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Pore-fect Skin Featured

Written by Bella Schneider, L.M.E.
Pore-fect Skin

Are clients complaining of visible pores? They are not alone. Large pores rank as one of the most common frustrations for clients. Requests for facials that tighten, shrink, unclog, and minimize pores are received on a daily basis. Some clients even ask to get rid of their pores altogether. While pores are essential to skin’s survival and can never be completely eliminated, there are several ways to make clients happy and their pores less noticeable.

Caring for Eyes and Lips  in the Blinking, Drinking,  and Squinting Era  of Anti-Aging Skin Care

The delicate fabric of the skin in certain areas of the face shows signs of aging and environmental distress early due to a lack of blood flow, fewer healthy fatty deposits, and an absence of skin tenacity; these changes are the result of thinner epidermal-dermal countenance of the skin in the eye and lip area.

10 Things About… Gradual Tanners

Written by Kelly Richardson, founder of Venone Public Relations
10 Things About… Gradual Tanners

Every spring, consumers dig through their bathroom drawers (or run to their skin care expert) to find the perfect self-tanner to start the process of hiding their winter skin tone and getting themselves ready for summer. While self-tanning products are generally seasonal, skin care professionals can introduce their clients to gradual tanners during any season. Now is the perfect time to help clients keep a healthy and natural-looking glow throughout the winter.

An introduction to... ACNE

Acne is one of the most common skin diseases to occur in adults. Clinical studies have shown that between 40 and 55 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 have been diagnosed with low level, recurring acne and oily skin.

Treating Acne: Modern Modalities	versus Eastern Medicine

Treating acne requires a proper homecare regimen, an understanding of client allergies and intolerances, and regular visits to a skin care professional. A knowledgeable aesthetician will use a variety of professional products and modalities to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, decongest, and disinfect the skin, as well as soothe and heal any inflammation associated with acne.

Looking to Nature for Acne Answers

Written by Rachael Pontillo, LE, M.Msc, CIHC, CNAP
Looking to Nature for Acne Answers

Acne is a skin condition with many causes, types, and presentations, affecting both sexes of all ages and ethnicities. Its effects are lasting – both physically and emotionally – and there is a great deal that skin care professionals can do to help acne clients get relief and reduce the long-term impact that breakouts have on the skin.

A STEP-BY-STEP:  Acne Treatment and Proper Extraction Protocol

Acne treatment is one of the leading reasons clients seek out professional help. While skin care professionals do not diagnose or treat acne, they must be aware of this skin condition and know how to properly provide a facial. Performing consistent, effective facial treatments will not only benefit the client’s overall appearance, but will also help bolster their self-esteem. Both results are, perhaps, the most important achievements to which an aesthetician can aspire.

How Likely is Dermal Absorption  of Cosmetics?

Each person is akin to being an individual ecosystem. Within that ecosystem is a vast array of variables that contribute to the overall function and state of well-being for that particular person. Like any organ, how the skin is treated, what it is exposed to over time, and the overall health of other organs in the body will determine how vulnerable it is to external substances applied to it and the environment with which it comes in contact.

The Good, the Bad, and the Organic:  16 Ingredients  to Look for  in Skin Care

With so many skin care lines on the market today, knowing and understanding all the ingredients can be confusing. Luckily, there are articles to help understand and effectively read a label on skin care products. Here are a few common, innovative, hazardous, and organic ingredients often found in the products on people’s shelves right now.

Managing the Skin During Menopause

Written by Alexandra J. Zani, industry strategist and scientific aesthetics educator
Managing the Skin During Menopause

Menopause is defined as the point in time when a female’s menstrual cycles permanently cease due to the natural depletion of ovarian follicles/oocytes from aging. During a woman’s cycle, the ovaries release a mature egg called an ovum (oocyte). The onset of menopause displays biological changes within the entire endocrine system, in particular with decreased levels of reproductive hormones, especially estrogen and testosterone.

A Step-By-Step: Menopausal Skin

Written by Erin Lucie, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
A Step-By-Step: Menopausal Skin

Menopause brings about a series of hormonal changes that transform skin physiology in many ways. Even if skin care professionals have been treating the same client for many years and know their skin care routine inside and out, they can be caught off guard with unexpected changes brought on by menopause. Traditionally, menopause is associated with a decline in all hormones across the board; however, it is an imbalance between hormones that creates issues.

An introduction to... Menopausal Skin

The average age that a woman begins menopause is 51. However, it can occur as early as a woman’s 30s or as late as her 60s.

The only loose benchmark to determine when menopause will start for a woman is by noting the age her mother’s menstrual cycle ended.

Empowered in the Face of Menopause

Written by Victoria Tabak, M.B.A., L.E.
Empowered  in the Face  of Menopause

Menopause is a time when a woman transitions into the next chapter of her life; it is a time when almost everything about her physically, mentally, and physiologically may transform. The population of menopausal women is rapidly increasing. There are approximately 6,000 women in the United States daily that reach menopause, estimating at over 2 million per year.

