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Valentine’s Day Inspired Juice Recipes

Posted on: February 11th, 2018

Love the way your body feels with these Valentine’s Day inspired raw juice recipes! Here at USTA, we incorporate nutrition and juicing as a part of our curriculums. How you feel on the inside directly reflects on the outside. Juicing extracts the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables. There are incredible juicing benefits including skin health, reducing inflammation, cognitive health and much more. So go ahead and try these red delicious recipes during this lovely season!

 

Pineapple Strawberry Mint 

1 cup pineapple

1 cup strawberries

1 handful fresh mint

Pineapple juice contains vitamin C, bromelain and antioxidants, which are beneficial in the treatment and prevention of acne, fine lines, sun damaged and uneven skin tones.


Watermelon Mint Cooler

2 cups watermelon

1 large cucumber

1/2 lime

10 mint leaves

Watermelon is packed with vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.


Razzmatazz 

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup strawberries

Raspberries are high in ellagic acid, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.


All about the Beets!

1 red beet

1 apple

1 inch piece of ginger

3 whole carrots

Beets are high in immune-boosting Vitamin C, fiber, manganese, potassium, Vitamin B and folate.

Beet roots contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification.


Tomato Detox

2 large tomatoes

1 stalk celery

1 cucumber

1 handful fresh parsley

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

optional: pour juice over ice

The handful of parsley and celery make this detox juice great for healthy skin and hair.

 

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Choose The Right Beauty School

Posted on: February 4th, 2018

As a future student, deciding what beauty school is the right choice for you takes time and effort. In your research, visit all schools that interest you. During your search, you may come across the term “Nationally Accredited“. This accreditation process is completely voluntary and currently not a requirement to operate a school in the state Illinois.

 

What to look for when choosing the right beauty school.

  • The curriculum. Does the school offer a curriculum that will not only teach the skills needed for your career but prepare you for life outside of school?
  • Nationally accredited. As stated above, it is a choice for a school to have this accreditation. When a school is Nationally Accredited, it means: 1. The US Dept of Education may recognize the school for participation into Title IV financial aid programs. 2. The school has successfully met national standards of educational performance for its curriculum’s. 3. A financial audit has been completed to ensure that the institution is financially sound to operate and students tuition is not at risk.
  • Tools and Aid. Does the school offer the right tools for you to be successful? Do they offer financial aid or any discount programs? These are all questions to research and find answers for.
  • Job placement success. What is the beauty school’s graduation, licensure and placement rate? These statistics should be revealed for potential students to review. These same statistics at USTA are posted, and reported to NACCAS.

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Valentine’s Day Inspired DIY Facial Masks

Posted on: January 28th, 2018

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so why not show your skin some love with these unique DIY facial mask recipes. The star ingredient? Rose water! Rose water is suitable for all skin types and has useful properties such as:

-cleaning, toning and soothing skin

-reduce redness

-helps reduce and eliminate acne

-removes dirt and oil

-hydrate and moisturize the skin

-helps balance pH

-strengthens skin cells and regenerates skin tissue

-packed with antioxidants and antibacterial properties

-anti-aging; reducing fine lines and wrinkles

 

Think Rose water is a powerhouse product? We do too!

 

Valentine’s Day Inspired DIY Facial Masks

 

The Goodbye Acne Mask

 

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon rose water

 

Apply to skin, leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and moisturize.

 

Strawberry Rose Mask

 

2-3 strawberries

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1/4 cup raw honey

1 tablespoon rose water

 

Combine in blender until smooth. Apply to skin. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse and moisturize.

 

Chocolate Rose Mask

 

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 tablespoon rose water

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons oatmeal (for smaller oats, put in blender before mixing)

 

Mix ingredients together and apply to skin. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and moisturize.

 

The Dry Skin Mask

 

2 tablespoons banana (mashed)

2 tablespoons rose water

 

Mix ingredients together. Apply to skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize.

 

Tell us how much you love these Valentine’s day inspired diy facial masks on our facebook page or tag us on Instagram at #USTA.

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

 

Top 5 Wellness Trends For 2018

Posted on: January 21st, 2018

If you browse the internet and look for top wellness trends for 2018 you will find one of the biggest trends are eating bugs. Although interesting, it is not what we will share with you in this article. 🙂 When we think of wellness we think of mind, body and soul.

 

Top 5 Wellness Trends for 2018

 

Moringa

Moringa leaves are rich in many important nutrients, including protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and iron. It is also rich in various antioxidants, including quercetin and cholorogenic acid.

