Monday, 17 October 2016 14:41

A Step-by-Step: Dark Spot Correcting Treatment

Written by Katherine Tomasso, L.E., C.M.T.
Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skin conditions and often one of the most difficult to correct. Having and setting proper expectations and expressing the importance of consistency with professional treatments and a homecare regimen is the key to successfully treating dark spots and maintaining results.
Monday, 17 October 2016 14:04

A Comprehensive Guide to Hyperpigmentation

Written by Gül Zone
Beautiful, glowing, and uniformly pigmented skin is a key visual sign of youthfulness. Yet, in a world where the impacts of harmful ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stresses from the environment are never ending – particularly as the ozone layer is slowly being depleted – achieving this goal seems elusive to many clients.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:31

Rosacea Exposed: What They Don’t Teach You

Written by Ben Johnson, M.D., founder and formulator of Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare
According to the textbooks, rosacea is still not fully understood. There are classifications of the condition, but they do not serve any real purpose in the diagnosis or treatment of rosacea. The Demodex mite and related bacteria have been the most commonly assumed cause and, yet, the skin presentation rarely supports that theory. An interesting, but often ignored, association is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO),…

10 Things About...Puffy Eyes

Written by Kathryn Khadija Leverette, L.E.
Eye puffiness is caused by excess fluid that has collected in the orbital eye area, an indicator of one or more underlying causes. In most cases, this problem will resolve either on its own or after simple self-help treatments and lifestyle changes. Since puffy eyes can be a symptom of more serious eye conditions and health problems, chronic swelling should be assessed by a physician.
During skin consultations, skin care professionals often have clients mention that they have sensitive skin. Educated professionals frequently encounter resistance from clients when trying to break down their skin care-fearing wall and figure out if they truly are sensitive or if something else is the cause of their skin woes. More often than not, after further investigation and probing, professionals come to find that the…

New York Minute Treatment for Ethnic Skin

Written by Enrique Ramirez, L.E.
Many skin care professionals find that ethnic skin can be extremely challenging to work with because its color makes it harder to treat. Any form of trauma, such as one extraction, can lead to inflammation followed by a dark spot. Ethnic skin should be treated with gentle products to ensure a thorough treatment is performed.
Skin care is not one-size-fits-all and, as such, a variety of services will need to be offered and performed by skin care professionals. Being prepared to work with the ever diversifying population goes beyond creating a treatment plan based on the skin's pigmentation; it requires taking into account the client's ancestry and understanding the role that it plays in how the skin will respond to…
There are several aspects to addressing health risks and concerns associated with ethnic skin. To really scratch the surface of this topic, it is important to first look at how ethnic skin is classified. In general, the skin is defined by the Fitzpatrick scale. With this scale, skin type is classified by its reaction to ultraviolet light and ranges from Type I, ivory-colored skin, to…

An Introduction to Ethnic Skin

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., founder of Cole Skincare for Men
Going beyond the basic skin analysis should be a regular practice for the proper examination of ethnic skin. In fact, there is a visual difference between ethnic skins in relation to sun exposure. The skin's physiology is identical in structure, but, due to the main determinant of melanin that is produced, darker skin tones offer a greater defense against sun damage.
The skin is an excellent record keeper; every moment spent in the sun adds up. Even if a client has only ever had one deep sunburn, that may be all that is needed to produce wrinkles. The accumulation of this damage may lie beneath the surface of the skin, manifesting in signs of irreversible damage 15 to 20 years later. Some of these changes, however,…
The choice and integration of modalities for the treatment of various skin conditions have expanded during the past several years. There is a plethora of electrotherapy devices,1 as well as chemical peels and advanced-cosmeceutical chemistry, that offer cosmetic improvements for the face and body and can be found in both medical and spa environments. The level of use for each modality varies greatly, depending upon…
Fermented skin care, which is another beauty trend that hails from Korea, utilizes fermented ingredients in order to help combat signs of aging.

10 Things About... Essential Oils

Written by Krista Mckowen, L.E.
Essential oils play an important role in skin care. Because the skin reacts to emotions, the effect of inhalation in the form of aromatherapy can be a powerful addition to aesthetics.
Monday, 25 April 2016 14:28

Taking a Closer Look at the Aesthetic Concerns of the Periorbital Region

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
It is said that the eyes provide a window to the soul, but for those who suffer from aesthetic conditions in this area, the view their eyes offer may be a bit misleading. Clients often complain that puffy lower eyelids, dark undereye circles, and excessive creasing in the eye area give the impression that they are tired or stressed out when, in reality, these problems…
Collagen infusion therapy is the perfect treatment for aging skin. Freeze-dried collagen masks enhance moisture levels, hydrate, improve functions of skin capillaries, recover loss of firmness and elasticity, even color tone, and oxygenate and stimulate natural skin collagen production.
It seems that everyone wants to stay young; the quest for longevity is the number one goal of many individuals. Unfortunately, aging begins at birth and there is no magic potion to stop this natural process.
Globally, the mature skin category amounts to 25 percent of the skin care market and almost 40 percent of the anti-aging market. People are living longer lives than ever before due to better life expectancies, decreased mortality rates, and declining fertility rates.
As the skin changes with age, it becomes thin, loose, and loses fat. Mature clients often find that their veins and bones are more apparent and that injuries to their skin take longer to heal.

Tolerance and Resistance to Skin Care Products

Written by Anne C. Willis, L.E., C.M.E., founder of De La Terre Skincare
Clients always want to know why skin care products are no longer effective and skin care professionals want to understand skin tolerance and resistance when it comes to various skin care solutions.

Clients will eventually outgrow acne.

Written by Catherine Atzen, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
While most teenagers experience some form of acne, many adults suffer from the condition well beyond their 20s and sometimes even into their 50s. The longer a client has acne, the worse their skin tends to get, often never completely repairing.
While the thought of putting slimy, green seaweed on a client’s face may not sound so appealing, marine seaweed, also referred to as alga, has become the ingredient of choice in skin care today. More than likely, clients have been using it for some time without even realizing it. Everything from facial cleansers and toners to serums and night creams touts some variation of this…

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