Getting a Spa Body Wrap? Here’s What to Expect!

Whether you want to cleanse your skin or take a break from reality, getting a body wrap is an excellent way to relax at the spa. A body wrap is a therapeutic treatment that can be personalized for your needs. It combines an exfoliant or a body masque of lotions and creams with thermal coverings or a cleansing shower. But how do you prepare for a spa body wrap and what is the process like? Let’s look at what you should expect along with the types of body wraps available.  

Types of Body Wraps


An herbal body wrap uses herbs and spices as an exfoliant or mask. Your therapist might also apply herb-infused oils to hydrate the skin. For the best results, select an herbal treatment that suits your personal needs. Eucalyptus, for example, is excellent for soothing sore muscles.   


Honey is often used in calming body wraps. As a therapeutic treatment, honey nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It also has antibacterial and antioxidant benefits, making it ideal for soothing acne-prone and irritated skin.


A coffee body wrap is formulated to enhance circulation and awaken the skin. It also helps shed dead skin cells, improving uneven skin tone and texture. Your skin will feel polished, refined and silky soft.


Designed to repair and rebuild the skin, this anti-aging wrap uses a rich collagen-boosting formula. It helps restore the youthful radiance of aging skin.


Your therapist brushes melted paraffin wax on your body, and as the wax solidifies, it locks in moisture for an intense skin-softening effect. This restorative treatment is also used to relieve achy joints and muscles.


This detoxifying spa body wrap uses mud to cleanse and purify the pores. It promotes healthy, glowing skin that’s firm yet supple.


Often used in slimming body wraps, clay can absorb excess water and firm the skin. It also purifies by drawing out toxins. The wrap can be made with a variety of clays including red, green, pink, bentonite or rhassoul clay.


Your therapist applies a paste designed to strengthen collagen and firm the skin. The treatment will include a luxurious combination of nourishing ingredients such as seaweed, coffee, vitamin C and amino acids. Usually, cellulite body wraps focus on the thighs and buttocks.

Seaweed and Algae

A purifying seaweed or algae paste is used to help the skin release toxins and excess fluids. Some formulas may include essential oils and clay for added benefits. Seaweed and algae are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids, all of which can improve skin texture and elasticity.

Now that you know what to expect with a body wrap, you can attend your appointment with confidence. We hope you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of your spa treatment!

COSMEDIX Global Director of Education to Host 20th Anniversary Celebration at International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC)

COSMEDIX professional skincare brand announces its 20th anniversary celebration will be held during the highly anticipated International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) June 15-17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the three-day event, the brand will celebrate 20 years in business by hosting skincare professionals from all over the world and by giving them the opportunity to experience the brand’s clean, clinical and luxurious products through a combination of product exhibitions and cutting-edge master classes.

IECSC, a professional-level tradeshow that focuses on those who are in the spa industry is expected to host more than 600 exhibitors and more than 22,000 attendees comprised of salon and spa owners along with managers, estheticians, makeup artists, medical estheticians, plastic surgeons and wellness practitioners.

Ryan Christopher, Global Director of Education at COSMEDIX will lead the classes that include demonstrations on today’s most innovative treatments such as Lymphatic Drainage using a Rose Quartz facial roller; nanoneedling with COSMEDIX treatment serums; and microcurrent and radio frequency with the COSMEDIX ELITE RELIEF Soothing Peptide Gel.

Christopher states his excitement about seeing all of the professional esthetician supporters. “The IECSC Las Vegas is our biggest show of the year and I’m so excited to see all of our spa partners. We have two classes this year that will demonstrate the power of COSMEDIX alongside trending devices to truly show how advanced our formulas can be!”

The classes will be on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30pm until 5pm. No registration is required to attend as IECSC admission tickets gain professionals free access to the COSMEDIX classes. As a special bonus, the brand will be honoring Peel Kits and product specials to all attendees. For more information, visit


On Friday May, 31st,

The FDA held a public hearing at the U.S Food and Drug Administrations White Oak Campus in Silver Spring Maryland. The topic of the hearing was, “The Food and Drug Administration’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds.”

