500+ Showrooms Set to Open for August Atlanta Market



Expanded Exhibitor Search Tools Launch to Support Brand Discovery

ATLANTA – August 4, 2020 – More than 500 manufacturers, representative groups and importers across home décor, gift and lifestyle will be open throughout the six-day showroom-only Atlanta Market, August 13-18, 2020, reports International Market Centers (IMC). To aid buyers in identifying which showrooms are open, Atlanta Market has launched new filtering tools on AmericasMart.com to identify each showroom’s Summer 2020 Market status (open or digital-only) and to specify brands available through ShopZio, a B2B ecommerce platform powered by IMC_di.

“At least 75% of the Atlanta Market showrooms will be open for the Summer 2020 market, which is more than originally projected through earlier summer surveys,” reports Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “Coupled with our new web planning tools, we are confident that retailers and designers will find a robust number of resources showcasing both new introductions and best sellers at Atlanta Market this summer.”

Highlighting the showroom collection are nearly 30 new and expanded showrooms that will be open for the August market. Additionally, IMC’s Atlanta NEXT progress continues in Summer 2020 with the debut of a new lifestyle collection presented by Appelman Schauben and Ivystone (Building 2, Floor 11); the transformation of Building 2, Floor 18 into a foundational gift, garden, seasonal and accessory resource; and cross-campus moves including Hester & Cook to Building 2 from Building 1 and Three Hands, Sagebrook Home, IMAX Worldwide and Diamond Star Corporation to Building 1 from Building 2.

Improved and Enhanced Sourcing Tools

For Summer Market, IMC has enhanced the AmericasMart online directory to help buyers identify open showrooms, as well as ShopZio-enabled B2B e-commerce exhibitors. The website also offers a comprehensive listing of “digital only” brands, which include showrooms closed during the August Market, as well as a full roster of exhibitors from the suspended temporary trade show presentation.

The new website filters augment a suite of interactive digital tools available for the first time this summer: IMC_di’s ShopZio Marketplace, an interim B2B buying tool that is offered free of charge to IMC customers through the end of the year, features 80+ Atlanta Market exhibitors among its hundreds of brands with more than 1.2 million shopable SKUs. Additionally, Atlanta Market’s Catalog ConneXion — which launches this week— will feature hundreds of interactive exhibitor keyword-searchable catalogs with hundreds of thousands of product SKUs, providing product discovery, appointment setting, plus e-commerce through the ShopZio Marketplace.

These market planning tools and more are available now at AmericasMart.com/AtlantaRemote. An augmented digital and printed Atlanta Market Buyer’s Guide also will be available during the market week.

While they are open for Atlanta Market, showrooms will follow IMC’s Together Safely recommendations, which include contactless entry, the use of masks, observing occupancy limits to encourage social distancing, frequent cleaning of shared spaces and more. Appointment setting, which is recommended, is not required for entry to the market. The full Together Safely plan is available online at TogetherSafely.com.

“We are immensely proud of the efforts our showroom partners are undertaking to join us in making the Summer 2020 Atlanta Market a safe and productive environment for retailers and designers,” adds Maricich. “Their commitment to embracing our safety standards and supporting our new tools allows us to present a sourcing opportunity that will help buyers get back to business.”

Atlanta Market is the industry’s premier gift, décor and lifestyle market, housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor at AmericasMart Atlanta. Preregistration, which is required for the Summer 2020 staging, August 13-18, 2020, is now open. For more information, visit AtlantaMarket.com.

About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information on IMC, visit IMCenters.com.


Chelsea Peabody Bohannon, cbohannon@imcenters.com,  404.220.2141

Cathy Steel, csteel@imcenters.com, 203.340.9251



5 Steps for a Smoother (and more Successful) Spa Website Launch

The design and development of a new spa website can be a long and complex process. Rest assured, there is a light at the end of that tunnel.  As you arrive at that end, you need to have a plan to ensure a smooth launch process.

