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  • SKINtuition: 5 Tips to Make Resolutions Stick

    annet croppedEmbarking on a new year means many of us will declare goals for 2016 (#Goals2016). Whether it is getting more financially, mentally or physically fit, starting or getting out of a business or relationship, or transforming ourselves entirely like Khloe K., resolutions are a great way to press the metaphorical “reset” button. However, research shows that only about 8% of us are successful in achieving resolutions. Reasons vary, but I think three may resonate with many of us.

    The past. When we are making that list, it is hard to not reflect on what we didn’t achieve the prior year. This can leave us feeling pretty lousy about ourselves, and that is not the best mindset for making positive changes.

    Guilt. Other “stuff” tends to get in the way of spending time on our goals, such as guilt about not giving enough time to our kids, our partner, our employees or our dog.

    Overachi­eving. Too many goals on the list can be overwhelming and paralyzing, not catalyzing.

    checklistSome good news—those who write down their resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve them. Find a partner to help you, and the odds go up again. So grab a pen and a pal, and try these tips to ensure 2016 fulfills your expectations.

    1. List Achievements and Fears First.

    Don’t begin with your 2016 to-do list. Rather, start out by listing the times in 2015 when you were superbly awesome. Include what you achieved, when you had to overcome fear and tried or learned something new. Print it, record it, pin it and every time you’re feeling less than confident or getting off track, read it out loud. Now that you are sufficiently pumped, take an honest look and make a list of what you fear and why. Is the fear rational? What is your plan to overcome it?

    2. Pick One Goal, Not Five.

    It is better to pick one specific, measurable goal that is broken into daily tasks or steps. This gives you a better chance of conserving enough self-control to succeed. For example, if your goal is to get regular exercise, your specific goal could be to go to the gym three times a week to workout for an hour or walk the dog every morning at 7a.m. for 30 minutes. Running a marathon, finding a mate and learning a new language while writing a memoir is a tad unachievable for most of us.

    3. Commit to You Time.

    The old cliché “take care of yourself first or you will have nothing left to give others” is not only true, but something that is very close to home in our industry. We are not the best at self-care as we spend our entire working day and sometimes home life caring for others. When you practice self-care in whatever form works for you (receiving professional help, meditation, massage, hiking a hill or weeding your succulents), you will have more time and love to give to those around you and energy towards achieving your goals.

    4. Hang Up the Cape.

    Many of us aspire to be a superhero and feel the pressure to compete and juggle it all, whether it is gaining a CrossFit bod, baking muffins for the kids, being a super thoughtful partner/​friend or moving up the corporate ladder. You simply can’t do it all at once; you’ll burn out and get overwhelmed. When you overextend yourself, you build up an energy debt, and have none leftover for your goals.

    5. No Shame Game.

    Don’t beat yourself up when you miss a workout, indulge in a latte or skip a class. It does not help. There’s even research to support this fact. Feeling shame increases stress and leads to worse outcomes. For example, fat shaming leads to more donut eating. So while it’s tough to say no to a Cronut or Krispy Kreme, eating a box shouldn’t be on anyone’s goal list.

    This article was originally published in SkinInc.com.

  • Gym Membership, Skin Membership

    Congratulations – you’ve almost made it through the first month of the new year! While many have enrolled in new gym classes and started the latest juice trends, some are left feeling more razed than fresh at this new and exciting time of year. New Year’s resolutions are all about shifting into your best self, but many fail to realize that most resolutions won’t be kept up past mid-January!

    While some of the top resolutions are about losing weight or getting organized, some are about achieving better skin. But staying committed to your fitness or health goals will also benefit your skin, so you can actually combine resolutions!

    Read on to find out what exercise can do for your skin and your body:

    1. Improve Your Mood and Your Skin: It’s a fact – regular exercise can boost certain fatigue-fighting brain chemicals such as norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals can help pep up your mood, and they can also boost your attitude about your skin! You may find that once you start exercising, you’re no longer too tired to remove your makeup before you go to bed, or you’re not so concise about the pimple or wrinkles that decided to show up when you weren’t looking. Overall, healthy skin is a great confidence builder!

    2. Get Natural Pain Relief: Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever, which can make you less vulnerable to tiny tears in muscles and tendons. This pain reliever might come in handy during extractions if you experience breakouts. Also, when you’re working hard and breaking a good sweat, that very sweat helps the body to naturally detox, resulting in clearer, glowing skin.

    3. Flaunt Your Inner Diva: Working out is the way to a better body image. Regardless of how much you work out, or what you do, it will make you feel positive about wearing that bikini. The same can be said for your skin – having a great home care regimen with professional skin treatments could be a reason to finally try that red lipstick you’ve been eyeing!

    4. Shrink Unwanted Fat: Stress can cause weight gain and lead to inflammation, which can contribute to the signs of aging, breakouts and other skin issues. More studies are linking stress to adverse effects on the skin, so try yoga or a skin care night at home with a hydrating masque to de-stress.

    5. Sleep Away the Signs of Aging: A study found in Sleep Journal observed that aerobic activity is an effective approach to improving sleep quality, mood and quality of life in older adults with chronic insomnia [1]. This quality of sleep can also affect your skin. Scientists believe that skin repairs itself at night, as cell renewal is enhanced in the evening [2]. Some products can even go as far as working with our bodies’ biological activity circadian (24-hour) rhythms to also nourish and condition the skin at the same time as you sleep!

