Can Scalp Massage Prevent Baldness?

Written by Rahsha Batiste
According to the American Hair Loss Association, 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from some form of hair loss. Revenue spent to restore hair to its natural beauty is astounding, as thick, energetic hair is desirable and culturally considered extremely attractive. Fortunately, there are budget-friendly ways to forestall baldness and boost hair growth. One method is through scalp massage, which can be done…
Finding the perfect mascara formula is as difficult as finding the ultimate pair of jeans that fit just right. Some make eyelashes itchy, while others smudge under the eyes throughout the day. Trying multiple mascaras until the holy grail is found can irritate the eyes and drain one’s wallet. In an effort to get the product to stay put, many people opt for a waterproof…
“Drinking water hydrates skin” is one of the most pervasive myths in the skin care industry. While drinking water is excellent for good physical health overall, it has never been clinically linked to increased skin hydration. Skin hydration and transepidermal water loss, along with other physical parameters of the skin, are important. An association drawn between water consumption and skin hydration in research literature has…
Truly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Many people love their freckles and others cringe at the sight of any discoloration on their skin, referring to them as age spots. The question is often asked of skin care professionals, “Where do these dark spots on my face come from? Are they genetic?” Honestly, it is not always a simple answer. There are many…

Fact or Fiction: Sun exposure makes rosacea worse.

Written by Michele Corley, founder and president of Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care
According to various studies, the real answer is (drum roll please) yes. Sun exposure is a clear trigger for rosacea flareups and can make rosacea worse in the near and long-term for most people who experience this skin disorder. Sun exposure is the top trigger for rosacea symptoms in more than 80% of people who have rosacea, according to a survey conducted by the National…

Fact or Fiction: Open pores are actually better.

Written by Metaxia Dalikas, L.E., co-founder and CEO of Lira Clinical
Bright and beautiful skin can be achieved by maintaining clean, healthy pores. There are many myths about skin care and it may be helpful to understand why the skin has pores before addressing the statement “open pores are actually better.” There are two types of skin pores: oil pores and sweat pores. Oil pores are where the hair follicle exits the skin and where the…
Skin care ingredients are formulated with specific delivery systems to ensure they reach the targeted skin level for which they were designed to act. If an ingredient is penetrated deeper into the skin, when, in fact, it is meant to remove the dead cells from the stratum corneum, an enzyme for example, it would not be able to carry out its intended function. If that…

Fact or Fiction: Regularly wearing makeup ages skin faster.

Written by Suzanne Whigham, L.E., owner of Fountain of You Aesthetics
Makeup is fun, albeit transforming! There is no question that a perfectly concocted palette of skillfully chosen shades can mimic a full night’s sleep when one has not seen one in a while, or lend a daring, new, wear-and-wash identity. At the risk of imploring a host of deafening sighs, the fact remains, wearing makeup regularly can cause a host of skin problems that cumulatively…

Fact or Fiction: Botox prevents wrinkles.

Written by Erin Lucie, DNP, FNP-C, owner of Luminate Clinic
When people think of wrinkles, often, the next thing they think of is Botox. This is because of incredible branding by the makers of Botox. But, for clients who are just starting to notice fine lines, is Botox really the best treatment for the prevention of wrinkles? And, how would Botox prevent wrinkles if it could? Skin professionals need to not fall into the marketing…

Fact or Fiction: Oily skin takes longer to age than dry skin.

Written by Rachael Pontillo, M.Msc, FDN-P, CIHC, L.E., CEO of Holistically Haute Inc, president of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance
Most teenagers and adults who struggle with excessively oily skin may consider it more of a curse than a blessing. However, that feeling may subside when, at some point, they will likely hear something like, “it might bother you now, but you’ll be grateful for it in 20 years because oily skin ages slower than dry skin.” Is this an old wives’ tale or is…

Fact or Fiction: Eyelashes fall out if mascara is not removed.

Written by Rachelle Dupree, marketing, communications, and design for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
Fact! According to multiple aestheticians and eyelash experts, improper cleansing, waterproof mascara, curling, and excessive rubbing are just a few of the culprits to cause damage or loss to delicate eyelashes. Leaving mascara and eyeshadow on too long or not removing makeup at night can actually clog the hair follicle and prevent hair from breathing, resulting in eyelash loss. Snoozing in full eye makeup puts…

“All natural” means better quality.

Written by Amra Lear, licensed massage therapist and aesthetician
"Natural” is a word so profound, it has become one of the most significant tools for marketing in recent years. “All natural” is one of the highest selling points for consumers and it has pushed manufacturers to create products to be made from natural ingredients. Formulating a product with natural ingredients is not hard to do and, in most cases, is the cheapest way to…

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…
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…

FACT OR FICTION: There is such a thing as sunburnt DNA.

Written by Catherine Atzen, L.E., M.B.A., founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic® Skin Care
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…

An effective skin care regimen should contain products from the same line.

Written by Alissa de Jongh, ND, owner of Glacé Skin Therapy
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…

Fact or Fiction: Most sun damage accumulates before the age of 18.

Written by Amanda Azar, LME, MUA, founder and executive artist of Azar Beauty
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…
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