 

HIIT Training (High intensity interval training)

HIIT is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery period.HIIT is the concept where one performs a short burst of high-intensity (or max-intensity) exercise followed by a brief low-intensity activity, repeatedly, until too exhausted to continue.

 

Mindfulness and Energy Healing

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment, accepting and non-judgmentally paying attention to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise.

 

Non-Toxic Beauty

More wellness trends for 2018 includes non-toxic beauty products. Consumers are now looking for natural hair, face and makeup products, and companies are listening by removing harmful chemicals, fillers and dyes in their products. In 2018, we are more aware of not only what we put in our bodies but what we put on our hair and skin.

 

The Mushroom Craze

Ever heard of mushroom coffee? How about a mushroom antioxidant elixir? One of the top health trends is the power packed, anti-fungal mushroom. Many products are emerging to help combat stress and inflammation.

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Manage Stress This Holiday Season

Posted on: December 18th, 2017

Here at USTA we believe incorporating mind, body and soul is an essential part of daily life. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, staying on top of taking care of yourself is necessary. While thinking of others as the holiday’s approach might be your top priority, it’s also important to consider your own physical and mental health.

 

Here are a few ways to manage stress brought on by the holidays.

1. Exercise. Sometimes, the holiday season can throw us off of our usual schedule. Do your best to maintain your regular fitness routine.

2. Watch what you’re eating. While most of us love holiday food, it’s important that we don’t over-indulge. Choose options high in Vitamin C to keep your immune system thriving.

3. Take a breather. There’s nothing wrong with taking a “time out” from a gathering when you need it.

4. Reflect with gratitude. Often times we can become too consumed with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. While it is nice to stack up gifts for loved ones (and even yourself) take some time to reflect with gratitude. Be grateful for the year and its challenges as well as wins.

5. Embrace every moment. Be present with family and loves ones. Embrace and enjoy every moment!

6. Meditate. Research published in the Health Psychology journal stated that meditation is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Marketing Strategies For Your Beauty Business

Posted on: December 10th, 2017

Here at USTA, you will benefit from FREE business classes, included with every program! We help you prepare yourself for life after school. Marketing your business is a year round must, but what about marketing your beauty business to push for the year end? In this article, we want to cover some tools and strategies that you can implement today to generate more sales and overall gear up your business marketing into the New Year!

 

Strategies to market your beauty business

 

Advertising on a budget

As a business owner, expenses can be tight. How to you effectively market your business on a budget? Allocate a certain dollar amount to marketing and stick to it!

 

Create discounts on products/services

Offer a sale on services and products. For example, offer a 10% off a certain product for the month or period of time. With the holidays approaching, customers are more prone to buying products and services for a discount price. Be careful to not give away too much, but just enough for it to be a win win!

 

Host a ‘How To’ workshop

Stand out by positioning yourself as an expert in your field. For example, host a workshop for application to turn a natural makeup look into a night time holiday party look. Theme them to get a clear message to your audience about what you will be offering and the value.

 

Build an email list

Don’t really know who to market to? Building an email list of clients who want to be in the know of what specials, promotions, events

 

Get Social!

Promoting your business online is an absolute must! Use tools such as Hootsuite or Postplanner to schedule your posts for the week or month.

 

USTA is a leader in this type of career preparation for its students. Classes are taught by the owners; who hold medical and business degrees and built a successful day spa from the ground-up. Learn more here!

How To Choose The Right Massage School For You

Posted on: December 3rd, 2017

Starting a career in massage therapy is not only rewarding but finding a school to enroll can be one of the toughest decisions! Researching and reviewing massage therapy schools and programs is the first step in deciding where you will attend. The next step is to consider your career intentions. Making sure the topics that are offered in the curriculum and the style(s) of massage taught match what you want to learn. The final step is to meet with an admissions counselor. Discuss time frames of the massage therapy program. Will you attend full time or part time? These are some questions you can ask immediately. Below are some other ways to choose the right school for you.

 

Ways you can choose the right massage school

 

  • Collect information
  • Attend an open house or orientation
  • Interview former students
  • Read catalogues or audit a class
  • Read gainful employment stats
  • Tutoring options and supplies needed
  • Do they offer continuing education?
  • Learn the different types of financial aid
  • Consider overall quality of the school

 

Choosing the massage therapy program at USTA

  • At Universal Spa Training Academy, our massage therapy program is divided into 3 core areas; MIND – BODY – SPIRIT. After this program, students will be well versed in clinical massage as well as the energies of the Eastern approach and techniques of the West. We do not just teach how to address the body but incorporate the mind and spirit as well. Upon completion, students may sit for the MBLEx exam. We are approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and we are a nationally accredited school. We also offer financial services as well as a free massage table to all of our students! To learn more about our massage therapy program, call an admissions representative TODAY at (630) 968-6800.