10 things about... Add-on Treatments

Skin care professionals that offer service selections such as facials, massage, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and makeup are likely to welcome additional revenue. Once the professional’s appointments are booked and their time is maxed out, the only way for them to increase revenue is to sell retail products or add-ons!

In 2016, men’s skin care and hair products brought in more than $19 billion globally. As men become more conscious and knowledgeable about their skin, skin care manufacturers and professionals are offering more products and treatments that are tailored to men. The following are a few game changing ingredients that are beneficial for men’s skin:

Nourishing Cells to their Full Potential

Written by Courtney Freeman, L.E.I.
Nourishing Cells to their Full Potential

Skin is a reflection of internal health on all levels. It is a complex organ that changes daily due to the fluctuations in hormones and nutrients that pass through cells. The concept of cellular skin care is important to teach to clients as it makes perfect sense when it comes to the formation of acne.

Protocol for Sensitized Skin

Written by Natalya Rachkova, L.M.E.
Protocol for Sensitized Skin

Sensitized skin usually occurs due to the stratum corneum being compromised. Improper function of or damage to the stratum corneum results in moisture loss, irritation, and hypersensitivity.

An Introduction to Sensitized Skin

American Academy of Dermatology reports that 50 percent of the United States population experience some form of sensitized skin.

Almost a quarter of facial skin care users are interested solely in products with natural, organic ingredients that are designed specifically for sensitive skin.

Research Developments in Sensitive Skin Conditions

Written by Brenda Linday, L.E., L.E.I., C.A.C.
Research Developments in Sensitive Skin Conditions

Recent research brings exciting news for clients struggling with sensitive skin conditions. New medications have been approved by the FDA, studies have uncovered patterns in the development of specific conditions, and research teams have uncovered correlations between sensitive skin conditions and other health disorders.

Sensitized Skin: Where to Start and What to Do

Written by Kat Khadija Leverette, L.E.
Sensitized Skin: Where to Start and What to Do

Whether the struggle is with persistent redness and rashes; sensitivity to the sun; full-blown allergic reactions; or tightness, flaking, and itching; working with sensitive skin can be quite challenging because of all the potential variables.

Sensitive skin is really a lay term, not a medical condition, and has come to be associated with people who have allergic reactions or experience irritation from a variety of allergens, random substances, or triggers.

At Home Hindrances to Successful Acne Therapy

Written by aclyn Strausser, L.M.E., senior account executive at SkinCeuticals
At Home Hindrances to  Successful Acne Therapy

Professional treatments are essential to addressing skin concerns and acne is no different. Most clients believe that going to the spa and doing a handful of treatments will clear their skin. While in-office treatments do improve the skin at an accelerated rate, it is not a one-shot answer to maintaining breakout-free skin.

Treatments are typically done six to 12 times a year and it is what the client is doing at home in their personal time the other 359 days of the year that are going to make the most difference and harness long-lasting results.

Sunscreen: Separating Opinion from Fact

Written by Eduardo Ruvolo, director of medical affairs for Bayer
Sunscreen: Separating Opinion  from Fact

Volumes of information are now conveniently accessible through the internet and social media by simply pressing the "Enter" key. Each year, as the start of the annual sunscreen season rolls around, it brings out conflicting opinions – even debates – on sun care. The conflicting messages, which come from a variety of sources, are published in traditional and social media and can make their way into conversations among friends and family.

The Ins and Outs of Adult Acne

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E., owner of Clove Studios
The Ins and Outs of Adult Acne

Acne is one of those pesky problems people like to leave in their teenage years. Adult acne is prevalent now more than ever. Some people experience acne throughout their life; products or treatments may temporarily alleviate it, but it is always there, rearing its ugly head. Others experience adult on-set acne. While there are many factors that can contribute to breakouts, whether in adolescence or as an adult, there are many ways to treat acne at all ages.

An Introduction to Eyes

• The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most fragile skin on the face

• It lacks sebaceous glands, collagen, and elastin fibers.

An Anti-Aging Facial Approach: Mind Over Method

Written by Douglas Preston, L.E.
An Anti-Aging Facial Approach: Mind Over Method

Professional anti-aging or age management facial treatments are concerned with delaying, and, to some degree, visually reversing the signs of skin damage that are earned over the course of time. Anti-aging can be defined in terms of changing harmful client behaviors that lead to aging skin. To that end, professionals should begin where all behaviors originate: the mind and its habits of thought.

Successful Skin Routines for Aging Skin: Understanding the Preventative,  Maintenance, and Reversal Philosophy

Properly addressing the needs of clients with aging skin requires understanding each individual client from a holistic perspective and establishing a solid grasp on integrating medical conditions with advanced treatments and pure botanicals. In this changing world, where social concerns, environmental issues, political influences, family dynamics, and the power of media have the ability to distract people from their own well-being and, in some way, affect almost every decision people make, caring for personal health can become a challenge. Skin is responsible for being a barrier and, unfortunately, due to external factors, is often directly or indirectly impacted; most often, it is simply neglected.

Anti-Aging for Every Age Group: It's never too early to start taking care of your skin!

