Oncology esthetics is a growing field which also provides a rewarding niche for aestheticians. Morag Currin, oncology aesthetician specialist and educator, realized that there was a lack of specialized skin care around health challenged clients. Survivors of, or clients with, cancer have different skin care needs compared to those without health challenges. She founded Touch for Cancer Online, which provides training for licensed aestheticiansin the spa and medical environments. Morag will be giving a 3 day training in Atlanta, coordinated by Georgia Alliance for Aesthetic Professionals (GAAP), in late Fall.
Alexandra J. Zani, a colleague of Morag, was a guest speaker at Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics recently. Alexandra J. Zani is an international educator with a background in biology and medical technology. She is a licensed cosmetology/esthetics educator, author, spa therapy, and formulation specialist in the medical spa industry. Alexandra explained that clients with health issues, particularly cancer or cancer survivors, receive immense value through touch. Massage therapy and skin care services provide touch as well as many therapeutic benefits including strengthening the immune system.
Alexandra stressed the importance of studying histology and sciences of the skin to better understand the underlying causes of disease. She explained how diet is one of the most influential factors contributing to either well-being or disease. Our immune systems have been challenged with the huge environmental transitions of modern cultures. We were not designed to process pesticides and chemical preservatives. Artificial sweeteners, colorants, refined flours/foods including processed meats are especially high-risk products that may produce carcinogens. Our bodies respond better to fresh organic fruits and vegetables that contain natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Aestheticians have an opportunity to educate their clients about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet.