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Cleansing Lessons Featured

Written by Nicole Flevaris
Cleansing Lessons

With so many cleansers on the market making various claims, it can seem hard to navigate and find the right choice for various skin types. Her are a few important lessons that all consumers should have to make an informed decision.

Cinnamon

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D.
Cinnamon

Cinnamon is perhaps one of the most frequently used spices in the world for its wide appeal, from its us in culinary arts to assisting in the control of high blood pressure. This plant and its counterparts have been studied, praised, and esteemed for centuries and its exploration is as vast as its uses and accolades. Its botanical genealogy hails from the evergreen species of the Lauraceae tree. The inner bark of this tree yields the harvest that is grown for two years before coppicing (cutting the stems at ground level). The bark is then peeled off from the tree into strips to dry and formed into what is called “quills.” Quills are the rolled two-to-four inch “cinnamon sticks” in the curled form of cinnamon that most are familiar with.

Retinol – Just the Facts

Written by Robert Manzo
Retinol – Just the Facts

In the skin care industry, there is a lot of misinformation circulating about retinol. However, information found in clinical studies, as well as articles in medical and academic journals has debunked some of the sentiments once touted as facts.

Hyaluronic Acid: Skin Care Superstar

Most people have probably been hearing more and more about the anti-aging benefits of hyaluronic acid in skin care products. What they might not know, however, is that this essential anti-aging ingredient is already located deep within their skin. Naturally found in the skin’s extracellular matrix – where collagen is located – hyaluronic acid is like a person’s own fountain of youth; it is responsible for keeping skin plump, smooth, and looking youthful.

The Wonders of Pumpkin

Written by Boldijarre Koronczay and Brian Goodwin
The Wonders of Pumpkin

When most people think of pumpkins, the first thoughts that typically come to their mind are having a comforting, warm pumpkin spice latte when the chill of fall is beginning to set in or enjoying a delicious slice (or two!) of pumpkin pie with the arrival of the holiday season. In general, pumpkins are a delicious ingredient incorporated into celebrating various traditions or seasons; while pumpkins are indeed delicious, they are also a miraculous superfood that contains powerful nutrients, offering benefits to both overall wellness and skin health.

Glycerin

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., M.Msc, CIHC, CNAP, BSD
Glycerin

Many people are familiar with glycerin, also spelled glycerine and referred to as glycerol, only as a translucent type of bar soap or base for liquid soap. However, glycerin has a long track record of use in traditional herbalism and medicine-making. It is also a staple ingredient in many different water, gel-based, and emulsion skin care and personal care products, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hydrating masks, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners.

Salicylic Acid

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E
Salicylic Acid

At one point or another, skin care professionals will all use salicylic acid – it is one of the most popular ingredients in anti-acne skin care. Salicylic is the only beta hydroxy acid used in skin care; it occurs naturally in wintergreen leaves, sweet birch, and other plants, and is topically an anesthetic and a keratolytic with a mild peeling effect. For milder acne, salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions. It is derived from the metabolism of salicin, which is an alcoholic β-glucoside.

Licorice Root

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E
Licorice Root

Most people know licorice for its use in candies or its distinctive tastiness in tobacco. The level of sweetness found in licorice root is said to be long-lasting and at least 50 times sweeter than sugar. Although licorice is synonymous with sweetness, skin care professionals should go beyond flavor and examine its medicinal purposes. Licorice root has been used for centuries as an alternative medicine for many aliments due to its pure healing effects. There have been many therapeutic compounds found in the licorice plant and root. It is the most widely singly used herb for medicinal purposes. Licorice root has a long list of impressive uses: it can be taken orally for medical illnesses, combined with other herbs, or used topically for skin care and beauty products.

Caffeine in Skin Care

Written by Amra Lear, L.E., L.M.T.
Caffeine in Skin Care

It reigns in commercials as a powerful, supergiant boost of energy. It has found a comfortable domain in oversaturated, sugary, carbonated drinks; robust, flavorful espressos; hot, blackened teas; and bittersweet chocolate delights. Connoisseurs seek out its quantity rather than its taste, hoping to satisfy their body with its encompassing jittery surge. Its name alone is controversial and, with the uttering of its two syllables, it makes a profound entrance off of the tongue. It is: caffeine.

Peptides: A Path Toward Cellular Health

Written by Neal Kitchen, Ph.D. and Erin Ferrill Larson
Peptides: A Path  Toward Cellular Health

The current generation is consequently converging beauty and health. The decades where beauty is tied to a superficial, only-skin-deep approach are being replaced by the realization that beauty's full potential is reached when it is at its healthiest state: be it physically, mentally, socially, or spiritually. It makes for an exciting segue in the advancement of the beauty industry to push the value of beauty and health as partners. The science of cellular health is becoming one of the most powerful tools in creating what professionals want to achieve in a combined beauty-and-health industry.