While people cannot stop themselves from growing older, they can minimize many external factors and their effects on the aging process. Gracefully growing older is a learned art; like any skill, it takes knowledge, patience, and practice. For results that show, it is important for clients to approach their anti-aging routine in a holistic manner. They are never too young to start! Cosmetics alone are not enough to stave off the aging process. While they are important, clients should also focus on their diet and state of well-being; they should pay attention to everything they put in and on their body, including food, thoughts, people, emotions, weather, and the air they breathe.

An Introduction to Aging Skin

There are two types of skin aging that occur at the same time: intrinsic and extrinsic.

An Introduction to Hyperpigmentation May 2017

Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin, which occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin.

A common form of hyperpigmentation is age (liver) spots. Sun damage is the leading cause of age spots, which are referred to by doctors as solar lentigines.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment Protocol

Written by Ashley Stowers
Hyperpigmentation Treatment Protocol

With pigmentation issues being one of the most frequently addressed concerns in professional skin care, it is important to understand that there is no longer a sole culprit of dark spots. Skin care professionals used to think that the most stubborn forms of hyperpigmentation were either sun damage related or hormonally induced, but new research suggests that there are numerous other sources and factors that play a role in skin discoloration. This information causes professionals to rethink how they treat every client because different ingredient technologies can help address their clients' specific concerns.

Are Age Spots the New Wrinkles?

Written by by Lydia Sarfati
Are Age Spots  the New  Wrinkles?

Historically, clients would go to the spa at the sight of their first wrinkle. Now, however, age spots are driving in more and more clients. Not only is the incidence of age spots increasing, but the demographic is getting younger! As a primary manifestation of photoaging due to exposure to ultraviolet light, hyperpigmentation and age spots are a valid reality. The good news is that the appearance of age spots can be effectively diminished, both professionally and in conjunction with a good homecare regimen.

Treating Hyperpigmentation through the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., M.Msc, C.I.H.C., C.N.A.P.
Treating Hyperpigmentation  through the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Hyperpigmentation is beginning to rival acne and wrinkles as a top reason people consult aestheticians. Although different types of hyperpigmentation may have different etiologies, the outcome is still a visible result of what happens when melanocytes – whether in normal numbers in the basal layer of the epidermis or those transferred to the dermis – repeatedly receive signs of distress or trauma, either to the skin or another system of the body.1 Instead of the melanin umbrella of pigment closing when the distress is over, the melanocytes continue to produce excessive melanin in an effort to protect the other cells and systems in the dermis; as a result, the umbrella remains open.

Treating Dry Skin: A Practical Application

Written by Natalya Rachkova, L.E., co-founder of the Better Skin Company
Treating Dry Skin:  A Practical Application

Dry skin is a common skin care issue that can often be easily treated with daily homecare and routine facials. Extremely dry skin can be the harbinger of more serious skin issues, such as dermatitis. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that may cause an itchy rash or patches of dry, irritated skin. Upon consulting with your client, pay close attention to the visible signs to determine how to best proceed with treatment.

Dry Skin Treatment Protocol

Written by Lina Kennedy
Dry Skin Treatment  Protocol

Dry skin is something everyone tends to experience, especially when outside forces, such as dry weather, indoor heating, and cold winters, play a role. When clients are experiencing dry skin, exfoliating treatments are key to bringing back their healthy, glowing skin! Dead Sea salt is especially beneficial for those who suffer from dry skin. Not only do the salt grains exfoliate the skin, but they also deliver a dose of beneficial minerals!

From Dry to Dewy  Recognizing and Treating Dehydrated Skin

It is easy enough for aestheticians to identify the symptoms of dry skin – especially since dryness and dehydration are common issues for clients – but consumers often tolerate flakiness thinking it will eventually go away, leading to chronic dryness and dehydration.

The Pathophysiology of Dehydration

Written by Alexandra J. Zani
The Pathophysiology of Dehydration

Dehydration reveals itself through numerous body signals, such as thirst, dizziness, and low energy. For example, skin may feel parched or dry after hiking or spending time in the hot sun. Relative humidity within a person's environment greatly influences the balance of skin moisture. For example, clients may live in a seasonal climate zone or in a region where homes are heated in the cooler months or air conditioned during the summer. These variables may affect how the skin feels, as well as interfere with its ability to have good moisture balance.

An Introduction to Dry Skin

Xerosis cutis is the medical term for abnormally dry skin, which derives from the Greek word xero, meaning dry.

Dry skin is a common skin condition characterized by a lack of moisture in the epidermis.

The main cause of dry skin is dry air, or low humidity, in both inside and outside environments. Keep homes moist by using a humidifier.

The daily shower routine, prolonged exposure to hot water and harsh soaps, greatly perpetuates dry skin.

Sunburn Treatment Protocol

Written by Rachelle Dupree
Sunburn Treatment Protocol

Before beginning any facial or body treatment for clients with a sunburn or sun-damaged skin, skin care professionals should always do a full assessment of the degree of damage. This assessment can be done either visually or with a facial magnifying tool. If the spa offers the option of ultraviolet photography, it can also be a valuable tool to assess the true sun damage. Photographs using a small pulse of ultraviolet light as the flash source can reveal markings and underlying damage not visible to the naked eye.

