• Generously apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every hour if skin gets wet and every two hours if dry. • Seek shade as much as possible and wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. • Wear protective clothing, coverups, and SPF fabric. Rash guards with SPF 50 are better than sunscreen for swimming and are great to pull on over a…

Does Dairy Wreak Havoc on the Skin?

Written by Jaclyn Strausser, L.M.E., senior account executive at SkinCeuticals
The old adage "You are what you eat," has been reiterated throughout most people's lifetimes. While most understand the idea that eating organic and healthy foods correlate to optimal health and weight, many people are still uncertain if diet is in fact correlated with clear and healthy skin.

Bringers of the Heart: Planting Seeds for a New Way of Being

Written by Linda Bertaut, founder of Chakralicious
A movement is happening. It is stirring from within the heart and calling people forth on a new path. Because this shift is subtle, many do not quite know what is happening; they just know that it is happening. It is no longer satisfying to go through the motions as though everything is okay or to do work where the main or only goal is…

Skin Dryness or Perceived Dryness?

Written by Robert Manzo, founder and president of Skinprint
There are many apparent causes of skin dryness, but only a few root causes. Some of the apparent causes include environmental issues, such as wind, cold, sun exposure, topical application of certain ingredients, and age-related dryness. One of the root causes includes primarily impaired barrier function of the skin. In general, the apparent causes are a result of impaired barrier function.

Salicylic Acid in Skin Care

Written by Shannon Conley, founder and CEO of Urban Waxx
Skin care professionals hear a constant stream of buzz words and trending ingredients in the aesthetics industry and salicylic acid currently seems to be everywhere. Before purchasing a cream or serum that contains the ingredient, it is important to know exactly what it is and why it might be beneficial for the skin.

Sensitive Skin: See and Solve

Written by Dieter Kuster, Ph.D., founder of CA BOTANA International
Your birthday suit is the one outfit you will wear your entire life. At two square yards and six pounds, the skin is the body's largest organ. Every square inch tingles with over one thousand nerve endings, which can probe the surrounding world.

Hippo Sweat in Skin Care

Written by Beth Kenerson, Esthetician Success Lab Managing Director
SPF by any other name might be hippopotamus sweat – specifically, a blended pigment of red hipposudoric and orange norhipposudoric acids. Casually labeled 'blood sweat,' the pinkish-red secretion on the backs and snouts of soaking hippopotami bloats is neither blood or sweat, but an ultraviolet protective lipid secreted from glands to protect the animal's hide from blazing sun rays.

10 Things About...Body Acne

Written by Kat Khadija Leverette, L.E.
Acne is easily handled by the savvy skin care professional. These days, the professional acne products available to aestheticians are safer and more effective than prescription medications and come with fewer side effects. Knowledge, communication, and consistency are crucial to controlling acne because it is very treatable, but not curable.

What is your daily skin care Ritual? Rhonda Allison

Written by Rhonda Allison, founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals
I have a fairly simple ritual. Since I have been getting at least one peel each year for more than 30 years, my skin has maintained its freshness. I am challenged with aging and inflammation, so I use a cleanser that lifts from the surface, but does not over-stimulate; it also maintains skin hydration.
While consumers commonly use makeup wipes in lieu of a cleanser on busy days and late nights, they are not an acceptable substitute for properly cleansing the face. If the skin is not rinsed after the use of makeup wipes, it is the equivalent of rubbing bacteria and irritants around the face, leaving a chemical residue on the skin afterwards.
Like most nuts, pecans are rich in zinc, vitamins, and phosphorus, nutrients that are vital to maintaining healthy skin. Pecans are also known for their cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. Skin care professionals can offer clients a bowl of mixed nuts while they wait for their treatment, informing them of the benefits of antioxidant-rich nuts.
Throughout history and across the world, water has been a valuable source of healing and regeneration. Water is the foundation of all life on Earth; it plays a critical role in atmospheric processes and climate. The human body is made up of no less than 75 percent water and some tissues consist of up to 95 percent water. It is essential to existence.

The Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., founder of Cole Skincare for Men
When most people think of charcoal, they typically think of cooking or grilling, but, historically charcoal has fulfilled a purposeful journey because of its many uses. Charcoal has sustained its significance throughout time because of its long list of benefits and functions. It has been used for homeopathic therapy, as well as environmental purposes that advanced civilization.
Do: Use honey. Manuka honey is extremely antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it a great options for DIY skin care. It also has soothing properties that make it a safe choice for clients with acne and other conditions that irritate the skin. It creates a barrier on wounds that is breathable and very similar to skin.

Infographic: Stretch Marks

Written by Catherine Atzen, MBA, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
• A stretch mark is a scar that originates deep in the dermis; it is an injury to the skin.• Stretch marks are caused by the stretching of the skin and inflammation of the cells.• Both men and women get stretch marks, but it is most common in women, especially during puberty and pregnancy. They often appear during these times due to hormonal changes.

Ingredient Hysteria

Written by Danne Montague-King, L.E., founder of Danne Montague-King® Skin Care
Before ingredients are even considered, professionals should evaluate the concept of the range of products they may be offering. The concept, in this case, means philosophy of science; the products are merely tools with which to initiate that concept.

Should You Hire a PR Firm?

Written by Beth Cochran, co-founder and CEO of Wired PR
The right public relations strategy can help spas gain visibility and credibility, attract more clients, and build deeper relationships with those clients, as well as the media, influencers, and community. However, is the spa ready for public relations?

Natural Skin Lighteners

Written by Hal Simeroth, Ph.D., co-founder and CTO of DermaTech Research LLC
Consumers seek skin lightening products for two primary reasons: the overall lightening of facial skin coloration or the reduction of dark spots and evening of skin tone. Some clients may desire both overall lightening and dark spot reduction. There are a number of effective natural lightening ingredients available for skin lightening products.

The Connection Between Exercise and Skin Health

Written by Erin Lucie, D.N.P., clinical director with CryoMed Clinic
It is widely recognized that the skin is like a window into a person's physical health. Someone with glowing, radiant skin creates the impression that they have a healthy body, their hormones are in balance, and they are receiving the optimal amount of key nutrients and vitamins. The healthy glow of radiant skin is what the mind's eye instinctively finds attractive.

Bee Venom

Written by Mia Hartmann, R&D Chemist at ACT Labs
Bee venom is a powerful skin care active that promises results similar to Botox, but without any side effects or paralyzation of the facial muscles. This non-invasive alternative to the powerful injectable is powered by 18 active substances, including the peptides, melittin and apamin, which are mainly responsible for giving this ingredient its Botox-like effect.
I am the type of person who you would categorize as high maintenance. I have a set of products I use for the morning and a different set for the evening to give my skin the widest variety of anti-aging and nourishing botanicals.

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