Agroup of scientists from the Cambridge, Massachusetts area have created a silicone-based polymer that has temporary anti-aging and protective properties. This polymer has characteristics that are very similar to the skin and is a network arrangement of a polymer that is known as cross-linked polymer layer (XPL). XPL has been shown to have tightening and moisturizing properties and may also be beneficial for the treatment…
While the health of the skin is of the utmost importance to skin care professionals, most clients find their way into the spa because of the emotions they feel about their skin. For example, young clients with acne may feel depressed, anxious, or embarrassed about the condition of their skin, leading them to seek help. With the emotional state of clients in mind, professionals should…
Do: Exfoliate at night. Exfoliation removes the top layer of the skin, making the newly exposed skin extremely vulnerable to sun damage. Even after exfoliating at night, it is imperative that clients follow a sun safe routine and use a product with SPF on a regular and consistent basis.
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Fitzpatrick Scale

Written by Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner, L.E., owner of Aesthetic Science Institute
 The Fitzpatrick skin type scal has long been used by skin care professionals as a guide in their selection of professional treatments and products for clients.

Helping Baby Boomers Boost Their Body Image 

Written by Jeri Ross, M.P.H., president and CEO of Institut' DERMed Body
Most skin care professionals are aware that spas have evolved into the go-to place for many people over 40 who are seeking beauty and wellness transformations. Today, there are approximately 38 million Baby Boomer women – those between the ages of 52 and 70 – who account for 85 percent of all consumer purchases.
With the exception of hair removal, the armpits can often seem overlooked by skin care professionals. This area of skin is frequently disregarded because it is not as visible as the face or other parts of the body. As professionals that care for the skin and the well-being of clients, aestheticians should be just as mindful of what clients are applying to their armpits as…

Utilizing RadioFrequency for Facial Rejuvenation

Written by Bojana Matovski, M.D., founder and president of RejuveeTM
Radiofrequency energy technology can be used for many modalities. Today, companies are introducing its usage for non-surgical tightening of facial tissues at the early signs of loose or sagging skin. This technology is ideal for clients who are resistant to having a surgical procedure.

Aiding the Skin’s Nighttime Renewal Process

Written by Hal Simeroth, Ph.D., founder and CTO of Stemology
Sleep is a rejuvenating time for the body, mind, and spirit. It is a necessary part of the daily cycle of living. If a person is deprived of adequate sleep time – seven to eight hours nightly – they risk additional stress and premature aging, which is reflected in the skin's appearance.

The Why, What, and How of Exfoliating the Skin

Written by Susan Nathan, L.E., owner of Born Again Skin and Nutrient Skin Care
The opinions of skin care professionals regarding skin exfoliation vary widely. One of the misleading factors that clouds the exfoliation discussion is that the term exfoliation does not mean the same thing to everyone. Thus, the term is applied in a broad manner as if there is no difference among the products and modalities in regard to aggressiveness, technique, concentration, and effectiveness. There is a…
In the morning, I wash my face, neck, and décolleté with Collagen Face Wash by Naturel Collagen Canada. I then apply Native Collagen Pure to my damp skin, as applying the product to damp skin locks in moisture. If my skin needs a more penetrating treatment to flush out toxins, I use Native Collagen Gold. Next, I apply the Natural Collagen Moisturizing Day Cream to…
As an industry that increasingly embraces wellness, aesthetics should look to yoga as a complementary health option for the spa as it encourages the relaxation and calmness that is strived to be invoked by most skin care professionals. Yoga not only improves metabolism and energy, but also helps to relieve stress – a factor that can contribute to a number of skin conditions.
While most people know that carbohydrates sabotage their diet, they may not know that carbohydrates could also be sabotaging their skin. Furthermore, these offenders are not just the carbohydrates that are usually suspected, like cookies, pastries, and pizza. Even something as seemingly healthy and nutritious as a glass of juice can cause insulin spikes that aggravate acne and produce collagen-damaging inflammation.

An Introduction to Sun Damage

Written by Jamina Metcalf, L.E., national educator for Skin Fitness Therapy
Picture a warm, sunny day on the beach. Feel the heat of the sun touch your skin and warm your body and soul. A nice breeze whisks away the hot heat, leaving you feeling perfectly warm. Fast forward 10 to 20 years and your skin is showing major signs of aging.
Inflammation is the result of several internal and external issues. Inflammation presents physically on the skin in the form of acne, rosacea, and visible signs of aging. Although inflammation may affect the appearance of the skin, it can be seen as a good thing as it is the body's way of defending itself from bacteria and viruses. Common causes of inflammation include stress, unhealthy diet,…
"My daily skin care regimen is consistent; I never waiver! Every morning, I cleanse in the shower and apply toner as soon as I get out. I then use a vitamin C serum, lightweight hydrator, and SPF 50. At night, I cleanse twice and apply either a retinol serum or an intense cellular repair serum. I also use a nighttime moisturizer that is formulated to…


Written by Suki Kramer, founder, formulator, and president  of suki® skincare
Many images that depict mindfulness or thoughtfulness often portray gorgeous people in beautiful locations and attempt to tell the viewer to relax and create beauty in their world. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of people who have time for beautiful emptiness. These images tell viewers that they should strive for a seemingly ridiculous, impossible ideal of perfection. When the viewer falls short, they often…
Do: Consult a skin care professional. Although clients may be tempted to try the latest product that is working for their friend, they should consult a professional before trying anything new. Explain to clients that only professionals can truly analyze the skin and recommend products that will be beneficial for their skin type.
A recent study led by researchers at University of Southern California (USC) discovered that "UV radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG)" suppresses tumors associated with skin cancer. While this gene was discovered almost 20 years ago, the researchers at USC only lately discovered how the gene works and what it does within the human body. UVRAG is now thought to play a significant role in repairing damage…

8 Little-Known Breakout Causes

Written by Jeannette Graf, M.D., director of dermatology at OMNI Aesthetics MD, NYC
Everyone knows the basic causes of breakouts. Essentially, overactive sebaceous glands pump out excess oil that then mixes with a sticky buildup of dead skin cells in the pores. The pores eventually become clogged, creating the perfect environment for breeding P.acnes, the acne-forming bacteria. The proliferation of P.acnes leads to inflammation under the skin, resulting in blemishes. Random daily habits and body changes, however, can…

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