Witch Hazel

Written by Michele Phelan, L.E.
Witch Hazel

Most people are quite familiar with witch hazel, the water-like extract that is often used in skin care products for its healing, astringent properties. The benefits, uses, and appeal of this amazing botanical go far beyond what is commonly known. The most common species of witch hazel is Hamamelis virginiana (H. virginiana), sometimes known as American witch hazel. The name witch hazel is believed to have come from the Middle English word, wicke, which means lively. Other species in North America include H. mexicana, H. ovalis, and H. vernalis.

The Plentiful Benefits of Pineapple

Written by Anabel De La Vega
The Plentiful Benefits  of Pineapple

Pineapple is a tropical fruit that originated in Brazil and is now currently found in India and other countries. It presents a wide array of health and beauty benefits, is easy to find, and can effortlessly be incorporated into diets and skin care regimens.

Pineapples are full of important antioxidants that work to prevent cell damage within the body by fighting against free radicals that are constantly damaging the skin. When people include antioxidants in their daily diet, they are working towards preventing several chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.

The Natural Wonders of Tea Tree Oil

Written by Victoria Tabak, L.E.
The Natural Wonders of Tea Tree Oil

The Aboriginal people of Australia believe tea tree oil has magical powers that promote strength and harmony. There is even a tribal legend about the hidden treasure of the tea tree, which is described as an enchanted lagoon where the leaves of the tree were soaked after falling in, infusing and enriching the waters. The village people would immerse themselves in the natural herbal bath to take in all of the physical and mystical benefits that the waters possessed.

Almond Oil

Grown in the wilderness of Brazil, the tree and bark of the bitter almond tree (Prunus amygdalus amara) was used for tanning, while the fruit and nut was used for cooking and frying. In those times, nuts were sorted out and the bitter ones were used for ethenic oils in perfumeries and for the creations of industrial usages. Due to the bitter acid of the nuts and the potential harm of constipation that was caused by the acid, especially in children, trees were cultivated to create a higher percent of sweet-tasting almonds.

The Truth About Grapeseed Oil

Written by Kathleen Carney, L.E.
The Truth About Grapeseed Oil

Grapes are thought to have originated in Asia, near the Caspian Sea. Historically, grape leaves were used to stop bleeding, inflammation, and pain and the sap of grapevines was used to treat skin and eye diseases. Raisins were used to relieve constipation and quench thirst. Throughout history and in many cultures, grapes were thought to have healing power for all kinds of diseases.

Beautiful Camellia for Beautiful Complexions

Written by Krista McKowen, L.E.
Beautiful Camellia for Beautiful Complexions

All types of tea – whether white, green, black, or oolong – are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant. There are different tea grades, growing conditions, and methods of extraction. Each tea, or extract, has different attributes and applications in skin care.

Cool as a Cucumber

Written by Anabel De La Vega
Cool as a Cucumber

Cucumber is one the most cultivated vegetables around the world. It is composed of 95 percent water, but also contains ascorbic acid; caffeic acid; vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B12; and folic acid. These vitamins help to soothe skin irritations, reduce swelling, and prevent water retention. Its high water content helps to hydrate the tender skin in the eye region, as well as contract blood vessels in that area. Cucumbers also contain polysaccharides, which are also found in aloe vera, and play a role in hydrating the skin.

Aloe, Skin Care, and California Proposition 65

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Aloe, Skin Care, and  California Proposition 65

When most people hear mention of the aloe vera plant, the adjectives that come to mind are soothing, nurturing, and healing. Yet, despite aloe’s reputation as being beneficial to the body, in late 2015, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added “non-decolorized, whole-leaf aloe vera extract” to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

Lavender: The World’s Smallest  Medicine Chest

Lavender is a hardy, fragrant shrub that has narrow leaves and grey-blue flowers and can grow to a height of three feet. While the aroma of lavender can be found throughout the entire plant, essential oil can only be obtained from the flower. Originally grown in the mountains of Europe, in poor but well-drained soils, lavender is now grown worldwide. However, the primary aromatherapy producers are France, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Russia.

