Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States; however, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that it could be up to 300,000 yearly due to under-reporting and misdiagnosis. Clients with this disease are looking for ways to de-stress and feel better, whether through a relaxing massage or facial. More physicians are letting their clients know that professional treatments done by someone that understands the disease may actually relieve symptoms associated with it during their medical plans…. Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in SkinInc. Magazine – July 2021

Calm your clients’ sensitive skin with these psoriasis spa therapy tips.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that estheticians are seeing more often these days in the treatment room. Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It’s a disease that comes and goes. At this time, there is no cure for it; however, there are ways to avoid its triggers, as well as products and treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms when the skin flares up. Psoriasis should first be treated by a physician. Afterwards, professional skin care treatments can help to relieve and destress the client and calm the reactive state of the skin during a flare-up.

Psoriasis scales and red patches are itchy and can occur all over the body. At times, this can be painful, as psoriasis tends to speed up the life cycle of cells… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine – December 2017

As skin care professi­onals, we spend a lot of time protecting the skin from external stressors that can cause damage and aging. We sometimes forget there are factors that can age the skin from the inside out, too, and one of these internal factors is glycation. The term “glycation,” along with the consumer desire to use products containing “anti-glycation ingredients” to prevent premature aging, is growing in skin care. The skin care expert should be aware of this, as well as understand how much more important these types of products can be to someone who has health-challenged skin. The skin of a diabetic client is especially prone to premature or accelerated aging, and treatments and product choices will either help or hinder his or her ability to achieve their skin care desires.

Understanding Diabetes and Glycation
Diabetes is a chronic health condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin to properly break down sugar (glucose) in the blood. You may think you don’t have any diabetic clients, but some may be unaware of their condition. It is estimated that 1.7 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year, with an additional 8.1 million as yet undiagnosed. Just imagine the number of diabetics coming in for treatments who unknowingly have skin aging issues due to this health challenge…. Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – December 2016

Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder whereby the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It can occur in genetically predisposed individuals, which are estimated at 1 in every 100 people worldwide. CD can easily be diagnosed by a blood test or intestinal biopsy, yet approximately 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and at risk for long-term health complications.

The immune systems of those affected by celiac who eat forms of the protein gluten, such as those found in wheat, barley and rye, attack the small intestine. Left untreated, celiac can lead to more serious autoimmune conditions, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis, along with intestinal cancers, neurological issues and anemia. Furthermore, celiac disease can impact the body externally, appearing as a number of skin disorders that occur simultaneously with digestive issues.

In addition to celiac disease, there are other gluten sensitivities; so asking questions on the intake form will be important for estheticians. CD, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or wheat allergies may sound the same, but they are different diagnoses and should be treated differently…. Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Skin, Inc. Magazine – July 2016

May is national Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The most common of all cancers, approximately 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.1 With this awareness, it is the perfect month to educate your clients on how to do their own exams at home on a regular basis and encourage them to see a dermatologist yearly for a thorough exam.

We are not medical professionals, so it is important to recommend a dermatologist visit when you notice an area that may look to be cancerous. Without alarming the client, advise them to go in for an exam if a mole or discoloration in their skin arises at any time. Some skin cancers are fast spreading and there is often no time to waste. Training the client in what to look for will help provide them with some much-needed information so they can keep watch on their skin…  Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine – May 2016

Diabetes affects over 20 million Americans, and more than 40 million Americans have prediabetes. It is very likely that a portion of our own clients represent some of these prediabetic individuals. The first thing we need to understand is the difference between the two types of diabetes, and the related conditions that may affect the skin. We can then determine a course of treatment that will be most beneficial, and at the same time calming to irritating skin conditions.

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases that causes a person to have high blood sugar. This is commonly known as diabetes, a condition in which the body cannot produce the required amount of insulin to properly break down the glucose (sugar) in the blood. This can be caused when the cells don’t respond to the insulin that is normally produced, or when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. The two main kinds of diabetes are Types I and II. In cases of Type I diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Type II is the most common form of diabetes. It arises when the cells cannot use insulin properly… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine – February 2013

Cancer patients deal with many different skin conditions due to the disease itself, treatments they receive and medications they take. The skin is extremely compromised. Looking at skin care labels can be daunting for the esthetician on a daily basis. However, we need to be extremely careful when dealing with someone undergoing treatment to make sure we are not adding ingredients that may cause further irritation or harm. Anthocyanins, polyphenols and flavonoids are important ingredients that are increasingly used in today’s skin care. There are many studies that show their positive benefits for skins challenged with cancer and other health issues.

These three types of extractions are considered the “mega extract” from fruits and plants of certain colors. They are the “heart” of the key molecules that
contain the specialized antioxidants from a particular fruit or plant. The deeper the color of the plant, the stronger the antioxidant power… Access Full PDF Article Here.

by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine – September 2012