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Meet Mikkie Tiquir’a a celebrity, body contouring specialist, and licensed aesthetician whose dedication to her clients is unmatched. With a strong will to create and grow her business, Tiquir’a has created products and lasting treatments for clients of all sizes.
Why is your primary skin care brand your ultimate go-to, and how has it helped you become one of the best professionals in the industry?
At Dream Body Studio, we offer a skin lighting kit – it is a cream called Perfecta, and over time, it can lighten skin a couple of shades. It also can take skin from normal and dull to a bright, glowing complexion. We also have a shower gel that works perfectly with the cream. It moisturizes, lightens, and refreshes skin.
Why did you choose the brand and how did you find out about them?
When I was younger before I went to aesthetician school, I always used a little skin lightener because I always loved my complexion; however, I have dark spots. I am brown in one area and dark in another, so I was always searching for something to even my skin out.
How do you stay educated with this brand?
Once I enrolled in school, I was learning and making my own products for myself and then my family. I loved the formula but I was not confident enough to sell it because it had to be perfect. I kept working at it, and six years later, I perfected it.
What benefits do your clients see from using the retail of the brand?
If you use the Perfecta cream and use it twice a day along with the kojic acid, it lightens skin. Many clients would like to lighten and even their skin complexion.
How do you promote yourself and the brand?
Instagram has helped greatly to promote my brand. I launched my business during the Instagram era, where people were starting to look up to influencers. So in 2015, I began working with influencers in order to push my brand.
Besides working with the brand, what else has helped you become one of the best?
I have become the best by offering a wide assortment of non-surgical treatments that both men and women can use. Aside from treatments and procedures, Dream Body Studio provides its clients with homecare-based products to further the work they received in-house. We want people to sculpt and perfect their bodies outside of the clinic or doctor’s office. Our products give results. One of the first influencers I partnered with still reaches out today for items.
What is your educational background, and how do you continue your education in the industry?
I went to Florida College of Natural Health in Miami to be an aesthetician, and I have a medical assistant degree. The lessons came so naturally; I was able to begin working once my studies ended. I got real-life industry experience early on.
How long have you been practicing and why did you choose this field?
I have been practicing for about seven years. I chose this field because I have always been into beauty and skin care, so these industries come naturally to me.
How do you give back to the industry or community?
I feed the homeless and often give out food, sandwiches, and water. I also hire within my community and pay staff well.
Why are these your top three must-haves?
The Perfecta and The African Black Soap work together. The African Black soap gets rid of acne, smooths skin, and prevents acne conditions. The Perfecta Skin Lightening Cream smooths skin for a lighter, youthful look. They work together through their ability to cleanser and then protect, all while creating glowing skin. The fat burner pills help clients maintain a healthy weight and curbs appetite.
Keep up with Mikkie Tiquira: @mikkietiquira @dreambodystudio
Trendsetters share insights on skin health-based products they recommend for skin care and spa professionals.
Natalie Pergar, L.E.
Lead Skin Care Trainer for Eminence Organic Skin Care
“This revolutionary super balm uses a natural repair complex to promote cell regeneration. Antioxidants derived from rosehip and rosemary oil support the skin’s defense against free radicals and prevent damage from environmental stressors.”
Ben Johnson, MD
CEO & Founder of Osmosis Beauty
“Rescue is a remarkable product for skin health because it serves two critical functions – detoxing the skin and repairing oxidative damage. While most skin products try to reduce free radical damage, Osmosis’ patented Rescue contains trioxolane, which can repair damage that has already happened creating permanent changes in texture, age spots, and calming inflamed skin in the process.” osmosisbeauty.com
Carl Thornfeldt, MD, FAAD
Founder and CEO of Episciences, Inc.
“The first product developed with my platform technologies of barrier repair and anti-inflammatory properties was the clinically-proven Epionce Renewal Facial Cream. It continues to be an Epionce best-seller.” epionce.com
Kaelin Jutras, L.E.
Founder of Herbal Skin Solutions
“Gently massage this tri-acid, enzyme plus bamboo fiber blend into the skin with steam as a weekly exfoliation ritual. Boost efficacy in the treatment room setting with microneedling nano-infusion.” herbalskinsolutions.com
Founder & Formulator of Elina Organics
“Skin Recovery Protective Healing Cream calms and restores skin after microneedling, acid peels, and injectable treatments. Extracts of arnica and spongilla have been used for centuries to heal bruised and damaged skin, while colloidal copper adds to its antiseptic properties, regenerates collagen and elastin, and speeds up the skin’s natural healing process.” elinaorganics.com
Dasha Saian, L.E.Dasha Saian,
L.E.Co-founder & CEO of SAIAN NaturalClinical Skincare
“Squalane is incredibly similar to the skin’sown sebum; it instantly soothes dehydratedand dry skin. Saian Pure Squalane quicklymoisturizes the skin and seals in hydrationwithout leaving behind a greasy residue. Itis perfect for a compromised barrier.”saian.net
Clients are always on the hunt for acids that can correct dark spots, heal acne, fight wrinkles, and so on, but sometimes, these acids are too intense for certain skin types. As skin care professionals know, mandelic acid is a perfect go-to in these scenarios. Mandelic acid not only promotes collagen renewal but also accelerates cellular turnover and is a powerful exfoliant that is less likely to cause irritation in sensitive skin. Clients are always on the hunt for acids that can correct dark spots, heal acne, fight wrinkles, and so on, but sometimes, these acids are too intense for certain skin types. As skin care professionals know, mandelic acid is a perfect go-to in these scenarios. Mandelic acid not only promotes collagen renewal but also accelerates cellular turnover and is a powerful exfoliant that is less likely to cause irritation in sensitive skin types. With its ability to fight the many skin conditions clients face, mandelic acid should be a staple ingredient option in a skin care professional’s arsenal of tools.
