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Gold is one of the hottest new ingredients in skin care right now. As gold colloids in moisturizers and sunscreens, eye creams and lip balms, you will find it flaked, liquefied and as nanoparticles. For the adventurous, you can drink it as a super nutrient or eat it on the most exotic of Indian sweet meats. You will find it on the finest of acupuncture…
Summer brings a feeling of liberation as we shed our winter layers, but there can be a downside to this emancipation: sunburn. In spite of everything we know about UV damage and the risk of skin cancer, every spring and summer brings waves of lobster-red vacationers to the drugstore and the spa in search of soothing relief. The sunburn goes away in terms of the…
Clients may be enjoying that golden tan or those long days at the beach this summer, but what they do not see are the long-term effects that sun exposure can cause. Melanocytes are melanin producing cells, and their production is increased in the skin to protect itself from the damage the sun’s rays can cause. The excess melanin in turn can cause uneven pigmentation, solar…
Do you know what is more difficult than getting sunscreen on that hard to reach spot in the middle of your back? It is knowing and understanding the vast array of information on professional quality sunscreens from SPF to UVA, including all of the new labeling rules and skin cancer facts. Just like applying sunscreen takes a helping hand, so does learning some sun care…
The summer months are when clients typically have the most down time, making it an ideal time for corrective, rejuvenating treatments. Summer is also peak time for many spas and salons, depending upon the locale. However, administering peels and other corrective treatments during the summer months will cause a client's skin to be even more vulnerable to sun damage. So how can skin care professionals…

Setting the Record Straight About Sun Protection

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Sun protection, while once relatively straightforward, has become an increasingly challenging topic in recent years. Today's consumers are confronted with an often-puzzling array of product formulations, well-publicized concerns about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiencies, and conflicting information about the safety of technologies and ingredients employed in sunscreens. You could say that protecting our skin has become a bit akin to navigating a battlefield –…
All of these phrases contain a modicum of reality. However, in our clinic, we give a small amount of credence to all the above. Our focus has always been "root/cause" medicine and "root/cause" skin care. And when it comes to "root/cause" of any system or organ of the human body (including the skin), it is our opinion that nothing makes a more frequent, more meaningful,…
Despite such an advanced beauty culture, it is disappointing that a majority of the skin analysis conducted in aesthetics and skin care clinics is still to insufficient to be useful. The main reason for this is that in many clinics, detailed consultations and skin diagnostic tools are not being used. So with this utilization of old-fashioned terminology, diagnostic language and procedures (which are often no…
The human body consists of two-thirds of fluid, thus we are able to drain about 40 to 50 liters of body water, regulating the homeostatic disturbances of metabolism, in connective tissues as well as in bursae and joins (synovial). New Lymph Means New Life The lymphatic system has for a long time, until now, been a step-child of the medical profession. In our century the…
Not all exfoliating methods are created equal, especially when it comes to treating ethnic skin. In order to provide your patients of color with safe and effective exfoliation procedures, it is imperative to understand the differences in the structure and function of ethnic skin. As we become a more blended global society, many patients we treat will have mixed heritage. Even a patient who has…
Human skin, like all other organs, undergoes chronological aging. Skin aging is characterized histologically by irregularly dispersed melanocytes, elastosis, reduction, and alterations in collagen and accumulation of a variety of lipid-derived pigments such as chromolipoids and lipofuscins. These internal and silent histological shifts manifest clinically in the skin and the visible benchmarks are identified by fine and coarse wrinkling, roughness, laxity, dryness, sallowness, pigmentary moddling,…
We have all heard of lymphatic drainage and many of us actually perform the treatment regularly for our clients. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the fundamentals of this therapy should be common knowledge among skin and massage therapists. However, as amazing as it may seem, many therapists are quite perplexed by this modality and do not have the level of knowledge needed to…
The word holistic is defined as emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. When applying the term holistic to skin care, it defines skin that is healthy, glowing … beautiful. Holistic approaches to skin care consider the health of the whole person, internally and externally – meaning nutrition, lifestyle and emotional factors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is…
As far back as the first century B.C., honey has been used in skin care treatments. It can be traced throughout history as a natural skin remedy that even Cleopatra used daily. The natural ingredients contained within honey include vitamins and minerals that the skin needs for cell growth and removal, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorine, sulfur, iron, phosphate, copper, iodine, zinc, and…
Advances in the skin care industry are progressing so rapidly and so profoundly that many aestheticians, especially those new to our profession, find themselves in a quandary of either not knowing what to do… or wanting to do everything!!! My advice is that you find your niche and then EXCEL at it! Most customers really don’t care what a salon is called, they just want…
Applying steam to the skin is one of the best, simplest, and most effective ways to provide deep skin cleansing and relaxation. Whether dealing with the whole body or just the face the benefits include: Relief for muscle soreness and stiff joints, immune system enhancement, sinus congestion relief, lymph detoxification, and improvement in blood circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin's surface…
A new survey claims that less than half of men use sunscreen of at least factor 15 to protect their skin from damage. The poll of 2,000 people commissioned by Cancer Research UK found 90 percent said they had suffered sunburn. But only 47 percent of men used at least SPF 15. This was compared to two thirds of women using sunscreen of at least factor…
Natural sunscreen compounds produced by coral to protect from UV rays could eventually be used for making human sunscreens, researchers from King's College London revealed. The scientists, who discovered the new natural sunscreen compounds, are uncovering the biochemical and genetic processes behind their production. They believe they will eventually be able to recreate them synthetically, leading to new types of sunscreens for human usage.
Ancient Egyptians and Romans prized it for its pleasant aroma, using it to scent the air in homes and temples. During the Middle Ages, people used mint as a cleaning agent and a way to purify drinking water. The early colonists who brought herbs to America praised mint for its therapeutic benefits, using it to treat fevers and influenza.1 Scientifically known as Mentha, this herb…
Botox is unsafe and even deadly? This is a common statement made by men and women. It's so common, in fact, that it’s likely the first thing anyone will hear when someone who opposes Botox speaks. There are two parts to their argument: 1) Botox is a poison, 2) Too much of it can kill you.   Interestingly, both of these statements are actually true. Botox…
The belief in the healing powers of mud has been around for thousands of years. It has been said that men would travel from around the world to catch a glimpse of Cleopatra, who it is believed, occasionally bathed in mud to beautify her skin. Although, in modern times the actual benefits of bathing in mud have not been scientifically proven, people who use it…

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