While different projects will have different requirements and considerations that must be addressed, all website project launches can benefit from the following 5 steps:

Test, Test, and Test Some More

Testing a website prior to launch is incredibly important, but it is so easy to neglect this step if you are rushing to meet a deadline. Skipping testing, including how your site works on different devices or whether performance can be further optimized, is always a mistake.

If you launch a website that is riddled with problems, that is the first impression you will leave visitors with. There may be a deadline to meet, but what is worse – pushing back a deadline in order to get the site right or rushing to launch and then having to apologize for a broken experience.

Choose the Right Date

On the subject of launch dates, it is important to be deliberate and strategic (and flexible) in the date that you choose. Do not rush to “go live” as soon as the site is ready. Instead, plan accordingly to ensure all the pieces are in place for a successful launch, including:

  • The agency or team that created the website is prepared for the launch and ready to respond to any last minute issues that may pop up
  • You are ready on your end with promotional efforts surrounding this new website launch (more on that to come)
  • You are properly trained on how to manage the site and its CMS so it will remain up to date and fresh
  • Tracking analytics are in place in order to measure results and gather feedback

You also want to select a day when any downtime will have the least impact on your business and customers. If you are a professional services company (accountant, lawyer, etc.), you likely do most of your business during weekday hours. If this is the case, look to launch after-hours or on a weekend. If you are the type of site that sees most of its traffic on weekends (real estate websites fall into this category), then take the opposite approach and launch on a weekday or whenever traffic numbers are at their lowest.

In terms of flexibility, you need to realize that a launch date that was set at the start of a project may not be realistic as you near the end of that project. If your deadline is not flexible, then the scope of the project may need to be revised in order to get a working version live by that date.

Ready. Set. Promote!

Promoting a website’s launch is important. This means informing your current customers and users and also letting others outside of your current client base know about the new site. Press releases, email marketing, social media, search engine campaigns, videos, print ads, and word of mouth are all viable ways to promote the new website – and all of these things take time and require planning.

By choosing the right launch date, you can be sure that all the promotional pieces are in place on your end to drive traffic to the new website.

Brace Yourself for Feedback

Be prepared for some negative comments or backlash from your users after the new site has launched. Existing customers often push back against changes, even if they are positive changes. This is normal, and if you have made the right decisions along the way, those negative comments will quickly begin to fade.

The trick with any comments, positive or negative, about a site’s launch is to really look at those suggestions to see if there is any value in them and to respond to them accordingly. Do not overreact to any one comment, but also do not fail to act on a good idea because you dismiss it as simple bellyaching. That brings us to our last point…

Get Ready to Make Some Changes

All website projects should include a period after launch of gathering feedback so that you and you and the team you hired for that project can evaluate those comments. Obviously, if any of the comments you receive point out something that is broken, you do not want to wait to address that issue but should fix it immediately. Other comments can be gathered and addressed after the dust from the launch has settled. I like to do it 90 days after the launch.

Wrapping Up

By scheduling a follow-up meeting 3 months after a site’s launch, you ensure that no changes are being done solely to appease initial push back at the new design. Instead, you can use the whole of the feedback you receive to improve your site so that everyone benefits.

These final 2 steps are ones that you will want to repeat over the course of your site’s life. By consistently gathering feedback, evaluating those comments, and making smart changes as needed, you will keep your site at its best for years to come.

About the author: Hannah Butler works as a web developer and designer. Besides, she likes sharing her experience in the form of articles. In this case, she has her own section on https://writemypaper4me.co/. In the future she is going to start writing a blog in order to describe her working methods to others.

Here’s Why You Are Not a Genius and the Ten Steps to Become One

Have you ever wondered what differentiates you from the winners who breakthrough? How did people like Einstein and Mozart manage to become geniuses and create masterpieces? If you’ve ever asked yourself either of these two questions, this article is for you.

The difference between the genius and the average is not physical nor is it mental. The genius does not possess anything that can’t be found on an average person. The secret lies in using physical and mental faculties properly.

The genius can work his or her creative muscle. And this enables him or her to find his or her creative voice and then tap into genius as much he or she can. This too can be done by an average person. The problem is that he or she doesn’t realize that he or she has it.