With a blend of arginine, mandelic, and pyruvic acids, the Mandelic Arginine Serum is gentle enough to be worn daily while promoting potent re-youth activity, making it beneficial for photo-aged, sensitive, rosacea, and acne-prone skin. L-arginine is one of the 10 essential amino acids. It opens blood vessels, inhibits free-radical damage and lipid peroxidation, while also accelerating wound healing, collagen synthesis, and promoting skin elasticity. Mandelic acid, the other core ingredient, is extracted from almonds and provides non-irritating, re-youth, and antibacterial support to the skin without causing dryness. Phytic and pyruvic acid also promotes rejuvenation, cellular repair, and antioxidant activity. Try Mandelic Arginine Serum by RA Skin Cosmeceuticals. rhondaallison.com
Face Reality Skincare’s mandelic serum is an alpha hydroxy acid serum with both l-mandelic acid and l-lactic acid, which diminishes skin discoloration, treats existing lesions, and prevents future breakouts from forming. Try Face Reality Skincare’s 5% Mandelic Serum. facerealityskincare.com
Perfect for normal and combination skin, this enzyme promotes deep hydration that protects from environmental damage, while relieving the surface signs of aging. Arbutin and kojic acid also provide extreme lightening capabilities. Try Skin Script Skincare’s Cherry Enzyme. skinscriptrx.com
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Hailee Handy, L.E., in-house aesthetician
Lauren Farmer, L.E., in-house aesthetician
January 2021, DERMASCOPE introduced its newest editorial advisory board to include a dozen of the aesthetic industry’s top leading professionals from around the world. DERMASCOPE is thrilled to welcome many new members to the editorial advisory board and to welcome back several returning members from last year’s board. The 2021 editorial advisory board includes:
Annette Hanson, L.E., founder of Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics
Beatrice Van, certified aesthetics instructor and CEO of Beauty by Bea
Ben Johnson, M.D., CEO of Osmosis Skin Care
Brian Goodwin, international educator and consultant at Eminence Organic Skin Care
Courtney Sykes, licensed aesthetics instructor, CAO of Southeastern Esthetics Institute
Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK-Danné Montague-King Co.
Dasha Saian Marchese, co-founder and CEO of Saian
Denise Ryan, vice president of brand management at Celluma Light Therapy
Lydia Sarfati, CEO and founder of Repechage
Lyn Ross, L.M.E., president of Institut' DERMed Clinical Skin Care
Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner, L.E., owner of Aesthetics Science Institute
Sandy Fuhr, president of CIDESCO International
This board of experts will serve as aesthetic representatives for the magazine throughout the year by contributing insights and editorial direction, helping ensure the quality and accuracy of content, engaging with users on DERMASCOPE.com, offering expert advice in specialized areas, mentoring, networking with DERMASCOPE readers, and much more.
“DERMASCOPE has always trusted the knowledge and talent of aesthetic aficionados and educators to produce generic editorial content to our readers,” says Amanda Strunk Miller, publisher of DERMASCOPE Magazine. “I believe this year’s editorial advisory board encapsulates the mission behind what makes DERMASCOPE the authority of professional skin care. The 2021 board is made up of 12 of the top leaders of the industry, whose backgrounds range from medical expertise to the veteran aesthetic school owners. 2021’s editorial board allows for the most innovative and trailblazing education available in aesthetics. We are honored to have them join our journey throughout 2021.”
Dr. Gross has seen a spike in patients with, what he has coined as, maskitis.
Maskitis is a skin rash, marked by small bumps, redness, inflammation and dry, flaky skin – it is often confused with maskne. Knowing the difference is important because a misdiagnosis can lead to further skin irritation.
Genetic predispositions determine whether you are more likely to develop maskne or maskitis – however, each condition requires a different treatment. Maskitis requires products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as superfoods and adaptogens with niacinamide while acne treatments are best for maskne.
Dr. Gross says, "I have seen countless patients come into my practice thinking they have maskne when they actually have maskitis. For treatment, they are reaching for acne products which is causing further irritation and inflammation," Dr. Gross says. "Instead, they need a product that is soothing, decreases inflammation, and rebalances the skin.”
Acne breakouts underneath the mask area
Rash, redness, dryness, and inflammation; can be under the mask area or above the mask
More likely to experience if you have oily skin and are prone to acne
More likely to experience if you are prone to dermatitis
Treatment: Products with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, farnesol, and monk pepper with soothing ingredients like green tea extract
Treatment: Products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as superfoods and adaptogens with niacinamide
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Chemical peels are acid based solutions that are intended to create a partial-thickness injury in order to remove the outermost layers of the skin. This results in a wound healing process to increase regeneration in the epidermal tissue. The intention of chemical peels is to improve the appearance of the skin by stimulating new, healthier and younger looking tissue.
WHAT IS AN ACID?
