4 Ways to Set Professional Skin Care Apart

You select certain skin care lines to use and carry in your spa based on their efficacy. You believe in those products, and you know with the right regimen, they can produce beautiful skin for your clients. Some clients invest in your skin care plan, but some are still on the fence. How do you combat this and convince the client that professional skin care is best? Dermatology Times interviewed esthetician Rita Lee and a few dermatol­ogists to identify the differences between professional and mass market skin care, and these differences are summarized below.

Dermatologist Joel Schlessinger M.D., notes that skin care professionals are in a unique position to educate the client, and skin care questions should never be ignored. The knowlege and experience of the skin care professional should be utilized to explain the importance of using professional skin care.

1. Developed to Deliver

Professional skin care offers higher amounts of key ingredients, more advanced ingredients and advanced delivery of those ingredients for better and faster results, according to Lee. She references paptides, noting that they are present at higher amounts in professional care.

Dermatologist Christine Choi Kim, M.D., considers professional skin care more cosmeceutical than cosmetic since they have biological actions on the skin below the stratum corneum.

2.“A” for Advanced

Professional products have more advanced or sophisticated formulas. They incorporate the most promising new ingredients or the latest generation of more established ingredients, according to Lee. “A good example is Vitamin C. While there are multiple forms available, tetrahex­yldecyl ascorbate (THDA or THD Ascorbate) is the most effective and most stable, non-acidic form of Vitamin C,” Lee says. “You won't find this in most retail products, and certainly not in drugstore products."

Professional lines often contain higher concentr­ations of ingredients that provide added benefits, according to Dr. Farris.

3.Ingredients that Penetrate the Skin

Professional products are more likely than OTC skin care products to actually deliver key ingredients into the skin. 

“I am more confident that professional lines have thought about this challenge and worked out solutions (such as finding the optimal liposomal delivery system). Most professional lines are founded by scientists, physicians or skin professi­onals, so they are keenly aware of this challenge.”

4. A Better Value

Drugstore skin care may be cheaper for the client, but professional skin care has more value, according to Lee. She notes that professional products are often less expensive per ounce than skin care bought in retail chains. They will also save the client money in the long run from not having to buy and try a large amount of products before they find one that works.

Source: Dermatology Times


16 Skin Care Myths Clients Should Stop Believing

Despite what some social media sites or beauty blogs share, most skin woes don’t have a magical fix. So how can anyone tell good advice from bad? A recent BuzzFeed Life article rounded up some of the most common skin care tips circulating online and asked four dermatol­ogists to weigh in.

The following lists the truths regarding some online remedies for skin care.

1. Expensive does not mean better.

Vaseline or other inexpensive moisturizers work just as well than those products that might be endorsed by celebrities. 

2. Natural does not mean safe.

There are some seemingly harmless natural products that clients should stay clear of. 

3. Lemon juice is not a great treatment for blackheads.

Lemon juice is more irritating than it is helpful, and it can seriously burn skin when exposed to sunlight. 

4. Washing your face multiple times a day may cause dryness.

Washing multiple times daily actually causes dryness and irritation. 

5. Not everyone needs a toner.

Toners can help select clients, but over-drying and irritation is a concern. 

6. Cellulite creams won’t firm skin.

The results are inconsistent, minor and temporary, if experienced. 

7. The SPF in makeup or moisturizer may not be enough.

Clients should look for products that provide broad spectrum coverage with at least 30 SPF. Most tinted moisturizers contain an SPF of 15 or 20. 

8. There’s no rule about when to start anti-aging products.

The facial aging process is influenced by a combination of genetics, environment and behaviors, as well as how well, in general, someone takes care of her body. To take care of your skin and prevent signs of aging, it’s recommended to use a daily facial sunscreen. 

9. Hand sanitizer should not be used to tone down oily skin.

Hand sanitizers contain alcohol or triclosan as an antiseptic, which doesn’t work against acne. 

10. Chocolate does not cause acne.

While there might be a relationship between diet and acne, it is primarily dairy products and low-quality carbohydrates (simple sugars) that are most responsible. 

11. Neosporin is not a magical zit treatment.

Since the driving force behind acne is inflammation, a topical antibiotic, such as Neosporin, is not an effective means to eliminate acne.   But if you've wounded your skin by picking-then use it!

12. Toothpaste can irritate a pimple.

Toothpaste can actually be very irritating to the skin, causing redness and peeling when applied to a pimple. 

13. Calamine can dry a pimple.

It’s sulfur-based and drying! 

14. Be careful on suspicious pimple remedies.

Examples include rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and breaking open liquid gel pain relievers. The best solution is to use a product that’s actually designed for your skin and acne. 

15. Egg whites don't shrink pores.

Egg whites might make your skin feel tighter just by drying and sitting on your skin, but they won’t do much else.  

16. Coconut oil will not make wrinkles disappear.

 While it might be an effective moisturizer, it cannot relieve pre-existing age spots or wrinkles.