Expiration Expert: Understanding Product Labeling

Written by Melanie Timms, director of marketing, innovation, and education at CBI Laboratories Inc.
Nothing lasts forever and the same is true for skin care products. Although it may be tough for a client to throw away an expensive moisturizer, serum, or mask, there is often good reason to discard expired skin care products. Difficult as it may be, expired skin care products may be more than just ineffective. They may potentially be harmful to skin. Unfortunately, it is…
Herbal Obsessions Help clients’ skin feel as light as a feather with these CBD-based products Cannatera Inc. Refresh Cleansing Gel, Revive Facial Serum, and Renew Moisturizer by Cannatera Inc. are perfect for anyone wanting to have a complete skin care routine. Each active ingredient is chosen to leave skin beautifully hydrated with a balanced glow. With ingredients featuring cannabinoid-rich hemp extract, lavender, shea butter, and…
With so many CBD distributors in the marketplace, having a basic understanding of CBD extraction and hemp sourcing can be critical in order to make an informed decision when comparing products. The CBD used in skin care is primarily extracted from the stalks and stems of low THC-content, industrial hemp plants. Hemp farms are found all over the globe and the hemp used to produce…

Hemp Harmony: CBD-Compatible Ingredients

Written by Lisa Richards, co-CEO and formulation specialist at L’eela CBD Body Care
A nutrient-rich ingredient, CBD, particularly that derived from whole plant extracts derived from hemp, is an oil that not only provides excellent hydration, it contains significant amounts of antioxidants, most notably vitamin C and E and amino and fatty acids. These essential elements help to improve skin tone, enhance cellular regeneration, and restore elasticity. To fully unlock the benefits of CBD, when shopping for skin…

No Prescription Needed: 10 Skin Benefits of CBD

Written by Heather Kreider, L.E., R.N., co-founder of Hempfield Botanicals
Hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) products are all the buzz right now in the skin care and natural wellness industries. With a vast amount of information available, including marketing hype based on unsubstantiated claims, it is natural that many are wondering what the truth is about CBD and its effects on skin and health. It is critical not to accept all claims about CBD’s benefits at face…

The High Road: Incorporating CBD into the Spa

Written by Matthew Kane, president and co-founder of Complete Body Daily
What would a 30% increase in business mean for a spa owner? The ability to hire more staff? Expanding their location and offerings? Taking that long-awaited family vacation? Surely, those answers are obvious for most. The real question is “how?” Business growth is pretty simple: increase the number of clients, increase spending per client, or, in a best-case scenario, combine the two. There is really…
Skin aging is a multifaceted process that is contingent upon a number of factors and causes. Though genetics may be predetermined and shape the pace of aging, extrinsic factors significantly affect and accelerate the process. As skin matures, it is common for dry skin problems to follow, as increased transepidermal water loss (TEWL) can lead to impaired barrier function and dry skin (xerosis). Both skin…
One of the first places that visible signs of aging begins to emerge is around the eyes. The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is, therefore, very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. While it is not necessarily an indication of serious illness or extreme exhaustion, puffy eyebags, dark circles, droopy eyelids and wrinkling can be the result of a long night, stress,…
Aestheticians frequently encounter clients with sensitive skin conditions. While a professional’s scope of practice does not allow them to treat eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, they can provide treatments that supplement the care the client receives from their medical provider. By gaining an in-depth knowledge of each condition, its causes, and standard treatment options, professionals can combine empathy and understanding with superior skin health services to…
Sensitive skin is a common condition that affects a majority of people and commonly has predisposed factors such as ethnicity. Factors such as an impaired skin barrier, a weakened immune system, inflammation, and digestive health can also contribute to the skin’s sensitivity. The skin is constantly going through a repair process, so it is necessary to strengthen the function of the stratum corneum in order…

The ABCs of CBD

Written by Ella Cressman, L.E., vice president at Color Up Therapeutics
Many have likely heard about the budding trend of hemp and hemp- derived, CBD-infused facials. Those who are not currently providing hemp-infused offerings but are curious about this rapidly expanding market could be hesitant because of unanswered questions they might have. These questions could include: is it just a passing trend, is it legal, will clients get high, can a professional drive after performing hemp-infused…
What is the difference between acne and rosacea? How can professionals accurately identify each condition? Both manifest visual signs that require further exploration into the understanding of the pathophysiology of each disorder. Some general similarities are present in both conditions due to the innate immune response that triggers inflammation. Moreover, acne and rosacea may share a common presence of papules on the face. The differences…
Years of poor skin care can leave skin looking dull, dry, and discolored and this can last for years. Skin (or rather the whole body) is designed to renew itself through cell regeneration, but this process can be impaired if certain key ingredients are missing. Also, exposing the skin to known toxins like ultraviolet rays and other pollutants without protection can leave the cells unable…

Sensible CBD: 5 Qualities to Look for in a Superior CBD Product

Written by Steve Sakala, CEO and co-founder of Mana Artisan Botanics
CBD is becoming a sought-after inclusion in skin care regimens for its plethora of health benefits that support radiant and youthful skin. While internal consumption allows the broadest reach to the endocannabinoid system, topical use has proven to be a potent aid in reducing inflammation related to acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Additionally, it has been shown to regulate lipid production, moisturize, and support healthy skin.…
In the United States alone, one in eight individuals say they frequently or sometimes experience stress in their daily lives.1 Aestheticians can be extremely beneficial in helping reduce the psychological and physiological detriments of stress in the spa setting by creating a fast, efficient way to address both skin care and stress concerns. This article will examine the physiological effects of stress on the body…
Skin analysis is considered the most important part of a facial. Using a magnifying lamp, the aesthetician looks at a client’s tone and texture and is able to determine what skin care regimen should be used to improve skin concerns. Collagen gives skin its thick, plump appearance and elastin is what makes it snap back quickly. Is your client’s skin smooth or rough? Are there…
Today the public has more information than ever before about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation and, yet, the statistics surrounding skin cancer is staggering. It is alarming, in fact, because it is a type of cancer that is quite preventable – yet, the numbers climb. As we just came out of Melanoma Awareness month (May), I am sure happy that a few more people have…

Bioactive Peptides: Superior Antioxidants

Written by Susan Wade, M.Ed., L.S.
Free radical damage has been a popular topic with numerous research articles since the late 1800s, but little is known about bioactive peptides playing a superior role as an antioxidant. This article will address the causes of free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS), oxidative stress, and the damage that occurs to cells that contribute to accelerated aging and many other skin conditions. FREE RADICALS Let’s…
So often when looking at skin damage or skin disorders, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, age spots, sun damage, and excessive melanin production is a main focus. Let’s look at the opposite of hyperpigmentation: hypopigmentation. WHAT IS HYPOPIGMENTATION? Hypopigmentation, or depigmentation of the skin, manifests as patches of skin that are lighter than the overall skin tone. Melanin is a chemical that the body produces to give…
Inflammatory skin conditions plague millions of people, with candida often being a major underlying cause. Aesthetic professionals are in an opportune position to help clients recognize candida. Understanding the nature, causes, and treatment of this condition can help you to recognize it in clients and make appropriate referrals, so they can get the help they need to end their suffering. WHAT IS CANDIDA? Candida is…

Summer Skin

Written by Samantha Fishella-Dench, L.E., author, speaker, and owner of Skin Deep
Tanning may be a desired look but, more than likely, causes damage to the skin. Chlorine kills both good and bad bacteria on the skin, resulting in acne and skin irritations such as eczema and skin rashes. Longer summer days mean increased sun exposure and more intense ultraviolet rays. This is the prime season for skin cancer development. Not washing one’s face shortly after sweating…

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