It’s officially spring and that means – hopefully – we’ll soon be putting cold weather behind us and welcoming in a season of life, growth, and energy. As blossoms begin popping up all around and color and vibrance return to the outdoors, it’s a great time of year to see what needs to be refreshed and revamped inside. Sure, spring cleaning is a must, but…
No matter how you got your hands on this issue of DERMASCOPE – whether through your own print or digital subscription, your aesthetics school, a fellow aesthetician or staff member at your spa, your membership with Aesthetics International Association, or at the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference in New York – one thing’s for sure… you don’t have your hands on all that DERMASCOPE…

Featured in February

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller Publisher and Managing Editor
This month, DERMASCOPE is tackling some of the most talked about topics in aesthetics – including what’s truly going on with hormonal acne, if “medical aesthetics” is really even a thing, and how much is too much when it comes to exfoliation. Plus, Aesthetics International Association has inducted its first Legend into the Academy for 2019! First, we asked a few acne experts to chime…
For months, DERMASCOPE’s editorial team has been creating, developing, and strategizing for our first major announcement of 2019, and excited is an understatement. This year, in addition to the wonderful content provided in the print magazine, we are pleased to present 18 online exclusive columns each month. We’ve asked leading industry professionals to deliver monthly education on a variety of topics to be featured on…
If I had to pick one word to describe this time of year it would be “change.” From trees empty of leaves, to falling snow, to “ringing out the old” with the New Year, change is eminent in this period between one year and the next. While change can often be a good thing, for some it can also be hard to accept. This is…
Every time I attend an industry tradeshow, I inevitably learn about something new – from ingredients and products to updated treatment techniques and marketing strategies. With so many tradeshows in our industry, it can sometimes feel overwhelming with how quickly new products are being debuted or ingredients are being researched and discovered. That is why DERMASCOPE launched its Aestheticians’ Choice Awards in 2015 – to…
October is a busy month for my family. With multiple birthday parties, trips to the pumpkin patch, and preparations for the upcoming holiday season, my calendar is packed. Aside from my personal life, the month of October for the DERMASCOPE team is quite busy, too. We’re finalizing the voting process for the upcoming Aestheticians’ Choice Awards in November, researching our 2019 editorial topics, and creating…
September is my favorite month of the year. It’s my wedding anniversary month, the time the State Fair of Texas returns for the year, and when everyone seems to start prepping for the upcoming holiday season. Though the weather often still reflects the hot temperatures of the summer months, September also means the return to school and the end of summer vacations.
From a distinguished designer debuting a new line at Fashion Week to an Olympic figure skater landing the perfect double axel – it is easy to spot excellence when it is present. The skin care industry is bursting at the seams with top-rate, professional product lines. Today, skin care professionals can choose from an agglomeration of companies when selecting the products to sell in their…
Earlier this week I read a story called the Daffodil Principle. In the story, a daughter persistently invites her mother to see some daffodils near her home. When the mother finally agrees, she is taken to the most incredible garden of daffodils imaginable – one that consists of over 50,000 daffodils cascading down a mountainside. When the mother asks where they came from, the daughter…
This issue was one of my favorites to plan for 2018. It was fun to have our contributors tackle a multitude of reader-requested topics. Sebaceous hyperplasia – the unsightly nodules and lesions that begin cropping up for many clients later in life – may sound complex in name, but does not have to be a source of confusion or frustration for professionals. Brenda Linday tackles…

May Editor's Note: Acne Intervention

Written by Amanda Strunk-Miller
DERMASCOPE Magazine has been publishing educational articles on acne every year since it began 43 years ago. Acne is, undoubtedly, a top skin care concern for consumers, especially youth. In fact, it affects approximately 20 percent of people and is a leading reason why many begin searching for solutions. The market is saturated with products and procedures that can assist with acne. Many individuals begin…

Critical Connections in the Community

Written by Amanda Strunk-Miller
The sense of community formed by being part of a group of like-minded individuals is impactful. Communities inspire unity, support, comfort, and advisement – a space rich in resources that everyone can benefit from. Being active in a community can bring inspiration, aid in success, and provide strong navigation. Bringing like-minded people together to achieve goals has been important to me for many years –…
Through the launch of our new website, DERMASCOPE brings you even greater access to the top resources available in the industry. Our team has spent countless hours crafting a website that reflects the needs of our readers. With a new emphasis on community, this new website provides limitless networking opportunities with other professionals, distributors, and educators. Starting with just the homepage, you will find an…
I’m sure by now it is apparent that we have updated quite a few department designs in the magazine for 2018. While many of the pages feature new content elements, several departments just got a mini face lift! It’s a fresh look to start the year off right.
DERMASCOPE is introducing many new features in 2018 – a new website, new departments, new designs, new article themes… But I must admit that there is one fresh feature for 2018 that I have hardly been able to keep quiet about: our new editorial advisory board! We have had several advisory boards in the past, but, this time around, I have re-written the script and…

New Year, New You

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller Associate Publisher
The month of December makes me both nostalgic and optimistic. Both, I think, are common and reasonable feelings to experience during this time of year. Time with family, big parties, and extended periods off from work all offer time to reminisce and look back on fond memories. The month of December can also provide time to reflect over the past year and conjure up other…

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Marketing!

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller Associate Publisher
Wait, it’s already the end of the year? I always look forward to the colder weather and the holiday season, but it continually seems to sneak up on me. Every year, it’s almost like Christmastime appears out of nowhere – especially now with two little boys of my own.

Building Your Business

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller
Marketing your business is one of the most common business topics I read about in trade magazines. It is such a vital topic that every year we focus an issue of DERMASCOPE on it! We try to cover every angle; from how to succeed with social media to handling bad client reviews online; marketing new clientele to upselling the regulars; understanding e-mail blasts to Google…

The Many Faces of Beauty

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perception is reality. Happy girls are the prettiest girls. All of these sayings bring about alternate perspectives than the one typically observed through social media. To me, all of these sayings bring about freedom, creativity, and even peace of mind.

The Sensitive Skin Misconception

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller
Last summer, while planning the editorial calendar for 2017, I penned 'sensitive skin' as a topic I believed should be highlighted as a main theme for an issue. Days later, I allotted the subject to the month of August and proceeded to brainstorm on what the main articles for the month would entail. I had ideas like 'skin disorders' and 'skin conditions' in my notebook,…
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