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CIDESCO Offers Diplomas in 3 New Beauty and Spa Concentrations

CIDESCO Offers Diplomas in 3 New Beauty and Spa Concentrations

CIDESCO, offering Beauty and Spa Therapy with accredited schools in over 33 countries worldwide, announces the launch of three exciting new Diplomas which will appeal to a growing number of students keen to enter or develop and progress into this dynamic and expanding industry.

CIDESCO, which has been defining professional standards in the Beauty Therapy Industry since 1946, has developed three new Diplomas, in response to the dynamic growth and development in the Beauty and Spa Industry. The new Diplomas offer the highest standards of professional qualifications and will provide graduates with the means to equip themselves with the skills to succeed.

The three new qualifications include:

The Spa Therapy Diploma – this qualification gives candidates the opportunity to obtain a Diploma in ‘Spa Therapy’ without the prerequisite of a qualification in Beauty Therapy. CIDESCO recognized the need for a ‘stand alone’ qualification which is now available to anyone who would like to pursue a career in the Spa Industry.

Beauty & Spa Management Diploma - the new CIDESCO Beauty & Spa Management Diploma has been developed to give graduates a real competitive ‘edge’ in the market place. The course includes a greater emphasis on the range of activities required to manage an organization or business such as human resources planning and customer service. This Post Graduate Diploma is available to holders of the CIDESCO Diploma in Beauty Therapy and/or Spa Therapy and will equip any student with the necessary skills to undertake a management role.

Media Make–up Diploma – open to candidates who have a passion for creative make-up to enable them to be employed in media, theatre, TV and fashion. The CIDESCO Media Make-up Diploma teaches students how to apply make-up for television, film, catwalk and fashion industry magazines and theatre as well as prosthetics and other areas which require special effects make-up.

Launching the new Diplomas, CIDESCO’s President Anna-Cari Gund says: “The introduction of our new Diplomas will open up careers in the Beauty and Spa Industry to a great many more people whilst still maintaining standards. By offering a range of CIDESCO qualifications, schools and colleges can provide students with a flexible and supportive approach to their education and development in the Beauty and Spa Industry. With a CIDESCO qualification they can be assured that they have received a world class qualification that is second to none.”

CIDESCO Diplomas include:
· Beauty Therapy Diploma
· Post Graduate Beauty Therapy Diploma (available to qualified therapists with a minimum of three year’s professional experience)
· Post Graduate Spa Diploma
· Spa Therapy Diploma
· Post Graduate Beauty & Spa Management Diploma
· Post Graduate Aromatherapy Diploma
· Post Graduate Electrical Epilation (Electrolysis) Diploma
· Media Make-up Diploma

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Win Acdue Hydrating Wash and Glocione Immediate Effect by Omiera

Win Acdue Hydrating Wash and Glocione Immediate Effect by Omiera

3 lucky winners will receive Acdue Hydrating Wash and Glocione Immediate Effect by Omiera!


  • Acdue Hydrating Wash is a multi-performing fast-acting cleanser that helps eliminate and diminish adult acne while addressing other aging concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tones.
  • Glocione Immediate Effect neutralizing foundation offers skin a lifted look, firmer feel and youthful radiant glow all in one cream!

HURRY! Contest ends Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 11:59PM Pacific Time!
 Due to mail regulations, the giveaway will be limited to entrants in the United States.

[Images courtesy of Omiera]

Win Lotion PS from Yon-Ka Paris

Win Lotion PS from Yon-Ka Pari

5 lucky winners will receive Lotion PS from Yon-Ka Paris!


More than just a toner, this treatment mist is a true phyto-aromatic fountain of beauty, essential for rebalancing and preparing skin for everyday beauty products. Alcohol-free, it refreshes, tones and purifies even the most dry or sensitive skin. With Yon-Ka Paris’ signature Quintessence, the energizing effects of its essential oils can be felt throughout the whole body.

HURRY! Contest ends Sunday, February 22nd at 11:59PM Pacific Time!
 Due to mail regulations, the giveaway will be limited to entrants in the United States.

[Image courtesy of Yon-Ka Paris]

Enter to win facial cleansers featured in the February issue!

Win the 13 facial cleansers we featured in the February issue of DAYSPA!

From gels and foams to cream and oils, here's your chance to win our selection of top-tier facial cleansers!

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Successful Hands Will Offer 8 Grants for Massage Therapy Students

The Successful Hands Grant Program, developed through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital, supports the professional massage therapy students and their schools. The 2015 program allows students to apply for one of eight $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.

“We are very excited to offer this program again, and I’m delighted that we have expanded it from five grants to eight grants this year,” stated CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising. “Based on last year’s inspirational submissions, we know our investment in these grants has and will continue to make an impact. It’s truly gratifying and uplifting to be a co-sponsor of this program.”

