My Bend Beauty Experience: Laura Richey, Esthetician

My name is Laura. I am 40. I am an esthetician. And I am a Bend Beauty believer. The image below depicts the results I experienced after four weeks of taking Bend Beauty Anti-Aging Formula daily, and after two weeks of taking Bend Beauty Marine Collagen + Co-Factors. The image you’ll see once you scroll down was after just one week of taking this product.

February 12, 2019 | Laura Richey | Anti-Aging, Ingestible Beauty, Skin Health

When I made the decision to become an esthetician at the age of 20, I knew very little about the field – just that it sounded fun. I was genuinely surprised by how much I would love the work, building long-lasting relationships with my clients, some that have spanned several decades. Most of all, I love solving their mysteries – the mysteries of what’s happening with their skin or nails and how as a team, we are going to change it. Researching the reasons why these things happen became my hobby and fueled my fire to continue in this career. Through the 20 years I’ve spent as an esthetician, I’ve learned that “good skin” is a combination of several things. Choosing a healthy diet and drinking lots of water are the basis for any good skincare routine, as your diet will do much of the work before you even have to think about what cleanser to use, or which moisturizer will be most effective. Healthy, well-nourished skin requires less work. Be willing to ask questions and seek information that can support the skin you want to wear because you are entitled to have beautiful skin.

I’ve also learned that healthy skin takes commitment, and a Band-aid approach will only work for so long before your skin needs true healing and attention. I’m living proof of this. I had no idea that my professional knowledge was going to be put to such extensive use when after turning 40, my skin did what I consider “a nose-dive”: I was suffering from redness, blotchiness, darkening pigment, significant increases in lines and wrinkles around my eyes – even itchiness.

It felt like it happened overnight, but looking back, I had not paid as close attention to the factors in my life that I was already aware can change your skin. I should have known better. And I needed to do something.

After one week of taking Anti-Aging Formula Daily

It felt like divine intervention when the opportunity to try Bend Beauty occurred within mere weeks of my decision to actively treat the visible conditions I was dealing with on my skin. As I read through the information on their products and how they worked, everything I saw made complete sense: by using Anti-Aging Formula, you calm the inflammation and allow your skin to heal itself – after all, that’s what it does every day. Then, as it heals itself, support its rebuilding by using Marine Collagen + Co-Factors to support the strengthening of the collagen structures of your skin to improve its overall condition and tone. I had to try it for myself. I have never been one to believe in fads or quick fixes, so I knew that a suitable remedy would take commitment, and giving it the time to work. Due to the critical condition my skin was in at the time I began taking Bend, my results felt miraculous. The calming effect brought changes so quickly that I then could start actively using the tools I had developed in my career to work with the better skin I was now building. My skin no longer reacted to everything, it was no longer itchy, it was no longer blotchy, and it could finally heal and rebuild. I often describe it to my clients as “my skin is no longer putting out mini-fires… and I can finally rebuild the damage”. It is a process that can feel like it is taking forever, and it can feel like you will never break through. But good things come to those who wait. And I’d say, for those who make the decision that they deserve to have healthy skin- Bend Beauty should be an integral part of that decision. You too will become a believer.

You can find Laura on Facebook and Instagram @laura.richey.esthetician

The Bend Beauty line includes:

Anti-Aging Formula – this foundational product delivers six active and powerful ingredients that work synergistically to optimize your skin health. Build beautiful skin from the inside out.

Marine Collagen + Co-Factors – don’t just build collagen, build healthy collagen. The synergy of fish collagen peptides, silicon and whole food vitamin C help protect against skin aging while supporting hair and nail health.

Build: Helps in collagen formation
Support: Helps to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails
Protect: Source of an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals
Repair: Helps in wound healing

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“My Experience with Bend Beauty.” Bend Beauty, 19 Feb. 2019, https://www.bendbeauty.com/my-experience-with-bend-beauty/.

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Why Ingestible Beauty?

August 7, 2019 | Sarah Warren | Anti-Aging, Ingestible Beauty, Skin Health | Bend Beauty

When we nourish all the connections, something beautiful happens. 