4 Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Posted on: November 26th, 2017

Laser hair removal is a part of our medical aesthetics program here at USTA! Even during the winter months, laser hair removal continues to be popular as we attend holiday parties and winter getaways.

 

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

 

  1. 1. Treatments are quick. Laser hair removal treatments are relatively quick. It only takes 20 minutes to perform a treatment on the underarm and Brazilian area.
  2. 2. You will save money. With the permanent reduction of hair, you no longer need to purchase endless razors, shaving cream, depilatory creams. No need for scheduling those painful waxing appointments either! The cost of laser hair removal has decreased as the technology has improved.
  3. 3. You can eliminate and prevent ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is simply the best option and the only solution to prevent and eliminate ingrown hairs. It is also a great option for those who have sensitive skin and experience skin irritation from shaving and waxing.
  4. 4. You will save time. Eliminate the need for the daily shave. Stay on top of treatments and say goodbye to the razor.

 

In our medical aesthetics program, we cover the art of hair removal along side other services such as: Dermaplaning, Micro-Needling, Intense Pulsed Light Laser, Fraxel Laser Treatments, Vascular Removal, Laser Physics and more! As an added bonus of USTA’s aesthetics program is that each aesthetics student will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive hands-on laser certification course provided by True U Education in Chicago.

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

Winter Detox Recipes

Posted on: November 19th, 2017

With cold and flu season approaching it is important to keep your mind and body healthy with a winter detox. Every season it is beneficial to detox but when the temperatures turn cold, it helps to build your immune system and fight off infection.

 

Here are signs that you may need a winter detox:

  • You tend to feel cold, especially in your hands and feet.
  • Your skin is dry.
  • You have frequent bloating after meals.
  • You feel tired during the day.
  • You have low energy.
  • You are interested in natural health and want to feel your best!

 

Ways to live with the seasons in the winter include: sleeping more and eating warm, nutrient-dense foods. If you experience dry skin during the winter months, foods that are high in healthy fats are beneficial. Eats foods such as salmon, avocados, coconut oil, bone broth recipes, grass-fed meats, farm raised eggs and root veggies. Stay away from loads of sugar, dairy, alcohol and fast foods.

 

Winter Detox Recipes

 

-Start every morning with warm water and fresh lemon.

 

-Try this 20 minute winter detox soup by the simple roots wellness.

 

-Detox tea including: lemon, freshly grated ginger (about 1tsp), a dash of turmeric, and 1 tablespoon of raw honey.

 

-Green smoothie:

  • Handful organic curly kale leaves, de-stemmed
  • Handful organic spinach leaves
  • ½ pineapple, cored and sectioned
  • 1 c. mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
  • ¼ to ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk (for desired consistency)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 4 drops almond extract (optional)

 

-Spicy Lemon Detox Tea: hot water, fresh lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper.

 

  • -Mint Green Shake
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric or 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 4-5 sprigs of mint
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist or aesthetics professional? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

Massage Therapy School Set Apart From The Rest

Posted on: November 12th, 2017

Here at USTA, we take our massage therapy students through human body systems with a balanced focus on muscular structure and function. We also prepare multiple massage modalities as well as career planning, client retention and preparation to sit and pass the MBLEx Exam. We set our program apart from the rest by incorporating the details below:

 

How our massage school Is Set Apart From The Rest

 

  • – 650 hr Massage Therapy Program
  • – Finish in as little as 9 months
  • – Day and Evening Classes Available
  • – Energy Work Included
  • – Aromatherapy Included
  • – Business Entrepreneurship Courses
  • – Basic Skin Care Training Included
  • – Illinois Licensing Fee Included
  • – Free Massage Table Included
  • – No Prerequisites Required
  • – Internships Available
  • – Financial Aid Available

 

We believe a hands-on teaching approach helps our students learn the appropriate techniques to understand the power between them and their clientele. Here are a few facts about Universal Spa Training Academy: 89% of Title IV students complete the program within 9 months, 82% of program graduates got jobs according to the accreditor job placement rate and the typical graduate leaves with only $5,200 in debt (These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education).

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.