12 Foods That Will Make Your Skin Glow

 

Acne and other skin conditions can really affect a person’s confidence, especially when you don’t know what could be causing it. There are several factors that can contribute to skin issues such as; stress, the food you consume or don’t consume, pollution, mould and/ or chemical exposure, gut dysbiosis, parasites, inflammation, toxins and much more.

While the underlying causes of skin conditions are different for each person, there’s one common denominator for everyone, and that’s your diet.

All the food you eat either has the potential to improve the health of your skin or cause damage.

For example, fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants aid in the production of collagen (the protein that keeps skin healthy, smooth and supple), and helps your liver detoxify more efficiently to prevent skin breakouts. Whereas, consuming refined processed foods full of vegetable oils and refined sugar breaks down collagen by cross-linking with other collagen fibres through a process known as glycation, which is known to form molecules that contribute to skin ageing and other skin issues.

12 nourishing foods that can really help to improve your skin health and leave your skin glowing!

  1. Pumpkin/ Pepita Seeds
    These seeds are packed with vitamin E, zinc and magnesium; these tiny seeds keep your skin glowing.They promote a strong regeneration of skin cells and are filled with protein and good quality fats. They are a perfect addition to trail mixes, or just eat them as a snack or add it to this yummy Beetroot Salad for some crunch.
  2. Avocado
    Are packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants and fibre. Avocados should be a staple in any diet aiming for great skin. The ‘good fats’ are great for the health and hydration of cell membranes. These membranes are the gatekeeper of your skin cells – they let the good stuff in and keep the toxins out. Try a whole avocado in a salad or with a can of lemon tuna for a quick office lunch, I’ll often add them to my smoothies to add creaminess and ‘bulk’ or you can’t go past a good guacamole either.
  3. Cacao
    Is filled with antioxidants, it increases blood circulation around the body for up to 2 hours – this means an instant glow ladies! When blood circulates at an optimum level, all skin cells are being nourished and remaining vital. I enjoy my cacao as an ingredient in slices, pannacotta, cakes, pancakes or hot chocolate. Cacao makes for a lovely afternoon pick-me-up.
  4. Gelatin
    Consuming more gelatin in our diets is a smart natural skin care approach. The reason for this is that gelatin has skin healing properties due to its rich source of collagen. Collagen is considered one of the building blocks for skin, it helps with skin elasticity, reduces skin roughness, ageing, wrinkles, stretch marks and helps protect you from free radical damage. Cellulite is caused by a breakdown or loss of collagen. Gelatin also helps prevent stretch marks by improving the skins strength, elasticity, tone and firmness. We have so many delicious recipes that use gelatin on our website, here are a few of our favourites; Turmeric & Honey Chia Jelly Squares, Raspberry Jelly and Vitamin c gummies
  5. Green Tea
    Green tea is full of antioxidants and catechins, which have disease preventing properties, protect against sunburn, inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage. Some studies have shown that just 2 cups of green tea per day provides additional sun protection. Iced green tea with added fruits for flavour may just be a great option to sip on throughout the warmer summer months.
  6. Citrus Fruits & Camu Camu
    Citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, grapefruit and our Camu Camu Powder are all rich sources of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits contain a component called ‘limonene’ which has been associated with lowering skin cancer risks by 34%. Citrus fruits and Camu Camu Powder are also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from free-radical damage which happens during sunburn. I love adding the Camu Camu powder to smoothies, raw slices, bliss balls and Gummies.
  7. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
    Salmon, Changing Habits Inca Inchi Oil and seeds, walnuts, chia seeds and other fresh fatty seafood are all great sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3’s are highly anti-inflammatory as well as protect us from free-radical damage that can be caused by the sun. An easy way to increase your Omega 3 consumption in the diet is to consume this delicious 4 Ingredient Mayonnaise using the Inca Inchi Oil. It can be added to salads, meat, poached eggs or made into aioli and other delicious dips.
  8. Turmeric
    Turmeric is a game-changer when it comes to the health of your skin. That’s because turmeric’s active antioxidant, curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatories and free-radical fighting options out there, and it can also be used to lighten dark pigmentation blotches or scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, or sun exposure by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin that produces pigment. How amazing is that!
  9. Coconut
    Is full of muscle-relaxing potassium and electrolytes to replenish and rehydrate your skin, making it softer and younger looking. And when you move onto the coconut meat and extract its oils, you can utilise it to heal your gut. That’s because coconut oil contains a potent antimicrobial, caprylic acid, which can help improve gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida. Candida is a fungus that can break down your intestinal walls and decrease stomach acid, which causes inflammation, poor digestion, and skin breakouts or rashes.
  10. Inflammation Ease Herbs
    Inflammation is a signal to the body to begin the healing process. Without it, wounds and infections would not heal. It’s an important and necessary part of skin rejuvenation, but in chronic situations, inflammation can become destructive. I recently wrote a blog called Inflammation Explained as well as 20 Inflammation-Fighting Foods. However, if you’re already doing all of those things to fight inflammation and it’s not working, then our Inflammation Ease Herbs may just be the thing you need.You can add these herbs to your tea, bliss balls, smoothy or slices.
  1. Zinc Rich Foods
    Zinc is necessary to improve the health of your skin. Zinc deficiency is significantly linked to many skin issues including acne, dermatitis, skin lesions and rosacea. I recommend increasing your dietary intake of zinc. Did you know that liver is one of the best sources of zinc, along with animal proteins, some legumes, nuts and seeds, Try these recipes to increase your zinc levels naturally – gut loving liver pate and crispy bacon liver fry up.
  1. Probiotic-Rich Foods
    Did you know that gut dysbiosis is strongly linked to skin issues, so if you really want to heal your skin, you need to work on your gut. You can start by eating a diet rich in real, anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding inflammatory foods, your gut and skin can improve dramatically. However, it is highly beneficial to consider food-based probiotics as it is a great way to rebalance the good bacteria in your gut to begin the healing process. Eating fermented foods rich in beneficial bacteria will also assist to balance your gut. There are many fermented foods you can make from scratch including kefir, sauerkraut,  yoghurt, and kimchi you can find recipes for these and much more in our comprehensive gut protocol.

