Fifty years ago, when I commenced this journey into changing people’s lives by upgrading their self-perception, the only beauty therapy available was presented in the form of “pampering palaces” of doyennes of beauty such as Christine Valmy, Ilona of Hungary, and Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door. I was in Chicago during this time and saw women of all ages disappear into these glamour shops in the…
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 19:42

Bumps and Blemishes: Causes and Care of Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Written by Alexandra J. Zani
There are numerous skin anomalies that are observed with clients throughout the course of a professional’s practice. Identifying them, their underlying causes and possible remedies requires an understanding of the science of the skin, organs, and their disorders and diseases. Moreover, knowledge of performing a thorough assessment and possible reasons for the occurrence of various nodules, depressions, lesions, and pilosebaceous (hair follicle) abnormalities requires further…
Over the last few decades, consumer attention has turned toward natural solutions for beauty – especially when it comes to skin. Who wants to get plastic surgery, or deal with the negative side effects of chemical treatments – not many. But, consumers do want to look and feel better, so they seek natural, nontoxic alternatives. Deciding to improve skin through nutrition and natural products is…
Innovative therapies to treat skin conditions like moderate-to-severe acne and rosacea have been lacking in the past decade. Considering that acne is the most common condition presented to dermatologists, this is a rampant problem and many physicians continue to rely heavily on antibiotics. A survey to assess physician preferences for 15 drug systems found they “prefer topical delivery, either as a transdermal patch or topical…
Bacteria and beauty are not usually synonymous, but in the case of one’s skin, emerging, buzzworthy research shows they very well should be. In the past, squeaky clean skin was a good thing, but new studies show that over-cleansing this sensitive microbiome might actually do more harm than good. In fact, it may be stripping the skin of its own natural protective barrier. There are…
What is better for skin – natural ingredients or chemicals? It is a trick question. Take dihydrogen monoxide, for example. It sounds like an intimidating chemical, but it is just a scientific term for H20 - regular water. In fact, every substance is made of chemicals – even plants. That is because any chemical is made up of atoms and molecules, which can occur naturally…

Saddle up, Skin Care: Introducing Horse Fat into a Routine

Written by Anabel De La Vega, certified license specialist and author of TAO – The Art of Relaxation
Horses adjust their body temperatures by secreting sweat, similar to the way a human does. The structure of a horse’s skin and fatty acid are amazing compared to those of mankind. Horse fat is a good moisturizer for all skin types because it is not sticky. Horse fat is an unsaturated fatty acid containing plenty of linoleic acid (omega-6) – which can be very effective…
Peptides have been around for many years, but they have gained more attention as scientists are discovering new possibilities of cellular heath in areas such as cancer, bacteria communication and DNA. Emil Fisher, noted as the father of peptide chemistry, was a German scientist and the 1902 recipient of the Nobel prize in chemistry. He influenced how people understand proteins by separating and identifying individual…
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 18:53

A Treatment Gone Wrong: My Battle with Hypopigmentation

Written by Amra Lear, L.E., L.M.T.
A few years back, I received a laser hair removal treatment on my legs. The laser machine was defective, causing waves of excessive energy as it hit my skin. The heat sensation I usually experienced from my previous treatments was tolerable but, during this session, I noticed an uncomfortable amount of heat with each pulse. At that time, I should have told the aesthetician what…
The importance of proper nutrition and keeping the body fueled with vitamins is inarguable. Still, the dangers presented by vitamin deficiencies, as well as best practices for supporting the skin (and overall health) with supplements is not universally understood by each client. Thus, it is critical for professionals to understand how vitamins and supplements work in the body and best practices for incorporating them into…
Hyperpigmentation – one of the leading reasons individuals seek treatment from a skin care professional – has been a major skin concern for decades. It is a condition that affects men and women alike, regardless of background and skin type. Fortunately, with the right understanding of cause, common disorders, and available treatment options, there is hope for individuals facing the condition. What makes one person’s…
People often assume that stress only causes emotional distress or mental health issues; little do they know external appearance can also be adversely affected. Stress can easily affect overall health, including skin, nails, and hair. In addition to putting an individual at risk for high blood pressure, ulcers, and mood disorders, stress can also cause unwanted skin conditions. But how are stress and skin related?…
Thursday, 05 July 2018 18:22

On Red Alert: Recognizing the Common Symptoms and Triggers of Rosacea

Written by Christiane Waldron
Rosacea is a chronic, and well-known, skin disorder primarily apparent in the center of the face cheeks, chin, nose, and central forehead and is often characterized by episodes of remissions and flareups. Rosacea’s symptoms can vary tremendously, but the affected person often looks flushed and red in the center of the face. Rosacea has many causes – from genetics to mites to vascular changes –…
Morinda citrifolia, a small evergreen tree plant with Southeast Asian origins, commonly known as noni, is known for its medicinal and regenerative properties. Although research on the topic is limited, noni is believed to have many benefits for the body and skin. Just one tablespoon of noni juice contains one percent daily value (DV) of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Noni juice…
There are several well-documented, root causes of acne. These include overproduction of sebum, increased presence of selective bacteria, higher skin pH, hormonal flux, hyperkeratosis (faster skin growth), underlying inflammation, and even skin dehydration and product occlusion. People who exhibit these symptoms of acne usually show one or a combination of more than one of these conditions. These types of conditions and symptoms can, and do,…
Sunday, 01 July 2018 20:55

Redness

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D., C.D.T., L.E., co-owner of Intellective Aesthetic Advanced Esthetic Training and owner of Naturophoria
Cherry angioma: common skin growth that can develop anywhere on the body for individuals 30 years and older. It may be caused by genetics, chemical exposure, excess estrogen, a vitamin C deficiency, or fatty liver tendencies. Petechiae: occurs generally as a result of pinpoint bleeding beneath the skin. Causes include: trauma, sunburn, bacterial infections, excoriation, scurvy, injury, medications, and various autoimmune diseases. Malar rash: the…
Fulvic acid is not yet widely known or used in the skin care industry, but it is one of the most effective and healing ingredients available. With a gentle pH of 3.2, fulvic acid can be taken internally. It can also serve as an acid peel, while healing and energizing the skin. A fulvic acid peel can simultaneously deliver mild exfoliation and reduce redness. Various…
From sleeping on harsh cotton pillows to environmental exposure, the skin experiences daily assault that can impact the development of fine lines and wrinkles – sometimes prematurely. Still, all hope is not lost. Understanding these biological processes of the skin and knowing the best treatment options for defending the skin against these attacks can make all the difference. When clients look in the mirror and…
With its many forms, multiple levels of severity, and wide range of triggers, acne can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions, for both clients and professionals. Fortunately, combining existing treatments with LED light therapy can unlock a number of benefits that could produce life-changing results.
Sun spots? Age spots? No matter what name is given to these little brown spots on the skin, they are all hyperpigmentation. The spots are the result of past sun damage – damage that has caused the skin to go into fight mode to protect itself. When skin senses the sun’s rays, it produces melanin to protect itself. These dark spots are often called age…
As time rolls on, many minor skin abnormalities appear, affecting aging clients’ psyche. Treatment for any anomalism is highly sought-after, as current society values radiant, youthful, and healthy-looking skin.There has been a dramatic increase in photo-aging, skin disorders, and cancers due to the declining ozonosphere. The destructive penetration of ultraviolet rays wreaks havoc on the skin. One of the least understood abnormalities is sebaceous hyperplasia…

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