Aestheticians thrive on results for their clients and meeting their needs by providing not only exceptional service, but treatments that produce positive outcomes for the long-term. Acne is a multi-faceted, complex condition that affects clients of all age groups and backgrounds. Understanding how to treat acne effectively within the treatment room, creating client care plans for all acne conditions and root causes, and formulating homecare…

Treating Acne: A Holistic Approach

Written by Brian Goodwin
Diet, homecare, stress levels, makeup usage, and other factors beyond our control can make it seem impossible to achieve the desired results when treating a client’s acne. Of every skin condition we address in the spa, acne might be the most difficult to treat, due to the progress of results being so reliant on a client’s lifestyle habits outside the treatment room. However, we can…

Dispelling the Top 3 Acne Myths

Written by Ahmed Abdullah
Most of us have encountered clients whose acne is stubborn to treat or whose skin successfully clears under our guidance, only for it to return without an obvious cause. Such is the frustrating and often confusing nature of the condition. What makes acne treatments especially complicated is the fact that, outside of its four main causes (follicular keratinization, overactive sebaceous glands, prevalence of P.acnes bacteria,…
The methodology of how to approach the care of clients with sensitive skin has often been an evolving and dynamic challenge, particularly, taking into consideration many unknown variables regarding the underlying health of an individual or identifying the actual degree of skin sensitivity. Our focus should include the care and nurturing of sensitive skin, understanding the potential influences on hypersensitivity, and an increasing correlation with…
It seems that the hidden gems of the exfoliation arena of the skin care industry are the relatively new brain children, polyhydroxy acids, due to their therapeutic advantage of efficaciously providing antiaging treatments for more reactive skin types. Polyhydroxy acids are exfoliating and skin transformation catalysts that stem from the alpha hydroxy acid family of chemical combinations. They are beneficial for a different clientele than…
Aloe vera has been used for centuries for its purgative effects, healing abilities, and beauty applications, dating back to biblical times. Six references to aloe vera’s uses can be found in the Bible. Indicators show it’s probably the most applied medicinal plant in the world, being found in cosmetics, medicinal products, and food supplements across the globe. Aloe vera can be found in many products,…
Alpha hydroxy acids are keratolytic agents that work by dissolving bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Alpha hydroxy acids are superficial exfoliants that are commonly compounded from natural ingredients, such as milk, sugars, fruits, or nuts, that have been chemically changed to an acidic pH. Alpha hydroxy acids are effective in remodeling the epidermis and papillary dermis and require a pH of 4.0 or…
Flawless skin, a youthful complexion – let’s face it, we all want it. When you’re eyeing someone and trying to guess their age, the first things you look at are their muscle tone and skin texture. There comes a time when, no matter how many facials, chemical peels, and microcurrent sessions you do, there’s still something missing. So, when is it considered okay to whip…
Skin aging and abnormalities are closely linked to the lack of essential water levels in the skin. Some abnormalities include, but are not limited to, accelerated aging, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, actinic keratosis, and contact dermatitis. The majority of causes can be linked to a lack of hyaluronic acid production, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), client water intake, environmental ambient humidity, lymphatic and circulatory health, medications,…
WHAT IS IT? The less established way of treating acne is to use hot and cold hydrotherapy techniques also known as contrast hydrotherapy. This aids the lymphatic system and allows skin to rid the body of excess waste and inflammation, like acne. Since there is no routine acne and acne can be triggered in many ways, this a great solution to unclog the lymphatic system…
FIVE INTERNAL SKIN SAVIORS Build: Bone broth is swimming with amino acids and collagen – the building blocks of skin and ligaments. Energize: B vitamins, including biotin, support cellular energy, strengthening hair, nails, and skin. Protect: The antioxidant Pycnogenol, from pine, protects skin from free radicals and ultraviolet radiation. Moisturize: Hyaluronic acid can be ingested for internal hydration that helps hydrate eyes, joints, and skin.…

Infused Exfoliation: Jumpstarting Skin Renewal

Written by Corey Hartung, vice president of DermaSweep
The body is in a constant state of regeneration. To that end, the skin is constantly shedding skin cells, but over time it becomes less effective and slower to renew. Older cells on the surface take longer to slough off, resulting in a dry or rough appearance of the skin. The buildup of old skin and debris can block the pores, spurring acne and giving…

Face Food: Jelly Mask Skin Care

Written by Savanna Boda, L.E., C.L.T, L.S.O., The Dallas Aesthetician
Step aside sheet masks, jelly masks are all the rave. Some may have seen these alluring and captivating masks flooding their Instagram feeds and may be wondering: what exactly are these jiggly wiggly masks everyone is raving about? Luckily, the following is a breakdown of this famous trend. Imagine being covered in jelly from the forehead all the way down to the chin. These intriguing…

Skin and Bones: Healing with Bone Marrow Stem Cells

Written by Matthew Miller, L.E., L.M.T., owner of Matthew Miller Skin
It seems there is more and more talk about bone marrow stem cells every day – and for great reason. Bone marrow stem cells are extremely pro-healing and anti-inflammatory. They are also the only stem cell used to cure cancer and disease. While the benefits of these stem cells are remarkable, how do they play a role in skin care? When an individual is young,…

Fact or Fiction: Oily skin takes longer to age than dry skin.

Written by Rachael Pontillo, M.Msc, FDN-P, CIHC, L.E., CEO of Holistically Haute Inc, president of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance
Most teenagers and adults who struggle with excessively oily skin may consider it more of a curse than a blessing. However, that feeling may subside when, at some point, they will likely hear something like, “it might bother you now, but you’ll be grateful for it in 20 years because oily skin ages slower than dry skin.” Is this an old wives’ tale or is…

Diatomaceous Earth

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., owner of Cole Skincare for Men
Diatomaceous earth can be found in household products, toothpaste, insecticides, and beauty products. According to Web MD, “Diatomaceous earth is used to brush teeth or remove unwanted dead skin cells.” Similar to pumice powder, diatomaceous, granular powder can act as an exfoliator when used on the face and can be used as a mask because of its high porosity, drying like clay to tighten and…
What is a person’s true age? Is it the age they feel? Is it the age they look? Or, is it the age they actually are? When young, age seems to be far off in the distance. Many look forward to each birthday and celebrate with parties and gifts. As they get older, most seem to expect and accept some of the minor signs of…

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…

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