Shelf Preservation: An In-Depth Look at Product Shelf Life

Written by Rachael Pontillo, M.Msc, FDN-P, CIHC, LE
When shopping for skin care products, whether backbar or retail, most aestheticians and consumers make their choices based on performance ingredients. They look at the front of the bottle or the packaging to see what miracle or star ingredients the product boasts. Then, they read the product description in the brochure or on the website to see what else is inside and what its purported…
With cutaneous resurfacing there are various options depending on the condition of the skin and desired clinical outcomes. There are three types of exfoliating agents commonly used to resurface the skin. Keratolytic agents, keratocoagulant agents, and proteolytic agents. Keratolytic agents, such as hydroxy acids, work by breaking apart the bonds that hold skin cells together or by dissolving cellular glue. Keratolytic agents include hydroxy acids…
When it comes to beards, shaping, cutting, and trimming facial hairs fall into the barber’s hands, but maintaining the luxuriousness of a man’s beard goes beyond the clippers. The upkeep of a man’s beard requires a knowledgeable skin care professional versed in men’s skin care and grooming. It is always a good idea to offer male clientele gender-specific services that cater to a man’s skin…
Monday, 25 February 2019 01:10

Eczema in the Spa: Causes, Identification, and Treatment

Written by Michele Corley
Eczema is a general term used to describe inflammatory skin conditions exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics (depending on the severity and type of eczema): dryness associated with redness and itching, raised patches, cracks, swelling, small blisters, oozing of a pale yellow or transparent fluid, red or brownish grey patches, raised skin with greasy looking patches, crusty flakes, burning, rash, and scaling. TYPES…
Microneedling and microinfusion techniques are often confused with regard to how each are optimized for the highest efficacy when used for the purposes of skin improvement and introducing active compounds into the skin. These procedures can be technique sensitive, as well. Understanding skin anatomy and physiology are critical in maximizing the effects of the procedures. Multiple clinical studies have been done in laboratories with specific…
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the face is the map of how an individual has lived their life. An individual can have a great poker face and hide their feelings, but they can’t hide the physical signs of aging. If a person spent a little too much time sun bathing, it will show. If they pull a lot of all-nighters…
Last month we discussed all of the visible signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of muscle tone and elasticity. You know the main factors that add years to appearance. Fortunately, with the right antiaging strategies and smart lifestyle changes, clients can look younger. But, in order to put their best face forward, you need to help them come up with a…
Peptides are composed of amino acids that are sequenced together and held by a bond. They are crucial to almost all biological actions of the body and thrive in a system network of communication. As mentioned in a previous article, peptides are able to provide the link to homeostasis with a network of communication that is very specific. Each cell, tissue and organ has a…

Birch Juice

Written by Elina Fedotova, founder and CEO of Elina Organics
The beauty industry is constantly searching for new, active, botanical ingredients in order to create more effective, natural skin care products. Birch juice, which is also called birch sap or birch water, is becoming increasingly popular among skin care formulators because it is a great source of detoxifying, healing, hydrating, and nourishing phytonutrients. It also has a small molecular size, which makes it readily absorbed…

The PH Balancing Act: Keeping Skin Youthful and Healthy

Written by Alissa de Jongh, ND, owner of Glacé Skin Therapy
Think back to basic chemistry and how exciting it was when the teacher passed around the litmus paper. Would it turn blue or red and what would it mean when the color did appear? That information was important back in school for getting good grades, but understanding it is even more important today, as it could mean the difference between healthy glowing skin or dull…

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia)

Written by Rachel Dupree
Witch hazel is a traditional, herbal remedy passed down from Native Americans. Used for hundreds of years, it originates from the extracts of the witch hazel plant. Both the bark and the leaves are highly astringent, though the bark is most often used. Most traditional, natural remedies are distilled from fresh leaves and young twigs and combined with around 14% alcohol as a carrier base.…

Hormones and Acne: The Missing Link

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Acne is considered by many to be a right-of-passage that must be endured on the way to adulthood. And, the research says this may be true. It is estimated that nearly 85 percent of people develop acne at some point between ages 12 and 25, regardless of country of origin.1 However, aestheticians know that acne is no longer just a skin condition isolated to the…
Pregnancy is such an incredible and exciting event in life, but many women will admit that it can have some challenging moments, both physically and emotionally. For some, “pregnancy glow” can quickly become overshadowed by hormonal acne. Most women know that they will have to sacrifice some aspects of their life, but, often, do not know that it might include their skin. In fact, almost…
Discussing hormonal acne, the menstrual cycle, and menopause is a complicated subject and cannot be covered in its entirety in a few pages. To make it understandable, this article will be limited to the major players: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone. It will focus on new ways of treating this old nemesis, so professionals can perform an acne transformation in just a few weeks, resulting…
Monday, 21 January 2019 06:09

Illuminating Alternatives: A Quick Look at Brightening Ingredients

Written by Aliesh Pierce
Summer is fast approaching. For aestheticians, that usually means the second phase of brightening season. Since suppressing skin activity actually makes skin more photosensitive, the fall is the best time for clients to complete a brightening series before the sun really starts to beat down. However, a new generation of ingredients are making it safe to address pigmentation concerns year-round. By now, most clients have…

10 Things About … Microblading

Written by Irene Kennerley
Microblading is a popular eyebrow service for spa and permanent makeup clients. The service creates the look of individual eyebrow hairs with cosmetic tattooing; it is used to enhance the eyebrows and make them appear fuller. The results are not as long-lasting as traditional permanent makeup, which allows for some flexibility to update eyebrows as trends change. With an artistic mind, the training for this…
Peptides have become one of the most valuable tools used for skin revision, cancer treatment, immune therapy, antimicrobial for wound healing, and for overall improved health. There are increasingly new advances and research in peptides and their effect on the health of the skin. With the numerous claims of skin rejuvenation and youthfulness, it is imperative for the professional to understand how peptides are able…
The number one goal of most skin care companies is to temporarily minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while using clever language that makes clients think wrinkle prevention or even wrinkle repair is actually happening. With so many bright scientific minds working on more permanent solutions, what is keeping them from achieving this goal? This article will evaluate where the latest technology has…

The Truth About Pore Size

Written by Nicole Majdali
A pore is defined in the dictionary as, “a minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles can pass.” Minute? For most people, facial pores are not considered minute. The most frequent concern clients ask about pores is how to shrink them. The first piece of advice for clients should be to step…
Incorporating electrotherapy into a spa menu can create a diverse service offering for clients and enhanced results that professional products alone cannot achieve. Choosing the correct modality for a target demographic can seem a daunting task, especially considering the industry’s current machine climate. However, utilizing those methods will enhance corrective, preventative, and antiaging skin care regimens. Education is key and arming one’s self with the…
By virtue of daily facial movements and exposure to sun, pollution, and the environment, every face has lines. The types of lines may vary, but even flawless, youthful skin has expression lines that tell the world that an individual is happy, sad, angry, or content. Understanding what type of lines clients have and what has caused them will help in determining how to most effectively…

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