High energy visible (HEV) light is high-frequency and high-energy light ranging from approximately 380 to 500 nanometers in the blue band of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and is also referred to as blue light or near ultraviolet light. Sources of blue light include the sun, full spectrum lighting, flat screen monitors, cell phones, and tablets. Additionally, reflective surfaces, including sand, snow, water,…

Fact or Fiction: It is important to use a separate eye cream from a facial moisturizer.

Written by Amanda Azar, L.E., founder and executive artist at Azar Beauty
Facial skin is thinner and behaves differently than the skin on the rest of the body. The skin around the eyes, however, can be up to 90 percent thinner than the rest of the already delicate facial skin. Furthermore, the ocular area contains significantly fewer oil glands, which can cause dehydration and premature signs of aging. The eyes are sensitive to internal expressions and external…

Fact or Fiction: The top layer of skin is dead.

Written by Janine Ellenberger, M.D., founder and president of GR8/SKN
The bottom layer of the epidermis, the stratum basale or basal cell layer, has column-shaped basal cells that divide and push older cells toward the surface of the skin. As the cells migrate upwards, they flatten out and become the stratum corneum and, together with the acid mantle, form the first line of skin defense and the barrier system.
Vaseline is 100 percent pure petroleum jelly, which is a blend of mineral oil and waxes, and has been around for over 140 years. It has been used in a variety of ways, such as the moisturization of dry, chapped skin. However, should a skin care professional suggest that clients use Vaseline to plump up their eyelashes for volume and shine or is that idea…

Fact or Fiction: UVB tanning beds are safe.

Written by Kelly Richardson, CEO and founder of B.Bronz Sunless
Most people want a desirable golden glow and the quest to get one safely is never-ending. Questions continue to rise about the safety of tanning beds, specifically beds that only emit UVB rays. Most tanning beds emit UVA and UVB rays, but, recently, beds with only UVB rays are being touted as a healthy alternative to mainstream beds and have been popping up in tanning…

Fact or Fiction: Expensive products are more effective.

Written by Catherine Atzen, CIDESCO, MBA, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
Throughout history and across cultures all over the world, people believe that they get what they pay for. In a competitive market, goods are priced a certain way because there is a correlation between what the consumer gets and what the consumer pays for. There is a lot of competition in the skin care market; there are many large and small brands, none of which…
Many clients tend to over-exfoliate their skin in hopes of sloughing off dead cells and achieving a fresh and renewed complexion. This belief is a misconception; the skin is a very efficient organ and does not require daily exfoliation. Exfoliating daily can strip the skin of its natural oils, which may cause breakouts.

Fact or Fiction: Squeaky clean skin is a good thing

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., creator of Holistically Haute™
Everyone has seen the commercials on television with a fresh-faced, young model lathering up her skin with a luxurious, white foamy cleanser. As she smiles, the narrator says, "Your skin's not clean unless it's squeaky clean!" The problem with this statement is not only that it is not necessarily true, but also that it has led to an epidemic of over-cleansing.

Fact or Fiction: Moisturizers with SPF are as effective as sunscreen.

Written by Catherine Atzen, L.E., founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
Clients often wonder whether it is better to use a sunscreen or a two-in-one product that combines the properties of both a moisturizer and a sunscreen. Furthermore, is it even safe to use a sunscreen daily, year round? A sunscreen's basic function is to prevent sunburns. A moisturizer brings hydration and comfort to the skin and, if makeup is worn, it can serve as a…

Fact or Fiction: Vitamin E helps minimize scars.

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E., owner of Clove Studios
There are many benefits of vitamin E, including that it can be helpful in treating and preventing heart and blood vessel diseases, such as hardening of the arteries; diabetes; brain and nervous system diseases; and nerve and muscle disorders. Furthermore, immunity levels can improve when vitamin E is consumed on a regular basis. An important benefit of vitamin E is that it reduces cholesterol and…

Fact or Fiction: Oily skin should not be moisturized.

Written by Lydia Sarfati, president and founder of Repêchage
Clients with oily skin constantly fight the battle of reducing the shiny- and greasy-looking appearance of their skin. This skin type often shudders at the thought of putting an emollient on their skin for fear of increasing the oily and slick look they are trying to diminish. However, oily skin still needs to be moisturized. Oily skin is characterized by having excess oil or sebum.…
Young girls are often told by their mothers, grandmothers, and sometimes even a skin care professional that shaving will cause their hair to grow back thicker and darker. Is there any truth behind this belief or is it just an old wives tale? If this statement were true, anyone who has ever suffered from balding would be shaving their heads religiously, expecting the regrowth to…

Fact or Fiction: Hair can benefit from a weekly mayonnaise hair treatment.

Written by Melissa Picoli-Phillips, L.E., founder of Skin + Sky
Try as they might, there are often times when even the most brilliant, well-funded product developers get a run for their money by inexpensive, food-based products. Hair masks are an example of this conundrum. A stroll through any well-stocked hair aisle will provide dozens of masks promising shine, bounce, health, and manageability of even the most bleached-out, porous hair. Many of those products actually do…

Fact or Fiction: Dark Circles Are Genetic

Written by Catherine Atzen, founder of ATZEN Superior to OrganicTM Skin Care
Dark circles are common at all ages, even in children. For some, they are permanent; for others, they vary based on lifestyle or medical conditions. While they are not a health concern in most cases, it helps to identify causes or aggravators; usually, lifestyle changes, combined with adapted skin care, will improve the condition. When the skin has an abundance of melanin around the eyes, it…
Pimples happen to the best of us. No matter how diligent clients are with their cleansing routine, every now and then a pore can become blocked and an uninvited guest takes up residence on the face.
Page 2 of 2

Featured Company

  • Nufree/FinipilNufree/FinipilDescription: Equibal Labs, Nufree Nudesse finipil In 1984 Normajean founded Equibal Labs, inspired by the childhood influence of her nature-loving grandfather. Equibal Labs produces a professional line of total beauty treatments that have become the standard for salo ...

Fact or Fiction

AIA Featured School

  • Aesthetic Science InstituteAesthetic Science InstituteDescription: All About Where You're Going! The mission of the Aesthetic Science Institute is to provide an exciting and challenging learning experience that stimulates professionalism, passion and motivation for future licensed estheticians. Prepare yourself for a ...