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Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood


Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood

by Katie Bird
Evonik's extract from sandalwood seeds can help minimize the appearance of cellulite, according to the Germany-based chemicals giant. Tego Xymeninic is based on xymenininc acid, which is extracted from the seeds of the Indian sandalwood tree (Santalum album). According to Evonik, topical application of the ingredient can help boost cellular detoxification and alleviate symptoms of skin inflammation. Studies performed by the company suggest that the active can lead to a perceivable improvement in skin texture, which leads it to claim the active can help minimize the appearance of cellulite. Copyright© DecisionNewsMedia.com
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Blistering Sunburns - July 2010

Blistering SunburnOne blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma later in life.
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Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks - July 2010

Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks

Anti-Aging Hormones : Little or No Benefit - High RisksIn the wake of the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health’s recently released report “The use of hormones for ‘anti-aging’: a review of efficacy and safety” a leading medical authority has criticized the use of anti-aging hormones.
Dr. Thomas T. Perls, Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine has long spoken out against the promotion and distribution of growth hormone for non-medical uses such as anti-aging and sports. In an editorial appearing in the future medicine journal Aging Health, Dr. Perls applauds the courage and example displayed by the American Medical Association (AMA) in its recently published assessment of the risks and benefits of growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, and DHEA for anti-aging.
There have always been nostrums and potions peddled for eternal youth. Most recently these have been what some entrepreneurs call ‘bioidentical’ or ‘all-natural’ hormones. What they mean by these terms varies from substances made from vegetables – such as soy or yams (which some claim have estrogen-like effects) to more commonly, drugs that are exactly the same as hormones prescribed by endocrinologists for specific diseases. Perls remarked: “The terms bioidentical or all-natural, particularly in the case of the drugs prescribed by endocrinologists, misleadingly convey a sense of safety to the gullible customer. Arsenic is all-natural too, and it even has some medical uses, but it is anything but safe.”
“The AMA’s review of the risks and benefits of these hormones in the setting of anti-aging and athletic enhancement is very important given its inclusion of the consensus and position statements of the key professional medical societies as well as the Federal agencies that guard public health,” states Perls. The editorial summarizes the AMA’s assessment for each of the purported anti-aging hormones and essentially the bottom line of his argument is that in terms of anti-aging, the risks of these hormones out-weigh the little or no benefit.
Perls denounces the marketing of these hormones, particularly growth hormone and anabolic steroids (anabolic steroids are variations of testosterone), for anti-aging. He also provides guidelines for spotting ‘red flags of quackery’ and basic advice that physicians can lend to their patients in their pursuit of healthy aging.
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Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential - July 2010

Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential

by Katie Bird
Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen PotentialThe modified oil of the milkweed seed may help protect the skin against UV rays, according to scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Investigations into the commercial applications of Asclepias syriaca, native to much of North America, have always focused on the potential of the plant’s silky floss as stuffing, but now Rogers E. Harry-O-Kuru believes it might find its place in the cosmetics industry.
Using a process that has been patented by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Harry-O-Kuru modified the seed oil to a form that protects against UV radiation. Laboratory tests suggest that the modified oil can protect against a wide spectrum of UV rays and the researcher claims that the protection profile can also be modified.
Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen PotentialFurthermore, because the oil and the additive used to modify it are both natural the product is biodegradable; so when the material eventually washes off the body it will be broken down by micro-organisms, he explained. Harry-O-Kuru also notes that the oil is unlikely to be toxic when applied to the skin as such a small amount is needed to have a protective effect. In addition to its UV protecting potential, the oil may also find uses as a moisturizing base for skin and hair care products.
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Skin Fact - July 2010

Skin FactsThe medical term for a mole is Nevus. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of moles show up during the first two decades of a person’s life while about one in every 100 babies is born with moles.
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Unlock the Mystery of Chemical Messengers

What I truly love about the skin care profession is not necessarily the “how” of treatments, products, and results; but the “why”. This is probably why I am so passionate about teaching. It is not enough in our business to simply be able to make recommendations and deliver visible results to our client’s skin, if we do not know precisely why we are capable of achieving such results.
As consumers place increasingly more confidence in our hands regarding meeting their skin needs and concerns, our professional responsibility to meet those needs has grown, requiring aestheticians to have a deep understanding of how those concerns even came to be. That being said, one of the most influential contributing factors to the condition of the skin, at many different ages, is fluctuations in hormones.

