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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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…
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 04:36

Melasma: Treating Clients During Pregnancy

Written by Jessica Slorah
As if our pregnant clients don’t have enough changes happening during pregnancy – it is unlikely their skin is going to let them sail through the next several months without any surprises. Many women notice their freckles and moles may look darker, as well as odd shaped gray-brown, tan, or dark brown patches appearing on places like the forehead, upper lip, cheeks, chin, and bridge…

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…
Monday, 20 May 2019 23:50

Partial and Total Melanin Loss: Understanding Hypopigmentation

Written by Courtney La Marine
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…
Reversing damage in the skin from aging and the sun is the holy grail of skin care. For decades, the focus has been on slowing the aging process, but so much more is possible when applying already-known information from studies and experience. There are three categories for antiaging skin care ingredients recommended for sun damaged skin: prevention, plumping, and wound repair. This article will review…

A Surprise Ingredient: Holistic Healing with Garlic

Written by Sheilah Fulton, L.E., writer, educator, health advocate, and fitness instructor
Garlic is a botanical referred to as allium sativum and is a phenolic compound that is a rich source of antioxidants such as vitamins A, B, and C. This herb offers a plethora of anti-inflammatory and antibiotic benefits. When applied to the skin, it helps fight bacteria that perpetuate acne and increases collagen to protect from premature aging. Thus, the molecules in garlic are medicinal,…

Switching Product Lines: 4 Simple Steps to Ease Clients Through the Change

Written by Ann Brown, CEO and founder of Saltability
As skin care professionals, it is important to provide clients with the best products and services available on the market today. Sometimes, that means sticking with favorite brands that are known and loved. They are the products clients ask for by name and the best sellers on the menu. But, just like any business that thrives on innovation, successful spas cannot remain static for long.…

Innovations in Microwounding: What’s on the Horizon?

Written by Elaine Sterling, school owner, founder, and CEO of The Elaine Sterling Institute
New science on how the skin heals and produces collagen may be a game changer. The latest skin care devices offer age management solutions like never before, from microneedling (collagen induction therapy), skin resurfacing through ablative and non-ablative lasers, chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion devices, and plasma fibroblast skin tightening – just to name a few. Never before have skin care professionals had such amazing technology…

Men’s Versus Women’s Skin Care: A Quick Comparison

Written by Monique Enriquez, freelance writer, speaker, tv presenter, and beauty and wellness expert
Many clients have been taught or have learned that having good habits and living a healthy lifestyle will give them a better, happier, and longer life. They know that eating well, exercising regularly, sleeping eight hours daily, relaxing, meditating, and having fun with friends and family are simple, habitual actions that make a big difference long-term. But, when it comes to their skin, they may…
Tuesday, 07 May 2019 19:24

Seeing Red: The Dos and Don’ts of Treating a Client with Rosacea

Written by Scott McDougall
Rosacea is a skin condition that affects as many as 1 in 20 people and, because it mainly affects the face, it presents a significant problem for everything from makeup applications to facials. When treating a person with rosacea, here’s what you should and shouldn’t do. DO: BE PARTICULARLY GENTLE Rosacea typically reddens skin and it also generates discomfort through stinging or burning sensations, making…

How to Treat Scar Tissue

Written by Cheryl Miller, massage therapist, master aesthetician, oncology aesthetician, and continuing education provider
Just about every client who walks into a spa has a scar. Scar tissue remodeling is a very desired service in the industry and manual manipulation is well within the aesthetician’s scope of practice, but most people are intimidated or not sure how to do it. WHAT ARE SCARS? Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that develop in the dermis, which is comprised of…

Black Magic: The Wonders of Black Tea

Written by Anabel de la Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Black tea is a very common tea that comes from the plant camellia sinensis. The tea’s oxidation level is what gives it its color and flavor. During the process stage, it is fermented and oxidized. The compounds found in black tea are theaflavins and thearubigins, which have great health benefits. Black tea has few calories and minimal proteins, carbohydrates, and sodium. Black tea helps with…

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