Oils should not be used on oily skin.

Written by Karym Urdaneta, director of marketing and education at Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care
It is surprising how many still believe that using oils on their face must be avoided at all costs, especially those with oily or acne-prone skin. This belief is not entirely true. As an aesthetician, this illusive topic is exciting to discuss because it gives an opportunity to educate clients and contribute to their overall skin vitality. NOT ALL OILS ARE CREATED EQUALLY Some people…

Fact or Fiction: Sleep affects the skin.

Written by Alexandra J. Zani, industry strategist and scientific aesthetics educator
Sleep deficiency is reported to be a common health problem in the United States. There are long- and short-term consequences that include heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression.1 Physical signs may be swollen, sunken eyes, dark circles, pale dehydrated skin, and barrier dysfunction.2 Subclinical effects can affect wound healing, collagen growth, skin hydration, and skin texture.3 Moreover, there is…

Facial movements cause wrinkles.

Written by Anabel de la Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Facial expressions can cause wrinkles due to the fact that striated muscles in the face create limited expressions. The more expressions a person makes the more active those muscles are going to be. In the forehead, there is a muscle called the corrugator which controls forehead movements. The forehead controls the muscles around the eyes, which is why it is more common for those who…

Cucumbers on puffy eyes soothe and reduce swelling.

Written by Janel Luu, founder, formulator, and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics and PurErb Herbology-based Skincare & Aromatherapy
Thumbing through a beauty magazine or a luxury resort brochure one will probably see the serene image of a recumbent woman wearing a pristine robe and artfully wrapped towel turban, her face slathered in a luscious cream mask with perfectly shaped cucumber slices carefully positioned over her eyes. But is there more to this iconic image of spa luxury and blissed-out relaxation? CURE OR CLICHÉ?…

Fact or Fiction: Steam opens up pores.

Written by Sara Fulton, co-founder and president of Vivant Skin Care
In a professional facial, steaming the skin is regarded as an essential element, but not for the reason many clients believe. While steaming provides multiple benefits to enhance the facial process, opening the pores is not one of them. The fact is, pores do not open and close. They are not a muscle. They are, in effect, the lungs of the body’s largest organ, the…
Sun damage is developed in two ways: by sunburns or through accumulated sun damage over time. Most people suffer from both. Most have experienced sunburns, mostly as children, and can remember the burning sensation, hot and swollen skin, consequent blisters and peeling, itchiness, and misery. Daily sun damage over years of exposure – even without burns or irritation – can go unnoticed for years, until…
Today, it is difficult not to notice the growing trend for natural, organic, and less chemically-laden products. Everything from foods to home goods to skin care has changed course from laboratory formulations to producing the purest products possible. As professionals, is it necessarily better to advise clients to make the switch? Recent studies show almost 50 percent of consumers today are buying natural beauty products…
Skin care packaging in a product line can be lovely, especially when everything matches with soothing colors and bright metallic lining that catches the eye. However, is it always necessary to purchase all of the spa’s skin care items from the same line to get an effective result? The answer is no. It is all relative to what clients’ expectations are from the products.The scientists…
Though it may be surprising, this is true. “How old do I look?” may be a question that many are uncomfortable confronting. A question many of us are not fond of asking others. However, several scientific studies have revealed that up to 90 percent of how young or old a person looks, respective of age, is directly linked to their amount of sun exposure. Excessive…
To immediately clear up any confusion, yes, it is a fact that alcohol wreaks havoc on the skin. Many people enjoy going out and having a few drinks every once in a while. However, they may not appreciate waking up the next morning and seeing the effects of alcohol on their skin.
The new year arrived and many people started a new workout routine. Five days out of the week, they started doing cardio and lifting weights and began to see results. Inches started falling off and weight decreased. Three months passed, some continued to consistently perform the same workout five days out of the week, never increasing cardio or the amount of weight lifted.
There are numerous causes of acne, but a facial treatment is definitely not one of them. The intention of an aesthetician performing a deep cleansing facial procedure is to facilitate the purging of breakout-causing dead skin cells and impurities that sit inside the pores. There are different types of acne triggers with different severity levels. Some common causes of acne include stress, diet, hormone fluctuations,…
Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious, autoimmune condition where the immune system’s white blood cells (T-cells) attack the skin cells by mistake. There are several varieties of psoriasis. Plaque, the most common form, is recognized by its symptoms – dead cell build-up on reddened, inflamed skin. Other types include guttate, pustular, inverse, erythrodermic, and psoriatic arthritis. Clinical researchers believe that there are three fundamental theories that…
Realization that collagen is essential to healthy skin is commendable and should be noted before explaining the physics of the skin and the function of particular ingredients to bust this myth. It is important to stimulate new collagen production as peak levels occur at age 18, then slowly begin to diminish. By age 30, an individual can lose up to 1.5 percent of their collagen…
Cosmetic products are being created on a daily basis. Some are only sold through aestheticians and doctor’s offices, while others are readily available via television shopping channels, infomercials, online retailers, or department stores and drugstores. Consumers often end up feeling confused about who to trust, where to shop, and whether to spend their hard-earned money at the spa or the drugstore. Where is the best…

Fact or Fiction: A tan is needed to show adequate absorption of vitamin D.

Written by Celeste Hilling, CEO, co-founder, and product formulator for Skin Authority
Fiction! Having a tan does not mean you are vitamin D sufficient. In fact, because pigment slows down the absorption of UVB, your natural tan is your body’s way of slowing the production of D.
How many people have heard about face yoga or facial exercises, but are unsure if these methods really work for tightening sagging skin? There are a number of YouTube tutorials, books, and miscellaneous information on the subject available online, which may confuse the general public.
Sun exposure is something everyone needs to stay healthy. Soaking in the warm sun is a relaxing way to enjoy a vacation, but how much sun is too much? With summer in full affect, it is time to consider the truth surrounding the old wives' tale of sun exposure being beneficial for acne.

Fact or Fiction: Bar Soap Ages the Skin

Written by Janel Luu, founder and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics
Bar soap is often summarily judged and misunderstood as the villain that hijacks skin's natural moisture factor, leading to signs of aging. However, many bar soaps have undergone a metamorphosis due to formulations that make them anti-aging heroes for many skin conditions.

Fact or Fiction: Lemon Lightens the Skin.

Written by Rachelle Dupree, marketing and communications director for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
Fresh lemon juice has been known for decades as a household remedy for lightening the skin. Many clients may be wondering, however, if it truly works. The basic answer is yes, but the lightening process does take time.

Fact or Fiction: Products that contain parabens should be avoided.

Written by Sheilah Danielle Fulton, L.E., L.E.I., MBA, published writer
The use of paraben preservatives, such as alkyl esters and p-hydroxybenzoic acids, goes back over decades to when they were first introduced in the 1920s.1 Nowadays, synthetic parabens are found in 80 percent of all personal care products, including cosmetics. These preservatives are widely used because of their antimicrobial impact. There are various types of synthetic parabens, such as methylparaben, ethyparaben, proplparaben, and butylparaben.
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