You cannot live a great life until you tap into genius. And you can only tap into genius when you start putting your physical and mental faculties to use. As the saying goes, what you don’t use, you lose. The price of not using your faculties is being average. And you know what? Nobody remembers the average person.

Becoming a genius depends on how you do what you do. How you do something shapes your character and destiny. You have to be committed to excellence to get good results. It all starts with a decision. A decision to tap into your genius and bring it out through your results.

Genius is a state of mind stillness that produces output at a blistering rate. If you haven’t tapped into your genius up until now, you are:

  • Not allocating time for personal and psychological improvement
  • Spending a lot of time chasing new things to become happy
  • Not prioritizing learning in your life
  • Don’t pray, meditate or exercise
  • Don’t consume nutritious meals

Remember, nobody is smarter than you. By learning and applying the right principles, you can achieve your long-term goals easily and quickly and even surpass them.

We tend to prioritize things that we pay for and take for granted what we get for free. Without the things we got for free such as our minds, bodies, imagination, goals, and health, there’s nothing we can do in this world. Make your life worthwhile by following these ten proven tips.

Daily deliberate practice is a critical part of reaching a genius state. You can only tap into genius once you are committed to mastering your craft. According to pioneering psychologists, intelligence is not a guarantee of achievement. You have to put in the work every day. Otherwise, nothing worthwhile will happen.

  • Genius comes from a deep state called flow. In this state, you become immersed in your work to such a point that you lose track of time. Creating this state is not difficult. It requires practice, consistency, and willingness.

To reach this state, ensure your environment is peaceful and quiet. This means that you should eliminate all distractions around you. Switch off the television. Put your phone away. Disable notifications on your computer. And inform your loved ones early enough not to interrupt you for a specified period.

Train your mind to focus on what you are doing for ninety minutes. After ninety minutes, take a short break and resume for another ninety minutes. When you do this, you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish in ninety minutes. You’ll have free afternoons and nights with your loved ones, instead of sitting at work and thinking about your daily entrepreneurship life or how to improve personal development. And most importantly, the quality of your work will greatly improve.

Everything that has been created by human beings on earth was first manifested in the mind. According to the best essay writing service uk research, imagination has always been the key to all breakthroughs and achievements in life. Genius people come up with many great ideas because they spend most of their time using their imagination.

One of the best ways to develop your imagination is by reading books and taking the time to think through things. Most people don’t read books. They also make decisions after consulting others to gain their approval. You cannot tap into genius if this is what you do.

Yes, genius people do consult others. But they make their own decisions in the end. The man who cannot is the man who gets influenced by circumstances. The man who can is the person who thinks whatever he wants.

To tap into your genius, you have to cultivate good behaviors and eliminate negative behaviors. Behavior repeated over time becomes a habit. And to uproot a negative habit is quite difficult. Geniuses cultivate positive habits such as meditating, journaling, exercising regularly and paying attention to detail.

Your morning determines how your entire day will be. Therefore, it’s important to include positive habits in your morning routine that will work your creative muscles. For instance, you can read for thirty minutes every morning, journal or meditate, think about your plans about the day. And if you have any problem with scheduling your day the help of the Virtual Assistant Services may help you to make your day. Such activities will help you tap into your genius and start thinking creatively.

The subconscious mind is responsible for all the breakthroughs that happen without trying hard. Therefore, it is your responsibility to prepare and use it to gain insight.

For instance, if you want to solve a particular problem or achieve a certain goal, visualize how you want things to be just before going to bed. Then forget about it and go to sleep. After a while, you’ll start seeing the results in your life. You can also recite affirmations when you wake or before going to sleep.

After your morning routine, don’t start reading the newspaper, watching TV or checking the email. Go to work immediately. If you are a writer, start writing. If you are a singer, start creating or perfecting your melody. Practicing your craft immediately after your morning routine will enable you to tap into your genius and use your insights. When you engage in low priority tasks, you’ll water down your efforts.