Acids are substances derived from natural sources or man-made chemicals used to enhance the exfoliation of the skin. Exfoliating the skin helps keep the skin “active” which, in turn, will keep the skin more youthful. It is similar to exercising the body. When you exercise, your body functions better and your health is maintained. Exfoliating the skin helps to regulate and maintain the skin’s overall health.
Common acids found in skincare products:
Chemical Peels can be separated into two groups and vary in different skin depths of exfoliation.
Groups: Organic Acids & Aromatic Acids
Depths: Very Superficial, Superficial, Medium & Deep
Choosing a chemical peel can be confusing, especially if you don’t know what to look for or if you’re unfamiliar with using chemical peels in your services.
What is the difference between Organic Acids and Aromatic Acids?
Organic Acids contain ingredients like Glycolic, Lactic and Malic Acid (also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs) that provide nutrients and can perform metabolic functions. Organic acids are considered “wounding agents” and are grouped as exfoliants because they work from the inside out by detaching the lower layers of the stratum corneum to achieve exfoliation. The results from these peels are light to medium flaking of the skin and not necessarily “peeling”. The application of these exfoliants is TIMED, meaning you apply the acid solution to the skin and allow it to sit for an amount of time, then remove it. The longer the acid sits on the skin, the deeper the exfoliation.
Aromatic Acids contain ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Trichloroacetic acid and Resorcinol and are highly keratolytic (deeply exfoliating). These acids work by dissolving the stratum corneum layer by layer from the outside and perform a deeper exfoliation. This results in “peeling” of the skin, which is why they are referred to as Chemical Peels. The application of these peels is “dosed” dependent or Layered, meaning you apply them layer by layer. The more layers performed, the deeper the peel.
PEEL STRENGTH VS PEEL DEPTH
All skin care professionals should understand the basics in chemistry when working with acids and applying them to the skin. Peel solution strengths are determined by pH and pKa values and concentration (percentage) of acid in the solution. Different acids will have different pH and pKa values and will be used in different concentrations.
pH is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration, a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH scale usually ranges from 0 to 14. It is the presence of the hydrogen ions in solutions that allows us to measure the pH of a solution. The quantity of hydrogen or hydroxyl ions in a solution determines whether the solution is acid or alkaline (salt).
Acids, bases and salts are among the most important chemical compounds used by chemists. These compounds contain ions of the element hydrogen. Ions are atoms or molecules that have lost or gained electrons. If atoms lose one or more electrons they become positively charged ions (cations). If atoms gain one or more electrons, they become negatively charged ions (anions).
Acid strength relates to the pKa value. pKa is a measure of acid strength and free acid availability. The pKa is the logarithmic expression of the pH at the point where the acid achieves ‘free acid’ status containing equal amounts of ion and salt. The pKa has significant relevance in the use of acid because it informs you of the pH required for an efficacious peeling solution and outcome. For example; an acid with a pH of 3.5 and a pKa @ 3.0 indicates that the solution will have more salt than acid. Salt adds no value in an acid solution and its presence only causes more irritation.
The smaller the value of the pKa the easier it is to remove the proton and the stronger the acid; the larger the value, the weaker the acid. What is important to remember is that pKa values are logarithmic which means the difference between the strength of an acid with a pKa of 3 compared to a pKa of 4 is 10 times and similarly between a 4 and 5 is also ten times. This means that a pKa of 3 is 100 times stronger (10 times 10) than a pKa of 5. The following list provides the pKa values that pertain to the most commonly used acids in the professional environment.
Glycolic Acid pKa 3.83
Lactic Acid pKa 3.86
Pyruvic Acid pKa 2.49
Citric Acid pKa 3.13
Salicylic Acid pKa 3.0
TCA pKa 0.26
Resorcinol pKa 11.27
The pKa value tells you at what pH value you achieve equilibrium between acid and salt (ie half acid and half salt). This translates that if you buffer an acid you convert some of the acid to the salt form. Buffers and neutralizers are often confused. Buffers are used to stabilize a pH. Neutralizers inactivate an acid substance. When the pH is lower than the pKa, regardless of concentration, you have more acid than salt in a buffered acid solution. Acid solutions are “buffered” not to make the acid stable but to raise the pH - the concentration is not as important as the pH and the pKa. Often times as professionals we focus on the pH of a chemical peel, rather than the pKa. Percentage of acid concentration is important, but you need to also understand ‘acid chemistry’ which helps explains why a 5% solution of TCA, or trichloroacetic acid (pKa of .26) will be far stronger than lactic acid (pKa 3.86) or glycolic acid (pKa 3.83) at 30%. This is because TCA is almost fully ionized (and the strongest possible acid) and lactic and glycolic acids are less ionized and far weaker.
Understanding ‘acid chemistry’ will provide you insight to how these acids work and why the concentration of acid, pH, pKa and peel time determine if your acid peel will be effective or not. The combination of these variables all determine the type and depth of the wounds to the epidermis. This all impacts the upper reticular dermis and duration of exposure, benchmarked by the erythema reaction, will visually provide depth impact of light, medium or deep.
Understanding acid chemistry, coupled with experience and skill allow estheticians to make intelligent decisions applicable to the type, condition and ethnicity of the skin when applying chemical peels. For this reason alone, know your manufacturer and ensure education in chemical exfoliation is part of their educational curriculum and continue your training indefinitely in this subject.
Chemical Peel Depths
0: Very Superficial
Removes part of the outer layer of the Stratum Corneum
The lightest professional exfoliation offered with no downtime. These peels are a great way to introduce clients to the world of chemical peels.
