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!

What’s your recipe for broken capillaries?

Written by Erin Lucie, D.N.P., clinical director with CryoMed Clinic
Broken capillaries are inefficient, useless vessels. These tiny, web-like vessels can appear anywhere on the body, but are predominately present on the face and legs, which can make clients extremely self-conscious. When treating broken capillaries, it is important to first work with existing capillaries; avoid treatments that exacerbate them and use products that will prevent them.

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.

What’s your recipe for treating sunburn blisters?

Written by Anabel De La Vega, author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Asevere sunburn may result in sunburn blisters. These blisters are a painful experience for anyone that exposes themselves to too much sun. Overexposure to the sun causes a bubble that forms under the skin and becomes filled with fluid. These blisters form to protect the underlying tissue from the burn. If someone experiences a severe sunburn, they can get sick and develop swelling, fever, chills, headache, and nausea. After a…

A Must-Have Mentor

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller
In our industry, it is of great importance to a skin care professional's successful journey to have a mentor to guide them. Mentors provide invaluable information, expertise, and understanding. They offer insight on what it takes to advance, guidance on improving knowledge and skill, and opportunities and resources for building a strong and successful network.

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.

What’s your recipe for treating skin during the summer heat?

Written by Denise Baron, wellness expert and business strategist
The eyes, skin, and liver are extremely sensitive during the summer months. Whether professionals are working with clients to achieve healthy summer skin or treating clients who struggle with acne, rosacea, or eczema, there are lessons to be learned from ancient medical systems.
Be everywhere. This piece of advice is often given to budding businesses who are trying to make an impression. The method is considered a positive way to build visibility online, cultivate traffic, and attract new prospects or leads. This idea works great for print, internet, or even community events; but when it comes to social media specifically, is it the best plan?

To Be or Not to Be Everywhere

Written by Amanda Strunk Miller
Be everywhere. This piece of advice is often given to budding businesses who are trying to make an impression. The method is considered a positive way to build visibility online, cultivate traffic, and attract new prospects or leads. This idea works great for print, internet, or even community events; but when it comes to social media specifically, is it the best plan?
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,…

What’s your recipe for choosing the right career path?

Written by Kelly Richardson, CEO and founder of B.Bronz Sunless
Obtaining your aesthetics or cosmetology license is one of the smartest moves you can make for your future. As the economy fluctuates, there has been stability for jobs in the skin care industry. Generally, after graduating from aesthetics school, many professionals fast track into a client-facing career. However, it is important to look at some of the other things you can do with your license.

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…

What’s your recipe for cleansing the skin with oils?

Written by Robert Sachs, L.M.T., co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda
When most people hear the words skin and oil in the same sentence, they cringe as they think of a greasy, spotty complexion; they envision skin that is not the picture of health. Thus, the idea of using oil – especially face oil – seems counterintuitive and off-putting. Yet, even major commercial skin care lines are beginning to tout the benefits of face oil for cleansing and moisturizing.