Creating deadlines is one of the best ways to force self-discipline into your craft. In most cases, we tend to take all the time we’ve given ourselves to complete a particular task.

For instance, a two-hour work can occupy the entire afternoon and night simply because the deadline is tomorrow morning. When you set deadlines, you will be forced to use your faculties to speed up the work. And the more you use your faculties, the better they become.

When was the last time you ate a very heavy meal and got back to work? How did you feel the entire time? Were you productive? Eating heavy junk food will prevent you from becoming a genius. Here’s why. Heavy food requires a lot of energy to get digested and absorbed by the body.

Instead of using this energy for creative purposes, your body will use it to digest. That’s why you always feel sleepy after consuming a heavy meal. To become a genius, consume light nutritious foods such as vegetables and fruits as much as you can.

According to research conducted by the top essay writing service uk and assignment writing service Australia rest and recovery are extremely important to the genius. Let’s face it. You cannot produce high-quality work or achieve anything worthwhile without rest. Your body and mind have to recover lost energy to perform at an optimum level. Therefore, don’t feel guilty for taking a couple of days off or watching your favorite TV show in the evening.

Genius is in you. It’s all about how you live and your commitment to excellence. No one is better or smarter than you. When you see someone achieving extraordinary results, he or she is simply doing things differently from you. By practicing the tips that we’ve discussed and following your intuition, you will reach a state of genius. And everyone will want to take photos with you.  

From Farm to Spa, 6 Foods That Are Used in Spa Treatments

Food relieves stress but can it also aid spa treatments? Let’s find out. 

woman ready for spa treatment

We bring you the “Farm to (treatment) table” spa trend that’s slowly catching up with the world. According to Navrajvir Singh, content contributor at F and B Stories and Surviving Spirits, here are six foods that are used in spa treatments.

1. Caviar

Sounds strange, but it’s true. Caviar is now being used in spa scrubs. Caviar mask helps you tone the skin and keep it firm. Of course, it can make your pocket feel lighter than you like but it definitely makes you look like a million dollars!

2. Honey and Milk

They’re relatively more popular than other food treatments. Honey is packed with antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties that help the skin lock in the moisture. Milk is used because of its hydrating properties. The application of milk to the skin makes it look healthier and lactic acid acts as a gentle cleanser. 

3. Avocados

If you want soft, glowing skin, avocado is the answer. When combined with ingredients like herbal oils and tea extracts, avocados make for fabulous spa materials. Typically, a mask of mashed avocados is prepared and applied to your body to hydrate your skin.

4. Beer, Wine and Whiskey

A little bit of alcohol is all that you need to loosen up and lift your spirits. An alcoholic spa treatment is no different. Popular scrubs include beer, red wine and whiskey. In fact, Vinotherapy (bathing in wine) can make your body feel rejuvenated. 

5. Chocolate

Rich on anti-oxidants that have anti-ageing properties, chocolates are great for spa treatments.

6. Coffee

Coffee not only helps you wake up in the morning but it can also help your body ‘wake up’. It makes for a great body exfoliator and improves circulation. Plus, the smell of freshly crushed coffee beans is known to be super relaxing. 

Wrap Up

It’s not easy to find food spa treatments because they’re still considered novelty treatments. We will (hopefully) see more hotels and spas adding these treatments and adapt to the emerging trend. 

Written by: Shristi Patni 

Shristi is the Chief Content Officer at Raletta. She enjoys writing about food, fitness, finance and everything in between. Feel free to connect with her via Linkedin or drop an email at shristipatni@gmail.com.

MassageLuXe Welcomes New Chief Growth Officer to Executive Team

ST. LOUIS, M.O. (July  30, 2020)MassageLuXe, a leading massage franchise, is excited to welcome franchise expert Kristen Pechacek to its executive team. As the Chief Growth Officer, Pechacek will accelerate the brand’s mission to expand from 68 units to 250 units within the next five years.

As MassageLuXe’s first-ever Chief Growth Officer, Pechacek’s top priority will be to grow franchise sales. Additionally, she will help the existing franchisee base by growing spa membership prospects and building revenue.