Treating Skin Conditions Through Essential Oils

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E.
Treating Skin Conditions Through Essential Oils

Aromatherapy has many places in a person's day-to-day life: a familiar scent that evokes a memory, a spice that engulfs their favorite food, or the flower they smell as they are passing by.

Aromatherapy, when not used topically, can help with insomnia, nausea, headaches and migraines, and aches and pains, among other ailments.

The  Sunshine Vitamin:The Role of Vitamin D and the Evolution of Sun Care

The Darwin Project clarified Charles Darwin's famous conclusion; instead of implying that only the strong survive, Darwin said that "those who survive are the ones who most accurately perceive their environment and successfully adapt to it." With the changes that have occurred over the last few decades, the way mankind manages the planet's source of energy (the sun) has changed as well. While industrialization and technology made "the way of living" easier, the climate continued changing and the sun's rays intensified. As a result, sun care has also changed.1

The Basics of Sunscreen

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E.
The  Basics of  Sunscreen

How do I choose the right sunscreen? What is SPF? Which sunscreen is safe for my children? Should I use a waterproof sunscreen? Many people, including skin care professionals, have questions about sun care products. There is a vast array of sunscreen products on the market and plenty of conflicting information regarding their effectiveness, toxicity, and proper mode of application. It is important for professionals to thoroughly understand the topic of sunscreen in order to best advise their clients on proper sun care methods.

An Introduction to Sun Care

Broad spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Drugs and Their Effects on the Skin

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.N.H.P., L.M.C.
Drugs and Their Effects on the Skin

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that the prevalence of prescription drug use in America among people 20 years of age and older had risen to 59 percent in 2012 from 51 percent just 12 years earlier. During the same period, the percentage of people taking five or more prescription drugs nearly doubled from eight to 15 percent.1 Another study cites the United States as consuming 75 percent of the world's prescription drugs.2

The Random Causes of Aging

Written by Jamina Metcalf, L.E. national educator for Skin Fitness Therapy
The Random Causes of Aging

To be young! We are all in a fight against aging. Not so much for our vanity either, but for our overall health as well. We constantly hear about ways to stay young: eat right, exercise, stay out of the sun, take care of our skin, etc. But there are some random things that cause aging that we may not be fully aware of!

When Acne Leads to Skin Discoloration

There is no doubt that acne can be extremely stressful for clients. However unsightly a breakout may be, clients look forward to the future because they know that the unsightly blemishes will not last forever; that is until they realize that once the blemishes heal, they sometimes have to deal with unsightly dark spots. They often cannot help but wonder what is really going on.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate: Benefits of Chemical Exfoliants  and Their Effects on the Skin

Exfoliation for skin health and rejuvenation is as old as the quest for beauty itself. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks discovered the benefits of exfoliation centuries ago, utilizing elements like alabaster, oils, and salt.

Cleopatra bathed in milk as a mainstay of her beauty regimen. She may not have understood the science behind it, but she was taking advantage of milk's lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that digests protein, thereby removing the top layer of dead skin and stimulating cell renewal.

10 Things About...Sensitized Skin

Written by Patricia Faley
10 Things About...Sensitized Skin

Skin sensitivity is on the rise. In fact, it is estimated that up to half of the world's population perceive their skin to be sensitive. It is important, however, to note that there is a marked difference between skin that is genetically sensitive and skin that has been affected by internal or external factors that can accelerate nerve responses and increase permeability of the stratum corneum, resulting in the skin becoming sensitized.

Chemical Exfoliation and Precautions  for Ethnic Skin

As the population grows increasingly multicultural, skin care professionals will be challenged with the task of recognizing how dark skin differs from light skin, what is normal versus problematic, and which treatments have the highest efficacy and lowest potential for complications for individuals with multiethnic origins.

By the year 2065, more than half the population of the United States will be either African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American. In light of this information, it is important to consider the special traits of ethnic skin and the preferable exfoliation methods to properly care for it.

Catering to a Male Clientele

Written by Kathryn Leverette, L.E., nationally certified aesthetic specialist
Catering to  a Male Clientele

Catering to male clients can be easy once the skin care professional gets them through the door. It can be difficult for professionals to get the average guy to navigate through an estrogen-driven retail area; into a maze of hair, nail, and pedicure stations; past a sea of female faces; and down the hall to a treatment room. It is often much easier for the professional who has a side door or works in a clinical setting.


Hyperpigmentation Disorders and Treatment Options

The skin is a multifaceted, active organ that has many important functions to the overall health of our inner bodies. The protective functions utilize three systems: The stratum corneum barrier, immunity and providing pigment to give protection from harmful radiation, including sun exposure particularly by the ultraviolet light (UVL) spectrum. UVL is the culprit that induces visible, extrinsic skin aging (photoaging), as well as most types of skin cancer.

