• Keeping Up with The Industry at IECSC Las Vegas


    Photo credit: IECSC


    This past weekend, I attended the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa conference (IECSC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference had over 600 exhibitors, 5 CIDESCO workshops, a 2-day medical spa conference, business building seminars, and 135+ FREE classes—I felt like a kid in a candy store! My two-day ticket allowed plenty of time for me to see the many exhibitors and attend some wonderful education classes. Of course, I had to have a game plan to make it all happen. My plan of action was an hour-by-hour timeline for classes, cruising the show floor, and of course lunch. This made it easy to navigate my days because I knew exactly where and when I needed to be at a certain location.

    My priority at IECSC was to attend classes and indulge in education. This year’s education lineup seemed to be split between technology and ingredient classes. The technology education was focused on microdermabrasion, micro needling, lasers and LED. On Saturday I took an LED class from Lightwave that delved into the science of LED and the way it should be applied during a skin treatment. On Sunday, I took another technology class from Bio-Therapeutic about how to incorporate multiple machines into one skin treatment. Both classes were very informative! The ingredient classes were focused on cosmeceutical ingredients and what to look for in chemical peel formulations. It’s always great to learn what’s new and what’s tried and true when looking for a great peel line.

    In between my scheduled classes, I took time to peruse the show floor. I noticed lash extension companies were on every corner this year! Each vendor was applying full sets of lashes and even brow extensions as live demonstrations on the floor. Micro needling exhibitors were a close second to the amount of lash companies, covering everything from traditional needle rollers to automatic pen devices. Just remember, micro needling is great and can yield amazing results, but don’t purchase equipment unless you know your licensure and liability insurance covers the treatment. Thirdly, I noticed that LED manufacturers were abundant. Most machines were for professional use and offered traditional red and blue lights, while others had up to 4 colors including green, yellow or combination.

    Trade shows are always a great place to learn about what’s up and coming in the industry and it amazes me to see how far we’ve advanced in helping clients reach their skin goals. Overall, I had a great time catching up with old co-workers, expanding my knowledge of technology in the treatment room, and doing a little shopping!

  • IDI Greets its First Service Dog in Class

    Maybe it’s the fact that I am a hopeless dog lover and my radar is forever up when it comes to sniffing out my canine friends, but I couldn’t help but notice the presence of a dog on the Los Angeles campus the other morning. Within minutes I introduced myself to a handsome, Pomeranian-Keeshound dog named Peter Wolf. At the end of his leash was his owner, Randy Alonzo. My new canine friend, Peter Wolf, was appropriately attired in a bright blue vest that indicated he was a service dog and was a student, alongside Randy, in the International Skin Care Techniques class. I do believe this is the first service dog we have enrolled in class in the 29 years that The International Dermal Institute has been around.

    During lunch I had a chance to talk with Randy and Peter. Turns out Randy was the recipient of the IDI Legacy Scholarship that IDI awards every semester. His winning entry was a beautiful mosaic showing the layers of the skin using beans! Not surprising, Randy is an artist by training (he does painting and sculpture) and a master make up artist; he recently got his Cosmetology license and is now focusing on skin care.

    Randy told me he fell in love with Dermalogica at Santa Barbara City College. He said he loves every aspect of skin care. To Randy, creating healthy skin brings out the natural beauty of a person. But it’s the ability to give of yourself while doing a treatment on others that excites him the most. He sees being a skincare therapist as an opportunity to give back – to have a positive impact on others, helping to change the world, one client at a time.

    No doubt Randy will be a great, and most importantly, a very caring skin care therapist. For the past 6 years he and Peter Wolf have taken care of each other; the dedication and devotion between these two BFFs is a delight to see. From The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica…..Good luck as a future skin care therapist Randy! We hope to see you and Peter in class again soon.