Pechacek brings with her a wealth of franchise and marketing experience. She is a Certified Franchise Executive with the International Franchise Association (IFA). She is also a member of the IFA 2020 Committee and the IFA Marketing & Innovation Committee. Pechacek recently served as Digital Marketing Director for Self Esteem Brands, LLC, which represents various fitness and spa brands in North America. She began her career in franchising by working in digital marketing with the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL.

“I’m a player and a coach, and that’s what MassageLuXe needs at their growth stage,” says Pechacek. “I can marry strategic thinking and overarching plans with rolling up my sleeves and getting the job done. As the new Chief Growth Officer, I will lay down the plans and help execute them. MassageLuXe needs a leader who can provide strategic vision and overarching strategy for growth, but one who is also able to send the emails and write the social posts to facilitate that growth.”

“Kristen is a visible player in the franchise game. One of the important things was to bring someone in for our small brand who has done well in the massage franchise membership-based game,” says MassageLuXe CEO Mark Otter. “Kristen has had success in growing franchise sales, but she also understands the importance of helping current franchisees, how to build their business, and also the customer journey.”

This hire comes as the successful culmination of a retained executive search engagement with Global Talent Solutions (GTS), the franchise industry’s leading executive search firm. Pechacek is the first Chief Growth Officer at MassageLuXe, and the hire is the first of a string of executive hires the brand will make with GTS as part of this growth cycle.

In an article he wrote for Forbes, Otter discussed the importance of brand growth and learning from others in the industry.

“If you start a business in a crowded field, you have the benefit of looking at not just what other competitors are doing right, but also what they’re doing wrong,” says Otter. “Then you can work on your business model so it’s even better.”

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About MassageLuXe

Founded in 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri, MassageLuXe is a fast-growing franchise-based spa company with a mission of delivering the highest quality massage while providing a comfortable, relaxing and luxurious environment to clients. To further this mission, MassageLuXe also grants clients access to Repechage facials and waxing services.

Massage is a service that improves health, promotes relaxation and overall well-being for the consumer, and has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. MassageLuXe currently has 68 locations across 16 states and is planning to expand to 250 locations in the next five years.

5 Herbs To Grow For A Spa Experience

A spa experience usually means a date with luxury. The choicest products and brands used gives a heavenly feel to the customers. Can the herbs in the background of your home prove to be fruitful for a spa session? Oh, yes, and the pampering effect you will get is irresistible.

If you are new to a spa or experienced in herb gardening, spend some time in picking herbs of your choice. You can then start making affordable healing remedies compared to your fancy spa.

Garden Herbs for At-Home Spa:

Most of us love to indulge in a beauty routine but hate spending a fortune on it. Some of our home-grown herbs are the best pick to enjoy a luxurious and budgetary spa-like treatment without having to step out. Let us find out more about them.    

1.  Rosemary:

This herb serves as a culinary ingredient. But this tough and drought-tolerant plant proves its beauty worth in stimulating the scalp and treating dry, oily, and sensitive skin. Rosemary oil is good astringent and treats acne and pimples with its antiseptic properties. It can play the role of a muscle relaxant for strained ligaments. On a health note, it combats free radicals and sun damage.  

Making a DIY-hair with rosemary is easy. Put rosemary leaves and a quarter of water in a vessel or bowl and boil it for a few minutes. Now turn off the flame. When the rosemary-infused water has cooled down, start removing the plant sprigs and transfer the solution to a container. Shampoo your hair and rinse with rosemary-infused water. You can also leave the rosemary home-made conditioner rinse in your hair for some time.

2.  Lavender:

This perennial herb with purplish-blue flower spikes is a good asset for your beauty routine. Lavender has calming and relaxing properties. Its use in aromatherapy is well-known. Facewash, lip balm, bath salts, body butter to shampoo, bath products made from fresh lavender go back to the 1920s!  

