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Mail Order MedSpa Business Opportunity

If the clients won't come to you, then you can go to your clients. At least for product sales, that is. A new trend that many aesthetic practices are adopting is online product sales. It's attractive for many reasons:

  1. It adds an accommodating service to your current client base who may be too busy to stop in and pick up their products. Convenience is the way of life these days!
  2. It introduces your practice to new customers.
  3. It brings in revenue that you may not have been exposed to before.
  4. It's relatively easy to manage and doesn't require much staff time (i.e., low overhead).
  5. It gives you the opportunity to stand out when compared to other competitive practices in your area.
  6. And, it can even raise your SEO ranking! 

Concerned about the cost of shipping products? No worries! The U.S. Postal Service now offers cost effective Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes in various sizes. So, if it fits, it ships!

Want to make your product line even more attractive and personalized? Try custom label packaged products like the ones from Concept Labs, CBI Laboratories, or Natural Skin Care to name a few. In fact, there are so many companies providing private label skin care products today that you can be very particular with ingredients and additives. Just perform an online search for "private label skin care" and many companies will come up in your search results.

Some practices offer relaxing CDs for sale, aromatherapy products, sleep masks, robes, and many other comfort items that create a sense of personalization with their clients and prospective clients.

How do you add an online store to your website? Companies such as Go Daddy offers "Quick Shopping Cart®", and there's X-Cart®, to name two. Like many internet-based businesses, there are a ton of them. Just use the search terms "online shopping software" and see what comes up!

What comes up then could be your practice's revenue in an area which probably could use a little boosting!

Author: Paula D. Young RN runs internal operations and training at Young Medical Spa and is the author of the Medical Spa Aesthetics Course, Study Guide, and Advanced IPL & Laser Training course for medical estheticians and laser technicians.

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Fluorouracil for Wrinkles

If you pick up most women's magazines in the waiting room of many offices, usually what you see are endless fashion ads and fragrance samples. One magazine, Allure, seems to delve into the beauty industry far deeper than cosmetics and moisturizers with their investigative reports on scientific research. Kudos to you, Allure.

As a dermatology nurse, I came across a brief interesting article in the December issue of Allure entitled "Fast Anti-ager". For those of you who do not read Allure, let me post the entire article:

Doctors have long noticed that patients who use the prescription cream fluorouracil, a treatment for precancerous skin lesions, "tend to look really good afterward," says Dana L. Sachs, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Now a study led by Sachs has documented the cream's anti-aging effects. Patients who used it on their faces twice daily for two weeks had decreases in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and brown spots, as well as in precancers. The drug injures the skin, triggering a beneficial repair response; redness can last for a few weeks. Sachs says studies are needed to assess fluorouracil's cosmetic use in people with relatively mild sun damage.

Perhaps a study worth following.

Author: Paula D. Young RN runs internal operations and training at Young Medical Spa and is the author of the Medical Spa Aesthetics Course, Study Guide, and Advanced IPL & Laser Training course for medical estheticians and laser technicians.

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Sunbeds & Skin Cancer

Via CNN: Study: Sunbeds as harmful as cigarettes

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had previously classified sunbeds as being a "probable" cause of cancer.

However, the agency is now recommending that tanning machines should be moved to "the highest cancer risk category" and be labeled as "carcinogenic to humans".

It followed a review of research that concluded that the risk of melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer -- was increased by 75 percent in people who started using sunbeds regularly before the age of 30.

The IARC also says there is evidence of a link between melanoma of the eye and the use of sunbeds.

In an article in medical journal The Lancet, WHO oncology expert Dr Fatiha El Ghissassi said: "The use of UV-emitting tanning devices is widespread in many developed countries, especially among young women.

"Analysis concluded that the risk of skin melanoma is increased by 75 percent when use of tanning devices starts before 30 years of age.

"Studies provide consistent evidence of a positive association between the use of UV-emitting tanning devices and ocular melanoma -- skin cancer of the eyelid.

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Botox Busters? Study shows wrinkle creams don't work.

 From Reuters: Study; Wrinkle creams don't work.

MMLUpcomingOlay.jpgLuxury-price products don't work any better than drugstore brands, according to the study by Consumer Reports magazine, which ranked Olay Regenerist, priced at about $19, as the most effective in reducing wrinkles.

But none of these products made a significant difference in the skin's appearance.


Glucosamine study may impact the way dermatologists treat UV- related skin damage.


Now You Can Offer The John Hopkins Skin Care Line In Your Medispa?

It would seem that even the venerable institutions of medicine need revenue: John Hopkins sponsors a skin care line.

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