New Year, New Goals

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A brand-new year is here and with it comes another 365-day opportunity to drive your future in a whole new direction. If you’ve been contemplating making this the year you turn your dream of a career in the exciting world of beauty into a reality – your timing is impeccable! Check out 5 reasons why now is the perfect time to start your journey to a beautiful future!

  1. The heart wants what it wants – In this case, it’s more like – most people consider their beauty regimen a necessity rather than a luxury. Even in times of economic hardship, the beauty industry stays strong. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOL), jobs in the beauty industry are expected to grow at a faster than average pace through 2026, by as much as 13% for cosmetologists and barbers and 14% for skincare specialists. The numbers say it all – future job security, check!
  1. Alexa and Siri can’t do everything – Technology might be able to eliminate the need for that “human touch” in a lot of areas, but the beauty industry isn’t one of them. Let’s face it, this is an industry that relies on the skills and creativity of real-live people. Oh yeah, and the opportunities to explore your creative side? Pretty much unlimited!
  1. Fast track to your future – If you’re goal is to get your career started faster than the traditional 4-year university track, beauty school is a great option! Not only can most programs be completed in less than 2-years, the cost is far less than the traditional route.
  1. Skills you can take any were – Once you acquire the skills of your trade, you can literally take them anywhere! Opportunities to travel and work in different and maybe even exotic locations can be yours for the taking!
  1. I make my own rules – You may end up working for a salon or owner at some point but in many cases, you’ll get to decide on your schedule and set your own appointments. Having that flexibility can be a huge advantage!

Don’t let another year go by wishing you’d taken that first step in the direction of your dream job! To learn more about a career in the exciting world of beauty, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools and programs in your area. After all, the perfect time to start something is always right now.

Holiday Skin Routines

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The holiday season brings with it a multitude of parties, cocktails, cooler temperatures and decadent holiday goodies that can take a toll on your skin. So, as you prep to enjoy another season of indulgence, it might be a good idea to give your skin extra care by adding some essential steps to your holiday skincare regimen.

Cleanse the skin you’re in – You probably already have cleansing as part of your skincare routine, but during the holiday season, it’s a good idea to beef up your cleansing routine. Cleanse your skin twice a day to get rid of dirt, excess oil, and of course, leftover makeup. Removing all traces of makeup at the end of each day is critical to a good skincare regimen no matter what season.

The sun is still shining – Which is not an attempt at positive thinking. It’s a reminder that the sun is still shining, even when you are in a sub-zero climate. So, don’t forego the sunscreen – ever!

A soft place to land – Make sure you apply a good moisturizer before you apply your makeup for a softer, more radiant look. Opting for a good primer/moisturizer combo is a great way to maximize the benefits of both products in one application.

Paying lip service – Cold, dry air from holiday travel or weather can lead to chapped and dry lips. Keep a moisturizing lip balm with UV protection on hand at all times to keep your lips smooth and kiss-worthy!

Ice-ice baby – For those mornings after the annual holiday party when your eyes tell the story of a late night or early wake-up call – apply ice or the back of a chilled spoon under your eyes for a quick fix for puffy, tired eyes.

Drink it all in – Water that is. Enjoying all the fun and festive holiday cocktails are great. But hydrating your body and your skin with plenty of H2O is an easy way to keep your skin and body looking and feeling good!

Enjoy decking the halls and all the other holiday happenings this season with skin that shows off your holiday spirit glow! A great skincare routine is important no matter what season it is and the talented estheticians working in the beauty industry are helping to keep that glow on faces everywhere! If you’ve always been intrigued by the world of skincare and love helping people look and feel their best, an esthetics career in the beauty industry might be just right for you! The beauty industry is growing at a rapid pace and licensed estheticians are in high demand. For more information on a career in the exciting world of esthetics and skincare, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools and programs near you.