It is a rare individual who becomes successful without help. I am an aesthetician and laser technician who has been in the industry for nearly 17 years. Throughout my entire career, I have experienced the importance of networking with other skin care professionals. I began to network while still in aesthetic school, leading to a job offer, before I even got my license. At this stage in my career, I still appreciate being able to call or text other skin care professionals for advice. We should be networking throughout our careers. Networking with other industry professionals works to improve the industry as a whole.
It is not always what you know, but who you know! Networking with other skin care professionals is the best way to learn of employment opportunities and possibly gain an introduction, or even a recommendation. This is also true for those looking to hire.
A few years ago I was involved in a private aesthetic group, and one of the biggest topics that came up in the forums had to do with compensation and benefits. It is natural to not want to discuss our exact income, but when we open up about pay structure and benefits, we help each other to negotiate a better income and benefits package. It behooves us all to raise the standard income for our industry. According to the BLS, skin care specialists made a median salary of $29,050 in 2014. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $58,880, while the lowest-paid earned $17,680 that year.
Peer Input About Purchases
Adding new equipment, treatments, and product lines can be risky business. Vendor reps are in the business of selling their product, not giving impartial advice. Receiving input from others in the industry is invaluable. Anytime we are looking to add something new, I call other aestheticians that use that particular product or device, and gather their thoughts on it. This type of networking empowers us as aestheticians, in the same way online reviews empower consumers. Vendors will work harder to take care of us if they realize the value of our opinion among peers.
Know What Is Going On In The Industry
Networking has helped me to learn more about products, new treatments, and treatment protocols. I have learned about regulation changes in my state, as well as regulation differences in other states. I have also inquired about upcoming events, trade shows, training workshops, seminars, and on-line training.
Smart people surround themselves with smarter people. I don’t care how experienced, educated, or smart you think you are, you can always learn from an alternate perspective. Sometimes we have blind spots or get lost in our own ideas. In our industry, there is always a new study, a new treatment, new protocol, or new information, and it is impossible for anyone to know everything. I have attended many classes and workshops over the years and I ALWAYS find that someone will pick up on something I missed, and vise versa. If I attend a class, I will share what I have learned, and my aesthetician friends will share with me what they learned at another class. This sharing of information has been very helpful. Even the best aesthetician or laser technician will encounter a complication at some point and someone else may know just the solution to your problem. Even things like a challenging client or issues with co-workers can benefit from another perspective.
None of us offer every service, or are experienced with every specific need. We all have our talents and limitations. Sometimes we are limited by our tools, and sometimes by our experience or training. Sometimes, we are even limited by location. I have had clients who have moved out of state, and they want to know if I can recommend someone. It is our job to do what best serves our client, even if it means referring them to someone else.
Doctors commonly refer patients to other doctors, even within their own specialty. Why should any of us have such an ego that we elect not to refer a client to another aesthetician, if we cannot provide what that client needs? If it is not ego, it is fear. We are fearful someone will steal our clients. It is shameful that we cannot trust each other. Are we all a bunch of thieves and back stabbing cheats? I don’t think so! It is possible to refer your clients to another aesthetician for a specific service or product and have them return to you as a regular client. I have a network of aestheticians that refer clients to me if I provide a service which they do not. If I know that a client was sent to me from another aesthetician, I will always speak well of who ever referred them. I will not try to steal that client, or sell them services, that I know the referring aesthetician can provide. I do this because I want that aesthetician to continue to refer clients to me. I also want to be able to refer clients to these aestheticians and trust they will not “bad mouth” me, or steal my client. We have established a mutual trust and respect for each other. Plus, it’s the right thing to do! Never pull a robbery when someone has trusted you with a referral.
Having friends to trade services with and make you pretty is an industry benefit. Having friends with common interests makes life better. Having friends in the industry makes your work more fun and feel less like work. Having friends that you can learn from and trust makes you a better aesthetician.
