Beauty spa owners, like those in the medical field, must be willing to make sacrifices to provide patients with the quality care they deserve.

But what makes a spa a great place to work? 

 According to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a spa has the potential to reduce healthcare costs by $6,400 per patient per year. 

Beauty salons can also improve a spa’s image and provide a way to get a professional image. 

“Beauty is often an isolating, isolated experience, but the beauty spa can make it more accessible and inviting,” says Jennifer A. Johnson, a clinical associate professor at Harvard Medical School. 

Johnson, who researches the impact of cosmetics on people and their health, is the author of The Beauty of Beauty. 

In addition to providing an environment for patients to connect, Johnson says the spa’s emphasis on “being a place of healing” can make patients feel more at ease. 

A study by the National Women’s Health Association found that salons that encourage self-care, promote positive social interaction, and work to improve client relationships are more likely to receive patients. 

The Center for Health Education, which runs the Center of Beauty, Beauty Salon & Spa, and Family Health Centers, which all run beauty schools, has been working for years to create programs that can help educate women and their families about their bodies, health, and wellness. 

For instance, a national wellness conference has been held at the New York Times, and it’s been designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment for women to discuss health and wellness issues. 

More than 200 women attended the conference, and “We want to reach more people,” the organization’s CEO, Jennifer R. Bogaert, said in a statement. 

One of the challenges is that women tend to avoid talking about their health issues, and often their personal lives. 

To help, the Center has developed the National Beauty Awards. 

They’re a nationwide beauty contest for women, where they vote for their favorite beauty products and experiences. 

Each winner gets a $2,000 scholarship to attend the 2018 National Beauty Conference. 

It’s a chance for women in the beauty industry to show off their personal products and services, and encourage other women to enter as well. 

As a result of these efforts, the number of women entering the National Health and Beauty Expo has increased to nearly 300,000 from a few hundred in 2017. 

 “I think it’s a very, very positive sign,” said Mary D. Schulze, who runs the conference.

“It really does show that there’s a whole lot of people out there that want to get involved and make this a bigger part of their lives.” 

Schulze also encourages women to consider the beauty-spa-world as a whole, which includes the medical community. 

While there are some beauty clinics that focus on general wellness, like dermatology, skin care, and nail salons, most of the clinics focused on women’s health also offer services to people with chronic illnesses and/or chronic conditions. 

That includes a number of programs that are available through the National Alliance for Women and their Families, the group that runs the National Center for Women’s Healthcare. 

But the beauty community can still benefit from a variety of resources, says Katie Tarr, a senior fellow at the Center. 

She points to the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Derms, and the National Association of Dermologists as some of the other beauty community organizations that have helped women. 

Women and men can learn more about the issues women face by taking advantage of their beauty-related education, and Tarr says it can help them to better understand their body and health. 

Tarr also suggests looking for professional certifications that may be easier to get if you’re a woman who needs to work at a salons. 

Those certifications are also available online, and there are certifications for dentists and pharmacists. 

You can also learn more by reading about beauty issues in general, and how women are able to get their needs met through the beauty world. 

This article originally appeared on  National Geographic Travel.