 

What are your favourite things to do, or foods to eat that help to improve the health of your skin?

Jordan Pie

Jordan Pie

Practicing Nutritionist at Changing Habits

I am a qualified holistic Nutritionist and a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioner. No matter your chosen path or where you are in your own health journey, my heartfelt mission is to help as many people as possible to achieve and sustain vibrant health and wellness by inspiring you to get creative with real, whole, fresh foods and to see them in a brand new light! I’m an avid believer in the value of home cooking, utilising the healing power of foods, extremely passionate about gut health, eating intuitively and the importance of listening to your own body.

Jordan Pie

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What’s Inside American Spa’s January Fresh Finds Beauty Box

 

Back in November, we opened registration to American Spa’s Fresh Finds Beauty Box subscription service – a curated delivery service that brings the best of the best from within the spa and wellness industry to your doorstep every month. After months of hard work and determination, today we proudly unveiled which products were included in our inaugural January shipment. Take a look at the info below for a peek at what you’ll find.

1. GrandeLASH-MD by Grande Cosmetics: This award-winning lash-enhancing serum is infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to promote naturally longer and thicker-looking lashes in just four to six weeks. It’s a favorite for helping to enhance short or thinning lashes and is also ideal for restoring the appearance of brittle or damaged lashes.
Suggested Retail Price: $33
Discount with Box: 10% off GrandeLASH-MD 2 ML

2. Phytolift Neck & Décolleté Cream by Ilike Organic Skincare: For the fragile skin on neck and décolleté, this nourishing anti-wrinkle treatment harnesses the power of botanicals and reduces the effects of time and gravity while restoring firmness and elasticity.
Suggested Retail Price: $25
Discount with Box: 10% off + free shipping

3. StemFactor Travel Tube by Osmosis Skincare: Reverse signs of aging by by stimulating new cells and rebuilding collagen with StemFactor. Containing more than 600 growth factors, this lightweight serum will give your clients a youthful, radiant complexion.
Suggested Retail Price: $26
Discount with Box: 10% off a full-size bottle

4. Watermelon Gel Eye Mask & Oval Silicone Facial Cleansing Pad by Qosmedix: Treat puffy, tired eyes with these gel eye masks resembling watermelons. Cool in the refrigerator and use during or after facial treatments. Warm in a pan of water for a relaxing and calming experience. Or, gently cleanse or exfoliate during skincare regimens with the reusable silicone facial pad. This tool comfortably fits between fingers and features a convenient suction cup for storage.
Suggested Retail Price: $25
Discount with Box: Free shipping on your first order of $50 or more

5. C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate by Repêchage: C-Serum is a highly concentrated extract from laminaria digitata seaweed, rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and trace elements. C-Serum is the first step of the world-renown Four Layer Facial – a must have for more luminous skin.
Suggested Retail Price: $59
Discount with Box: Professional pricing and an additional 15% off C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate

6. Organic Eye Concentrate by Spa de Soleil: Uniquely designed to help revive under-eye skin with organic extracts, the Organic Eye Concentrate promotes the skin’s natural moisture and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Suggested Retail Price: $48
Discount with Box: 15% off

Plus, each box will be unveiled each month on American Spa’s Facebook in a live broadcast so you can see what’s included in that month’s box before you get it.