I recommend to start networking with people you already know in the industry, and branch out from there. You can network with vendor reps, educators, aesthetic providers (such as doctors and nurses), and obviously other aestheticians. Trade shows, training workshops, and seminars are all great networking opportunities. You can use social networking sites to find a local group. There are aesthetic groups and forums online, of which I will share a few links below. If you have found a networking group that you recommend, please share in the comments below.
Chlorophyll is a pigment found in green plants, which is vital for photosynthesis allowing plants to absorb energy from light. Chlorophyll, or more specifically the natural derivative, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin offers many promising skin benefits.
Sodium Chlorophyllin Copper Complex can be found in topical enzymatic medications used for healing-debriding wounds. Chlorophyllin Copper Complex Sodium, expedites the healing of wounds by slowing the growth of certain bacteria on the skin, controls local inflammation and aids in the promotion of healthy granulations. It works to inhibit the inflammatory properties of protein degradation products in the wound, including the products of enzymatic digestion.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the human body. It has the ability to bind to and hold about a thousand times it’s weight in water. In the dermal layers of the skin it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin. With age, the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin declines progressively. Hyaluronic acid is degraded by the natural occuring enzyme, hyaluronidase. Sodium copper chlorophyllin has been shown to inhibit hyaluronidase and thus inhibit the breakdown of hyaluronic acid.
Phytochromatic MD® is a unique Sodium copper chlorophyllin in a liposomal complex, that has been shown to effectively penetrate skin. Skin care products containing Phytochromatic MD™ Complex have been shown to have anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, reduce redness, inhibit the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin, and aid in improved wound healing. Phytochromatic MD® is currently found exclusively in MD Rejuvena skin care products.
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The RS2 Facial is designed specifically for any dry skin with micro-circulation or vascular skin conditions, not just Rosacea. It is also ideal for anyone suffering from severe sensitivity, broken capillaries even hot flashes.
The RS2 Rosacea Facial features an alleviating Pevonia French Rose thermal clay mask, which provides soothing relief and visible results to dilated capillaries, congestion, blotchiness, and irritability. Comforting and healing ingredients such as: Rose, Green Tea, Chamomile and Liquorice, combine to properly decongest and calm your skin for an even, healthy appearance. These powerful natural ingredients known to help rosacea, Green Tea which is healing and anti-bacterial, Chamomile which has a calming and distressing effect on the skin and French Rose essential oil, which calms redness and reduces stress with its light, natural fragrance.
This treatment can be customized to include dermaplaning for gentle exfoliation, extractions and blue light therapy to kill bacteria for those who suffer with acne rosacea.
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April has been designated as “Rosacea Awareness Month” by the National Rosacea Society (NRS). Rosacea is a progressive skin disorder commonly characterized by flushing and persistent redness on the central portion of the face and visible blood vessels. It has been estimated more than 16 million Americans are affected by Rosacea. The effects of Rosacea can go beyond this visible symptoms, often causing discomforts such as stinging and burning. For the majority of rosacea suffers it effects self esteem, going as far as to effect professional interactions.
What is Rosacea
Rosacea is a progressive skin disorder with symptoms including flushing, redness, visible blood vessels, burning, and stinging. Rosacea can also cause acne like symptoms, such as little bumps called papuals, often refereed to as Acne Rosacea. In more severe cases, there is a thickening of the skin and the nose can present as bulbous with irregular nodularities and enlargement, known as Rhinophyma. There is also a subtype of Roscacea, known as Ocular Rosacea, where eyes are red or bloodshot with burning and stinging. Rosacea is a progressive disorder and, left untreated, will worsen in severity with time. Those with Rosacea often experience flare-ups, which can last for months. Only a doctor can diagnose Rosacea. If you suspect you have Rosacea, see a dermatologist.