A central component of the Bend Beauty brand is the concept of beauty from within. We are bending and shifting the ways in which we traditionally think about beauty and also how we embody it. Beauty and skincare regimens have historically been solely focused on what goes on the outside. We often treat the skin with topical products and treatments without giving much thought or attention to what’s going on inside our bodies. Ingestible beauty products take a different approach; focusing on the internal connections to affect what we see on the surface.

What are ingestibles anyway?

Ingestible beauty products are supplements (oils, capsules, powders, etc.) that are taken orally with the purpose of impacting the overall health of the skin. Sometimes referred to as nutraceuticals, these products are absorbed by the blood stream and carried by the blood vessels to the deepest layer of the skin: the dermis. This is what we often refer to as your “true skin”. What we see on the surface (the epidermis), is the thin outer layer of the skin that acts as a barrier and protection of what is below. This layer of the skin is constantly sloughing/exfoliating and turning over to reveal the skin beneath, therefore, it is essential that the new skin cells are healthy and nourished.

Ingestibles for your skin and whole-body wellness

Taking ingestible beauty products not only allows your skin to appear radiant and glowing, but it may also have additional benefits for overall health and wellness. In comparison to topical products, ingestible products are delivered systematically throughout the body. Systematic delivery allows products to enter into the body and become incorporated into the forming structure, ensuring the whole body and skin organ (head-to-toe) is receiving the benefits of the ingredients. For example, EPA & DHA (the components of omega-3 found in our Anti-Aging Formula) have shown to be beneficial for reducing inflammatory responses throughout all areas of the body, not just the skin. In fact, benefits of omega-3 oils have been widely documented as an important supplement for a variety of health concerns and conditions.

When designing an optimal skincare routine it is important to consider that what happens on the inside is just as important as what we see on the outside. We believe that treating the skin internally allows your true beauty to shine through, giving you the confidence that you are putting your best face forward. Click here to incorporate ingestibles into your beauty routine. 

A central component of the Bend Beauty brand is the concept of beauty from within.

Beauty and skincare regimens have historically been solely focused on what goes on the outside. We often treat the skin with topical products and treatments without giving much thought or attention to what’s going on inside our bodies.

The Bend Beauty line includes:

Anti-Aging Formula – this foundational product delivers six active and powerful ingredients that work synergistically to optimize your skin health. Build beautiful skin from the inside out.

Marine Collagen + Co-Factors – don’t just build collagen, build healthy collagen. The synergy of fish collagen peptides, silicon and whole food vitamin C help protect against skin aging while supporting hair and nail health.

Build: Helps in collagen formation
Support: Helps to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails
Protect: Source of an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals
Repair: Helps in wound healing

Click here to sign up for early access and offers

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Improving Business Efficiencies to Grow the Bottom Line

Successful small business owners are constantly exploring ways to improve their business and increase their earnings. In order to run an efficient business and grow an overall profit, it is important to routinely analyze operations and brainstorm ways to improve your current systems. Focus should be on making your business more efficient, so that you can offer the best possible waxing service every time.

Understanding your overall business and how it operates is the first step in determining where and how you can improve your business. Here are some strategies to consider that will help determine what you can change in order to grow your bottom line.

LISTEN TO EMPLOYEES
Your employees are crucial to your success as a business. They are the first people clients see when they walk into your spa. They work in the trenches and have a great understanding of how the business operates day in and day out. As a result, the information and feedback they provide is important when analyzing your business. There are various approaches when asking for suggestions and feedback from your team. One method is to have your team complete a questionnaire. This questionnaire can be anonymous or open and would cover all aspects of the operations. It can be completed once a month or quarterly and will give your team an outlet to communicate to you. Keeping these types of questionnaires anonymous can prove more effective, as it relieves any negative pressure of being completely open and honest. An alternative option would be to hire an external consultant. This person should be an industry expert who will have the capacity and experience to analyze your current systems and provide recommendations to improve operations. Although hiring a consultant is an investment, the benefits of increasing your business efficiencies should far outweigh the cost of the consultant’s fee. However, before deciding to go down this path, do your research and truly understand how your business will benefit.

