Christine Heathman’s journey began in an unassuming way. She was the oldest of eight children and the daughter of a GM executive father who encouraged her to pursue her own vision and dreams. Early on, her goal was to become a veterinarian, stemming from her love for animals. Always an independent thinker and a jokester, Christine forged her own identity and followed her own path…
Aestheticians in 2020 are able to utilize nanotechnology and special acidic ingredients to create mitosis and desquamation of intercellular lipids in order to create new skin. This take on science is fascinating and propels many aesthetic professionals to want to gain more knowledge of ingredients, benefits, and efficacy. Treating clients with the knowledge of skin care from a scientific, cellular perspective is not only incredible…
Innovative technological advances have afforded the skin care professionals multiple exfoliation options to help achieve their clients’ skin care goals. New protocols have been developed to pre-exfoliate the skin prior to chemical exfoliation by incorporating enzymes or scrubs to the professional treatment, while others mix peel solutions or introduce new layering techniques. Chemical peels utilize various ingredients to exfoliate damaged skin in the outer layers.…
Before discussing all things post-exfoliation, it is necessary to talk a little about pre-care. There are several factors that help aestheticians decide and determine which peel or exfoliating treatment may be best suited for their clients. Some of the biggest factors that play a part of the skin’s condition include medical conditions, medications, lifestyle, homecare, Fitzpatrick types, and so on. In order to obtain this…
Depending on the time of year, certain skin care treatments can be optimum or not so much. Each season has its own events and its own climates, making it best to plan a loyal client’s skin care calendar for the whole year at once. From a revenue perspective, this is both exciting and daunting at the same time. But presenting an annual treatment plan by…
Chemical peels are acid-based solutions that are intended to create a partial-thickness injury in order to remove the outermost layers of the skin. This results in a wound healing process to increase regeneration in the epidermal tissue. The intention of chemical peels is to improve the appearance of the skin by stimulating new, healthier, and younger looking tissue. It is essential for professionals who offer…
Before you put away your list of New Year’s Resolutions, we’ve got a few “sun care centric” goals for you and your clients to add to the stack. According to the 2019, RealSelf Sun Safety Report, only 10% of adults use sunscreen daily, and almost half, 47%, never wear sunscreen. Let’s make 2020 the year you and your clients do. Here are 10 sun care…
Human beings have been classifying each other for thousands of years. We classify according to religion, wealth, education, politics, race, and more. This compulsion can be quite extreme, as was the case with Felix Von Luschan, an anthropologist who created 36 ceramic tiles of varying colors in order to categorize human skin tones in the late 1800s. This was used in anthropological studies until the…
2020 will be an exciting year discovering new information and advances in several skin conditions and disorders each month. Before we proceed with individual skin conditions, we shall begin by reviewing the skin’s outermost defenses and how they can affect conditions, disorders, and potential diseases. Many aestheticians believe that the skin’s microbiome is the same as the acid mantle. In actuality, there are three separate…

7 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing LED Featured

Written by Pam Cushing
Light therapy is a popular trend. Celebrities are touting it, clients are demanding it, and if you’re in the skin care business, then you know you need it. While selecting a new LED device can seem daunting, a little advance research will ensure satisfaction for you, glowing testimonials from clients, and a fast return on your LED purchase. Here are the seven most important questions…
Surrounded by decadent designs of contemporary art, blended nicely with the elegance of crystal chandeliers which illuminate the majestic foyer, I sit in the hotel business center of the Crowne Plaza in Festival City, Dubai, overlooking the Canal of Dubai Creek. I have just completed the three-day conference of The Fourth Annual Middle East International Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine Conference and Exhibition and have been…
Acne remains one of the most common and challenging skin conditions to treat. The most popular theory is that acne is a bacterial infection, but recent evidence would suggest otherwise. This article will discuss all of the pertinent aspects of managing an acne client, including the latest research, the emotional component, how each of the leading treatments work on the skin, preventing and treating acne…

Adding Acne Services: 10 Tips for Success

Written by Laura Cooksey, L.E.
Many clients suffer from acne from the time they are teenagers – some into their mid-thirties and beyond. Aestheticians have the unique position to treat acne and spare many people from the emotional and physical pain that acne can inflict. Often, the best approach accounts for lifestyle, whole body function, and expertly formulated products tailored to each individual client’s needs, rather than turning to antibiotics…
Acne is a disease of the sebaceous hair follicle. Each follicle contains tiny hairs and multi-lobed sebaceous glands. In non-acneic skin, sebum travels up the follicle and out to the skin’s surface. Acne presents itself when sticky sebum and dead skin cells become trapped within the follicle. The sebum attracts the propionibacterium (acne bacteria). Enzymes from the bacteria digest and split the sebum into free…

Fact or Fiction: Sun exposure makes rosacea worse.

Written by Michele Corley, founder and president of Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care
According to various studies, the real answer is (drum roll please) yes. Sun exposure is a clear trigger for rosacea flareups and can make rosacea worse in the near and long-term for most people who experience this skin disorder. Sun exposure is the top trigger for rosacea symptoms in more than 80% of people who have rosacea, according to a survey conducted by the National…
Thanks to modern marvels in health and beauty, great skin is not only easily attainable, but may even be as close as a salad plate. The benefits of this nutritious superfood extend far beyond its internal merits. Not to be cast aside as yet another passing trend, kale is making its mark in skin care, possibly solidifying its place in a skin care array. Long-term…
Ongoing medical breakthroughs have broadened the treatment options in the field of antiaging. These innovations give patients the desired benefits with faster onset and longer-lasting results. Experienced professionals can choose simple treatments, like facials, exfoliation, dermabrasion, and dermaplaning, and light-based therapies, such as laser, IPL, and LED treatment. For more dramatic results, professionals can use botulinum toxin and filler injections before considering surgeries. These treatments…

Bad Reputation: Two Misunderstood Skin Care Ingredients

Written by Susannah Courteau, L.E., spa director at Sunbear Salon & Medspa and skin health consultant at BREVENA
After a long day at the spa, you come home wanting a glass of wine. Do you choose an organic, high-quality, French wine or the cheap five-dollar bottle that is full of additives, sulfites, and dyes? Both are wine but vastly different from each other. Likewise, a single skin care ingredient could be valuable or damaging depending how it is used. Let’s break down just…
Vitamins and peptides play an important role in the normal biochemical functions of the skin and body. To promote the function of healthy skin, many aestheticians are looking for natural ingredients. This article will address the role of peptides and vitamin B complexes (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin) to increase the healthy function of cells. First, it is important to…

Using CBD to Combat Wrinkles

Written by Jackson Stonewall
Cannabis has officially made its foray into mainstream medicine with the introduction of the first-ever, CBD-based medicine designed to treat epilepsy. It has now reached a point where skin care professionals are passionately coveting for CBD topical and beauty products for their antiaging properties. The best part is that hemp-derived CBD products are legal to purchase in the United States. But, be careful, because some…
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