The Positive Impact Cosmetology Has on Health

Cosmetologist and clientImproving your health should be a continuous journey for both cosmetologists and their clients. Everyone should strive to become a healthier, better version of themselves. It is not just about maintaining physical health, but also mental health. Cosmetology can have positive impacts for not only cosmetologists, but salon clients as well.

Positive Impact on the Cosmetologist

For cosmetologists, working in an industry that they love can have positive impacts on their health. People tend to feel less stressed and happier with their lives if they have a job they enjoy. If you do not dread your job, it is a lot easier to get up and go to work in the morning.

Avoiding Stress as a Cosmetologist

Stress can lead to depression and anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. People may develop bad habits because of stress.  These habits may include excessive eating, drinking or smoking. When you have a job that you love, you may not turn to coping mechanisms to handle stress. People who love their job are more likely to be healthy and happy.

Despite this, not all stress is bad. Stress can motivate us to perform at a higher level or be life-saving in intense situations. Work stress and long-term stress, on the other hand, is not good for a person. Long-term stress can cause chronic health problems. A person with chronic stress will have trouble with immunity, digestion, sleep and reproduction health. Fight stress with plenty of exercise, good nutrition and a job that you enjoy.

Many cosmetologists are in the profession because they are passionate about beauty. They like working with hair and nails and socializing with others. Making other people feel beautiful can be very fulfilling for cosmetologists and stylists.

Positive Impact for the Customer

Customers visiting hair or nail salons are often looking to professionals to look and feel beautiful. They may want a new hairdo, color update, manicure or pedicure. People enjoy getting pampered by a cosmetologist. These services can help eliminate stress, raise self-esteem and improve the health of hair and nails.

Eliminating Stress

Being pampered can help eliminate stress. People can relax while the cosmetologist takes care of their beauty needs. The customer can sit in the chair and take a break. They don’t have to care for their spouse or children during this time, allowing them to focus on their own needs. They get to relax and unwind, which is a major benefit after a long day.

Scalp massages during the shampooing process helps relieve stress and increases endorphins in the brain. Also, a cosmetologist who befriend their clients may also feel a greater sense of social and emotional fulfillment.

Raising Self-Esteem

Not only does getting pampered eliminate stress, but it also raises self-esteem. Individuals who treat themselves to pampering at a salon tend to feel better about themselves. Whether a client gets a haircut, new hair color, fresh set of nails, or make-up, clients can feel like a whole new person. This enhances their self-esteem and improves overall well-being. Low self-esteem can lead to depression, so taking the time to get hair or nails done at a salon can really help raise a person’s self-esteem. Cosmetologists also feel better about themselves after transforming their customer’s appearances.

Social interaction with clients can also help the customer’s and cosmetologist’s self-esteem. Connecting with friends and sharing an intimate exchange can make a person feel better about themselves, knowing they have a positive circle of friends.

Improving Health Through Hair

It isn’t all about mental health. Customers experience physical health benefits when they visit their hair stylist. Oily hair can lead to skin irritations, which can be treated at salons. Professional shampooing and services can eliminate excess oil and promote scalp and skin health.

Cosmetologists that use chemical free and non-toxic hair accessories will also help the customer keep their hair in pristine condition. Many hair accessories can split ends and damage hair. The proper use of hair care accessories is important for the cosmetologist to help the customer keep their hair healthy.

Hair loss may occur, whether due to stress or a medical condition. Having clean and regularly maintained hair can prevent hair loss, or at least slow down the process. Treating the hair and keeping it healthy is an important part of the prevention process, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Cosmetology can have many positive impacts on health for both the cosmetologist and clients. Mental health is the most positively impacted. Having a job you love allows people to free their minds from stressful thoughts. Anyone hoping to become a cosmetologist can experience all the positive effects that the salon can provide for cosmetologists and their clients.

Ready to reduce the stress and raise the self-esteem of your customers? Need to get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology first? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

5 Skin Care Mistakes That Are Aging You

As much as we love the perks of getting older — maturity, wisdom and being comfortable in our own skin — we don’t want our skin to become dull and wrinkly. And while none of us can reverse the one-way ride that is the aging process, we can definitely slow it down.

But how much of aging is in the hands of fate and genetics? According to dermatologist Doris Day, “Only about 10 percent of how your skin ages is genetic, so you have a lot of control.”

For the 90 percent of aging we can control, here are five skin care mistakes that are aging you.
 

1.  NOT WEARING SUNSCREEN

It’s a beauty tip that is so over-emphasized we almost take it for granted. But the proof is in the pudding — or, shall we say, in the protection.

“90 percent of wrinkles are from the sun, so SPF is the best anti-ager,” Day says.

Even if we’re only outdoors for a short amount of time each day, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sun. At over 27 million degrees and a size that’s approximately 109 times larger than the earth, it’s understandable that the sun plays a major role in aging.

This is good news for those of us who can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on special anti-aging treatments. A simple SPF can keep us looking younger without putting a hole in our wallets.
 

2.  BEING TOO ROUGH ON YOUR SKIN

Our facial skin is fragile, particularly the area around our eyes. Repeated pulling and tugging during makeup application or cleansing routines can take a toll and cause fine lines.

“Try not to pull on your eyes when applying liner, as this can cause premature wrinkles and sagging of skin,” says Lori Leib, Creative Director of Bodyography Professional Cosmetics. “Instead, train yourself to apply liner with a steady hand, or switch from pencil to gel liner as it applies a lot smoother. A rough hand can cause redness and premature wrinkles.”

Over-exfoliating (more than three times per week) is also damaging to the skin. “You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has,” says Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.”
 

3.  POOR EXERCISE AND SLEEP HABITS

It goes without saying that smoking is a serious no-no when it comes to wrinkle prevention, but you might be surprised to learn that a sedentary lifestyle can add years to your face, too.

“Exercising is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD. “When exercise turns you pink, you’re dilating all the blood vessels in your skin and washing the area with nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood.”

Another way we unintentionally accelerate the aging process is by not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that sleep quality has a direct effect on skin quality, and that not getting enough sleep increases the signs of aging.
 

4.  POOR DIET

We can’t escape it: We are what we eat. If we’re constantly filling out bodies with junk food, our skin just isn’t going to be as lovely as it would be if we were eating a diet rich in essential nutrients.

But can a healthy diet actually delay aging? Nutritionist and dietician, Nicolette Pace, believes it can. “Some studies indicate that it is indeed possible to delay aging and get an improvement in skin condition by improving your diet.”

Ingredients that most benefit our skin include antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. This translates to foods such as berries, tomatoes, fish, yogurt, nuts, avocados and honey. Be sure to add these items to your next grocery list!
 

5.  NOT REMOVING MAKEUP AT NIGHT

We’ve all come home from a long, busy day and heard our bed calling to us so loudly that the most we could do was change our clothes and collapse into bed… but wait, not so fast!

Going to bed with makeup on doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, causing pores to become clogged and larger over time. To put it more scientifically: “During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says dermatologist Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup, you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.”

Or take it from another expert, Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of the Clear Clinic: “Free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.”