Payment options for the box include a bimonthly charge of $24.99 plus applicable taxes that can be cancelled at any time, or a once annual charge of $120 plus applicable taxes that offers a 20 percent savings over the bimonthly charges.

To receive the March box, sign up using www.americanspa.com/freshfinds by Feb. 9, 2018.

These Ingredients Boost the Benefits of Mushroom-Based Skincare

 

You already know of the numerous ways mushrooms can benefit the skin, but when using mushrooms with other ingredients, it’s important to consider the type of mushroom extract used. According to CelleClé’s Ashley Stowers, numerous actives can be derived from mushrooms grown throughout the world.

“Some extracts are in the form of vitamins, or amino acids, or proteins, or enzymes,” she says. “Mushroom extracts can be incorporated into a variety of formulations, from the ones designed for aging skin, where mushroom extracts can be paired with age-defying peptides to products intended to purify problem skin, in which mushroom extracts and enzymes can boost the activity of various skin-clarifying actives.”

Because mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, some like to partner them with similar ingredients to capitalize or enhance their ability to fight free radicals. “Mushrooms pair well with other antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and astaxanthin to help repair and protect skin from sun damage,” says EmerginC’s Kimberly Sampson. “Mushrooms also work well with other exfoliating enzymes such as raspberry and papaya to enhance the breakdown of keratin protein in dead skin cells and enhance exfoliation effects.”

According to Jurlique’s Sara LaBree Baldwin, pairing the hydrating benefits of silver ear mushroom with ingredients such as peach leaf extract and Persian silk tree help to reduce the signs of fatigue and improve skin’s vitality. Says Stowers, “Most mushroom extracts are skin-friendly and ‘play along’ well with other ingredients in typical formulations, so unless there is a specific pH range at which specific mushroom extracts need to be incorporated, there are very few special considerations.”

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Combat Dry Hands this Winter with These Five Products

 

Here on the east coast, we’ve been battling bitterly cold weather to kick off the new year. Our hands, while kept semi-warm through gloves, mittens, and pockets, are still suffering from dry and cracked, painful skin. In fact, winter gloves, while great for keeping us warm, are typically made from moisture-zapping cotton and polyester, known for removing the skin’s natural oils as well as any protective products used on the hands. Here, we’ve compiled five steps and products to combat dry winter skin and show your hands a little TLC.

  1. Start by removing dead skin cells and that nasty hard top layer of dryness with a product like Erin’s Faces Bamboo Scrub. This blend is particularly great for hands as it’s not as oily as most scrubs. It removes dry cells with polishing walnut shell powder and a light essential oil blend of lemongrass, mimosa, and litsea.  Powdered bamboo from the hill forests of India tones, refines texture, and improves skin vibrancy.  A certified organic complex of algae and rice extract delivers hydration while milk thistle leaves hands smooth and soft.

  2. Next, massage a product like CV Skinlabs’ Restorative Skin Balm into cuticles to heal and repair tiny cracks and abrasions brought on by dryness. This petrolatum-free, nourishing salve moisturizes and instantly softens severely dry, rough, and chapped skin. Seabuckthorn oil, turmeric, bees wax, vitamin E, calendula, reishi mushroom, alpha-bisabolol, and arnica are combined for a powerfully healing blend. The easy to squeeze tube can be slipped into a pocket or makeup bag for on-the-go hydration throughout the day.

  3. Then, massage a product like Laguna Herbals Nail Restoration Balm (Restore) into nails. A certified organic blend of sunflower seed and grapeseed oil is combined with horsetail, rosemary, sage leaf, chamomile, elder fruit and essential oils to restore nails to a natural luster.  If you’d rather go without a nail color, this blend protects and hydrates.

  4. Moisturize and protect hands with a product like the Patchouli + Geranium Cream for Hands and Body by Thesis Beauty.  A 99 percent organic blend is made with rich and moisturizing organic raw shea butter, sunflower oil, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and organic essential oils of orange, patchouli, geranium, spearmint, lemongrass, and rosemary. The formula was designed to absorb easily, preserve and replenishe skin’s moisture, and provide lasting comfort for skin.