What causes Rosacea
The exact cause of Rosacea is not completely understood. Suggested possibilities include auto-immune disease or defects in the nervous system which effects blood vessels or Demodex mites. It may be something there is a genetic predisposition to. What we do know is that there is a strong vascular component to Rosacea. We also know that there are “triggers” such as heat or spicy foods that can trigger flare-ups.
It is important to understand that there is not a cure for Rosacea, but it is something that can be treated to reduce severity and symptoms. First, those with Rosacea should work to understand what their specific triggers are. Avoiding triggers can reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. Finding skin care products that do not aggravate rosacea can be tricky. Consult with a Dermatologist and Esthetician for skin care recommendations appropriate for Rosacea skin.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) remains the most effective treatment for addressing the redness and visible dilated blood vessels seen with Rosacea. Vascular lasers, such as a KTP or Yag, can be used to treat facial veins that are well visible and can be traced. Typically, 3-6 treatments are needed, scheduled about 3 weeks apart. Because there is no cure for Rosacea, a series of treatments may need to be repeated annually, depending on severity.
Botox injections have been shown to be effective when injected superficially in very dilute concentration to reduce the redness and flushing of Rosacea. Redness may be reduced for 3-6 months after injections. This treatment is currently considered “off-label”.
Facials will not correct any vascular component of Rosacea, but the appropriate facial can calm and sooth skin. Consult with your Esthetician Facialist for recommendations.
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The Skin Games is a national competition where Estheticians compete for the title of “Best Skin Care Profesional” or for those new to the industry “Best New Artist”.
I was excited to participate in the skin games, this year. It is great for Estheticians, like myself to have this platform to showcase our talents. It has also been a learning experience, to see the methods used by other professionals. After seeing all the treatment videos, I look forward to meeting the other Estheticians at the live show, this April. To up the cool factor, this years show will be hosted by Bobby Brown and Athena from “Ex-Wives of Rock”. Sharise Neil and Blue Dixon from “Ex-Wives of Rock” will also be at the red carpet event, that will be after the award show. You do not have to be a player or even an Esthetician to attend the live show, during the day there will also be an all day event with vendors, live demonstrations and beauty swag. What a great excuse for a girls trip, …. industry guys trip too. As a finalist in this years games, I hope to see some of my Esty friends at the live show.
How To Play
Estheticians may enter in the categories of Hyperpigmentation, Anti aging, Acne / Problematic Skin or Best New Esthetician. The catch is you have to abide by the laws governing the state of California. Regulations differ by state, and in many of the states outside of California, Estheticians do laser and energy based treatments if they have an additional certification or if they are a Master Esthetician. The good news is, for those of us who work in Medical Esthetics, there is an “OPEN” category where Estheticians can follow the scope of practice governed by your state rules and regulations. Medical Esthetics is such a huge part of our industry, with Estheticians working in med-spas or for dermatologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, even gynecologists. I have no doubt that expanding The Skin Games to include Etheticians in the med-spa industry will attract a lot of Estheticians to compete and draw a lot of exciting vendors to the live show.
Each player selects a model,puts together a treatment plan, then submits 8 short videos, one per week to document treatments. Players also submit before and after photos of model to show results. A panel of judges will determine the winner based on photos, treatment plan and results. Friends,family and clients can also vote for their favorite player, the “Peoples Choice” award.
The Live Show
The live show is in San Ramon, California on April 23rd. Players will be awarded during the live show. Before the show, Estheticians can enjoy the beauty festivities with treatment demonstrations and check out the vender booths from various skin care lines. This is also a good opportunity to socialize and network with other professionals in the industry. If you are at this years show, please stop and say hi to Kristy Harris.
Copper Tripeptide-1 has been shown to play a role in stimulating the production of collagen, aid in wound healing and tissue remodeling. It also has Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti Microbial and Anti-Tumor Effects.
