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Chamomile

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.N.H.P., L.M.C.
Chamomile

Throughout history, chamomile has been synonymous with healing, purity, and beauty. The earliest use of the herb was recorded in 1550 B.C.E., as evidenced in one of history's most important medical volumes, Eber's Papyrus. Its medical use dates back to medical antiquity when the early physicians, such as Hippocrates, Galen, and Asclepius, made use of it in their natural healing methods and prescriptions. The Egyptians dedicated chamomile to the gods, believing that it emulated the sun and would cure malaria. It was also widely used as a cure for fever, as a main ingredient in embalming oils for its ability to repel insects, and was highly prized as a cosmetic by the Romans. Chamomile is one of the nine sacred herbs of the Lacnunga, an ancient Anglo-Saxon herbal manuscript that was recorded in the 10th century. In medieval times, the petals were used for fragrance ambiance and used during rituals and ceremonies.

Zinc Oxide: Historical Uses and Modern Benefits

Scientific advances in skin care production and new nano-sized zinc oxides have allowed this natural-skin healer and sun protector to show up in a plethora of skin care products that far outshine the goopy sunscreens of yesteryear.

Citrus

Written by Vida Karamooz, Ph.D.
Citrus

Apples are not the only fruits that keep the doctor away! Delicious and refreshing citrus fruits are among the best sources for antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins for the human body.

The Foundation of Makeup

Written by Mary Van
The Foundation of Makeup

It is no secret that choosing the correct shade of foundation is essential in creating the appearance of a flawless complexion. However, some clients do not realize the importance of wearing the best formulation of foundation for their skin.

2015 Acne Products

A prevalent conundrum that takes many forms, acne is a common skin condition that plagues a great majority of men and women. The term ‘acne’ has been used to describe everything from the occurrence of mild, centralized breakouts to severe, inflammatory conditions that can affect the entire body. Although there is no shortage of publications on acne, there seems to be little information on what skin care professionals can do to help alleviate this common skin condition. As the first line of defense against acne, professionals can suppress the visible signs of this condition with routine cleanings and treatments and professional skin care products.

Men’s Products

Written by Amra Lear
Men’s Products

Women have reigned in the skin care industry as the prominent, key consumers of products for centuries. Product lines based products off the female sector’s desires and needs, creating a plethora of stock keeping units (SKUs) to stock on shelves in stores. In the past, men’s products only consisted of a few SKUs, mainly a shaving cream and an after shave, taking up a tiny residency near the astronomical moisturizers, cleansers, and various other female-oriented products.

Toners

Written by Tami Louise Rumbaugh, B.A., L.E.
Toners

The merge of eastern and western thought has brought much balance to American health and wellness. Such a bountiful, positive impact on the aesthetic industry has not been overlooked.  Medicines, techniques, and philosophies cohesively united between the East and West allow us to bring the best-used practices, ancient regimens, and worldwide tried-and-true tools into a holistic wellness outlook, benefitting the industry exponentially. As people, we strive for balance; we strive to find a middle ground; we strive to understand, grow, and benefit from those who have walked before us. Therefore, keeping this thought in mind, we can find health and benefit in reestablishing a middle ground and finding balance for the skin.

Eye and Lip Care

Written by Rhonda Allison
Eye and Lip Care

As the saying goes, “The eyes are the window to your soul.” Turns out, this now famous quote by William Shakespeare was accurate on many levels. Not only do people look to the eyes to gauge a person’s age and energy level, according to a study conducted several years ago, but scientists in Sweden have actually uncovered information that suggests there is also a link between iris structure and certain personality traits.

2015 Cleansers

Written by Michael Pugliese, L.E.
2015 Cleansers

If a client asks a skin care professional what the most important part of a good homecare routine is, they will probably tell the client that it all starts with the right cleanser. 

Exfoliation:  From Ancient Times to Modern Day Aesthetics

As skin care professionals, we know the importance of skin exfoliation for healthy cell turnover, a refreshed and clear complexion, and better product absorption, but what about the methods of exfoliation? No one way of exfoliation is perfect for all skin types, but there are many possible alternatives that make it easy to find a method for every client! To make things as simple as possible – there  are two types of exfoliators – physical and chemical.

Get Masked Today!

Written by Lina Kennedy
Get Masked Today!

Your clients may have outgrown Halloween, but do not let them outgrow masking as an ongoing skin regimen! Do them a big favor and advise them to get masked if they have not already started!

Sun Protection:  What They Are Not Telling You

Due to the effects that sun damage has on clients, skin care professionals should all be experts on sunscreens. However, that has not been easy due to the confusing regulations and misinformation that surrounds this category. In this article, what is known about current sunscreens will be clarified along with information on how to safely advise clients about the many myths associated with this category of skin care.

