Aging promises to prevent the daily wear and tear of telomeres, and Bio-Sève Molecular protects the skin like a mama bear. Lastly, Prodigy Night by Helena Rubinstein is a prodigy itself, fighting off anything that threatens your chromosomes.

Your Cells’ Cell Phone: Glycan

Glycans are like your cell phone: a communication necessity. They are the sugars that get your cells to “talk” with each other. Without glycan, the skin doesn’t get the message to make collagen. No collagen causes your skin to deflate. SPOILER ALERT: that makes you look older. Lucky for you, there are beauty companies that have integrated Glycans into their products. Think of these skin treatments as the ‘Find my iPhone’ app of skincare.

Suggested products: NovExpert Anti-Age will get your cells talking and boosting that collagen. Regain your natural freshness and radiance.Pore Minimizer, Global Perfect from Sisley.

Cue Rod Stewart, because the new science of beauty will make you look and feel “Forever Young.”

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Women Rule the (Spa,Wellness, and Salon) World

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With it being Beyoncé’s birthday month, the tune Girls Rule the World played almost continuously for 24-hours. It got me to thinking about the impact women have on the Spa, Wellness, and Salon industry. Two years ago, I wrote an article reviewing the effects technology had on the hospitality industry and I wanted to add to the initial idea with a focus on women in the sector.

As a DBA/ Ph.D. candidate, yes, I love school, it was said many times until we have our terminal degree we don’t have an opinion and to just restate the facts. I took that message to heart for this piece, the information is not my opinion, but data from well-established organizations.

According to the American Express 2017 State of Women-Owned Business Report, the past 20 years of research revealed a 114% increase in the number of women-owned businesses in the US. What’s even more interesting is the fact the number of Black women-owned businesses grew by 467% in the same time frame, comprising 19% of all women-owned business. The State of Women-Owned Business report also explained, “an estimated 2 million African American women-owned firms employed 398,400 workers and generated $56 billion in revenues.” The numbers are staggering.

It was also noted in the American Express report, “half of all women-owned businesses can be found in three industries – Health Care and Social Assistance, Professional / Scientific / Technical Services, and Other Services. In this instance, “other services” comprised 23% of women-owned businesses, which includes the Spa and Salon sector. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number of “personal appearance jobs” aka Spa and Salon, are projected to jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018, nearly three times the rate of growth of total U.S. employment.” The reason for the large influx into the industry is attributed to the lower barrier to entry, with many entry-level positions available to a diverse background and lifelong opportunities to women especially minorities. There are also opportunities for leadership as well as ownership which attracts a larger audience than many other industries.

Delving deeper into the numbers, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) annual report stated: “84% of individuals in personal appearance occupations are women, compared to 47% of employed individuals in the overall U.S. workforce.” In addition, the report went on to explain “twenty-one percent of businesses in the salon industry are Black or African-American-owned.”

Interestingly enough, in a recent Fast Company article listing the job safe from automation, therapists and hairdressers were two of five positions expected to be least impacted in regard to replacing workers with robots. The authors of the article reported in the next 12 years,” one-fifth of the global workforce, 800 million jobs could be lost to technology.” It seems those individuals – with the ability to adapt, customize, and empathize would be least affected by the shift toward automation. So, for now, the Spa, Wellness and Salon sector of hospitality is still safe from total automation and annihilation. There are so many opportunities for entrepreneurship, growth as well as revenue generation for women, especially of color. It is time to share this information with those looking for careers as change agents. The numbers show women, natural nurturers, really do rule the Spa, Wellness, and Salon industry.

Next month I will focus more on the topic of technology, with the intention of not only embracing the changes coming but how utilizing it for new opportunities.

Sherrie Tennessee, CHE, Doctoral Candidate

Director of Education, SpaSOS

Author, How to Open a Day Spa:31-Day Guide


Sit! Stay! Spa! Pamper Your Pooches with Healthy Wellness Days

We really don’t deserve dogs. They give us undying, unconditional love and they are there for us no matter what. That’s why spa and wellness days are important for a gal’s best friend. Now at this point you might be rolling your eyes because yes, your favorite furry pal is a dog. However, we’re not talking about putting cucumbers on Fido’s eyes. Instead we are recommending fun, relaxing, healthy excursions that your canine companion will love.

Boarding Is Boring

Traditional boarding is going out of fashion because dog lovers don’t want to see their pups cooped up in cages as they head out on a fabulous vacation. So instead of boarding, treat your dog to a doggie spa getaway.

These puppy pamper palaces can include grooming treatments for dogs with special upgrades like blueberry facials and paw-icures, as well as special walks or field trips to the mountains or the beach. And don’t expect to see a cage anywhere: these special guests enjoy a large playground to roam and sleep together in one big doggie pile every night. Perhaps with a little classical music playing to sooth them.

There are even dog camps for you and your dog that offer everything you loved about summer camp: swimming, hiking and lots of socializing tailored for four-footed guests. Imagine you and your pooch getting healthy playing flyball, Rally-O, dock diving, along with cozy naps in a rustic cabin. In addition, you can even learn new communication skills, canine massage and more. Each camp has its own flavor, style and emphasis so you can choose what’s best for you and your companion.

Fitness for Fido

Dogs aren’t just meant to live in our purses and munch on bacon – dogs are built to work and play hard! There are now doggie experiences that allow your best friend to herd sheep or take a dip in a luxurious puppy pool. Plus there are even canine camps that specialize in helping your dog shed some pounds.

These special camps and outings are meant to exercise not only the dog’s body but also her brain. Since a lot of dogs don’t get the mental exercise they need to maintain healthy relationships, exploring new smells or working with the pack can help keep your pup’s brain active and well.

Some canine fitness fantasies include training so he will come back a better dog. Can you say Sit! Stay! Spa!

Doggie Dye Job

This one is for us rather than our dogs but if you are looking to have a little fun, you might want to consider giving her an awesome dye job. Dog groomers can now dye dogs with totally safe non-toxic hair dye. So while your job might not allow multi-colored unicorn hair, your dog can rock the do on your behalf. (And think of the selfies!)

We recommend checking out Jess Rona Grooming on Instagram to see some awesome doggie dos as well as some fun slow motion footage of pampered pups.[1]

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CareCredit works with more than 200,000 providers across a broad range of specialties including medical care and beauty services. By combining insights from those engagements with the company’s deep financial services expertise, CareCredit will help consumers move forward with various cosmetic treatments and aesthetic procedures at spas with the convenience of paying over time. CareCredit offers a simple calculator for consumers to determine payment options and monthly payments amounts, while paying over time for their procedures. The company also gives consumers the ability to avoid accruing interest as long as they pay the complete amount in the promotional period. As medical spas and aesthetic practices continue to add new technology and services to provide the best possible results, it will become even more important for their clients to have a way to fit these new options into their budgets.  CareCredit helps people care for themselves and focus on their overall wellbeing, while also helping small business owners offer more payment options which, in turn, gives them more peace of mind while helping them meet their ambition of growing their business.

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