Take a break from out-of-budget facials and opt for a lavender facial treatment. It is easy to do. Boil some water in a small vessel and add garden-picked lavender sprigs. Wrap a towel on your head and get your face close to the bowl. The heat opens up the closed pores and gives a soothing effect to your face. Spray some cold water on your face, pat it dry with soft tissues and apply moisturizer.

3.  Kratom:

Kratom medicinal herb is an evergreen species found in Southeast Asia. The plant needs a lot of light. Direct sunlight will be best. It also needs soil that is rich in nitrogen. A Kratom plant is conducive to outdoors, though it is suitable for indoors.Whenever you are looking to buy kratom make sure it would be from a trusted source. 

The past few decades have seen the growing popularity of Kratom amongst Americans. Modern-day consumers can include Kratom in their beauty, health and skincare regime.

Kratom is available in many forms. There are extracts, capsules, powder, and beauty products such as essential oils, lotions, creams, soap, and bath bombs.

Most Kratom beauty products use good quality oil base to make your skin soft, supple and healthy. Kratom also has two antioxidants for younger-looking skin. When buying Kratom products, look for an authorized seller for safety and efficacy. Just google “bulk kratom products near me” to get good deals.

4.  Mint:

Mint has multi-purpose properties – refreshing teas, edibles, beauty treatments, hair conditioning and home spas. The freshness of mint leaves adds a therapeutic benefit to masks and scrubs. Grind the mint leaves or use them in water or oil. Water-based mint infusion works well as a hair rinse and in pedicures. Add mint-infused oil to cleansers and scrubs and enjoy the blissful nature.

To get a home-made lavender spa for your hair is easy. Mix mint leaves (dried or chopped), one cup boiled water and half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Let the solution cool first and then strain it. After you have finished shampooing your hair, rinse them with this home-made solution and then rinse it with cold water. Your hair will get a tingling sensation and will smell good.      

5.  Calendula:

This easy to grow medicinal herb benefits garden soil by keeping pests at bay. Calendula is a champion in anti-inflammatory qualities. It heals bee stings and rashes with its soothing abilities.

The gentleness of the calendula herb helps overcome skin sensitivities like dry and itchy skin, eczema, and dandruff. It also slows down the development of wrinkles. For topical use, calendula oil and ointment are great wonders for beauty purposes. The petals of this flowering herb are reasonably good extracts for oils and creams.

Pluck fresh calendula flowers from your garden. Now put a few petals in a jar and add olive oil. Close the jar and leave it in medium sunlight for seven to ten days. Drain the sun-kissed oil and use it on your parched skin for relief.       

A Word of Advice:

Home-grown herbs can make a delightful spa experience if you harvest them with love and care. If your house is tight on space and there is no yard, then plant these herbs in large pots.        

If you are suffering from any health problem related to skin or hair, then do consult your family doctor before starting the herbs.

Safety and quality of the ingredients are crucial in creating home-made beauty substitutes. To get the best out of your home-grown herbs, avoid using plants treated with pesticides and chemicals. The self-care beauty ritual is an asset in body pampering. Nature makes it all the more pleasing and satisfactory.   

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Why Taking Care of Your Skin Should Be Your Top Beauty Priority

How much time do you spend moisturizing and caring for your skin? Unfortunately, many people place skincare on the back burner, focusing on their hair and nails instead. Consider trading the nail salon for a spa with these reasons why skincare is arguably even more important than healthy hair and nails.

Skin Protects Against Infection

Our skin serves as a protective barrier by keeping out infection-causing bacteria and viruses. The American Cancer Society (ACS) explains that skin is the first line of protection against infection. If it’s compromised, bacteria or viruses can enter the body and wreak havoc on the individual. While our immune system may neutralize these microscopic invaders, you should keep your skin healthy so that it’s able to perform this function. If you develop a bruise, for instance, consider applying a topical anti-inflammatory gel like Arnica gel. This will reduce the swelling and encourage faster healing times. If you have a minor cut, cover with antibiotic ointment and a bandage.