Hair Removal Essentials

Written by Heather Fowler, L.E.
Hair Removal Essentials

With advances in hair removal options and technology over the years, it is important for skin care professionals, new and seasoned, to understand the options available to clients inside and outside the treatment room, as well as how to market hair removal services year-round.

Love Your Clients’ Bodies As You Do Their Faces

Written by Bella Schneider, P.M.E.
Love Your Clients’ Bodies  As You Do Their Faces

Throughout time, women have created homemade body creams to smooth, soften, and keep their bodies youthful. Commercialized body creams have only been in the marketplace for the past century. The plethora of options available can often be confusing to clients. As aestheticians, it is important that we educate ourselves in the treatment of body skin care as well. This highly-lucrative market is often overlooked by aestheticians. However, it is our responsibility to help our clients create body skin care routines to exfoliate, slim, fight age, and protect against environmental stressors.

Moisturizing Benefits

Written by Monique Enriquez, C.N.H.P.
Moisturizing Benefits

As skin care professionals, we understand the importance of using a day and nighttime moisturizer as part of our regular skin care regimen. But how do we communicate the importance of using such products and their benefits to a client who is looking for a solution to improve the condition and overall health of their skin? How the message is communicated to a client depends primarily on product education and customized personal recommendations based on three key factors to guarantee a winning sale: product knowledge, facility setting, and the type of client.

Those Eyes, Those Lips

Written by Michael Q. Pugliese, L.E.
Those Eyes, Those Lips

The romance poets honored the parts of a face, saying “the eyes are windows of the soul” and “oh, lips, you the doors of breath…” It can also be said that these are parts of the face that we closely associate with conventional beauty. They are the images that linger when we remember our loved ones… his eyes, her smile, that look. The eyes in particular tell us so much. The sincerity of the words passing over the lips can often be identified by the story the eyes tell; because they create expression, they are the regions of the face where we begin to see many signs of damage associated with aging.

Facial Serums

As skin care professionals, we all know what a dramatic difference using an amazing serum can make. It can take years off a client’s appearance, reduce fatigue, tighten pores, minimize rosacea, soothe dryness, reduce hyperpigmentation, and diminish wrinkles.

The Equipment Checklist

Written by Antonia Schreiber, L.M.T.
The Equipment Checklist

Do you have the tools and equipment you need to be the best aesthetics professional possible? Are you thinking of starting a practice or are you renovating or upgrading equipment any time soon? The task of building a practice does not have to be daunting. Equipment can make or break your job as an aesthetician. Whether you want a private practice as an aesthetician or work in a resort, day or medical spa, there are many factors to consider when purchasing equipment. What equipment enhances our lives? What makes our job easier and more efficient? What provides the best experience and results for our clients? What you need varies not only from person to person, but state to state, depending on local statutes as well.

Body Care: Then and Now

Written by Rhonda Allison
Body Care: Then and Now

Body contouring without the surgery – is it possible? Yes, with advancements in skin rejuvenation, there are a number of effective non-invasive alternatives to body contouring. It simply requires applying what we know to be effective in facial rejuvenation to the body.

The Multiple Benefits of Masks

Written by Alice Pichery
The Multiple Benefits of Masks

For centuries, muds, clays, milks, seaweed, and herbs have been used by Roman, Egyptian, and Asian civilizations as masks to maintain the beauty of the skin, treat its specific concerns, and protect it. The development of modern cosmetics incorporating the latest technology and scientific research has led to incredibly sensorial and effective facial treatment masks to deliver an infusion of active ingredients to the skin.

Exfoliants Get Down to Business

Written by Whitney Johnson
Exfoliants Get Down to Business

We live in a high-definition, Photoshopped world, where we are constantly bombarded with images of digital perfection. It is easy to become hypnotized and believe that our favorite celebrities have perfect skin, teeth, hair, and bodies. The truth is they do not. Whew! So how do skin care professionals deal with the clients who want to raise the bar on her their skin’s performance and appearance?

Hair Removal The Root of the Matter

"Hair removal has become an art and a necessity for many women and men. It is no longer considered a seasonal service. It may still be a bit more popular in warm weather months and climates, yet it must be promoted throughout the calendar year. Whether you offer laser hair removal, sugar, threading services, or traditional wax hair removal services, it is extremely important to start marketing your hair removal rituals throughout the year. Men and women want to look great with and without their clothes on! To take advantage of this awareness and necessity for everyone’s needed hair removal rituals, plan to create fresh new marketing strategies that will be consistent, unique, and perhaps just a bit different."
Larry H. Oskin, president of Marketing Solutions

Magic of Moisturizers

Written by Liga Upeslacis, M. Sc.
Magic of Moisturizers

Barrier function can be weakened by three simple (but major) factors: dry skin/cracks, pH imbalance, and high water loss through the skin. Dry skin loses moisture through the epidermis and becomes weaker. If the barrier function of the skin is impaired, the body is vulnerable and the appearance of the skin is undesirable. Broken skin can be cracked, dry, rough, or a rash and this again compromises the barrier function of the skin. It is important to use a moisturizer so that the skin can act as a strong protective barrier for the rest of the body.

