Human stem cell science is frequently in the news with stories about how these amazing cells hold promise to treat disease, slow aging and even extend life. There are also stories about how stem cells can be useful in skin rejuvenation, adding an aesthetic benefit to their promise of improving health. Unfortunately, unscrupulous operators have exploited the mystique of stem cells by creating skin products…
Compared to generations before, today’s consumer takes a far more active interest in understanding the ingredients that comprise the products they buy and the manufacturing practices utilized to create them. Beyond the food industry, nowhere do we see more evidence of this practice than in the personal care industry. Recognizing that cosmetic and skin care ingredient lists can be overwhelming to the average consumer, various…

The Science of Skin: Skin Care from the Inside Out

Written by Tasha Manigo-Bizzell, L.E.
Skin care companies constantly tout various nutrients as the next great thing for skin. But how do these ingredients really benefit the skin both topically and internally? This article focuses on the micronutrients that directly impact its function. The skin’s role is complex, but in order to fully understand how each micronutrient affects the skin, it is necessary to know the skin’s various functions.

Surfactants and Emulsifiers

Written by Irena James
Most chemists openly express their concern over how little time is spent studying surfactants in college given their considerable importance in so many industries, especially the skin care industry. According to Perry Romanowski, coauthor of the acclaimed textbook, Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry, “surfactants are the workhorses of the cosmetic industry and all cosmetic chemists would benefit learning the basic principles of surfactant chemistry.” 1 Most often,…
One class of ingredients that continues to offer exciting new options to the world of skin care is peptides. Peptides have been perennial favorites due to their gentle, non-irritating qualities and long-term anti-aging benefits. Because new peptides that promise remarkable benefits are constantly being discovered, it is important for skin care professionals to understand the basic science behind peptides.Peptides are more than just skin care…
Global sun care is heading toward a record high in sales, totaling approximately $1.3 billion by the end of 2014. We should all feel very proud of ourselves. Our endless preaching and nagging to family, friends, and clients about the dangers of sun exposure for the beauty and health of their skin has apparently paid off. According to Euromonitor International and various other market research…
Working in an industry that focuses primarily on caring for others may, at times, cause you to neglect your own personal well-being. This may affect the ability to perform at an optimal level in the treatment room. As paying customers, your clients deserve the best services from professionals who are alert, energized and focused. It is essential that you take a moment to indulge in…

Promoting Wellness for Earth Month

Written by Shelley Lotz, L.F.T., C.S.B.A., author of Green Spas and Salons

The Physiology of Skin of Color

Written by Christine Heathman, C.M.E., L.M.T.
People with skin of color will soon make up the majority of the United States. This will have a significant impact on the practice of professional skin care. Generally, lighter shades of skin have been the dominant skin type in the United States. This is the skin type that the majority of skin care treatments are currently based on. However, these traditional facial, body, and…
Over the last couple of decades, antioxidants have risen from humble beginnings to being a part of some of the most sophisticated applications in cellular protection. Well established as the darlings of our industry, they are often featured as the magic bullet of anti-aging formulations. According to Mintel, “Antioxidants are the most popular ingredients in today’s skin care.” Examples of antioxidants at work are everywhere.…

Speaking the Legal Lingo

Written by Irena James
If you have ever sold an anti-aging product or a product for acne-prone skin, chances are that, at some point, you have broken the law. Not because you sold these products, but because of the claims you made and the statements you used while closing the sale would most likely have been deemed as drug claims by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Some…

Beauty From the Inside Out

Written by Deni Dale, electrologist
The aesthetics industry consists of skin care professionals all over the world who use their talents to keep their clients happy, smiling and beautiful. Many of the treatments provided by skin care professionals primarily focus on the various skin regimens and services that help the external, or outer, part of the body. But what about everything that goes on inside of the body? There are…

Enhance the Skin’s Natural Sun Protection

Written by Erin Ferrill, L.E.
As skin care professionals, we are absolutely committed to caring for our clients’ skin in every way possible. This commonly includes recommending that they incorporate sunscreen into their beauty routine every day to avoid damage caused by rays of the sun. While we can agree on the importance of including sunscreen in an at-home regimen, research shows there may be other ways to enhance the…
The good ol’ days provided simpler times when it was enough to tell your client that their product contained hydrating honey, soothing aloe, cooling cucumber, and revitalizing carrot extract. Relying on anecdotal properties of ingredients, while failing to understand or interpret the scientific data behind ingredient activity and product performance, can put an aesthetician at a serious disadvantage in today’s fast paced, information-laden climate. Even…

Basic Product Concepts

Written by Irena James
We have come a long way since the first vanishing creams promised to protect the skin from the elements such as chapping winds and sooty breezes. Today’s consumer expectations of product performance and benefits have become more complex than ever and product developers are responding to these expectations by formulating multifunctional products as well as targeted, specialized treatments for specific areas of the skin. New…

10 Things About...Superfoods

Written by Julie Bach, L.E.
Superfoods are the richest and most potent foods containing life-giving and life-supporting nutrients including antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, fiber, phytonutrients and enzymes. Superfoods not only increase the vitality and energy in your body, they also deeply nourish and heal the body at the cellular level. With so much of skin health based on your gut health, it is no secret that superfoods help you glow…
In the early 1990s, I was fully immersed in the corporate culture where working under highly stressful conditions was a motivator and considered part of the job. Stress came with the territory of being in a management role and working excessive hours. After working a normal 12 hour day, my husband and I were on our way to the company Christmas party when our car…

Detoxification

Written by Rachael Pontillo, A.A.D.P C.H.C., B.S., L.E.
The spa and wellness industries are at an all-time high since businesses are now able to reach millions of potential clients at little to no cost with social media campaigns. With the click of a mouse, a consumer can learn about the amazing experience her favorite celebrity had using a far-infrared sauna; watch a video about manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) or self-massage on YouTube; or…

Re-Train Your Brain:

Written by Bruce Baltz
Massage therapists and aestheticians generally choose their profession to help others and to have an opportunity to give back. At times, we forget to take care of ourselves and do not pay attention to the signals that our bodies send. When we are first learning our craft, we are bombarded with new information deemed important by our states, governing bodies, and/or associations. During this time,…
I was recently completing an application for an association in which I had been inducted. One of the last questions on the application asked me to list my favorite hobbies or the things that I like to do in my free time. I responded by listing that cooking, cleaning and taking my children to their extracurricular activities were among the top of my list. When…
Chamomile is the name given to several species of herbs with fine, feathery leaves and daisy-like flowers. There are two plants most commonly distilled for their essential oils including Roman chamomile (Chamaemeleum nobile or Anthemis nobilis) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). The therapeutic and psychological properties of their respective oils, while not identical, are quite similar.

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