  5. Finish your hand-care routine by protecting yourself from cold and flu germs without severely drying out hands, with a product like Kosmatology’s All Natural + Organic Hand Sanitizers. Made with organic ethanol, and a moisturizing blend of glycerin, and essential oils, the sanitizers can spritz on over moisturizer as a light spray to protect and hydrate. Fragrances include lavender eucalypts, grapefruit clove, spearmint rosemary, and orange lemon-lime.

Have a hand-care product you love that we missed? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Step-by-Step: Rena Levi’s Acne Facial Treatment

 

Rena Levi is known for her sensitivity towards clients with severe acne and problem skin. In 1968 she moved from Israel to the U.S. and studied with Christine Valmy at the European Esthetic Skincare Institute. In 1975, she opened the Rena Levi Skin Care Salon in New York City. In 1980, she moved to Albuquerque, NM, where she managed the skin care center for Eleganza Salon and further developed and refined her practice. It was there that she became well known for her ability to treat what many considered impossible skin, while also teaching budding estheticians and skin practitioners at the same time, including the then-president of the New Mexico Board of Cosmetology. Here, Levi shares with us one of her most popular facial protocol treatments for treating clients with moderate to severe acne.

  1.  Apply Sea Algae Cleanser with cotton pads or any pads of preference, cleansing skin thoroughly.
  2. Apply Sea Algae Toner, and continue cleaning the skin until all make up has been removed.
  3. Pour a small amount of olive oil into your hands, and massage skin for five minutes, regardless of the degree of inflammation.
    Rena Levi
  4. Apply Bamboo Exfoliating Scrub, and massage gently for a minute or two. Then steam the face for 10 minutes while the Bamboo Cleanser is still on, then remove the Bamboo Exfoliate.
  5. Wrap your index finger with cotton, and gently start removing black heads and white heads starting from one side of the face until the skin is clean. For stubborn black heads and white heads, make sure you hold the skin tight with the left hand while using a lancet in the right hand to gently poke the blemish. Using the lancet will make it easier for the white head to come out without bruising the skin; especially with a product like BD Ultrafine. This takes about 10-20 minutes depending on the severity of the acne.
  6. Spray skin with Aloe Vera Cooling Spray, and place a warm towel on the face to completely remove any residue.
  7. Apply Amazing Scrub, and massage the skin for one minute. Leave the scrub on the skin for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. With a cold towel or cotton pads gently cleanse Amazing Scrub. Remind your client that it is normal for the skin to feel tender.
  9. With a cotton swab, apply a thin layer of On the Spot! Solution, and leave on for five to 10 minutes.
  10. Gently remove the On the Spot! Solution with a cold towel or cotton pads before applying RLSC Vanishing Act Light Moisture Cream. Finish by applying RLSC Sun & Snow Sunscreen for added post-facial protection.

If your client’s acne is severe, Levi suggests having your client come in once a week for at least three consecutive weeks, followed by every other week for another month for best results.

Want to submit your esthetician’s protocols to American Spa? E-mail our digital editor Sam at [email protected]. And be sure to sign up for our new esthetician-focused newsletter, titled For Estheticians, to get the latest in treatments, products, and more sent directly to your inbox twice a month.

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Inside a Spa Director’s Beauty Bag: Virginia Lara

 

Virginia Lara, spa director at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, shares some of her personal faves.

Biologique Recherche Quintessential Serums: “I can’t live without them. I mix and match them depending on what my skin is asking for. One of my favorites is the Elastine Pure, which offsets the skin’s loss of elasticity and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.”

Biologique Recherche Serum

Linda Meredith Amazon: “I love it, especially to fight those cold and snowy days in Boston or during beach vacations. I apply it after being exposed to the sun. It helps to repair the skin’s natural barrier, adding softness and smoothness factors.”

Blush

Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush: “I am a loyal Jane Iredale makeup girl. I started using it more than 15 years ago after going through a serious skin allergy problem on my face. My dermatologist recommended it, and I have not stopped using it since. A must have for me is the Barely Rose PurePressed Blush, formulated with minerals and antioxidants to soothe and nourish the skin, giving it a natural glow.”

Aromatherapy Associates

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath Oil: “It’s a complete treat to have a good night’s sleep, especially when I travel. For me, it is very important to have quality sleep time. Chamomile helps to calm the mind and body, vetiver acts as a natural sedative, and sandalwood provides comfort.”