The Evolution of Sunscreen

Written by Bella Schneider, P.M.E
The Evolution of Sunscreen

Coco Chanel popularized tanning by visiting the south of France, only to return with a darker complexion. Before that, milky skin was the fashion. As aestheticians, our focus must be on the aging effects that the sun has on our clients’ skin. Today, we are using more aggressive products to exfoliate clients’ skin while working actively to help our clients with their anti-aging regimens. These regimens require extra sun protection measures. Our results-oriented focus provides great results, assuming we properly train our clients to protect their vulnerable skin from the sun.

Cosmetics A Look into the Past, Present and Future

Cosmetics have been an integral part of human cultures for thousands of years, but today the cosmetics industry rakes in over 50 billion dollars each year.  The industry has undoubtedly come a long way from the copper and lead ore that the ancient Egyptians used to create the most primitive forms of makeup.  Indeed, each year companies offer more scientifically advanced products due to developments in technology, ingredients, and formulas. It is important to understand the history of makeup to really be able to appreciate industry trends of today and the outlook for future trends.

Men’s Skin Care

Written by Rhonda Allison
Men’s Skin Care

It is no secret the men’s grooming market is rapidly gaining market share. Men are becoming savvy consumers of skin care, seeking ways to look and feel better. According to research, and countless predictions, this trend is only going to gain momentum. Many men are already steadfast to their brands, but others have yet to venture out beyond hygiene products and drugstore brands; therefore, opportunity abounds. It will prove essential for skin care professionals to know which products appeal to men and which will solve specific skin challenges and improve their overall well-being.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Written by Sam Dhatt
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Cleansers are a staple of skin care. Yet, with multisyllabic ingredients and a multitude of choices on the market, the selection process is anything but easy. It is time to lather up and come clean with cleansers.
Dating back to Ancient Babylon, the first skin cleansers consisted of plant extracts, including crushed seeds and fruit-derived oils, which were used in conjunction with scraping tools to remove surface dirt from skin. Many of these same natural plant extracts are used today to color, scent and protect skin.
Some of the earliest crude forms of soap were made of goat’s tallow and wood ashes to which salt was added to harden the formulation. In the ruins of Pompeii, archeologists discovered a soap factory with bars as evidence of these early renditions.

Makeup Foundation

To many skin care professionals, makeup application represents a form of artistic expression. Working with various colors and textures to compliment and enhance a person’s overall appearance can be a rewarding experience for both the client and the professional. When applying makeup, each step is important to achieving a flawless appearance. Choosing the right foundation for your client is the initial step toward creating an even base. Used to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines or camouflage blemishes, makeup foundation sets the stage for the entire makeup application. It is important that skin care professionals choose the correct foundation based on the client’s skin type using a professional-grade product that will benefit the skin’s condition.

Enzymes

Cellular buildup is a key culprit to premature aging, dehydration and acne breakouts, which is why skin exfoliation at home is an integral practice to maintain optimal skin health. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are widely used to exfoliate and smooth the skin, but can cause unwanted irritation and are not suitable for sensitive skin types. However, the use of enzymes can be ideal in achieving optimal cleansing and exfoliation of the skin. Enzymes are versatile agents that can be paired with an antioxidant, acid or added into a scrub, to effectively improve the appearance of the skin and help alleviate a variety of conditions.

Hand and Feet Products

Hand and feet products are important to any business that wants to earn additional revenue. Our hands and feet are used on a daily basis, causing mild to extreme wear and tear on the skin. The skin on these two extremities may become rough, dry, cracked and could possibly suffer from eczema, psoriasis and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). The misfortunate skin nuances on the hands and feet become fortunate to the business that chooses to sell the right products and treatments that can assist in the varying concerns of its patrons. Hand and feet products are an instant gratification to the client when applied on the skin. Whether these products hydrate, soothe or treat, clients can feel the difference immediately.

Masks: A Base for Healthy Skin

The use of facial masks as part of the beauty regimen dates back to ancient Egypt and China when several notable historical women used clays and creams to help purify their skin and preserve a youthful appearance. These women set the tone for what would become an essential part of any good skin care regimen.
Facial masks transcend generations since they can be used to clean up excess oil or acne conditions, maintain skin health, tone, tighten and brighten or simply provide some pampering time.

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