OUTSOURCE AND AUTOMATE
Time is money. Your time is a very valuable resource and you should consider how to make the most of it. Consider outsourcing the projects that are not within your scope or focus. This will save time, so that your time can then be spent on what you do well and what your business needs to grow. Automating the tasks that you can will not only help you to save time, but will reduce, if not eliminate, human error – building a strong foundation for your business to grow.
Tasks that can easily be automated would include sending pay stubs to employees or reminder e-mails to clients. There are many technologies available to help with the automation and engaging with an expert who can advise what would work best can be beneficial. As waxing is a specialized service, it is important to be aware of the balance between automation and staying engaged with a client. Client loyalty is built through a personal relationship with your client, so ensuring you remain connected with them is important. Try not to lose sight of the personal touches.

FOCUS MARKETING EFFORTS
It can be challenging to truly understand the return on your investment when it comes to marketing. Taking the time to know who your target demographic is and how you can effectively reach them will streamline marketing and provide the most impact per dollar spent. Include a code with promotions that clients must reference in order to redeem so that at the end of the promotion you can see the results. Routinely performing an overall analysis on your client database to break out key demographics, most popular services, and products sold will help develop effective marketing campaigns and focus the budget effectively.

CREATE ACHIEVABLE GOALS
Once you have performed an analysis, gained an understanding of areas you can improve in, and implemented new systems, it is important to define the level of improvement you are hoping to attain. This will allow you to understand whether the changes you have made have had any impact on the overall productivity and efficiency of your business. It will also give you and your team a goal to work towards.
Focus on making small changes in your business, as these will often have the most impact on overall performance. Understanding the ins and outs of your business will allow you to make educated decisions on how you can improve operations and grow your bottom line. Remember to focus on efficiency, but don’t let it take away from the primary goal of operating a successful business and providing the best possible services every time.

Lindsay Miller is the president of LYCON Wax North America. Having first discovered LYCON Wax in the United Kingdom 10 years ago, she has dedicated her time to growing the brand across North America, including introducing LYCON to Canada. Training and product quality are extremely important to Miller and she prides herself on building a strong team around her that can offer the best customer experience possible. LYCON continues to be a market leader in hair removal wax and is used in top spas and salons around the world.

Miller, Lindsay. “Improving Business Efficiencies to Grow the Bottom Line.” DERMASCOPE Magazine, https://www.dermascope.com/business/11219-improving-business-efficiencies-to-grow-the-bottom-line.

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Hale & Hush Unicorn Tears Eye Treatment featured by Lipgloss + Aftershave

Hale & Hush has become the breakout cult product line for 2019. It won 3 Lipgloss + Aftershave Fav Awards this year and has become the go-to companion line because it’s a sensitive skin line that works well with virtually every other brand. Loved by so many, the brand’s key products are even earning nicknames. Their Brilliant Eye & Lip Serum, an antioxidant eye treatment product that is full of liquid crystals has been dubbed Unicorn Tears because of its pink, rainbow colored shimmery appearance.

Unique Ingredients Make Unicorn Tears So Effective
The Hale & Hush Brilliant Eye & Lip Serum has gained such notoriety because of the superior ingredient technology. Rather than focus on plumping the skin with traditional ingredients, it enhances lipid levels and barrier function by replenishing cholesterol. Brilliant Eye & Lip also includes a highly effective antioxidant that provides superior cellular protection for mitochondria and DNA.

What are the liquid crystals in Unicorn Tears?
Brilliant Eye & Lip Serum
CHOLESTERYL NONANOATE, CHOLESTERYL OLEYL, CHOLESTERYL STEARATE: A liquid crystal fluid comprised of “cholesteryl”, which is the form of cholesterol for cellular storage. Cholesterol is an essential component of cell structure, communication and biochemistry. Topical liquid crystal enhances skin’s lipid levels, barrier function, softness and flexibility.
What is the antioxidant in Unicorn Tears?
PHENYL T-BUTYLNITRONE (SPIN TRAP): Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (PBN) is an intelligent and powerful antioxidant compound known as a “Spin Trap” because of how it targets and traps free radicals to convert them to stable molecules that are no longer destructive for removal by the body or for reuse in various cellular processes. PBN is particularly effective against the aggressive hydroxyl and superoxide radicals to provide superior protection for mitochondria and DNA, which are especially susceptible to those two radicals.