Hyperpigmentation Explained: Understanding Hyperpigmentation and How to Professionally Address the Common Skin Concern

Many clients notice every dark spot on their face. In fact, most skin care professionals would, more than likely, state that hyperpigmentation is a concern on par with aging and
wrinkles and affects clients from every ethnic group. While many clients often feel as if their spots appeared out of nowhere, the truth is that their hyperpigmentation has probably been brewing for decades.


An Introduction to Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, which is caused by an increase in the skin's melanin content, is one of the most common skin concerns seen by skin care professionals. This condition is most often caused by sun exposure; inflammation; hormonal changes, such as pregnancy; certain medical conditions, like Addison's disease; and various drugs, such as certain antibiotics.

Infinite Treasures: Highlights in Aesthetic History

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.N.H.P., L.M.C.
Infinite Treasures: Highlights in Aesthetic History

The topic of aesthetics and skin in general is well chronicled throughout industry textbooks, blogs, fashion magazines, videos, and more. The history surrounding beauty dates back to 10,000 B.C.E.; some of the original components from ancient formulas, such as olive oil, lavender, and chamomile, are still popular today.

A Step-by-Step: Dark Spot Correcting Treatment

Written by Katherine Tomasso, L.E., C.M.T.
A Step-by-Step: Dark Spot Correcting Treatment

Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skin conditions and often one of the most difficult to correct. Having and setting proper expectations and expressing the importance of consistency with professional treatments and a homecare regimen is the key to successfully treating dark spots and maintaining results.

A Comprehensive Guide to Hyperpigmentation

Beautiful, glowing, and uniformly pigmented skin is a key visual sign of youthfulness. Yet, in a world where the impacts of harmful ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stresses from the environment are never ending – particularly as the ozone layer is slowly being depleted – achieving this goal seems elusive to many clients.

Rosacea Exposed: What They Don’t Teach You

Written by Ben Johnson, M.D., founder and formulator of Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare
Rosacea Exposed: What They Don’t Teach You

According to the textbooks, rosacea is still not fully understood. There are classifications of the condition, but they do not serve any real purpose in the diagnosis or treatment of rosacea. The Demodex mite and related bacteria have been the most commonly assumed cause and, yet, the skin presentation rarely supports that theory. An interesting, but often ignored, association is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which, in one study, occurred in half of the rosacea cases. This figure directs us to the real problem, which is inflammation in the digestive tract.

10 Things About...Puffy Eyes

Written by Kathryn Khadija Leverette, L.E.
10 Things About...Puffy Eyes

Eye puffiness is caused by excess fluid that has collected in the orbital eye area, an indicator of one or more underlying causes. In most cases, this problem will resolve either on its own or after simple self-help treatments and lifestyle changes. Since puffy eyes can be a symptom of more serious eye conditions and health problems, chronic swelling should be assessed by a physician.

Sensitive Versus Sensitized Skin: Why They Are Different  and How to Treat Them

During skin consultations, skin care professionals often have clients mention that they have sensitive skin. Educated professionals frequently encounter resistance from clients when trying to break down their skin care-fearing wall and figure out if they truly are sensitive or if something else is the cause of their skin woes. More often than not, after further investigation and probing, professionals come to find that the client was wrong in stating such claims and that their sensitive skin is not actually sensitive at all.

New York Minute Treatment for Ethnic Skin

Written by Enrique Ramirez, L.E.
New York Minute Treatment for Ethnic Skin

Many skin care professionals find that ethnic skin can be extremely challenging to work with because its color makes it harder to treat. Any form of trauma, such as one extraction, can lead to inflammation followed by a dark spot. Ethnic skin should be treated with gentle products to ensure a thorough treatment is performed.

Treating Beyond Skin Tone: Incorporating Ancestry and Skin Type for Well-Rounded Solutions

Skin care is not one-size-fits-all and, as such, a variety of services will need to be offered and performed by skin care professionals. Being prepared to work with the ever diversifying population goes beyond creating a treatment plan based on the skin's pigmentation; it requires taking into account the client's ancestry and understanding the role that it plays in how the skin will respond to certain ingredients and treatments.

How to Detect and Manage Ethnic Skin Conditions

There are several aspects to addressing health risks and concerns associated with ethnic skin. To really scratch the surface of this topic, it is important to first look at how ethnic skin is classified. In general, the skin is defined by the Fitzpatrick scale. With this scale, skin type is classified by its reaction to ultraviolet light and ranges from Type I, ivory-colored skin, to Type VI, ebony-colored skin.

An Introduction to Ethnic Skin

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., founder of Cole Skincare for Men
An Introduction to Ethnic Skin

Going beyond the basic skin analysis should be a regular practice for the proper examination of ethnic skin. In fact, there is a visual difference between ethnic skins in relation to sun exposure. The skin's physiology is identical in structure, but, due to the main determinant of melanin that is produced, darker skin tones offer a greater defense against sun damage.

A Step-By-Step: Brightening  Skin Care Treatment

The skin is an excellent record keeper; every moment spent in the sun adds up. Even if a client has only ever had one deep sunburn, that may be all that is needed to produce wrinkles.