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How Repeat Clients Can Help Retail Sales

 

The word profit is not profanity. Many spa professionals find themselves fighting the internal struggle of altruism versus capitalism. They struggle with wanting to provide a nurturing service to their clients, while at the same time conducting a financially successful business.

Beauty and personal care is a multi-billion dollar per year industry. Yes, that was billion with a B.  U.S. consumers are buying personal care goods and services, so let them make their purchase from you.

An area of untapped profit potential can be in the waxing and laser treatment rooms. In most cases, these clients are coming on a somewhat routine basis, creating repeat traffic flow. These clients obviously trust your facility and have a strong loyalty to you.

If you have a solid flow of traffic, with a steady stream of appointments in your waxing and laser rooms, you can leverage the consumers’ desire for personal care products by offering a large assortment of retail products. Lines such as PFB Vanish are natural adjuncts to hair removal services, and are an ideal way to increase overall sales.

When customers purchase retail products from their service provider, it’s been proven to create a customer loyalty to the spa and professional that sells them.  If a spa professional can sell $100 of home care to a client on a $50 bikini wax, the spa’s income triples and the profits increase exponentially as well, especially if the spa buys in bulk to get the most favorable pricing.

Helping clients that trust you to find products that they want is a win-win situation. You provide a higher level of customer service to the guest and you can enjoy financial success in your business while also feeling a sense of satisfaction in helping your clients.  Profits are not profane!  Enjoy success.

About the Author: Ottmar Stubler is the president of PFB Vanish (www.pfbvanish.com), a topical gel for the relief of irritation associated hair removal.  He received his California Estheticians license in 1985, and practiced through 1996 in San Francisco.  After establishing several wholesale distribution companies, Ottmar formulated PFB Vanish in 1999.  He remains an active educator within the industry.

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Five Types of Face Masks You Need to Try

 

Face masks are not new to the spa industry. But, just because the idea of masks themselves are not new, does not mean masks aren’t changing within the beauty world. Gone are the days where a simple mask just to clear the skin was a client’s only option. Today, spa-goers have a multitude of masks from which to choose. “Not all masks are the same,” says Lejla Cas, founder of Knesko Skin. “Just because they may appear similar in color, shape, or texture is not by any means an indication of the performance. Technology, delivery of actives, type of mask, and percentage of clean ingredients used determine the results clients will receive.” Here are some of the masks making headlines.

  1. Bubblicious Bubbles: Bubble masks, which oxygenate the skin, offer clients a unique sensorial experience. “It’s a playful ‘crackle, pop,’ like little Champagne bubbles tickling your skin,” says Le Mieux’s Janel Luu. That effect is typically courtesy of a chemical reaction, according to CBI’s Melanie Timms. “Most bubble or fizzy-type masks utilize a blend of sodium bicarbonate, which has a high pH, with citric acid, which has a low pH, to create a fizzy, bubbling effect when applied on the skin,” she says.
  2. Fun with Foam: For a great skin detox, try an oxygenating foam mask it’ll start to bubble when it reacts with the air, producing micro-massage bubbles on the face. It’s similar to a bubble mask, but “oxygenating foaming masks use a relatively new technology called perfluorocarbon oxygen exchange, which are fully fluorinated medical-grade ingredients that have an incredible capacity to carry gases—specifically oxygen,” says Timms. An added bonus? The foam isn’t ozone-depleting, so these masks are safe for the environment. Win-win.

  3. Three Sheets to the Wind: Because they’re so easy to use, sheet masks have become increasingly popular for homecare, but in the coming years, look for more developments in the professional sector. “We’re going to see innovation with sheet-based masks that are specifically designed with the professional in mind,” says Timms. They’re already off to a good start, with brands diversifying into sheet masks for parts of the body other than the face.
  4. Peeling Out:  Peel-off masks are a great delivery system for formulators’ favorite ingredients. “They create an occlusive layer that allows prolonged direct contact and deeper penetration of beneficial and active ingredients than other masks,” says Kerstin Florian’s Trina Jefferson. They can be controversial, though, as some users have reported skin damage and pain upon removal. “Certain peel-off masks utilize a plasticizing ingredient called polyvinyl alcohol, which is primarily used as a film former and adhesion promoter in skincare formulations,” says Timms. “The action of the alcohol and water drying off the mask leaves behind the firm adhesion film of the vinyl polymer on the skin, which is the main reason it can be sometimes painful to remove the mask.”
  5. Two Birds, Two Stones: Why settle for one treatment at a time? Multimasking—or the simultaneous application of different masks to meet different needs—allows for unprecedented levels of personalization and control.

