Express Yourself: Your Guide to 3 Topics We’re Hung Up on This Week

Madonna albums

Don’t you love when the universe takes an interest in the exact same thing you were just talking about? Call it manifestation: Ever since the breakout sessions at AmSpa’s The Medical Spa Show in Vegas this month, we keep coming across articles about two of the industry’s hottest topics: diversity and sexual health. Plus, with summer tours heating up in 2023, we’ll be looking at an icon who’s kept the world talking for the last 40 years: Madonna.

Links or it didn’t happen, right?

Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it

Diversity in beauty

The industry is making much-needed changes toward inclusion

Reporting for beauty…  Historically, what we think of as “beauty standards” are more accurately described as “Eurocentric beauty standards.” To better understand the past, present, and future on this topic, start with this report on the dynamics between racial diversity and beauty for women in the U.S.

The problems run deep… One in four Black, Hispanic, and multiracial women said they believe the beauty standards set by society are racist. Only 17% of those women feel their racial beauty is accepted by society.

Actions and words… Trans and nonbinary people constitute a growing population—and an increasing segment of the medspa clientele. Is your staff up-to-date on gender-inclusive language and best practices?

It’s everywhere that you go


A not-so-hot-take on hot flashes

Let’s talk about menopause… No, really! For ages, we’ve reduced it to hot flashes and night sweats, but menopause can impact skin, hair, brain function, and mental health. And most women aren’t talking about it.

It’s called self-care… We turn to specialists for body adjustments, acupuncture, and meditation; why not add a Certified Menopause Practitioner into the mix?

You’re a superstar, yes, that’s what you are


While we’re on the subject of aging

What did she do?… Lots of people have lots of opinions about whether Madonna, now in her 60s, had plastic surgery. More specifically, they want to talk about what she did, and how she looks. British Vogue’s Claire Cohen argues the non-stop commentary says more about us than it does about Madge.

The Material Girl doesn’t need anyone’s approval… Madonna called the criticism ageist and misogynistic, adding, “I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior: pushing boundaries, standing up to the patriarchy, and, most of all, enjoying my life.”

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