The accumulation of this damage may lie beneath the surface of the skin, manifesting in signs of irreversible damage 15 to 20 years later. Some of these changes, however, can be seen early on in clients that are in their 20s. Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun, specifically ultraviolet light.

When the  (Sun) Damage  Is Done:  How to Repair the Skin and Protect it from Future Sun Overexposure

Throughout history, the skin's color, whether a result of sun tanning or sun shielding, has served as a sort of status symbol. For many years, pale and refined skin was almost globally revered and sometimes attained through drastic measures. It was not until the 1920s that the tan became fashionable; since then, there has been a rise in sun damage and skin cancer rates. Is there one right solution to achieving the benefits of sun exposure while avoiding the unpleasant side effects for people of all genetic profiles?

The Ultraviolet-Induced Impact of Sun Exposure on the Skin

"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy / Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry," is a wise lyric that says it all. Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth; however, the same can be said of too much sun. It can be both life-giving and life-taking at the same time.

Most people love and enjoy the sun. Those who live in the northern hemisphere can hardly wait for spring and summer to come and provide time to enjoy the outdoors.

Prevention and Correction Go Hand in Hand

The majority of spas see an abundance of clients that are seeking some type of corrective procedure rather than preventative care. However, prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to skin health and slowing down the aging process. Unfortunately, many clients are missing this step and waiting until things get so out of control that they wind up in the spa and expect the skin care professional to remove 15 years of damage in one session.

The Physiology of Aesthetic Technology and How It Influences the Skin

The choice and integration of modalities for the treatment of various skin conditions have expanded during the past several years. There is a plethora of electrotherapy devices,1 as well as chemical peels and advanced-cosmeceutical chemistry, that offer cosmetic improvements for the face and body and can be found in both medical and spa environments. The level of use for each modality varies greatly, depending upon its purpose, degree of intrusiveness, and the environment in which it is being performed.

A Step by Step: The Facial that Fights Back

Written by Tami Rumbaugh, L.E.
A Step by Step: The Facial that Fights Back

A Professional Protocol for Protection Against the Sun
2016 has proven to be the year of essential and easy sun care. Skin care products are now including sun protection ingredients in every aspect of professional product lines. The most important step to take when creating a sun-savvy skin care routine is to decide the amount of sun protection that is needed for the client's lifestyle.

Soaking Up Sun Safety: How to listen to clients, build their trust, and spark conversations about sun protection.

Jennifer is a seasonally-motivated client between October and March. She uses every product and receives every treatment her skin care professional recommends, including peels, laser, microneedling, and retinoids. She has the commitment of a professional athlete. Eventually, Jennifer goes on a spring break cruise to Mexico and, by May, she is outside every day. She swears she wears sunscreen and finds shade where she can – even at the tennis court.

An Introduction to Sun Care June 2016

In addition to a consistent homecare regimen and professional treatments, proper sun care is a vital factor in protecting the skin. At all times, even during winter months and on cloudy days, clients should be wearing broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB exposure.

While most clients are aware of the dangers of UVB exposure, such as sunburns and skin cancer, many are not aware that UVA rays have a deeper penetration into the skin than UVB rays and are responsible for skin aging.Taking protective measures, such as using an appropriate SPF and sunscreen product, applying sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, reapplying often, and wearing protective clothing will significantly reduce the client's risk of sun damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Trending Now Fermented Skin Care

Fermented skin care, which is another beauty trend that hails from Korea, utilizes fermented ingredients in order to help combat signs of aging.

A Step-By-Step: Collagen Infusion Therapy

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E.
A Step-By-Step: Collagen Infusion Therapy

Collagen infusion therapy is the perfect treatment for aging skin. Freeze-dried collagen masks enhance moisture levels, hydrate, improve functions of skin capillaries, recover loss of firmness and elasticity, even color tone, and oxygenate and stimulate natural skin collagen production.

Aging Beneath the Surface: Understanding aging on a cellular level

It seems that everyone wants to stay young; the quest for longevity is the number one goal of many individuals. Unfortunately, aging begins at birth and there is no magic potion to stop this natural process.

Menopause and Aging Skin: 21st century health and beauty solutions for mature skin

Globally, the mature skin category amounts to 25 percent of the skin care market and almost 40 percent of the anti-aging market. People are living longer lives than ever before due to better life expectancies, decreased mortality rates, and declining fertility rates.

Aging Skin: An Introduction to Mature Skin

As the skin changes with age, it becomes thin, loose, and loses fat. Mature clients often find that their veins and bones are more apparent and that injuries to their skin take longer to heal.

Tolerance and Resistance to Skin Care Products

Written by Anne C. Willis, L.E., C.M.E., founder of De La Terre Skincare
Tolerance and Resistance to Skin Care Products

Clients always want to know why skin care products are no longer effective and skin care professionals want to understand skin tolerance and resistance when it comes to various skin care solutions.

Clients will eventually outgrow acne.

Written by Catherine Atzen, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
Clients will eventually outgrow acne.

While most teenagers experience some form of acne, many adults suffer from the condition well beyond their 20s and sometimes even into their 50s. The longer a client has acne, the worse their skin tends to get, often never completely repairing.

