Shel Pink is the founder of SpaRitual, a pioneering, sustainable beauty brand based on the rituals of self-care. Pink built SpaRitual on the guiding ethos of Slow Beauty, encouraging women to reclaim ownership of their greatest commodity (time) and establish a connection through meaningful daily beauty practices. Shel’s advice and insights are sought after as a keynote speaker, and she has been featured as a…
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…
People are curious by nature and, for the most part, the more they know, the more likely they are to either try something new, make recommendations to friends and family, or become repeat customers. Taking advantage of this observation in the treatment room is a must for anyone looking to obtain loyal, well-informed customers who truly appreciate the professional’s work. It also does not hurt to increase retail sales, either.
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…

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…
by Mara Shorr, B.S., CAC II-XII and Jay A. Shorr, B.A., MBM-C, CAC I-XII In the age of social media, it is easy for everyone to think they are an expert. From DIY posts with beauty influencers to promotional videos filling Instagram story feeds, there is no shortage of at-home beauty advice available to clients.
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…

What’s your recipe for surviving as an aesthetician in a technology-driven future?

Written by Douglas Preston, L.E., owner of Preston Skin Center, Preston Beauty Professional, and Preston Private Label Products
Scientific advances in health and skin care have created excitement among today’s aesthetic professionals. It has also caused concern that the role of the aesthetician could be marginalized or even rendered obsolete through technological progress. This concern is partly true and partly false, depending on how skin care practices are positioned. The following three service areas are unlikely to be diminished by technology or convenience.

‘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.
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…

What’s your recipe for treating skin under a beard?

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., founder of Cole Skincare for Men
The era of beards has been resurrected. Beards are trending and men are grooming their facial hair with pride. Savvy beard growers are investing a lot in their grooming and maintenance. The way a man styles, trims, and grooms his beard shows character. Caring for the skin under the beard, however, takes strategic planning with knowledgeable professionals.

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…

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.

What’s your recipe for providing luxurious treatments to clients?

Written by Heather Kreider, co-owner of Makes Scents Natural Spa Line
The spa industry is a trade of hospitality and service. At its center are friendliness, warmth, compassion, and giving. Creating this atmosphere is not optional; it is a must. Clients expect skin care professionals to create a respite from the stress of their hectic daily lives. They seek a place offering luxurious treatments that will restore a sense of well-being and tranquility.

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.
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.

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,…
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.
Almost a decade ago, there was a client that would come to the spa with a whiskey in one hand and an unlit cigar in the other. Although he would not drink the alcohol during the treatment or light up his cigar to smoke, it became his spa ritual. On numerous occasions, he was asked to discard of his glass cup and half chewed cigar before walking back to the…

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.

Gearing Up for 2018

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller
For most people, the word summer brings about enjoyable thoughts, treasured memories, and anticipated vacations. For the staff at DERMASCOPE – and more specifically, the editorial team – the word summer brings about brainstorming and planning for new ideas in preparation for the upcoming editorial calendar year. The year may be only half over, but we are already gearing up for 2018!