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Profit Is Not A Four Letter Word

 

The word profit is not profanity. Many spa professionals find themselves fighting the internal struggle of altruism versus capitalism. They struggle with wanting to provide a nurturing service to their clients, while at the same time conducting a financially successful business.

Beauty and personal care is a multi-billion dollar per year industry. Yes, that was billion with a B.  U.S. consumers are buying personal care goods and services, so let them make their purchase from you.

An area of untapped profit potential can be in the waxing and laser treatment rooms. In most cases, these clients are coming on a somewhat routine basis, creating repeat traffic flow. These clients obviously trust your facility and have a strong loyalty to you.

If you have a solid flow of traffic, with a steady stream of appointments in your waxing and laser rooms, you can leverage the consumers’ desire for personal care products by offering a large assortment of retail products. Lines such as PFB Vanish are natural adjuncts to hair removal services, and are an ideal way to increase overall sales.

When customers purchase retail products from their service provider, it’s been proven to create a customer loyalty to the spa and professional that sells them.  If a spa professional can sell $100 of home care to a client on a $50 bikini wax, the spa’s income triples and the profits increase exponentially as well, especially if the spa buys in bulk to get the most favorable pricing.

Helping clients that trust you to find products that they want is a win-win situation. You provide a higher level of customer service to the guest and you can enjoy financial success in your business while also feeling a sense of satisfaction in helping your clients.  Profits are not profane!  Enjoy success.

About the Author: Ottmar Stubler is the president of PFB Vanish (www.pfbvanish.com), a topical gel for the relief of irritation associated hair removal.  He received his California Estheticians license in 1985, and practiced through 1996 in San Francisco.  After establishing several wholesale distribution companies, Ottmar formulated PFB Vanish in 1999.  He remains an active educator within the industry.

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16 Questions with PFB Vanish’s Ottmar Stubler

 

You might recognize the name Ottmar Stubler as the president and formulator of PFB Vanish, a topical gel relief for irritation associated with hair removal. What you might not know about Stubler is that he remains an active educator within the spa industry, or that he is a licensed esthetician, or that when he’s not working on skincare, you can find him playing music. Get to know a little more about Stubler in our latest installment of Spa Talk.

AS: How many years have you been involved in the spa and hospitality industry?

OS: I received my esthetician’s license in 1986.

What was the path that led you into the spa industry? 

In the ’80s, I was surrounded by people in this industry.  I saw what an impact it had on people from every aspect…from their self-esteem to their livelihood.  I realized this industry was always going to be advancing and changing lives, and I wanted to be part of it.

What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of being in the spa industry?

The most challenging is keeping up with all the new ingredients coming into the market and the most rewarding is learning about all the new ingredients that came into our industry.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Formulating PFB Vanish!

What has surprised you most about working in the spa industry?

At first physicians – particularly dermatologists – didn’t want anything to do with estheticians in the mid-1980’s, but when they began to realize how many women came to salons for skin care treatments their attitudes slowly changed in part because it was another great source of revenue for them.

Where do you think the industry is heading? 

The industry will always be strong as people will always want to look and feel young.  As newer technologies emerge it will bring even more estheticians into the esthetics field.

What’s your favorite skincare ingredient?

Glycolic Acid or Chromabright! In general, I prefer ingredients that are multi-taskers, and address more than one issue at a time.

If you could work in any other profession in the world, what would you be?

Music.  I’m in three bands currentlyI play the trombone in a marching band, a jazz band and a funk band.  I also play the accordion and I sing.

What is the strangest client request you’ve fielded? 

In the late 1980’s working as an esthetician I would wear a tie and lab coat.  I was giving a facial to a regular client and just before starting extractions she grabbed my tie, pulled my head down and gave me a kiss.

What new spa treatment would you like to try?

I think I’d like to try micro-blading.

What’s your go-to spa treatment? 

I’m pretty basic – I love a 90 minute deep tissue massage.

What’s the best advice you’ve received? 

“Get into a business where you can make money while you’re sleeping.”

How would you sum up your personal philosophy?

Work hard; play hard!

How do you like to spend your time away from work?

Playing with my Jack Russell and traveling with my wife.

What are your three greatest priorities in life?

Family, friends, and faith.

What are two things we don’t know about you? 

Mums the word!

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