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Mark Lees Skin Care Treatment for Clogged and Dehydrated Skin

Mark Lees Skin Care Treatment for Clogged and Dehydrated Skin

Advanced Rejuvanting Concepts

This classic Mark Lees Skin Care treatment deep cleanses while thoroughly hydrating the skin. Oil-free hydration relaxes skin for easy extraction of this frequently seen condition. An enzyme gommage removes dead surface cell buildup allowing for a better and deeper hydration treatment.

>> STEP 1 – Cleanse
With the skin pre-dampened, begin by applying Lait Clarifiante Cleansing Milk to the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck and décolleté area. Continue with upward effleurage strokes, beginning at the décolleté and ending at the forehead – spreading the cleanser evenly over all areas of facial skin. Remove cleanser using cool, damp sponges. Begin removal at the décolleté area using upward strokes, working toward the forehead. Rinse sponges as needed to ensure effective product removal.

>> STEP 2 – Exfoliate
Apply a thin layer of Papaya Prep Peel to the facial skin only. With gloved hands, apply the enzyme exfoliant over the jawline, cheeks, nose, and forehead areas. Once applied, allow the product to sit for six to eight minutes. Remove Exfoliant by moving fingers back and forth gently over the product. This gommage will come off in a consistency similar to pencil eraser debris (a change of under-head towel may be required).

>> STEP 3 – Hydrate
Follow the enzyme removal with a Hydrafluide application over all exfoliated areas. This will keep the skin hydrated after exfoliation and will make the skin more relaxed for extraction.

>> STEP 4 – Steam
With the Hydrafluide on the face, begin steaming the face at a distance of about 18 inches. For oilier skin with more clogged follicles, Desin-Gel Desincrustant Pre-Mask may be applied in oilier areas to loosen clogs for extraction. Steam should be applied over Hydrafluide and/or Desin-Gel for about eight minutes. Remove any excess product after steaming and prior to extraction.

>> STEP 5 – Extraction
Proceed with swab extraction in a normal manner. Focus on problem areas, typically the chin, nose, and forehead, being sure to remove conspicuous blackheads. Do not exceed seven minutes. Upon completion of extraction, apply Antigrasses Treatment Serum using a dropper. Be sure to apply a drop to each area that has received extraction, or where there are obvious large pores. This product will soothe skin after extraction, as well as help to prevent follicular inflammation that could lead to post-facial breakouts. Apply high frequency treatment over extracted areas. It is suggested to follow the dropper with the mushroom electrode, as the serum is being applied.

>> STEP 6 – Massage
Apply a generous amount of Hydrafluide for a non-clogging, hydrating massage. Use traditional European movements for 10 minutes. There is no need to remove the Hydrafluide once the massage is completed, as the skin will absorb the remainder of this hydrator.

>> STEP 7 – Mask Application
Using a fan brush, apply Masque Clarifiante to the t-zone and Soothing Gel Mask to the cheek areas. The Masque Clarifiante will help absorb excess oil and will be mildly exfoliating, while the Soothing Gel Mask will provide much-needed hydration to the cheek areas. Allow the product to sit for about 10 minutes. Remove the mask product with cool, damp sponges or soft cloths. Begin removal at the décolleté area using upward strokes, working toward the forehead. Rinse sponges as needed to ensure effective product removal. Note: Toner will not be applied prior to the next step as this treatment is designed for exfoliation and hydration.

>> STEP 8 – Sunscreen Moisturizer Application
Finish the treatment with an application of Strataguard SPF-15. Apply to the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck, and décolleté areas – spread evenly covering the neck and entire face.