Synergistic Benefits of Vitamin E

Written by Victoria Tabak, L.E.
Synergistic Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a major, oil-soluble, naturally-occurring antioxidant in the body. It is a complex substance that exists in eight different molecular forms and is identified by two types: tocopherols and tocotrienols. There also exists an alpha, beta, delta, and gamma molecular form of both tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Jojoba Oil: Another Liquid Gold for the Skin

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E.
Jojoba Oil: Another Liquid Gold for the Skin

One of the most versatile and best-loved oils for use on the skin is jojoba oil. This versatile oil can be used as a gentle and effective makeup remover, cleansing oil, massage oil, or moisturizer, in addition to its use as a shelf-stable carrier oil for herbal and aromatherapeutic skin care preparations. Though other carrier oils have achieved the moniker liquid gold, jojoba oil also deserves to be regarded at this high standard, not just for its elegant golden color, but also because of its rich skin-health benefits.

A Look Inside Lactic

Written by Rhonda Allison
A Look Inside Lactic

Milk has been used throughout history to care for the skin. Many people are familiar with Cleopatra’s fabled milk baths and, as it turns out, numerous other noble women throughout history followed suit. These women realized the youth-preserving benefits that milk provided the skin.

Chamomile

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.N.H.P., L.M.C.
Chamomile

Throughout history, chamomile has been synonymous with healing, purity, and beauty. The earliest use of the herb was recorded in 1550 B.C.E., as evidenced in one of history's most important medical volumes, Eber's Papyrus. Its medical use dates back to medical antiquity when the early physicians, such as Hippocrates, Galen, and Asclepius, made use of it in their natural healing methods and prescriptions. The Egyptians dedicated chamomile to the gods, believing that it emulated the sun and would cure malaria. It was also widely used as a cure for fever, as a main ingredient in embalming oils for its ability to repel insects, and was highly prized as a cosmetic by the Romans. Chamomile is one of the nine sacred herbs of the Lacnunga, an ancient Anglo-Saxon herbal manuscript that was recorded in the 10th century. In medieval times, the petals were used for fragrance ambiance and used during rituals and ceremonies.

Zinc Oxide: Historical Uses and Modern Benefits

Scientific advances in skin care production and new nano-sized zinc oxides have allowed this natural-skin healer and sun protector to show up in a plethora of skin care products that far outshine the goopy sunscreens of yesteryear.

Citrus

Written by Vida Karamooz, Ph.D.
Citrus

Apples are not the only fruits that keep the doctor away! Delicious and refreshing citrus fruits are among the best sources for antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins for the human body.

The Foundation of Makeup

Written by Mary Van
The Foundation of Makeup

It is no secret that choosing the correct shade of foundation is essential in creating the appearance of a flawless complexion. However, some clients do not realize the importance of wearing the best formulation of foundation for their skin.

2015 Acne Products

A prevalent conundrum that takes many forms, acne is a common skin condition that plagues a great majority of men and women. The term ‘acne’ has been used to describe everything from the occurrence of mild, centralized breakouts to severe, inflammatory conditions that can affect the entire body. Although there is no shortage of publications on acne, there seems to be little information on what skin care professionals can do to help alleviate this common skin condition. As the first line of defense against acne, professionals can suppress the visible signs of this condition with routine cleanings and treatments and professional skin care products.

Men’s Products

Written by Amra Lear
Men’s Products

Women have reigned in the skin care industry as the prominent, key consumers of products for centuries. Product lines based products off the female sector’s desires and needs, creating a plethora of stock keeping units (SKUs) to stock on shelves in stores. In the past, men’s products only consisted of a few SKUs, mainly a shaving cream and an after shave, taking up a tiny residency near the astronomical moisturizers, cleansers, and various other female-oriented products.

Toners

Written by Tami Louise Rumbaugh, B.A., L.E.
Toners

The merge of eastern and western thought has brought much balance to American health and wellness. Such a bountiful, positive impact on the aesthetic industry has not been overlooked.  Medicines, techniques, and philosophies cohesively united between the East and West allow us to bring the best-used practices, ancient regimens, and worldwide tried-and-true tools into a holistic wellness outlook, benefitting the industry exponentially. As people, we strive for balance; we strive to find a middle ground; we strive to understand, grow, and benefit from those who have walked before us. Therefore, keeping this thought in mind, we can find health and benefit in reestablishing a middle ground and finding balance for the skin.

Eye and Lip Care

Written by Rhonda Allison
Eye and Lip Care

As the saying goes, “The eyes are the window to your soul.” Turns out, this now famous quote by William Shakespeare was accurate on many levels. Not only do people look to the eyes to gauge a person’s age and energy level, according to a study conducted several years ago, but scientists in Sweden have actually uncovered information that suggests there is also a link between iris structure and certain personality traits.

2015 Cleansers

Written by Michael Pugliese, L.E.
2015 Cleansers

If a client asks a skin care professional what the most important part of a good homecare routine is, they will probably tell the client that it all starts with the right cleanser. 

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