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…
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…
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. It usually begins in puberty and affects many adolescents and young adults. Approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least some form of minor acne. 15% of the sufferers have acne severe enough to…
Most adults are familiar with diabetes, a disease afflicting over 30 million Americans. Individuals with diabetes have elevated glucose (blood sugar) levels because insulin (the hormone which regulates glucose levels) is not functioning correctly. Insulin acts as a chemical messenger allowing cells to absorb blood sugars, providing the energy needed for cellular function and survival. The blood sugar (glucose) molecules are unable to enter the…
Pregnancy is a magical time but with it comes much change to a woman’s lifestyle, including her skin care routine. Here are some tips on pregnancy-safe skin care. Avoid the following ingredients because of potential risk: tetracycline, hydroquinone, retinoids, and salicylic acid. Avoid irritating the skin and exacerbating problematic skin by not using a washcloth to clean your face. Use a lightweight, non-fragrant moisturizer that…
Wound healing is a common concern for most aestheticians. To treat these conditions successfully, many modalities and products are marketed to provide the professional with tools. However, it is imperative to understand the natural wound healing process and how to effectively treat these conditions. This article will review the five phases of wound healing, explore how peptides work in conjunction with the healing process, and…
There are several factors to consider when applying topical products to the skin. It is also important to take into consideration the focus of a product and its relationship to the skin – in essence, what are the concerns? How quickly it may or may not work may be dependent on the efficacy of the product and the bioavailability of its active ingredients. Moreover, an…
With the endless choices of skin care products and the amount of individual ingredients available, tackling a skin condition with the right cocktail is more confusing than ever before. I have highlighted four of the most common skin issues clients come to the spa to treat, along with a detailed list of the most advanced ingredients those skin types will respond to for clear, glowing,…
Menopausal skin has a unique set of challenges that should be addressed prior to the onset of perimenopause. Perimenopause and menopause in general can start in the late forties and last for several years. One of the key changes in the skin during this period is the change in systemic hormonal levels. Estrogen levels decrease dramatically, which cause a ripple effect in the skin’s anatomy…
With every platform for beauty telling us to avoid oils in fear of causing breakouts, the true benefits of oils have become undervalued. Some products that contain specific oils that are known to be comedogenic will act caustic to acneic types. What aestheticians and skin care providers are missing out on are the rich, hydrating oils that do not congest the skin and rather provide…
There are many skin conditons that affect children’s skin, and it is important to stay informed and up-to-date in order to understand the myriad of treatment options available. Skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, and infantile hemangiomas are among the most common skin conditions treated by pediatric dermatologists, yet many healthcare professionals do not understand the symptoms and treatment options available. ACNE Acne is…
Microneedling is a treatment in which multiple needles are stamped, rolled, or glided across the skin for the purpose of skin rejuvenation. Needling was discovered by Dr. Orentriech when he used 18- to 20-gauge needles on depressed scars and deep wrinkles. Dr. Des Fernandes, one of the pioneers of microneedling, went on to develop a needling stamp to cover a larger area at once. Soon…
It’s no secret that daily ultraviolet exposure can wreak havoc on skin. Consumers today are increasingly aware of the extrinsic aging and long-term skin damage that can be caused by the sun. In partnership with Burt’s Bees, we conducted a clinical study to explore new mechanisms to protect the skin against sun damage, turning to ingredients in nature that face daily ultraviolet exposure themselves –…
Bright and beautiful skin can be achieved by maintaining clean, healthy pores. There are many myths about skin care and it may be helpful to understand why the skin has pores before addressing the statement “open pores are actually better.” There are two types of skin pores: oil pores and sweat pores. Oil pores are where the hair follicle exits the skin and where the…
Lanolin is a skin care ingredient that has ridden a wave of high and low popularity throughout its long history. First discovered by ancient Greeks to treat the skin, it has been used ever since in products like moisturizers, hand creams, and more. A waxy substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep and found in wool, lanolin is both an occlusive that…
How does gut health relate to skin care? What does the gut have to do with beauty? Most people already know one of the main jobs of the skin is to keep all the toxins in the world out of the body – the gut is the same way. It is an extension of skin that gets folded into a tube, regulating the things going…
No matter how many skin treatments one has, injections or surgery, if the internal system of the body is compromised with nutritional deficits (lack of exercise and excess alcoholic beverages, drug abuse, and so forth) the cells of the body will not respond with a normal rhythm of proliferation. Likewise, inflammation appears, followed by chronic pain, all of which shows up on the skin of…
Cold processed skin care products are quickly rising to the forefront of the latest beauty trends in the skin care industry. The unique factors that make cold processing so drastically different from regular skin care products hinges on its ability to keep active ingredients like botanicals, vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils, and extracts from breaking down. Regular skin care products that contain ingredients like these are…
Could the lack of one of life’s necessities cause accelerated skin aging? Like everything on earth, skin follows the process of aging during its lifetime. Antiaging research, technology, treatments, and product formulations in the pursuit of the prevention of skin aging are currently multibillion dollar per year industries. This amount only continues to expand as consumers continue to invest in preventing and reversing the signs…
When analyzing a client's skin on a facial table, they may appear to have a practically perfect complexion with a smooth texture and minimal discolorations. But, as soon as the client stands up, their appearance can change drastically due to the effects of gravity. No matter how many facials, acid peels, and skin polishing microdermabrasion treatments are performed, it will not significantly change a sagging…
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