I was a personal witness to over 200+ attendees who filled the seats, with the leading members of the FDA at the head of the room. The support was evident. As I took in the moment, I was inspired. The turnout, demonstrated people exercising their given right of democracy, in hopes to influence and support one of America’s fastest growing industries, the industry of Hemp and more specifically hemp-derived Cannabidiol (CBD).Following the recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement declaring their intention to retain their authority to regulate ingestible and topical products, including those that contain hemp and hemp extracts like Cannabidiol (CBD). The Farm Bill deemed hemp and its extracts like CBD, legal at the federal level, while the FDA wants to ensure product manufacturers are not marketing CBD products as Foods, Dietary Supplements or making such claims that their CBD products will treat, cure or prevent disease. Although Hemp and its extracts, was officially removed from the Control Substances Act (CSA), defining it as a cultural commodity and no longer being classified as a controlled substance like its plant cousin Marijuana, ( as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill); the statements released by the FDA with intentions to retain their regulatory authority over CBD confused the industry abroad.

The hearing began at 8 am, with the oral comments from randomly selected industry related companies starting at 8:15 am. Over 100+ speakers voiced their agendas, opinions, and beliefs that catered to the questions the FDA submitted for the public’s response. The FDA board heard from people like Tory Spindle, with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, to Johnathan Miller representing the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. Health professionals like Julian Wright in Science and Recreation to public safety officials, manufacturers and even patients receiving the FDA approved CBD drug, Epidiolex. A seemingly simple objective of allowing both CBD supplementation and pharmaceutical drug application was vastly demonstrated on this historical day, that there was and is still a lot of industry ground to cover.

The Facts-

Some of the highlights covered during the FDA hearing examined points like:

  1. There’s enough published science and anecdotal evidence to recognize the intended use of Hemp-derived CBD, providing both medical and supplemental value.
  2. There are 3 primary forms of CBD that may affect the body differently, influencing possible drug interactions and side effects. These CBD variations should be treated separately when addressing vulnerable populations and demographics such as the elderly, immunocompromised patients and or children.
  3. The 3 primary forms of CBD are CBD isolate, CBD full spectrum and CBD broad spectrum. Other forms include CBD Distillate and water-soluble CBD.
    1. CBD Isolate – the pure, crystalline powder that typically contains >95% CBD.
    2. CBD Full Spectrum (Hemp Oil)- The crude oil extracted from the grown, whole Hemp plants (not Hempseed) and includes cannabinoids (primarily CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, and other organic compounds, with .3% THC or less.
    3. CBD Broad Spectrum (Hemp Oil)- The crude oil extracted from the grown, whole Hemp plants (not Hempseed) and includes cannabinoids (primarily CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, and other organic compounds, with 0.0% THC.
  4.  Drug interactions, side effects, vulnerable populations, and dosing, pertaining to ingestible and topical products made with CBD isolate were concerns the FDA expressed. The research and public data aren’t significant enough to determine the clarity needed to establish future standards regarding CBD Isolate.
  5. THC milligram content(<.3%) in full spectrum CBD oil-based products is currently not being disclosed on many marketed products, while it has the potential to interact with various drugs and may cause unwanted side effects. There is not enough research or public data on safety in the long term use of products that contain .3% THC as it pertains to children, pregnant women, or nursing women.
  6. Using CBD products made from Broad Spectrum hemp oil eliminates many if not all of the previous concerns mentioned above, however, it is still not widely available to the mass manufacturing industries due to limited access within the technological advancement in the manufacturing of CBD oil. 
  7. The FDA is requesting more research and public data to better understand the differences in the variations of CBD material and their methods of consumption, such as inhalation, ingestion, transdermal and topical application. The Scientific data points out that the metabolism of CBD is determined by the material type, dosage and the method it is consumed.

How You Can Help- 

The FDA requested public testimonials and economic data from the companies present at the hearing. If you would like to share your testimonial(s) about hemp-derived Cannabidiol, I will be submitting a compilation to the FDA docket on June 24th, 2019. You may submit your testimonial anonymously or be named. Your participation will support and protect the continued public access to CBD as both a supplement and or in the circumstances of a medical prescription to treat disease. It will also help to serve as a guide of understanding to the FDA regarding, the daily human exposure of CBD, it’s designation as a generally regarded safe food ingredient and how various populations may benefit or should seek advice from their primary care provider.

“It takes one drop of water to cause a ripple, it takes a massive force of energy to make a wave. “

To submit your testimonial on the specified Testimonial Sheet please email with the Subject titled, “I Want to Help.” The testimonial sheet will then be emailed to you and included in the FDA public data docket.

Vanessa Marquez

CEO & Founder CBD Care Garden


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Russo, E., & Guy, G.W. (2006). A tale of two cannabinoids: Medical Hypothesis, 66(2), 234-246.