    So while maintaining fitness goals is ideal for bodily health, it is equally important to recommend a skin care regimen that achieves results. E.J. Masicampo, an assistant psychology professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. who studies goal planning, states, “Goals can be extremely effective, depending on how people set and approach them…They can inspire you and help you keep the bigger picture in mind.”

    What’s the big picture here? Skin and the internal body go hand in hand!

    References:
    1. Sleep Medicine Vol. 11, Issue 9, Pages 934-940
    2. Prevention July 2006; Beauty Sleep by Janet Kinosian

  • New Year, New Goals

    Annet KingAs a New Year comes around, the vast majority of us start making resolutions, plans and promises about what we are going to do differently. Whether it’s eating more kale, breaking a sweat daily, or finally kicking that nasty habit (or person) to the curb, we all set out with the best intentions. Maybe it’s getting more financially organized, having a solid marketing plan, or learning a new skill or technique. But the truth is that even though the New Year seems like the best place to start, if you are like millions of others, procrastination will get in the way. The holiday lights are still warm and the “Excusitis” has set in.

    There is always an excuse – why you can’t do it, why today it didn’t happen, how you’re going to do it tomorrow. Procrastination involves the act of replacing high-priority actions with lower priority tasks, like cleaning your treatment room one more time versus introducing yourself to waiting hair clients. Procrastination is bad for you; it results in stress, a sense of guilt, loss of productivity, as well as social disapproval. But every one needs a little motivation and some tools to help them reach their goals!

    Here are some tips to keep you on track in 2013:

    • Modify your goal as new circumstances warrant a change in direction or pace.
    • Monitor your progress daily to keep yourself on target.
    • Start with the small bites – procrastination occurs when the task is too big. Start walking every day, then begin jogging before running that 10k.
    • Schedule time to work on your goals in an undistracted space.
    • Look forward to the success and visualize yourself after completion. Getting started is good, but completion is the outcome you need.
    • Join with others who are working hard toward their goals; it’s energizing and motivating. This is why many students come to class!

    Find your motivational switch. Everyone has a way to switch on their own motivation mode. Is it reward, recognition or penalty? With all goal setting it takes decision, discipline and determination, but reaching your goals boosts self esteem, gives you a sense of fulfilment, and it can actually increase endorphins, making you more personable, creative, positive and confident. So eat that kale. Put on the running shoes. Book that class and see your success clearly on the horizon!

  • Top Tips for Reaching Your Team Targets!

    The MacLeod Review of employee engagement proposed that the relationship between employees and employers should be placed at the center of business plans. Strengthening this relationship can have a multitude of benefits on the overall success of your business and can be the tipping point of whether you achieve set targets or not.

    One of the best ways to build a positive proactive relationship is through implementation of a rewards program into your business. Employees that work in businesses that have a reward program in place say they feel more valued (85%), are more loyal to the business they work in (65%) and get better results (60%).

    Tips for Implementing an Effective Rewards Program
    When introducing a reward program, be mindful of these few points:

    1. The program should have well-defined business objectives (increasing their retail sales or raising productivity or ability to up-sell or cross promote).
    2. Your rewards program needs to be meaningful and valuable to employees, and it must encourage better levels of performance. It should not put their targets beyond realistic reach.
    3. Employees need to be consulted so that the benefits of the rewards program can be effectively communicated and clearly understood by all those participating. One-on-one meetings tend to work best in this regard.
    4. All set targets need to be tracked on a daily basis and their results measured and reviewed regularly.

    It is important to choose a reward program that is customized to fit your team and business model. Take the time to get to know your team and what motivates them, and try different rewards until you can until you can formulate what works best for you.

    Here are a few basic examples of reward incentives that could work for your business:
    • Reward therapists for retail sales using a sliding scale for commission.
    • Reward entire team when monthly goals are achieved.
    • Reward highest re-booking rate.
    • Reward achievement of productivity goals.
    • Reward for therapist with the highest retail-to-service ratio.

    Remember that money is not the only reward that motivates people. Other options might include:

    • Product allocations
    • Time off
    • Tickets for a special event
    • Internal staff recognition program

    While rewards will incentivize some team members, others may simply need some additional training. We all know that knowledge equals growth and success, yet it always surprises me how few businesses in our industry actually invest in staff training. One the biggest reasons why someone is not good at retailing is because they have little to no knowledge about the product that they are retailing and therefore lack the single most magical ingredient when it comes to retailing – confidence! Investing in staff training is a sure fire way to boost confidence levels while providing the individual with the fundamental retailing skill set. It’s imperative that you partner with a company that has an ongoing training program that provides your team with a variety of workshops to help them refine or develop their individual retailing skill set.

    These workshops should be followed through with a specific action plan that has been set by management. The action plan should include specific, realistic retail targets and a customized reward incentive for achieving those targets.

    Ideas to help your team achieve their goals might include:
    • Use a strong retailer to coach someone who needs improving.
    • Have a product focus of the week/month and follow through with education at your team meeting.
    • Allow team members to try samples or testers of products. Therapists are more confident in recommending products they use and love themselves.
    • Make sure that your day-to-day management is positive. You’ll waste both money and time if you use negative reinforcement as your management style. There’s no substitute for daily contact with employees – asking how they’re doing, asking if you can help with any problems and, most importantly, recognizing even small improvements.

    By implementing a few of the above-mentioned strategies, you’ll find that success is easier than you may have initially perceived.

    Wishing you a successful and prosperous new year!