What is Copper Tripeptide-1
Copper Tripeptide-1 is naturally occurring in the body, it is composed of the amino acids Glycyl-histidyl-lysine, which spontaneously binds to copper, also known as GHK-CU. Copper Tripeptide-1 has many benefits within the human body, however levels decrease with age. Given the benefits that it has for renewing, repairing and protecting the skin, it makes sense that this would be used in cosmeceutical skin care products.
Copper Tripeptide-1 is used topically for anti-aging and firming of the skin. As we age our skin becomes progressively thinner, this is due in part to the declining production of collagen in the dermis and keratinocytes in the epidermis. As we age the skins ability to protect and repair itself also declines and this contributes to the degradation or breakdown of collagen. Copper Tripeptide-1 plays a role in stimulating collagen production and in the proliferation of keratinocytes. This is very promising for anti-aging skin care
Wound Healing and Tissue Remodeling
Copper Tripeptide-1 is seen to play a role in accelerating wound healing and improved tissue remodeling. Studies done on diabetic wounds, showed that wounds healed up to three times faster and had a lower incidence of infection, in the presence of Copper Tripeptide-1. This is relevant to anti-aging, because as we age the levels of GHK-CU decrease, which can affect the ability for skin to repair and renew it’s self. Further more, many of the treatments used to improve skin appearance, take advantage of the skins wound healing ability to increase the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The more effective the skins wound healing ability is, the more effective the treatment may be.
Anti-Tumor and Protective Ability
Radiation from sun exposure and cancer treatments have damaging effects on DNA and induce aging. Copper Tri-petide-1 (GHK-CU) helps to protect DNA from these damaging effects. Tumor cell lines died in the presence of Copper Tri-peptide, however healthy cell lines were protected. Skin fibroblasts, are “master cells” responsible for producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Fibroblast exposed to radiation have been shown to restore their function when in the presence of (GHK-CU).
Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Microbial Effects
Intrinsic antioxidants, are antioxidants that the body makes, they can not be obtained with diet. With age, the production of these intrinsic antioxidants declines. Some of these intrinsic antioxidants are induced by Copper Tripeptide-1. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects during wound healing and tissue remodeling stages.
Skin Care Products with Copper Tripeptide-1
Topical products with Copper Tripeptide-1 may be useful for post procedure skin care to enhance results. They definitely look to be a promising as part of an anti-aging skin care regimen, especially when used with other power house products such as retinoids, anti-oxidants and most importantly broad spectrum sun protection.
Innovative Skin Care has added Copper Tripeptide-1 to many of their iS Clinical line of skin care products, including the most recent “Youth Serum” which is quickly becoming an A-list favorite. It is also found in Super Serum Advance +, Reparative Moisture Emulsion, Youth Intensive Cream, Youth Complex and Youth Eye Complex.
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There are countless skin care products available to treat skin discolorations known as “hyperpigmentation”, such as brown spots and melasma. There is also just as much confusion and misinformation, surrounding topical Hydroquinone and Non- Hydroquinone products. The fact is they are both necessary, as each have a place in correcting and maintaing pigment irregularities.
I am a proponent for Hydroquinone and for good reason, when used correctly it is arguably the most effective topical for treating hyperpigmentation. I am also a proponent for Non-Hydroquinone skin brighteners, because I do not support using Hydroquinone indefinitely without pulsing on and off.
If you understand how hyper pigmentation occurs, you are better able to understand how to treat it. The process of producing pigment (melanogenesis) is complex, with many process, so I am giving the short version. When the skin has hyperpigmentation, it means that, there are melanocytes that are over producing melanin (pigment) AND that those pigment cells are not being evenly distributed to the skin cells called keratinocytes.
Something must first, trigger the increase of tyrosinase activity, this can be sun exposure, hormones or inflammation. Tyrosinase is an enzyme in the skin that controls the production of melanin. One of the main goals in treating hyperpigmentation is to inhibit the tyrosinase, so that it will not trigger the overproduction of melanin (pigment). Products that aim to do this use ingredients that we call “tyrosinase inhibitors”. Hydroquinone is a strong tyrosinase inhibitor, however there are also non-hydroqinone tyrosinase inhibitors that are effective.