1: Superficial Peels
Chemical Exfoliant or Peel extends into the Stratum Granulosum
Great for skin that is prepared and ready for more active treatments to achieve regenerative results. Depending on the client and treatment performed, these peels lead to little or no down time. Light flaking or peeling is expected for a few days post peel.
2: Medium Depth Peels
(Max 4 layers)
Chemical Peel extends through all layers of the Epidermis
These chemical peels are the greatest form of exfoliation that most aestheticians can perform. Clients MUST be prepped and ready to receive these chemical peels as they will be providing a deep desquamation of the skin.
3: Deep Peels
Extends through all the layers of the Epidermis and into the Papillary and Reticular layers of the Dermis
A deep peel can ONLY be performed by a physician and includes extensive down time.
BENEFITS OF PEELS
Chemical peels can provide mild to drastic results while managing a variety of skin concerns and are often more effective than other clinical treatments. A series of peels should always be performed as chemical peels are not a “one and done” solution. Clients should come in every 4-6 weeks for treatments to maintain healthy skin until optimal results are reached. Followed by monthly treatments yearly to maintain results.
These acids have been studied thoroughly and extensively and have been scientifically substantiated to:
Decrease Stratum Corneum cohesiveness
Increase thickness of viable epidermis
Increase deposition of hyaluronic acid (HA)
Induce reversal of basal cell atypia
Increases restoration of rete ridges
Increase Secretion of Lamellar bodies
Chemical peels can help improve:
Organic acids, specifically Glycolic & Lactic Acid, are most commonly used given the many benefits they supply the skin while creating positive changes through exfoliation. As these acids provide exfoliation, they also play an integral role in bioengineering the stratum corneum which contributes to the overall health of the skin. In addition, AHA acids have no known systemic toxicity and are also classified as an antioxidant and fight free radical damage to the skin.
PREPARING SKIN FOR A PEEL
In order to receive a chemical peel, the skin must be prepped and ready. Lack of preparation can lead to issues during and after the treatment, leading to longer healing time. Clients should be using active homecare products - meaning they are using professional grade products with active ingredients such as, Retinols, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Tyrosinase Inhibitors, etc.,for at least 4-6 weeks before moderate treatments are performed. These active ingredients begin to prepare the skin to accept the acid solution, increase cellular turnover and protect the melanocytes ensuring a successful treatment. Active homecare products are necessary in order to achieve optimum results.
Active Homecare Regimen
Homecare products should contain ingredients like:
Using a 4-step system is important for your clients skin health.
Example of home care regimen:
Step 1: Cleanse
Clients should use an active and calming cleanser in their regimen to wash away debris and slough off dead skin cells. Active cleansers are not enough on their own - every client should have an active leave on product that's used several times a week.
Step 2: Treat
These products keep skin active and begin prepping the skin for cellular turnover and begins addressing concerns. This step should consist of serums that are left on the skin and not removed.
Step 3: Balance
Balancing the skin is just as important as prepping the skin. Clients should have a moisturizer that repairs the skin’s barrier with ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamin c to ensure the skin’s health..
Step 4: Protect
Apply SPF to prevent UV damage and protect skin daily. This critical step should be done every morning and reapplied if spending time outside.
In addition to clients being on a committed homecare regimen, it’s important to perform a thorough skin analysis to determine the appropriate peel for the client. Having a thorough skin health questionnaire will help to prevent issues in the treatment room and help to determine the appropriate peel solution. As the professional, it’s important to identify the clients skin type (normal, dry, sensitive, combination or oily), their Fitzpatrick type (Fitzparick scale 1-6), the “age of the skin” (Glogaue or Rubin Scales), and finish with explanation of realistic expectations for the treatment to the client.
Not every skin concern and problem can be solved with one single chemical peel. It’s inappropriate to assume that one peel is a “one size fits all” and professionals should carry a variety of peels for different concerns and skin types.
HEALING SKIN AFTER A PEEL
Half of the results of treatments depend on how well clients take care of their skin
at home afterward. Make sure your client has the proper products to care for, protect, and heal their skin after their treatment. These products will be different from their “active” products. Clients should continue to follow a 4-step regimen but one that contains healing ingredients to support wound healing and prevent issues like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, (PIH).
Homecare products should contain ingredients like:
Clients should also receive a handout with reminders on “how to” protect their skin during the duration of the healing process.
Steps to remember after any level of peel:
How to heal skin faster:
FACTORS THAT WOULD INHIBIT A PEEL
Knowing who can and can’t receive a chemical peel is just as important as selecting the right chemical peel treatment for the client. There are a number of contraindications that can exclude a client from receiving a treatment. It’s important to not only have an open dialog with your client about these contradictions, but they should also be included in your skin health questionnaire.
In conclusion, chemical peeling has been proven to be safe and effective within a professional skin care environment for photo-aging, acne, pigmentation, rosacea and many other skin conditions traditionally treated with dispensed prescriptions and achieve the same result. Aestheticians must understand chemical peels, use this skill and good judgment to properly select the correct peel solution for their clients skin type and ethnicity according to epidermal thickness and sensitivity.
Trendsetters share insights on sanitation products and personal protective equipment they recommend for skin care and spa professionals.
Dasha Saian-Marchese, L.E.
