Who is not looking for tips for treating mature skin? At the top of the list are our clients, and the skin care professional had better have some answers or they will be looking elsewhere. The bottom line is that no one wants to age, especially not prematurely. So, what to do and where to start? First, understand and accept that everyone ages. Aging is…

Gluten-Free Skin Care

Written by Liz Garrison
Gearing up to carry a gluten-free skin care line? Gluten-free is a food trend that has spilled into the realm of skin care. All things gluten-free seem to be selling fast, including rice and beans, which have always been gluten-free. Somehow, saying it on the package makes even the most mundane products fly off the shelves. But, how many clients really need gluten-free in their…

Skin Baselining

Written by Robert Manzo
When treating skin for any type of condition, whether it be acne, redness, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, or other typical conditions, it is critical to understand the role of the skin’s microbiome and barrier function. Let’s examine acne, for instance. Clients often present themselves to a skin care professional after they have failed with retail products or home remedies. Typically, they will have used benzoyl peroxide, salicylic…
On the morning of the most momentous day of her professional life, Lina Kennedy was lying on a sofa bed in her tiny apartment, recovering from horrific injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Unable to go back to the three part-time jobs she had been holding down, or even to sit up for more than a few minutes without pain, she was…
To be a skin care expert in today’s changing landscape, the professional must understand various skin types. Not educating yourself on this growing, untapped market will be a missed opportunity to build your business and reputation. Knowing the different types of skin and their specific characteristics will allow you to put together a plan that will improve and maintain the quality of the skin. OILINESS…

A New Approach for Melasma

Written by Dr. Wade Cheng
Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a common skin problem. The condition causes dark, discolored patches on skin. It typically occurs on the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, and above the upper lip. The dark patches often appear on both sides of the face in a nearly identical pattern. The darker-colored patches of skin can be any shade, from tan to deep brown. Rarely, these…
Let’s begin with a brief true or false session, if for nothing more than to debunk a few old myths and unnecessary concerns to help professionals and clients alike better understand how to manage unwanted facial hair. First: full facial hair cannot be safely extracted. This is false. With correct knowledge, skillful techniques, and purposeful experience, the skin care professional can safely extract hair from…
Most clients want to look forever young, having healthy and glowing skin even as they age. Professionals can use a variety of masks to minimize their clients’ fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or even acne. Facial masks can quickly help combat signs of aging and are formulated to treat various skin imperfections. They have been around for decades and are considered a staple in a facial…
Why do skin care professionals go the extra mile for skin but not for the scalp? The scalp, after all, is an extension of the skin. Skin care professionals are the first ones to educate clients on the importance of exfoliating and removing dead cells and that cleansing the face is not the same as exfoliating – just like shampooing is not the same as…

The Pros of Probiotics

Written by Dawn Clifford
There is a lot of hype surrounding probiotics and the benefits they offer when used in skin care products. But what exactly are these bacteria-filled actives and are they beneficial topically? Simply put, probiotics are microorganisms that naturally live on the surface of the skin, creating a protective veil referred to as the skin’s microbiome. When the microbiome is in balance, it helps offset factors…
Hyperpigmentation and acne are partners in crime. Inflammation from acne lesions triggers the skin’s protective melanin response, which results in aggravating dark spots that remain long after the pimples vanish. While post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can have other sources, like lasers, microdermabrasion, scratches, or bug bites it is most often associated with the inflammation caused by acne. Because acne inflammation fuels hyperpigmentation, the emphasis needs to be…
MY EARLY YEARS As the son of the international opera star Rosina DeStefano, it was no wonder that I have had a lifelong passion for music. Also, at a very young age, I was exposed to a considerable amount of travel. The combined exposure to the two has contributed greatly to my interest in people and I their quality of life. Being interested in learning…
Milk + Honey Spa’s new Arboretum Market spa is the brand’s largest location yet. The spa boasts a stunning lounge, 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four manicure and pedicure stations, all featuring the brand’s signature modern and luxurious design. Clients can enjoy the full range of award-winning, therapeutic treatments with expert, friendly skin care professionals, including massages, body treatments, facials, waxing, hair services,…
Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating atoms and molecules in the nanoscale – 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The use of nanotechnology has stretched across various streams of science, from electronics, optics, and magnetics to medicine, and has found applications in the field of cosmetics. It is, however, nothing new. Nanoparticles have been around for billions of years, and individuals…
Protection from ultraviolet light was the single most important factor in skin care for the past 20 years. Going into the new millennium, addressing the effects of pollution will become just as important. Signs of aging, such as wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, lack of elasticity and firmness, and rough, dry texture, have all been attributed to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, such as genetics,…
In these days of advanced skin care technology, scientific breakthroughs are constantly evolving as they continue to enhance the efficacy of formulations for acne, brightening, and antiaging. Formulators can now coat large molecules in natural liposomes to ensure effective delivery. Microencapsulation allows multiple active ingredients to reach target sites and perform optimally. Vitamin C can be loaded into an encapsulated vesicle that maintains 100% stability…
Skin care professionals all know that to achieve desirable corrective results for clients, skin care professionals need to choose the most effective treatment products and protocols available. This is impossible without analyzing a complete list of ingredients and not just what is featured on the front of the bottle. Usually, featured ingredients look very good, but skin care professionals need to know what base they…
Client consultations are the most important step to any facial. During this crucial time, not only are you getting to know your client, you’re learning about your client’s skin and their routine by taking the time to ask specific questions. We were taught in school how to analyze our client’s skin before each facial; however, today you’re going to learn how to ask the right…
Our skin’s best defense against signs of aging involves protection from oxidative stress. Aside from using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, it is diet that plays an integral role with intrinsic and extrinsic aging. The gradual loss of skin elasticity and sagging is accelerated due to environmental factors, dietary choices, and metabolic processes. Though we do not have control over all aspects of the aging phenomenon, nor…
DENISE’S STORY Often described as “wee but mighty,” Denise Ryan may be diminutive in size, but she has always been a big dreamer. More importantly, Denise has always known how to make dreams come true. Ambitious, passionate, and enthusiastic about the outdoors, nature, and life beyond the world she knew, Denise’s first big dream came to her at the age of 10. Raised on a…
Chemical peels are an effective treatment in the aesthetician’s toolbox due to their versatility. With the proper acid solution you can treat many skin conditions including acne, rosacea, and fine lines, as well as improve texture and pore size. You must keep in mind, however, that additional consideration and preparation is required when treating skin of color with a series of chemical peels. We will…

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