Nail Lamps: An Insiders Look

I see “Wellness”, “Women’s Health”, “Products that Promote Youtful & Healthy Skin,” over and over again and I’m so happy the spa industry has my back and wants me to visit their spas and leave with my skin in better shape than it was when I entered. 

But if this same spa was having me put my hand under a nail lamp that emits UVA radiation and this spa tells me this UVA radiation isn’t going to harm my skin, I would be confused because we know without any argument, UVA light contributes to skin damage.

We also know, whether or not the amount of light is a little or a lot, UVA exposure and it’s harm to our skin is cumulative, so even a little will eventually become a lot.

We know too, that if there is a warning posted in the instructions of our equipment, it’s best we heed this warning. 

Well, there are warnings posted in the lamp manufacture’s directions.  These state if a customer has been exposed to a sensitizing agent, they must protect their skin while using the lamp.

Since there are over 100 substances that may render someone sensitive to light without their knowledge, how would the spa be able to figure it out? 

According to Dr. Chris Adigun, a dermatologists, “Sadly, most people have no idea that they have increased UV sensitivity-whether it is due to a medication, supplement, or medical state.  They may or may not see the potential damages immediately after an exposure to an UV lamp, but will suffer the consequences from the cumulative exposure at an accelerated rate as compared to an individual without UV sensitivity.”

And Doug Schoon, Chief Scientist & Co-Chair of the NMC states, “Nail technicians should heed ALL manufacturers warnings and follow ALL directions and recommendations. That is their professional responsibility. I have served as an expert witness in legal matters related to salons for more than 20 years, and in every case that I’ve seen where the nail technician was found at fault, is was always because they didn’t do this.”

Making sure the customer’s skin is not damaged during a beauty service is a good thing.  We should make sure that starts happening during gel services, right?

Renee Albera


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Forming Your Corporation

BY: Renee H. Martin Spa owners are among the most successful entrepreneurs in business today. Ensuring business success and protecting you personally, as well as your spa business, begins by forming the right legal entity through which you conduct your spa business. Business incorporation is dictated by state laws that govern professional licensure and or business formation. So how do you what kind of corporation or legal entity to form?   While there is no such thing as a “perfect” entity, the go to option for most businesses today is the “LLC” or limited liability corporation.  An LLC is attractive to many spa business owners because it provides personal liability protection, as well as ease in maintenance and broad flexibility in terms of taxation and structure.

Forming an LLC generally means registering your LLC with your state’s corporation bureau. Your filing will cost a nominal fee and likely require the filing an “operating agreement” or its articles of organization. I recommend the use of an operating agreement-especially if you will be forming the LLC with another person or member- to set forth the governance of the LLC, such as with voting, allocation of profits/losses, compensation, and management of the LLC.

For tax purposes, an LLC is treated as a “pass through entity” — that is, the profits and losses go directly to the owners. The LLC allows you to elect to be taxed as a C-Corporation or an S-Corporation. An accountant can help decide which tax election to make. After your corporation or LLC is formed, the next step is to file an application for a federal tax ID number with the IRS.

Liability protection may be the biggest attraction in forming an LLC because it generally protects your personal assets if there is litigation or bankruptcy of your company. This immunity is not absolute. If you are grossly negligent, engage in a fraud or commit a crime, then you will likely not get that limited liability protection. 

For the most part, limited liability protection is very powerful.  Creating an LLC, especially in the early stage of business formation, can provide you with greater confidence moving forward. Just remember to do your homework first and get the help you need to form the LLC.

Renee H. Martin, JD, MSN, RN

Health Care Attorney

With a strong foundation of medical knowledge due to her advanced nursing degree, Renee H. Martin, JD, RN, MSN specializes in protecting medical and aesthetic spas and helping them navigate the vast array of federal and state regulations they are required to follow. Medical spas present a unique challenge in the practice of law because they combine both multidisciplinary clinical practices with the traditional non-medical aspects of a day spa. Each has their own set of strong regulations, and when combined, medical spa owners can accidentally put themselves in dangerous legal territory if they’re not careful.

Renee aims to help her clients properly follow legal requirements and keep their businesses operating so they can give their customers the high-quality treatments they deserve. She has worked with many medical and aesthetic spas, healthcare entrepreneurs, allied health providers, behavioral health specialists, life coaches, substance use professionals, alternative-energy providers, and organizations that work to address obesity and functional movement. Renee also has an extensive background is licensure, HIPAA compliance, and risk management for medical providers–a vital asset to any medical business, both new and well-established. A seasoned professional with over __ years of experience in healthcare and corporate law, Renee channels her experience and in-depth knowledge to solve some of the toughest problems her clients face.  