Co-Founder of SAIAN Natural Clinical Skincare
“Hand sanitizers have a tendency to dry out skin on the hands because of their high alcohol content.This is why I love the new Sanitizer Gel with vegan hyaluronic acid. Hands stay hydrated even after repeated use, which is incredibly essential during winter months.”
Michael Q. Pugliese
CEO of Circadia
“Circadia has announced the availability ofCircadia Hand Sanitizer, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.This hand sanitizer strictly follows the W.H.O. guidelines for manufacturing, contains 75% isopropyl alcohol, and comes in a convenient spray bottle designed for hands, as well as surfaces. Circadia is an FDA-registered facility and international manufacturer of cosmetics and over-the-counter products.”
Nicole Kenny, HBSc
Vice President of Professional & Technical Services
“Disinfection is more important than ever, but protecting ourselves against infection should never come at the cost of safety to clients, the team, or the environment. As EPA-registered hospital disinfectants can be used against the virus that causes COVID-19, Rejuvenate is tough on pathogens but non-toxic to people and the planet.”
Taken straight from nature, seaweed is a precious gem in ocean-based skin care. Known for its unique healing properties, seaweed is not only a perfect ingredient choice for sensitized and sensitive skin types, it is also a known soother for redness and irritation. With new scientific studies revealing the benefits of seaweed in skin care, a staple benefit includes its ability to hydrate skin. Amino acids and vitamin E found in certain seaweed types also give this ingredient the ability to plump and preserve skin youthfulness.
The Seaweed Mask is a gel-based, cooling, and refreshing mask. It is full of lipids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins that moisturize and provide suppleness. Containing chamomile to replenish and enrich dry or sensitive skin, comfrey leaf extract to heal blemishes, and tea tree oil, which provides antiseptic properties to reduce the spread of infectious material that encourages acne. Try Skin Script’s Seaweed Mask. skinscriptrx.com
This nourishing night cream transforms the appearance of skin, as it clinically proven to provide a 58% increase in moisturization with daily use in just four weeks. Three seaweed extracts, hyaluronic acid, and camellia japonica seed oil, a powerful antioxidant used for centuries in Japan, help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try Repêchage’s HydraDew Pure Night Cream. repechage.com
This exceptional youth skin care cream reveals some of its secrets as soon as it is applied. Its wonderful active texture forms a biomimetic satin film with a lifting effect on the skin’s surface, and the delicate fragrance is an invitation to a feeling of well-being. Try Sothys-USA La Crème Premium Youth Cream. sothys-usa.com
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Skin needs hydration – and sensitive skin needs it even more. With its stellar ingredient boost, collagen, hydration, and most importantly, defense against fine lines and wrinkles – a must-use product after peels or to heal an exposed skin barrier. TryDermAware Bio-Targeted Skin Care’sExtreme Cream.
As the skin care industry changes, so do the tools and modalities skin care professionals rely on to treat clients. Cryoglobes and other ice-based tools are perfect editions to any skin care professional’s toolbox to heal clients’ skin conditions. Post-treatment cryoglobes are a must as they soothe and repair skin trauma. Try Ice Globes by SAIAN Natural Clinical Skincare.
Rich in essential amino acids, antioxidants, and water-binding polysaccharides, Aquacateen hydrates, smooths, and protects skin from environmental stress.Try Cacteen Balancing Moisturizer by Skin Script Skin Care.
Acne Specialists of Nashville is the second of two locations – the first being in Oakland, California. Founded in 2012 by Julie Pruitt, Acne Specialists has helped thousands of clients suffering from acne slowly regain control of their skin. Both Pruitt and her team of acne specialists have all struggled with acne first-hand and know exactly the emotional toll it can take when left unmanaged. Acne Specialists provide a compassionate environment for clients and empower them to make informed skincare choices. The spa focuses on educating and providing results-focused facials to speed up the skin-clearing process. At appointments, skin care professionals go through the cause of acne and its triggers and come up with a personalized skincare plan for each client. Acne specialists combine evidence-based methods with a holistic, comprehensive approach to help each client achieve their skin goals.
The spa’s Acne Facial service is customized for each clients’ skin and concerns. After cleansing, a skin care professional starts with an enzyme mask to loosen up impactions within the pore. Post-enzyme, practitioners spend 10 to 15 minutes on extractions, making sure they get as many clogs out as possible. After extractions, a practitioner follows up with a cold roller to reduce swelling and high frequency to kill acne bacteria and calm the skin. An antibacterial mask or a light chemical peel is then chosen to focus on making sure pores remain empty and to help resolve hyperpigmentation. The end of each appointment is reserved for answering questions, reviewing homecare instructions, and making sure clients are on the right path to clear skin. We like to see our clients every two to three weeks until they reach maintenance mode. Over 90% of clients have clear skin within three months. An acne facial treatment lasts from 30 to 40 minutes and starts at $85.
Matthew Miller Skin was founded in New York City in 2016 by an award-winning aesthetician, Matthew Miller. Now bi-coastal, Matthew Miller Skin’s home suite is in Beverly Hills, California, with service to New York clients on a regularly scheduled basis. Miller received an education in massage therapy, as well as aesthetics, which creates a holistic approach to maximize results and relaxation. All services are performed directly by Miller to ensure continuity in attention, detail, and deserved results.
Matthew Miller Skin takes pride in customized services. Each session begins with a skin analysis to ensure the appropriate treatments, products, and modalities are offered, which will best suit individual needs. Miller advocates for facial massage to rejuvenate, revitalize, and bring an infamous glow to the skin. All skin types and skin concerns are welcome. Prices vary from $150 to $550.