Wrinkles Are Hard to Remove

Another reason to make skincare your top beauty priority is because it protects against wrinkles. As we age, our skin goes through certain biochemical changes. The elastin fibers become thicker and less flexible, resulting in the formation of wrinkles. And once wrinkles form, they can’t be easily removed without semi-invasive cosmetic surgery. While you can’t stay young forever, you can slow down this process and reduce the rate at which your skin develops wrinkles using a proper skincare regimen. Coconut oil and lotions containing coconut oil have been shown to restore collagen and elastin, thus protecting your skin from wrinkles. The key thing to remember is that you want to keep your skin moisturized and supplemented with essential vitamins and nutrients.

Sun-Damaged Skin Can Lead to Cancer

Neglecting your skin could leave you susceptible to skin cancer. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D, with just 10 minutes of midday exposure providing you with the recommended daily amount of this essential chemical compound. Too much sun, however, can damage your skin by speeding up the aging process and increasing the risk of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) states that nine out of 10 non-melanoma cancer cases are linked to ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, which includes sunlight as well as tanning beds. To protect your skin from UV damage, wear sunscreen lotion when outdoors. When choosing sunscreen lotion, look for a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF). This number reflects its ability to block out the sun’s UV light, with higher SPF sunscreen lotions blocking out more UV light than lower SPF lotions.

Skincare Affects Self-Confidence

Caring for your skin can make you feel more confident about yourself. One study found that only one in five women have high self-confidence. Whether man or woman, though, low self-esteem and confidence is a serious burden that can lower a person’s quality of life. You may find yourself choosing to stay home instead of going out with friends, and your energy levels may decrease as well. A simple way to boost your self-confidence is to care for your skin. While many claim quality skincare products are too expensive, check out city beauty offers for low prices for high-quality skincare treatments. With youthful, glowing skin, you’ll feel more confident about your appearance.

Skincare an Lead to Other Healthy Beauty Routines

Finally, a proper skincare regimen can lead to other healthy beauty. When you begin to take a proactive approach towards caring for your skin and nourishing it with nutrients, you may find yourself eating healthier foods and exercising more frequently. After all, you care for your skin, so it only makes sense to care for the rest of your body as well.

Skincare offers more than just aesthetic benefits; it plays a key role in your physical and mental health. So, make skincare your top beauty priority.

Virginia Becomes First to Adopt Workplace Safety Rules in Response to COVID-19

And other states are considering the same. The new ruling includes implementing a system for self-assessment for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and procedures that will prevent sick employees and other outside individuals from infecting healthy workers. 

Read the full article and requirements here – the good news, Prospr can help you and your workforce stay safe and compliant. 
On Prospr: 

• Digitally distribute pre-shift COVID symptom checks in English & Spanish. 
• Automatically alert managers to any concerning responses to get in front of exposure risks. 
• Easily track or export responses to CSV by location, team, or team member.
• House all new safety Policy and Procedure in-app, with employee e-sign, to ensure new SOPS stay accessible and top of mind. 
• Give your team a seamless way to swap, and cover, shifts if they need to call out.

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The GrandeHAIR Set from Grande Cosmetics

The GrandeHAIR Set is the perfect start down the road of amazing looking hair. It features our GrandeHAIR Rejuvenation Serum, which is formulated with vitamins, peptides & amino acids to help to support hair follicle health, strengthen weak hair shafts and helps to naturally thicken existing hair for a fuller looking appearance. See results in just 6 weeks, with full results in 4 months. It also features our professional strength peptide shampoo and conditioner – which are formulated with Hexapeptide-11 to naturally exfoliate the scalp and helps to improve the appearance of healthier looking hair.

GrandeHAIR Enhancing Serum Benefits:

  • Formulated to use on dyed hair
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Lymphatic Drainage Facials: What are the Healthy Skin Benefits?

You want your skin to look healthy and beautiful regardless of your age. While topical treatments, such as moisturizers, play a vital role in protecting and repairing skin, they’re not the only skin care solution available.

Improving the look of your skin also involves treating issues below its surface, targeting anything that might potentially interfere with the formation of soft, supple skin cells. A lymphatic facial is such a method. Previously used in massage therapy to treat a condition called lymphedema, these specialty facials have become a popular beauty treatment.