The medical spa field is under careful scrutiny by various agencies of government and if business owners aren’t careful, they can dive directly into legal trouble which could cost them thousands of dollars and shut down their business. With Renee Martin in their corner, businesses can confidently be sure that she will fight for them to keep their doors open and continue serving customers that need their help.

Renee can be reached via the following outlets:



Facebook: @ReneeMartinEsq

Renee’s Professional Biography:

To Schedule Renee for a speaking engagement or podcast appearance, please email: with details and we’ll respond within 24 hours.

CIDESCO USA Advanced Education At International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Following sold out educational tracks during the 2019 America’s Beauty Show, CIDESCO USA offers even more advanced education tracks during IECSC Las Vegas and throughout the year. Five tracks will be offered Saturday, June 15 through Monday, June 17th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, including:

“Microneedling 101 – What You Need to Know” with Terri Wojak, President, True U Education on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Microneedling has become increasingly popular in esthetics and clients are asking about it often. This presentation will teach you about the types of microneedling available, the science behind the treatment and the rules and regulations before treating a client.

“Target Your Client’s Biggest Concerns: Spots, Wrinkles and Fine Lines” with Lydia Sarfati, CIDESCO USA Chair and Founder and CEO of Repêchage on Saturday, June 15 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Spots, hyperpigmentation and discoloration fine lines are top client concerns when it comes to anti-aging. In this presentation, attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of internal and external causative agents, client evaluation and treatment precautions.

“Lymphatic Drainage in Esthetics” with Jennifer Burke, LE, CIDESCO Diplomate on Sunday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • This course will explore the lymphatic system and how it effects the overall health of the skin.  Incorporating the power of lymphatic drainage into those treatments will enhance the results and be a wonderful addition to any protocol.  

“Art and Science of Facial Massage” with Lydia Sarfati, CIDESCO USA Chair and Founder and CEO of Repêchage on Sunday, June 16 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Nothing works better than facial massage to lift and rejuvenate the skin. Lydia Sarfati will present her world-renowned facial massage techniques which incorporate European, Eastern and Modern techniques to provide the best in anti-aging, brightening and calming massage.

“Rosacea and Redness Management” with Mark Lees, Ph.D., M.S. and CIDESCO Diplomate and CIDESCO Accredited Salon owner on Monday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Rosacea is a medical condition that requires diagnosis by a physician, but also has many esthetic issues. Join Dr. Mark Lees as he shares facts every esthetician should know about rosacea, and what you can do to help your client manage the many esthetic challenges these clients face.

Register now for CIDESCO USA advanced education at Early bird discounts end May 13, 2019.

Save the dates! 2019 CIDESCO World Congress

The international esthetics community comes to Chicago, IL September 19 – 23, 2019 for the CIDESCO World Congress. Rarely here in the USA, the “Architecture of Beauty” themed event offers incredible days of interaction and advanced education with the world’s leading experts in skincare and spa.

Estheticians will witness the top trends affecting skin care beauty and will meet colleagues from around the world who have dedicated their lives to the CIDESCO “standard” of professional knowledge and excellence. Your CIDESCO awaits you in Chicago. More information can be found at  


About CIDESCO International

The Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) is the world’s major international beauty therapy association and the world standard for beauty and spa therapy. CIDESCO is represented by the leading schools and colleges of the world in over 40 countries across 5 continents which offer the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards and qualifications.


The American section of CIDESCO International is managed by the non-profit salon/spa professional organization, Cosmetologists Chicago, owner and producer of America’s Beauty Show. CIDESCO USA provides advanced educational tracks at major industry events throughout the country.

iconnection Cruise Announced

Our Annual iconnection Yacht Cruise sign up is live and our theme is…drum roll…

Charlie’s Angels + Global Wellness Day!!!!!

How are YOU going to Rock the Boat???

This event is always wait list only ~ don’t miss out!

Visit this link to sign up and see event details!

Epicuren Discovery’s Skin Quiz: Personalize Your Skincare Routine

Discover the best skin care routine with natural products to meet your needs with the skin care quiz from Epicuren Discovery. Get personalized skin care routine products by answering just a few questions to test how your skin feels throughout the day. Consider this a consultation; with the skin quiz exclusively from Epicuren, we’ll determine your customized skin care solutions for everyday use. Maximize your daily beauty routine with cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and more selected specifically for you.