All Eyes On the Bride

Written by Nicole Wagner, owner of Powder Inc.
All Eyes On the Bride

Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day. Brides-to-be will be preparing for everything months in advance. Shopping and vendor selections are a priority before the big day, including choosing beauty products for the bridal makeup. If the bride decides to hire a makeup artist, they should schedule makeup trials with at least two makeup artists. The following tutorial is an eye makeup look that is perfect for the big day.

10 Things About Rosacea

Written by Brandy Gonsoulin
10 Things About Rosacea

Whether it is the tiniest facial flush, persistent facial redness, painful stinging and burning or acne-like bumps, rosacea can cause physical discomfort for the 16 million Americans that are estimated to suffer psychologically and emotionally from this disorder. While medical therapy is the recommended course of treatment for anyone with rosacea, a dedicated and guided skin care regimen can help them successfully manage the condition.

The Bold and Beautiful Looks of Spring

This spring, makeup trends are bold. Professionals can expect to see graphic eyes, plump lips, exaggerated eyelashes, and vivid punches of color. Some of the top trends for this season include highlighting, contouring, and eyebrow accentuation. This easy-to-follow, step-by-step procedure will assist professionals in recreating some of the hottest runway trends.

Why Do Facials Feel so Good?

Written by Melanie Sachs
Why Do Facials Feel so Good?

Some clients prefer massages while others would rather have a facial. While the “feel-good” qualities of massages are widely known, what is it that makes a facial feel so wonderful and good deep down? Many would say that facials are easily as refreshing, rejuvenating, and relaxing as bodywork and may contribute that benefit to the delightful touch of a skin care professional, the intoxicating aroma, the sumptuous texture of the products and tools, the enchanting music, the décor and comfort of the spa environment, the feeling of sanctuary, or even the gift of sanity that is provided when the stresses and strains of everyday life melt away.

Techniques for Improving Facial Treatments

Written by Christiane Waldron
Techniques for Improving Facial Treatments

The great majority of spas are small businesses and staying relevant and up-to-date should be the businesses’ highest priority. When walking into a large retail chain, skin care professionals may notice brand new areas dedicated to medical devices. Some chains are even carving out large spaces where shoppers can handle and test the devices. Many advertisements are even touting the many benefits of these new and improved devices, with sales drastically rising in many categories.

A Step by Step: Treating Teen Skin

Written by Anabel De La Vega
A Step by Step: Treating Teen Skin

Breakouts can occur out of the blue and cause teenagers to feel as if everyone is staring at their oily complexion that shines out of control. The teenage years can be riddled with a number of skin problems. Teenagers can often feel like they are the only ones that are affected, but that is not true; skin problems are very common in teenagers.

Teens and Skin Care: Creating Great Habits for Life

The first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking about teenage skin care is acne treatments. A teenager, or even tween, will usually make their first visit to a spa in a state of desperation, no longer able to self-manage a condition that has probably spiraled out of control and has now become visibly and physically uncomfortable. Furthermore, the treatment of cystic or impacted acne lesions can be very uncomfortable. Lancing acne lesions and the application of antibacterial products can create a negative impression on young clients, resulting in them having a negative impression of the spa.

Acne: The Universal Teenage Struggle

Written by Brenda Linday, L.E., L.E.I.
Acne: The Universal Teenage Struggle

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans and 650 million people worldwide, each year. Eighty-five percent of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 experience acne during their lifetime; this condition can be a major source of embarrassment. A recent survey found that teenagers suffering from acne experience feelings of low self-confidence, shyness, embarrassment, helplessness, difficulty with social interactions, and challenges at school.1

An Introduction to Teen Skin

Written by Christine Heathman, L.M.E., L.M.T., owner and CEO of GlyMed Plus
An Introduction to Teen Skin

Teenager appears to be the expressive idiom for uncontrollable hormones as adolescent bodies experience various physiological changes, including skin and body transformations. These changes can result in unwelcome acne and weight gain, which can directly affect a teenager's self-image. It is a complicated time of life for these young men and women. Professionally speaking, skin care professionals should pay close attention to this important, youthful consumer market and offer specialized skin treatments in their spas to serve teenage skin care needs.

An Introduction to Men

Like many of the differences that exist between men and women, the skin is no exception. In addition to having facial hair, which is not typical for women but does happen in some cases, men have thicker skin (about 25 percent thicker) due to androgen stimulation. They also experience tougher skin, a higher sebum production after puberty, and a higher collagen density than women.

Micro Peel Facial for Today's Man

Written by Enrique Ramirez, L.E., L.M.T.
Micro Peel Facial for Today's Man

Men may be from Mars and women from may be from Venus, but when it comes to skin care and aging, they share the same planet. One of the differences between men and women is that men are more discreet and quiet about their fear of aging. Fine lines, wrinkles, gray hair, and ingrown hairs (due to shaving) are some of the common concerns that men have.