The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” Applications must be received by October 15, 2015 and are accepted online at

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Spa News: Washington Spa Alliance Marks 5th Annual Symposium with Gathering of Regional Spa Groups

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Washington Spa Alliance is set to celebrate its 5th Anniversary with an Annual Symposium that serves as the first national gathering of representatives from the nation’s regional spa associations. The interactive symposium, whose audience will include local, regional and national leaders, will take place at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This historic gathering of spa leadership will spark a national conversation designed to inspire the spa community to advance a human agenda of health and well-being. Washington Spa Alliance is a knowledge center, connecting spa professionals in the nation’s greater capital region. The group works to promote the exchange of innovation in the field and t o ensure the highest spa ideals are met through policy and action. Americans increasingly have turned to spas to learn the importance of diet and exercise, the benefits of organic plant-based diets, to redefine ideas of beauty and well-being, and to learn techniques of stress-reduction and preventive medicine.

On March 18th, members of WSPA and the regional organizations represented will visit with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to address how the spa industry can support the nation’s overall move to a healthier lifestyle.

Attendance is limited. Reservations are being accepted on a first-come basis at Cost is $100 for Washington Spa Alliance members and $175 for non-members ($75 of the non-member rate may be applied to an individual membership in the organization). Members or non-members paying full price may bring guests for $75 apiece (reduced rate excludes the annual membership).

A block of rooms, available on a first come basis, has been secured at Cosmos Club at a favored Symposium rate. Reservations must be made directly to Cosmos Club and marked as WSPA group:; Phone: 202.387.7783; Fax: 202.234.6817. Cosmos Club's historic mansion on Embassy Row at Dupont Circle is located at 2121 Massachussets Avenue, N.W.;

TO REGISTER: For complete updates to the schedule and to register for the Symposium, log onto Washington Spa Alliance is located at 1602 28th St N.W., Washington, D.C., 20007, and can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @WASpaalliance.

Unique Spa Services: "Buddy and Me" Pet Massages

La Quinta Spa masseur Tom Galligan and "Scampers"

A visit to the spa is all about unwinding, but sometimes it's hard to relax when you have to leave a furry friend at home. If you're a dog owner, you've seen those sad puppy eyes just begging to join you when you walk out the door.

Maybe your guest's dog needs a little pampering too? At La Quinta Spa in Palm Springs, California, visitors and their dogs can enjoy a full-body massage at the same time. Contributing editor Alison Singh Gee took her dachshund Scampers with her to La Quinta where she splurged on the "Buddy and Me" treatment.

Certification Workshop: Beginning Eyelash Extensions Class

Skincare Fundamentals recently announced its upcoming Beginning Eyelash Extensions Class, an extensive 8-hour course designed to help beauty professionals master the technique of applying eyelash extensions. Attendees of this workshop will be awarded a professional certification of completion, and will receive a Standard Kit including everything needed to begin your practice as an eyelash extension technician.

Class Description:
This class covers product knowledge, basic application technique, safety, and after care. Students will have the opportunity to practice applying extensions on a live model under the supervision of the Certified Trainer.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of Eyelash Extensions
  • Products to Use For Application
  • Health and Safety
  • Preparing the Client
  • Thorough Application Process
  • Lash Selection
  • Lash Solution
  • Lash Bonding & Effective Bonding Tips
  • Lash Framing Troubleshooting
  • Removal Process
  • After Care and Product Knowledge
  • Recommended Cost of Service
  • Marketing Tips & Tools

Class Fee: $595 (includes full standard kit) - Reg. $950
Date: February 8, 2015
Location: Renui Day Spa; 1773 San Pablo Avenue #B2; Pinole, CA 94572

To register, or for more information about this class and the contents of the kit, please visit www., call 888-388-7546, or email at

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Virginia Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Change Day Spa Definition

A bill has been introduced in Virginia that would change the definition of "day spa" to include any establishment that offers barber or cosmetology services. The bill was proposed in order to allow customers of nail and hair salons liquor licenses through a day spa liquor license. The license would only allow for complimentary drinks to be served, not for the sale of alcohol. Guests would be limited to two drinks per spa visit.

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"Cosmetics Queen" Christine Valmy Dies at 88

Christine Valmy (1926-2015)

Esthetics pioneer Christine Valmy died on January 18 at the age of 88. The Romania-born Valmy’s contributions to the development of skincare esthetics earned her the nickname “Cosmetics Queen”, but this versatile achiever also had a law degree from the University of Bucharest in addition to her cosmetology degree from the city’s Medical School.

Valmy’s eponymous “method” focused on revealing healthy skin’s natural beauty, as opposed to concealing flaws, and captured the loyalty of clients in the United States, to which she emigrated in 1961. In 1966, she founded the Christine Valmy International Cosmetics School in New York. Today, that institution is represented in the U.S. and in 17 other countries around the world.

“Christine Valmy caused a sensation in March of 1972, when she became the first exhibitor to rent a booth for ‘esthetic skin care’ at the International Beauty Show in New York City,” recalls Joel Gerson, master esthetician/educator, author, and close friend and colleague of Valmy’s. “For three days, crowds of hairdressers and salon owners pressed close to see ‘scientific facial treatments’ with machines being done for the first time. This was the beginning of the concept ‘full service salon’.”

Perhaps the truest indication of Valmy’s impact on the beauty world is reflected in the deep respect she evoked from her skincare colleagues and fellow leaders. “My first impression of Christine Valmy was at the CIDESCO show in 1982 in New York at the Sheraton Hotel,” shares Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage. “She truly exemplified what the beauty professional should be: glamorous, elegant and sophisticated. The industry has lost an icon.”