Do Lymphatic Drainage Facials – sometimes called nonsurgical facelifts – help improve the appearance of your skin? Here’s a closer look at their benefits and limitations:

The Lymphatic System Explained

To understand lymphatic drainage treatments, let’s first take a look at the body’s lymphatic system. Part of the immune system, the lymphatic system helps protect your body against disease, infection, and other maladies.

As detailed in this Mayo Clinic illustration, the lymphatic system includes your spleen, thymus, tonsils, bone marrow, and, of course, your lymph nodes. These small, kidney-shaped organs filter foreign entities, remove waste, and carry white blood cells. You have hundreds of lymph nodes in your body; they’re linked by a network of lymphatic vessels.  

If your lymphatic system is working as intended, your lymph nodes will continually drain lymph into the bloodstream. However, if the lymphatic system becomes blocked, typically due to injury or disease, lymph can’t drain properly – and that’s where lymphatic massage can help.

An Overview of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of specialized, targeted massage. As explained by research published by the University of Arizona, the massage helps remove excess fluid, which can occur in the skin, muscles, and other areas.     

This fluid build-up is called lymphedema. Any injury or illness that results in damage or removal of any lymph nodes can potentially cause swelling, with cancer treatment as the most common reason. If fluid can’t drain, your limbs, neck, genitals, or other areas of the body will likely swell. Even minor swelling can impair movement, cause discomfort, and increase the likelihood of other health problems.  

Does Lymphatic Massage Have Medical Benefits?

Absolutely! Research published by the US National Library of Medicine, among other sources, shows clear benefits of lymphatic drainage massage in the treatment of breast cancer. It helps the damaged lymph nodes effectively clear away toxins, bacteria, viruses, and more.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, lymphatic massage is also an effective passive treatment. It not only helps reduce fluid built-up and subsequent swelling, but it’s what’s called a complementary therapy that helps relax and comfort those suffering from cancer and other lymphatic problems.    

Finally, lymphatic massage helps with a variety of non-life-threatening issues, too. For instance, clinical research shows this type of targeted massage can reduce pain and facial swelling for patients following wisdom tooth extraction. It’s also shown promise in treating acne, eczema, and digestive issues.

How is the Massage Performed?

Lymphatic drainage for medical purposes is usually performed by physical therapists or similar types of individuals with specific medical training. Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to find a medical professional who is willing to give you a lymphatic drainage facial for aesthetic reasons.

However, some aestheticians undergo special training related to the lymphatic system. While the training is typically not as thorough as what a medical professional receives, you’re still better off seeking an aesthetician with that type of training than without.

A drainage massage typically involves light pressure and gentle pushing. The person giving the massage stretches the skin in specific directions using their palms and fingers. Soft brushing movements are typically a part of cosmetic massages (but not medical ones).

When used as a medical treatment, the massage typically lasts about an hour. However, a lymphatic drainage facial is typically shorter, usually lasting about 30 to 45 minutes.  

The Potential Cosmetic Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

As a therapy, lymphatic massage produces clinically-proven results. But what about its effectiveness as a beauty treatment?

Most aesthetic-based lymphatic massage focuses on improving facial skin. Beauty experts and others claim it reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and bags under the eyes. However, research supporting these claims is sparse.

A study from Osaka University found that damaged lymphatic vessels can result in the appearance of sagging skin. However, it’s important to note that a Japanese beauty company was heavily involved in this research, and touts the study frequently in their marketing and advertising.

The Bottom Line

Should you use a drainage facial to improve the look of your skin? So far, the reduction of lines and wrinkles isn’t supported by any significant clinical research. If you’re interested in drainage massage as a type of non-invasive facelift, make sure you have realistic expectations.

Fortunately, when performed by a trained aesthetician, it’s unlikely to cause any serious damage. Many people find it’s a relaxing component to a larger skin care regimen that includes washing, moisturizing, and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Toby is a staff writer at fivestarskincare.co where he blogs all about the world of skin care, health & beauty.