Acne treatment is one of the leading reasons clients seek out professional help. While skin care professionals do not diagnose or treat acne, they must be aware of this skin condition and know how to properly provide a facial. Performing consistent, effective facial treatments will not only benefit the client’s overall appearance, but will also help bolster their self-esteem. Both results are, perhaps, the most…

Looking to Nature for Acne Answers

Written by Rachael Pontillo, LE, M.Msc, CIHC, CNAP
Acne is a skin condition with many causes, types, and presentations, affecting both sexes of all ages and ethnicities. Its effects are lasting – both physically and emotionally – and there is a great deal that skin care professionals can do to help acne clients get relief and reduce the long-term impact that breakouts have on the skin.
Treating acne requires a proper homecare regimen, an understanding of client allergies and intolerances, and regular visits to a skin care professional. A knowledgeable aesthetician will use a variety of professional products and modalities to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, decongest, and disinfect the skin, as well as soothe and heal any inflammation associated with acne.
Menopause is defined as the point in time when a female’s menstrual cycles permanently cease due to the natural depletion of ovarian follicles/oocytes from aging. During a woman’s cycle, the ovaries release a mature egg called an ovum (oocyte). The onset of menopause displays biological changes within the entire endocrine system, in particular with decreased levels of reproductive hormones, especially estrogen and testosterone.

A Step-By-Step: Menopausal Skin

Written by Erin Lucie, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Menopause brings about a series of hormonal changes that transform skin physiology in many ways. Even if skin care professionals have been treating the same client for many years and know their skin care routine inside and out, they can be caught off guard with unexpected changes brought on by menopause. Traditionally, menopause is associated with a decline in all hormones across the board; however,…
The average age that a woman begins menopause is 51. However, it can occur as early as a woman’s 30s or as late as her 60s. The only loose benchmark to determine when menopause will start for a woman is by noting the age her mother’s menstrual cycle ended.
Menopause is a time when a woman transitions into the next chapter of her life; it is a time when almost everything about her physically, mentally, and physiologically may transform. The population of menopausal women is rapidly increasing. There are approximately 6,000 women in the United States daily that reach menopause, estimating at over 2 million per year.
Skin care professionals that offer service selections such as facials, massage, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and makeup are likely to welcome additional revenue. Once the professional’s appointments are booked and their time is maxed out, the only way for them to increase revenue is to sell retail products or add-ons!
In 2016, men’s skin care and hair products brought in more than $19 billion globally. As men become more conscious and knowledgeable about their skin, skin care manufacturers and professionals are offering more products and treatments that are tailored to men. The following are a few game changing ingredients that are beneficial for men’s skin:

Nourishing Cells to their Full Potential

Written by Courtney Freeman, L.E.I.
Skin is a reflection of internal health on all levels. It is a complex organ that changes daily due to the fluctuations in hormones and nutrients that pass through cells. The concept of cellular skin care is important to teach to clients as it makes perfect sense when it comes to the formation of acne.
Friday, 28 July 2017 02:18

Protocol for Sensitized Skin

Written by Natalya Rachkova, L.M.E.
Sensitized skin usually occurs due to the stratum corneum being compromised. Improper function of or damage to the stratum corneum results in moisture loss, irritation, and hypersensitivity.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:42

An Introduction to Sensitized Skin

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American Academy of Dermatology reports that 50 percent of the United States population experience some form of sensitized skin. Almost a quarter of facial skin care users are interested solely in products with natural, organic ingredients that are designed specifically for sensitive skin.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:45

Sensitized Skin: Where to Start and What to Do

Written by Kat Khadija Leverette, L.E.
Whether the struggle is with persistent redness and rashes; sensitivity to the sun; full-blown allergic reactions; or tightness, flaking, and itching; working with sensitive skin can be quite challenging because of all the potential variables. Sensitive skin is really a lay term, not a medical condition, and has come to be associated with people who have allergic reactions or experience irritation from a variety of…
Recent research brings exciting news for clients struggling with sensitive skin conditions. New medications have been approved by the FDA, studies have uncovered patterns in the development of specific conditions, and research teams have uncovered correlations between sensitive skin conditions and other health disorders.

The Ins and Outs of Adult Acne

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E., owner of Clove Studios
Acne is one of those pesky problems people like to leave in their teenage years. Adult acne is prevalent now more than ever. Some people experience acne throughout their life; products or treatments may temporarily alleviate it, but it is always there, rearing its ugly head. Others experience adult on-set acne. While there are many factors that can contribute to breakouts, whether in adolescence or…

At Home Hindrances to Successful Acne Therapy

Written by Jaclyn Strausser, L.M.E., senior account executive at SkinCeuticals
Professional treatments are essential to addressing skin concerns and acne is no different. Most clients believe that going to the spa and doing a handful of treatments will clear their skin. While in-office treatments do improve the skin at an accelerated rate, it is not a one-shot answer to maintaining breakout-free skin. Treatments are typically done six to 12 times a year and it is…
• The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most fragile skin on the face• It lacks sebaceous glands, collagen, and elastin fibers.

An Anti-Aging Facial Approach: Mind Over Method

Written by Douglas Preston, L.E.
Professional anti-aging or age management facial treatments are concerned with delaying, and, to some degree, visually reversing the signs of skin damage that are earned over the course of time. Anti-aging can be defined in terms of changing harmful client behaviors that lead to aging skin. To that end, professionals should begin where all behaviors originate: the mind and its habits of thought.
There are two types of skin aging that occur at the same time: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Nutritional and dermatological research has demonstrated that specific and key nutrients are required to ensure the physiological functioning and overall health of the skin. This factor is well recognized by nutritional professionals, along with the premise that simply consuming a balanced diet may not always ensure optimum nutritional status with anticipated benefits or results. Within the realm of nutritional information, there remains one focal determinant…
by Dieter Kuster, Ph.D. and Tami Assaf, L.E. Properly addressing the needs of clients with aging skin requires understanding each individual client from a holistic perspective and establishing a solid grasp on integrating medical conditions with advanced treatments and pure botanicals. In this changing world, where social concerns, environmental issues, political influences, family dynamics, and the power of media have the ability to distract people…

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