COSMEDIX, a globally recognized skincare brand at the intersection of luxury and clinical beauty, is proud to celebrate the fourth annual National Aesthetician Month. Founded by the brand in 2016, COSMEDIX dedicates the month of October to recognize the unsung heroes in the world of skin. The luxury skincare brand has also named October 15th National Aesthetician Day—a day devoted to shining a spotlight on skincare professionals who help keep a client’s complexion looking its best!
“National Aesthetician Month is a big deal here at COSMEDIX.” Says Christine Jackson Global Vice President of COSMEDIX “We wanted to make sure that we founded and sponsored a day to celebrate skin care professionals in a special way! This is now a day that is recognized nationwide in the industry! This year, we wanted to celebrate in a unique way with all that is going on in the Nation. That is why we decided to partner with Skin of Color Society and Good360. We want to celebrate diversity along with giving back to communities that are facing hardship. Even though we have faced many challenges in 2020 as a society, we have the opportunity to celebrate those who make us feel our best!”
Created to celebrate the essential role all aestheticians play in a client’s skincare journey, National Aesthetician Month strives to reward the dedication and expertise aestheticians bring to the skincare industry. From performing chemical peels and extractions to teaching proper at-home facials, aestheticians work hard to ensure their clients are equipped with self-confidence that is more than skin deep. The month-long celebration also seeks to spark an educational conversation beyond the skincare community by raising awareness for skin health. As a sponsor for National Aesthetician Month, COSMEDIX highlights the importance of visiting an aesthetician to address skincare concerns and helps educate consumers on proper care for the body’s largest organ—the skin.
As a brand founded by aestheticians for aestheticians, COSMEDIX is always looking to marry education, skin care, and awareness. In honor of National Aesthetician Month, COSMEDIX will recognize two outstanding organizations: Skin of Color Society (S.O.C.S) and Good360. Established in 2004, S.O.C.S is committed to educating the public on the misconceptions and specific skin concerns that are common to skin of color. COSMEDIX will donate a portion of their proceeds to support the mission. The professional skincare brand will also donate products to Good360—a charitable organization that distributes excess goods to communities effected by hardship or natural disasters.
For more information on National Aesthetician Month or to explore the COSMEDIX clean skincare line made up of cleanser, serum, moisturizer, masks, and more; visit www.cosmedix.com.
A game changer in its own right, seaweed for skin care and beauty is one of the ultimate ingredients for hydrating skin. This ingredient creates a flawless and hydrated look. Try the Repêchage Perfect Skin Liquid Foundation from Repêchage. repechage.com
Peptides strengthen the skin’s natural cushion, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye puffiness, and improves the appearance of skin firmness. Brighten under eyes and de-puff skin with the help of this stellar ingredient. Try Rapid Eye Firming Wrinkle Smoother by ROCASUBA, Inc. rapidlash.com
Jojoba oil is a great option for beauty professionals when priming the skin before applying makeup. With its many benefits, jojoba oil reduces redness, hydrates, and calms the skin. Try Facial Nectar by Sorella Apothecary. sorellaapothecary.com
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A free radical neutralizer, vitamin C is packed full of antioxidants. Known for its skin repairing properties and its ability to create glowing skin, vitamin C is a must-have skin care ingredient. Try the Citrus & Kale Potent Vitamin C + E Serum from Eminence Organic Skin Care.
Known for its ability to speed up the healing process, this powerful vitamin fights breakouts and promotes healthy skin. It also hydrates and brings natural moisture to the skin. Try Vital A Microgel by DermAware Bio-Targeted Skincare.
Nourishing and a natural protectant for skin, vitamin E is essential in protecting and keeping skin healthy. Vitamin E also promotes a natural, even, and smooth complexion. Try Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum by Sorella Apothecary.
Licensed aesthetician and the owner and operator of Brilliant Bodywork Massage Therapy & Skin Care Founder of Dermalution Skincare shares her journey to the big leagues in the skin care industry.
Stephanie is “just a small-town girl, living in a skin care world,” from Winona, Minnesota. She has been an aesthetician for 12 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into her treatment room to obtain transformational skin care results on her clients. She looks beyond the physical appearance of the skin to treat her clients. Working with a client’s lifestyle, dietary choices, professional treatments, and professional homecare products helps them gain the stunning transformations that have resulted in her winning numerous international awards including, Aesthetician of the Year. Andresen-Stevens owns Brilliant Bodywork Medical Spa in Onalaska, Wisconsin and is the founder of Dermalution Skincare. Andresen-Stevens specializes in acne, antiaging, laser therapies, reiki, oncology aesthetics, and makeup artistry. She is also the founder of Restorative Ink, a non-profit organization assisting sex trafficking and domestic violence victims with the removal of tattoos showing ownership or possession. In her free time, she is an avid volunteer with La Crosse, Wisconsin Oktoberfest, and The Shriners Hospital for Children, which has resulted in her being awarded the presidential Point of Light Award and a Jefferson Award. She also enjoys traveling and nightly cuddles with her two dogs and husband, Adam.
Dermalution delivers skin care solutions by utilizing innovative technology and state-of-the-art research. These physician strength formulas are designed with potent concentrations of active
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Sheer Hydrating Sun Shield SPF 50+ is formulated with finely milled micronized zinc oxide and a powerful, antioxidant blend providing the highest level of UVA and UVB protection against damaging free radicals. This formula is enhanced with cooling and moisturizing hyaluronic acid, cucumber, and squalene and is great to wear under makeup or alone.