The Protocol for Unicorn Tears
Combining LED and negative ionic technology from MYSKINBUDDY with the superior ingredient technology in Hale & Hush’s Brilliant Eye and Lip Treatment makes the perfect liquid crystal and antioxidant eye treatment that can be added on to any facial. The beauty of the Unicorn Tears treatment is that because Hale & Hush and MYSKINBUDDY are so gentle, this treatment is for virtually everyone.

UNICORN TEARS EYE TREATMENT
by Jenni Nagle, Beauty Industry Blogger
As seen on lipglossandaftershave.com September 18, 2019

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Life After Skin Cancer: How to Restore and Rejuvenate Your

Life After Skin Cancer: How to Restore and Rejuvenate Your Skin


Skin cancer is one of the leading types of cancer in the US. While there are several types of skin cancer, those that are sun-related—like basal and squamous cell skin cancers—tend to be the most common.  Sun-related cancers occur when UVA, UVB, and other rays scientists are still discovering damage the DNA found in skin cells. Instead of dying off, cell growth continues to accelerate. The buildup often forms a tumor, which might look like a red bump, mole, or other skin irregularity.

Once skin cancer has been discovered, it might be killed through chemotherapy or radiation, or be surgically removed, depending on the type of cancer it is. Regardless of the treatment method, the skin should be treated very carefully, and the focus should be on restoration and rejuvenation. At that point, the skin has already gone through major trauma and will be very sensitive, so it’s important to use products that will soothe the skin and bring back its vitality.

Natural Products that Rejuvenate the Skin
Doctor D. Schwab products use natural ingredients that are free of the harsh chemicals that can further aggravate the skin. These botanicals, extracts, and enzymes feed the skin to normalize it and bring it back to a healthy appearance.

Normalizing Moisturizer N
The extremely hydrating Normalizing Moisturizer N helps to normalize hypertrophic or keloid scars, a natural result of the skin’s healing process. Highly concentrated peptides, vitamins, botanical extracts, and Grape Stem Cell Extract are encapsulated into Doctor D. Schwab’s Alphasomes® liposomal technology for optimum delivery and results.

Super Repair CoQ10 Moist
The Super Repair CoQ10 Moist combines the powers of vitamin C, which is wonderful for sustaining the skin and helping it to be healthy, and CoQ10, which is a natural antioxidant found in the body that protects healthy cells. The moisturizer actually contains the highest level of active CoQ10, which feeds the skin with nutrients and keeps it balanced. The result is an improved appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness.

Arnica Mask
Arnica has a natural, anti-inflammatory property, and the concentration of it in Doctor D. Schwab’s Arnica Mask soothes and hydrates sensitive skin. When the arnica is combined with highly concentrated peptides and extracts, it soothes upset skin that has resulted from trauma like skin cancer and cancer treatments. It can be used as a mask or as a moisturizer when skin is feeling extremely dehydrated.

Rescue Cream *we will be donating 10% of sales from Doctor D Schwab’s Rescue Cream and Lip Rescue to National Breast Cancer Foundation
Doctor D. Schwab’s Rescue Cream was created especially for cancer patients and survivors. The rich emollient restores moisture to dry, damaged skin, allowing the skin to begin healing itself. Ultra-soothing botanicals, extracts, and oils reduce the appearance of redness, irritation, and inflammation often associated with cancer treatments. The cream can be applied to the face or body; anywhere there are extremely dry patches that remain after treatments.

Alpha Prho-LE® Enhancing Serum
The Alpha Prho-LE® Enhancing Serum uses a concentrated blend of antioxidants, extracts, and botanicals to help reverse the damage from environmental aggressors and harsh treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation. Its powerful ingredients are encapsulated into a patented Alphasomes® liposomal delivery system for targeted delivery and accelerated results. The ingredients promote overall skin health and provide additional hydration and nutrients, critical for recovering skin. Adding the Alpha Prho-LE® to a post-cancer skincare routine can aid in rejuvenating by fighting off free radicals while skin is most vulnerable to environmental damage.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we                         
have partnered with National Breast Cancer Foundation         
for the month.   

We will be donating 10% of sales from Doctor D Schwab's Rescue Cream and Lip Rescue to National Breast Cancer Foundation
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