For more information please contact Mark Lees Skin care at 866-616-7328, www.marklees.com, or CRR# 161.
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Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts Easy-Breezy Bikini Wax

Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts Easy-Breezy Bikini Wax

Advanced Rejuvenanting Concepts

>> STEP 1 – Keep it Clean
Waxing removes hair from the root and may create an open opportunity for a bacterial infection to enter the skin. Always keep your hands clean and cleanse the clients skin with Pre Wax Skin Cleanser which helps destroy harmful bacteria from the skin surface to maintain a sanitary treatment.

>> STEP 2 – Always Check Your Wax Temperature
Checking the wax for temperature and consistency is necessary in order to prevent skin damage or discomfort. Hard wax should not be completely liquid and temperature should be tested on the back of your hand or forearm before applying to the clients skin.

>> STEP 3 – Working Around the Bikini Bend
Apply Brilliance in a smooth even stroke, while paying attention to the edges of the wax. Smooth edges will have a clean pull, whereas rough or thin edges may not pull evenly, thus leaving bits of hard wax to remove after the pull. This takes up more time and wax, which is a waste of money.

>> STEP 4 – Support is Important
Support of the skin while waxing prevents unwanted bruising or tearing of the skin. Both of these nasty results to poor support make the waxing experience painful and undesirable for the client. Using the wide “V” support with hand and thumb to press the skin taut and give a good clean pull.

>> STEP 5 – Pubic Application
Using the wide “V” again, gently push the skin away from the crease of the leg for a smooth even application of Brilliance. Once the wax sets, pull evenly and close to the skin surface to remove the unwanted hair.

>> STEP 6 – Mirror the Other Side
Now that one side of the bikini is completed perform the same technique to the opposite side keeping the lines even. Again, using the “V” support hand and smooth even application of Brilliance with clean edges. On this side of the bikini area, the client has a couple of skin tags, or acrochordons. These are small growths of skin that develop on many individuals. It is important NOT to wax over them. Waxing over a skin tag may tear the tag from the skin surface that may cause discomfort or pain and bleeding. Apply the wax around the skin tag and tweeze away any unwanted hair that may be near it or was missed.

>> STEP 7 – Clean Up the Top
Now that the edges of the pubic area and the bend are clean and smooth, focus on the top pubic line. As you may have noticed with this model, the bikini clean up was simple because her hair is nicely contained with little spread growth. Some women may have pubic hair growth that can spread for inches out the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Always consult with your client on how far they would like the waxing to be done. In many cases, suggesting a full leg and bikini wax will be the best-looking option.

>> STEP 8 – Smooth and Protect
After Waxing Oil with natural Australian tea tree softens the skin surface, provides natural antibacterial protection and removes any sticky residue that may be left behind from the wax. Always advise your client to keep her skin smooth and dry for 24 to 48 hours after waxing to help prevent any bacterial infection that could develop. Keeping the skin dry includes refraining from workout, sex, or working outdoors. Sweat creates moisture and warmth, which may be a breeding ground for many bacteria – including staph.

For more information please contact Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts at 800-689-0499, www.arcskincare.com, www.brazilianwaxbootcamp.com or CRR#299.
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Great Bath Treatments

Taking a bath is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. There are many reasons why taking a bath is beneficial; they open up pores, cleanse, detoxify, smooth, and soften the skin, combat muscle soreness, and provide a great source of stress relief. Therefore, it can also be reasoned that adding a bath as a full treatment or as an add-on treatment would not only benefit your client but your business as well. We have included several different bath treatments from spas to provide you with an idea of treatment menus that can help you provide clients with peaceful, natural, healthy solutions to their physical and emotional challenges and/or concerns.

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A Crash Course in "Professional Networking"

Raise your hand if you are familiar with social networking. Maybe you have a Facebook profile or Twitter account. If you are currently engaged in these activities, is it for business, pleasure, or both? If you answered both, are you maintaining separate accounts or just one?
In everyday life we have very well established protocols regarding the separation of these activities. For instance, you would never allow your children to accompany you in the treatment room with a client or discuss your personal matters with her other than superficial pleasantries.

Published in Business