Collagen + Barrier Repair Cream is a restorative moisturizer formulated to equalize the balance of the skin’s natural moisture levels, resulting in a healthy skin barrier and better treatment outcomes. This cream is for normal to dry and post-procedure skin. It is to be used in conjunction with Dermalution Anti-Photoaging Repair Serum.
For more information visit brilliantbodywork.com or call 608-783-8380.
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A futuristic-looking treatment, LED penetrates skin deeper to fight aging at the start by rejuvenating tissue at a cellular level. Try the Celluma PRO by Celluma Light Therapy.
Seaweed extract is known for its hydrating and elasticity benefits. A must-have in antiaging skin care, seaweed extract has long been used to treat wrinkles and loss of skin firmness. Try Perfect Shape Mask by Sothys USA.
A super antiaging ingredient, retinyl palmitate repairs sun damage, while also treating fine lines and wrinkles. It also prolongs collagen synthesis and promotes skin’s youthfulness. Try Bio-Replenish A.C.E by BiON Skincare.
SkinRX Clinical Spa is revolutionizing aesthetics by integrating modern science with holistic approaches to provide an extraordinary, modern experience.
SkinRX was founded in 2015 by Roxanne Esposito-Drese, an award-winning, international aesthetician. She has surrounded herself with a highly experienced team of injectors and aestheticians. SkinRX currently has two locations in Texas. The spa takes pride in gathering meticulous details from each patient and customizing products and services. Facial services ranging from $120 to $580.
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A perfect ingredient for gentle exfoliation, pineapple is a natural anti-inflammatory, as it reduces redness and clears blemishes. Try Blemish Banisher Overnight Mask by DermAware Bio-Targeted Skin Care.
LED in skin care can provides major relief to all sorts of skin conditions. Blue LED, in particular, canprevent and kill acne-causing bacteria. Blue light penetrates deep into skin to treat cystic acne conditions. Try LightStim for Acne Handheld LED.
A superior acne-destroying agent, benzoyl peroxide helps control acne-causing bacteria by minimizing unwanted oils, dirt, and dead skin cells.Try Acne Wash by DMK- Danné Montague King.
Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the acclaimed Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe resort, Stillwater Spa features 16 treatment rooms including two couple’s sanctuaries, one with a fireplace and one with an infinity soaking tub. Guests who book a treatment at the spa have access to its amenities, which includes a dry cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and specialized relaxation areas, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Stillwater Spa introduces their new “Journey to Wellness” treatment menu. The new services are designed to promote balance, mindfulness, and overall, well-being. They include the TARA Spa Therapy which uses a massage oil infused with Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, the ANDA Facial which features a guided self-love meditation followed by a cleansing massage and facial mask, an Aroma Wellness Journey massage infused with a custom blend of essential oils that reflect the guest’s pre-selected wellness intention, and an illuminating body peel and performance wrap featuring a blend of vitamin D and natural exfoliators – 75 minutes for $260.
For more information or to book a treatment or services at Stillwater Spa & Salon at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa and Casino, please visit HyattRegencyLakeTahoe.com or call (775) 886-6745.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen an unprecedented impact on so many different sectors of our daily lives. And out healthcare professionals, strained to their limits, have attempted to explain to the public why it is important to heed the guidelines from the CDC as we continue to see the number of infections increase steadily.
Here in Texas, all surgeries that are not essential have been put on hold by order of the Governor, but not everyone understands the rationale for this.
Dr. Johnny Franco, an Austin plastic surgeon and the founder of A More Beautiful You Plastic Surgery says that his office is still getting calls with questions. “People have been calling our office daily with a flood of questions about their elective surgery. Some people are under the impression that if a surgery is not being done in an actual hospital that they don’t need to worry about it and should be able to have their procedure done.”
Dr. Franco says there are multiple reasons why surgeries were put on hold, it isn’t just the spread of COVID-19 for patients and doctors that is at issue. “It’s a matter of resources. We as medical experts have to be leaders.”
Dr. Franco also says that resources need to be preserved. This includes everything from PPE or Personal Protective Equipment and possible ventilators, in the event other local practitioners need his resources. “We started letting our colleagues know weeks ago that we were prepared to provide them with whatever gear we could spare and many of the medical practices in Austin have donated to hospitals.”
Finally, Dr. Franco says that ceasing elective surgical procedures relieves potential strain on the hospital system. “While it is extremely rare for a patient to end up in a hospital as a result of a cosmetic procedure, we want to make sure that need does not even arise. With an event like this, we need to ensure that the hospitals are focused on the pandemic, and not anything else if it can be avoided.”
Dr. Johnny Franco MD is a graduate of Beloit College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and served his residency in Plastic Surgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. There, he was chief resident from 2010-2011. In 2011, he completed additional training at Chan Gung Hospital in Taiwan with a focus on microsurgery primarily in cancer reconstruction, followed by a fellowship at Gent University Hospital in Belgium where he specialized in breast reconstruction and fat transfer. He has received many academic achievement awards including the Walter S. Haven Prize, Elizabeth W. Souter Award and the Merck Index Award. Currently he is Clinical Faculty at The University of Texas Dell Medical School and serves as a reviewer for the Aesthetic Journal and Annals of Plastic Surgery. He is an active member of the Austin Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Franco has been featured in magazines such as Miami Shoot and the Miami Herald for his expertise in aesthetic surgery while in Miami. Since returning to Texas he has been featured on the Dana Cortez Show on 98.5 the Beat multiple times and on the Billy the Kid show on 96.7. Dr. Franco also currently serves on the advisory board for Realself in an eﬀort to implement new social media trends into their site.