Hydroquinone is a strong tyrosinase inhibitors and very effective at treating hyper pigmentation. There is concern, however that with extended use the skin may become resistant to the effects. This is why it is important to use hydroquinone under professional guidance. The general idea is to maximize correction, before you build resistance. Many dermatologists and skincare professionals are now recommending pulsing on and off hydroquinone. If you are using or plan on using hydroquionone products, I recommend you read “Hydroquinone: What you need to know, to maximize it’s benefits and prevent resistance”.
When you are pulsing off hydroquinone, you may want to use a non-hydroquinone skin brighter. Look for a brightener with tyrosinase inhibitors. Ideally, non-hydroquinone skin brighteners should be formulated with a combination of ingredients that will have an effect on the various stages of melanogensis (the formation of pigments). Antioxidants and exfoliants play a role in melanogensis and should be part of a skin care regimen, along with a tyrosinase inhibitor. I am including a short list of some commonly used ingredients in Non-hydroquinone brighteners.
Non-Hydroquinone Lighting/ Brighting Ingredients
Arbutin (Bearberry Extract)
Licorice Root Extract
Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid
For best results begin by preparing your skin to best absorb the topical products you are using, this is done by properly cleansing and toning skin. Topical antioxidants and a broad spectrum SPF, are a MUST, because they help block the effects of “triggers”. We also recommend some type of chemical exfoliant, such as glycolic or lactic acid. These help by exfoliating melanin filled skin cells from the surface, which accumulate and cause pigment to be more dense, making it look darker. Retinoids such as tretinoin (Retina-A) work by inhibiting the transfer of pigment to skin cells, this blends pigment for even skin tone. Retinoids also work as a tyrosinase inhibitor. Finally, if you are not seeing the results you want with topical products alone, consult with a skin care provider to discuss which treatment options are best for you. Typically, we recommend chemical peels or PhotoFacials (IPL or BBL), depending on skin type and conditions being treated.
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Most of us are exposed to environmental stressors daily that can damage structural proteins within the skin such as collagen and elastin, as well as essential genetic DNA. This equals skin aging, with loss of elasticity, resilience, immune function and cancer resistance. Science has found in nature, a way to help protect fragile and vital structures in human skin, from extreme and daily stressors.
If you have never been to Arizona, then you probably have not seen a live Saguaro Cactus. The saguaro cactus is unique to the Arizona Sonoran Desert, as well as Sonora Mexico, and California along the Arizona and Mexico borders. The saguaro thrives in these extreme desert environments, because it is an extremophile that loves very dry, hot climates.
Extremozymes are protective enzymes derived from extremophiles, which are organisms that thrive in extreme environments, that would be detrimental to most life on earth. Extreme environments include places with extreme tempetures, PH or altitude. Examples are the deepest, dark parts of the ocean, Antartica or a dry desert. These extreme environments would otherwise denature typical enzymes, but extremophiles develop protective enzymes (extremozymes) that cushion and protect vital structures, kind of like bubble wrap. Many Extremozymes assist these organisms in not only protecting, but repairing DNA as it is damaged by environmental factors.
INNOVATIVE SKINCARE®’s Extremozyme® products utilize the survival advantages from these extremophilic organisms to protect and preserve skin from environmental damage and aging by combating moisture loss, dehydration, radiation, heat, cold, and free radical damage. We like iS Clinical “Youth Serum” and “Reparative Moisture Emulsion” which are both formulated with Extremozymes. Your skin care survival kit should also include an antioxidant serum and broad spectrum SPF. We recommend starting a skin care regimen with extremozymes, topical antioxidants and sunblock in your 20’s, because aging starts sooner than you think.