Tailoring  Skin Care to the  Male Clientele

Men’s skin care is all about high performance. Insightful integration of an effective, daily regimen is as vital to improving the health of men’s skin as it is to women’s, but getting most men to do this is difficult unless the skin care professional has a good understanding of masculine psychology. Understanding what moves a man to commit to daily practices that will improve the quality of his skin creates a win-win relationship via rituals that will last a lifetime.

Marketing to the Modern Man

Written by Mara L. Shorr and Jay A.
Marketing to the Modern Man

Men and women are incredibly different, especially when talking about what makes them push the purchase button while surfing a website or what leads them to pick up the phone to make an appointment at the spa. If skin care professionals are looking to grow their male client base, making a concentrated effort has a stronger effect on their results than assuming their existing efforts will do double duty.

Why Hyperpigmentation is Your Best Friend

Written by Ben Johnson, M.D.
Why Hyperpigmentation is Your Best Friend

Most clients hate their unsightly spots. If skin care professionals knew that everything they have been taught about age spots is wrong, perhaps they would view them with more love and kindness. Logic and observation shows that it is time to embrace a modernized view of the aging process and, specifically, hyperpigmentation.
The skin and body perform trillions of actions every day with grace and mind-boggling precision. Mistakes are rare and are usually only the result of a pathogen or chemical pollutant.

Taking Natural to the Next Level

Written by Tami Rumbaugh, L.M.E.
Taking Natural to the Next Level

Natural ingredients, specifically from botanical sources, are powerful plant extracts and oils derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots, and berries. High-quality, results-oriented botanical skin care today has advanced technology and the latest, most-innovative ingredients. Botanical skin care today helps maintain youthful looking skin, working to prevent future damage. Skin care professionals can address the needs of the skin by using natural ingredient-based skin care products. Botanicals, herbal extracts, and natural vitamins provide exceptional results, improving skin health and appearance by revitalizing and regenerating skin.

The Truth About Labels

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., M.Msc., C.N.A.P., CIHC
The Truth About Labels

The organic and natural personal care industry, much of which includes skin care products, is spreading across the globe like wildfire and it is projected to gross nearly $16 billion by 2020.1 That number is nearly double the figure grossed at the end of 2013. This sharp increase in supply is driven by a steep rise in consumer demand of all things natural, organic, green, holistic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, preservative-free, and chemical-free.

Facial Procedure for Acneic Skin

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E.
Facial Procedure for Acneic Skin

When treating the acneic client, successful results come from a combination of a consistent homecare routine and professional treatments that are tailored to their acneic problems. One of the most important things to remember when treating clients that suffer from acne is that cross-contamination must be eliminated.

To Peel or Not to Peel Treating Acne

Written by Krista McKowen, L.E.
To Peel or Not to Peel  Treating Acne

It is generally accepted that the primary event in acne is the obstruction or occlusion of the pilosebaceous follicles resulting in the formation of the microcomedone. This process is caused by keratinization within the follicular infundibulum (hyperkeratinization) or hyperproliferation of keratinotycytes, along with increased adherence to the follicle wall.

Aggravate or Alleviate: Homecare Choices That Can Make or Break Acne

Acne is a genetic, treatable condition with no true cure. Most adult sufferers will be tied to a basic, acne-fighting regimen and an acne-safe lifestyle to help clear acne and prevent new breakouts. To get clear and stay that way, clients need an easy-to-follow regimen that is suited to their skin type, skin tone, sensitivity, lifestyle, and grade of acne, treats hyperkeratosis in the pores, the root cause of acne, penetrates the follicle to reduce inflammation, and controls the anaerobic P. acnes bacteria that fuels acne.

Detecting Skin Sensitivities A Holistic Approach to Sensitive Skin

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., M.Msc, CIHC
Detecting Skin Sensitivities A Holistic Approach to Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is often viewed as a skin type, alongside oily, dry, and combination. Although product manufacturers wish it were that simple, skin sensitivity is not something that fits neatly into a singular, boxed type.

Acne in Pregnancy

Written by Sara Fulton, B.S., president and co-founder of Vivant Skin Care and Carson L. Catasus
Acne in Pregnancy

One out of two pregnant women will develop acne. If a woman had severe acne between the ages of 12 and 23, chances are she will develop acne in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Pine Cone Extract and its Link to Sagging Skin

Nature has always played a role in the aesthetic industry from essential oils to plant-based stem cells.

Skin: The Meeting Place Between our Inner and Outer Worlds One Woman’s Journey to Creating Interesting and Natural Cosmetics

When my mother and aunt were diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer, respectively, and as I watched my children grow, I became increasingly concerned with the contaminates implicated in the health issues my family was facing and to which my children were being put at risk.

Metastatic Breast Cancer An Even Uglier Side of Breast Cancer

There is an old myth that massage therapy and other skin care treatments can encourage cancer metastasis. While this statement is untrue, what exactly is metastasis? Metastasis is the manner by which cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. Twenty to 30 percent of people who are initially diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will develop metastatic breast cancer, also called stage IV breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer can occur five, 10, or even 15 years after the original diagnosis and even after successful treatments. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this type of cancer as most treatments are directed at controlling the spread of the disease and increasing the quality of life.