To help keep its licensees ready and available to assist with combatting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is taking the following actions:
TDLR licensees can sign up for official TDLR email alerts here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDLR/subscriber/new. These email updates are the best way to ensure they receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about TDLR.
TDLR provides regulatory oversight for a broad range of occupations, businesses, facilities, and equipment in Texas. The agency protects the health and safety of Texans by ensuring they are served by qualified, licensed professionals. Inspections of individuals, businesses, and equipment are done on a regular basis to safeguard the public. Currently, the agency regulates 39 business and occupational licensing programs with more than 1,000,000 licensees across the state.
Visit TDLR’s website for more information and resources. You can search the TDLR licensee database, and also find past violations in which a final order was issued against companies or individuals. TDLR’s Customer Service line is available anytime between 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1-800-803-9202. TDLR representatives are fluent in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Check out six staple ingredients for achieving radiant, glowing skin!
Derived from bitter almonds, this gentle alpha hydroxy acid helps brighten complexion by accelerating cell turnover, removing dead skin, and strengthening collagen. It is especially prized for its ability to treat higher Fitzpatrick skin types. Try Mandelic 8% and 15% Acid by BION SKINCARE.
Licorice root is an all-natural remedy for dull skin. It contains glabridin and liquiritin, which help to inhibit tyrosinase and remove excess melanin pigments, brightening the skin. Try Vitamin C+ Enhancement Serum by HERBAL SKIN SOLUTIONS.
Extracted from the bearberry plant, alpha arbutin is another tyrosinase inhibitor that helps even skin tone and lighten dark spots. It is gentle and causes minimal irritation, making it good for all skin types. Try Biolight Brightening Sheet Mask by REPÊCHAGE.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that can help brighten skin, reduce inflammation and redness, lighten dark spots, boost collagen production, and protect against toxins and oxidative stress. Try Skin Blends Brite Serum by Skin Blends LLC.
This ingredient, extracted from various types of fungi, achieves radiant skin by inhibiting tyrosinase, as well. It is ideal for non-sensitive skin and is effective for lightening sun damage and other hyperpigmentation. Try Glycolic/Retinol Pads by Skin Script Skin Care.
Rich in flavonoids, vitamin A, and antioxidants, elderberry extract helps fade dark spots and provides protection from free-radical forming environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollution. Try Detox Enerie Serum by Sothys USA.
Check out these sweet CBD-based products for calming and healing the skin!
CBD Serum: Known for its antioxidants, CBD serums can break down free radicals and begin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Try CBD Ageless Wrinkle Filling Serum by Elina Organics
CBD Oil: CBD oil can help keep pores free of sebum, allowing skin to become balanced and clear.
Try Soothe Face Oil by Hempfield Botanicals
CBD Mist: An easy option for calming inflamed skin, CBD facial mists can not only help calm skin but also heal temperamental skin conditions like acne, eczema, and more.
Try MIST Hydrating Tonic by Color Up Therapeutics
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Elderflower is a powerful ingredient for skin and has been used to minimize pores and reduce excess oil in skin. Its ability to firm and freshen skin is perfect for creating a more rejuvenated appearance. Try Probiotic Serum with Elderberry and Blackberry by ilike Organic Skin Care.
Applied topically, evening primrose oil soothes and moisturizes skin. It promotes clear skin, while also hydrating and reducing redness. Try Wildflower Ultralight Oil by Éminence Organic Skin Care.
Chamomile has been a healing ingredient used for centuries. In skin care it has been known to treat and fade dark spots, eliminate scars, and even fight breakouts and ingrown hairs when the occur. Full of antioxidants, this ingredient also helps protect from free radical damage. Try Pinkini Hybrid Hot Wax by LYCON Wax USA.
Milk + Honey Spa’s new Arboretum Market spa is the brand’s largest location yet. The spa boasts a stunning lounge, 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four manicure and pedicure stations, all featuring the brand’s signature modern and luxurious design. Clients can enjoy the full range of award-winning, therapeutic treatments with expert, friendly skin care professionals, including massages, body treatments, facials, waxing, hair services, and non-toxic, natural nail services.
Milk + Honey Spa’s Signature Massage focuses on relaxation and stress relief, tailoring the treatment to each guest’s needs. With a philosophy focused on holistic healing, wellness, and relaxation, Milk + Honey spa uses only the cleanest products in each spa treatment, including the brand’s own line of hyperclean, effective bath, body, and skin care products. The Signature Massage can be booked for 60 to 120 minutes with prices ranging from $120 to $190.
The new Celluma DELUX is a full-body advanced light therapy. FDA-cleared for head-to-toe treatment of acne, wrinkles, and pain.
thermaBliss ThermaHerbal Poultice
Lava gel mineral heat combined with Thai herbal compression massage activates in minutes with warm water and lasts 60 plus minutes.
Seaweed Body Contouring Mask
Based on the tradition of European thalassotherapy this body mask combines mint, fresh seaweed extracts, and kaolin clay to help soften skin, making it appear more toned, and firmer.