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CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat freezing procedure that contours the body by safely and effectively freezing away unwanted fat permanently. It has become a popular option for those who do not have the time to recover from liposuction. CoolSculpting is commonly used to treat problem areas like loves handles, stomach rolls, back fat, inner and outer thighs.
The price for CoolSculpting varies greatly, depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed and your ultimate goals. Typically, you’ll see a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area after one visit, but you may appreciate even more fat reduction with additional treatments. About 20% of the fat cells are eliminated with a single treatment, most people should expect to do two treatment cycles on each area treated. Occasionally, more than two treatment cycles are needed to achieve your personal desired results
The biggest variable is the amount of applicators and the size of the applicators needed to address the area of concern. Multiple applicators are typically needed to treat each area, it is not possible to determine how many or which applicators are needed without an in office assessment. Most CoolSculpting providers offer special pricing with multiple applicators. Generally the more applicators needed, the greater the value with a lower per applicator price.
CoolSculpting is not something you will be able to price shop over the phone or on the internet. You need an in office consultation, so that you can be assessed to determine if you are a good candidate for Coolsculpting and if so which and how many applicators are needed to treat your specific are of concern. During your consultation you can work with your provider to create a customized treatment plan, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget. If you are interested in financing, ask if your provider will except http://www.carecredit.com
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If you have not yet heard of Ultherapy it is a non-invasive procedure that is intended to lift and tighten the skin. It sounds almost to good to be true, right. So, the question is, does it really work?
The short answer is, yes it does work, but before you make any decisions, you need to know what kind of results can be expected. First, non-surgical treatments will always give a non-surgical result. If you are hoping for a cheeper alternative to a facelift, mini-facelift or even lifestyle lift, you will be disappointed with Ultherapy or ANY non-surgical treatment. During a traditional facelift the surgeon address lax facial muscle, fat and repositions the skin. Ultherapy is not a facelift and a facelift is not a skin treatment. One procedure does not replace the need for the other.
As we age collagen production progressively declines, which leads to wrinkles and thinning skin. Not to confuse facial volume (fat) loss, with skin (dermal/ epidermal) thinning, they are different concerns requiring different procedures. Like many of the treatments used in the world of medical aesthetic, Ultherapy is used to stimulate collagen. What makes Ulthera so unique is the way it stimulates collagen, where it stimulates collagen, the amount of increased collagen and the duration that collagen production is up regulated. Initially the targeted tissue will contract causing a tightening effect. As the renewal process continues collagen production is up regulated, improving skin density and giving a modest lift. The increased collagen is seen at multiple levels of the dermis, most prominent in the deeper dermal tissue. This up regulation of collagen continues, on average of a year.
An average of 69.5% improvement in dermal thickness is seen after Ultherapy
Although, Ultherapy is currently the only non-invasive treatment that can claim to lift skin, there are other treatments that can tighten the skin. Skin tightening is generally seen when aesthetic treatments target the dermal layer of the skin and stimulate collagen production. Ulthera works by targeting deep into the dermal tissue and also to the top of the facial muscle, leaving the surface intact. This is important because other non-surgical treatments, like RadioFrequency (RF) and laser do not treat at the same depth. Although, RF treatments can target fairly deep into the dermal area, the targeted area is only heated to a tempeture that will cause tissue contraction, this helps to tighten the skin. The difference is that RadioFrequency (RF) treatments do not heat the targeted area to the needed tempeture to achieve optimal collagen synthesis. Laser resurfacing and fractional resurfacing treatments, do heat the target area to optimal tempeture and will definitely generate significant collagen synthesis in the upper-mid dermis, which is ideal for treating lines, scars and skin texture. The difference is that we can not treat as deeply into the dermis with laser resurfacing as we do with Ultherapy. Most importantly, RadioFrequency (RF) and laser do not target the top of facial muscle, where Ultherapy does. Ultherapy does work, very well actually. Ultherapy is most appreciated when it is part of a comprehensive approach to anti-aging.
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