• Experts Reaffirm Warning for Hydroquinone

    The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel recently completed another review of the safety of Hydroquinone as used in skin care and nail products. Once again they renewed their conclusion that, “hydroquinone is safe at concentrations of ≤ 1% for cosmetic formulations designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by rinsing from the skin and hair. Hydroquinone should not be used in other leave-on cosmetic products.” This has been the same story since 1994! What is it going to take to get the FDA to ban Hydroquinone whitening products (usually formulated at 2%) that sell at retail to consumers?

    Read the latest review for more details on the safety of Hydroquinone in cosmetics.

  • South Africa Embraces Oncology Skin Care

    Skin therapist education is essential in performing skin treatments on cancer patients or clients with a history of cancer. It is definitely an area that was not well explored when studying basic skincare in undergraduate school! Fortunately we were recently able to host a two day workshop with Johnnette du Rand, co-founder of Greet the Day and Institute of Integrative Oncology based in USA. Johnnette works in close collaboration with numerous cancer centers and has been trainer and supervisor for their integrative touch oncology programs since 2003. She received the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation for her work in the clinical center setting, and has worked in hospital, hospice and spa settings since 1999.

    The workshop introduced skin therapists to the unique and changing needs of oncology clientele, and helped prepare them with the skills and knowledge to provide safe, therapeutic treatments.

    This invitation-only exclusive workshop was hosted in three different locations across South Africa. Johnnette began her journey in Johannesburg on March 3, thereafter traveling to Durban to host the workshop on March 10 and finished off on March 17 in Cape Town. As there were detailed practical sessions involved in both days, a maximum of sixteen therapists attended each location, to ensure individual attention and perfect movements.

    The skin therapists were greeted by a humble-natured Johnnette and a seemingly large workbook! Her gentle nature and passion made the workshop come alive, as certain myths were clarified and personal stories were shared. The knowledge gained was absolutely incredible and the conversation flowed easily throughout the days. The practical sessions ensured that our students left the two days confident to work on either cancer clientele or survivors. We discussed treatment objectives, safety considerations, product selection and massage practices for oncology skin treatments, including adjustments required to safely address lymphedema, a common side effect of cancer treatment.

    Knowing that we, as skin therapists, are able to provide relief and comfort to a cancer patient through the ability to touch is eye opening. It reminded me why skin therapy is truly the best profession to be in!

  • IDI Supports California Legislation for Master Esthetics Licensure

    Heather HickmanWhat Is the AB 1153 Master Esthetics Bill?

    This bill would create an advanced education and licensure pathway for a master esthetician in California, while defining the scope of practice for both an esthetician and master esthetician. As it stands today, AB 1153 is being evaluated after passing it’s first step in the legislative process.

    Why Are We In Support of the Master Esthetics Bill?

    For over 30 years, IDI has pushed skin therapist education to its limits, literally redefining professional excellence and offering skin therapists a unique opportunity to reach their personal best by offering the most challenging and rewarding postgraduate skin and body therapy curriculum available anywhere today, with 38 postgraduate training centers worldwide, 18 of which are located in the USA.

    Our growth and development in the area of Post Graduate Education was based solely on the need in the skin care industry for higher education beyond the scope of licensure.  As the skin care industry has evolved through technology and consumer demand, the education provided through basic licensing has not been able to keep up and continuing education is not required in California.

    As an organization that provides education and product research and development, we are constantly aware of the need for training and educating skin therapists for their success and the safety of the consumer.

    As the worldwide leaders in Post Graduate Education, we want to ensure the many hours of advanced training taken by our IDI students are recognized and credited toward the master esthetics licensure, and that key IDI classes are counted as hours towards the Master Esthetic License.

    What Should You Do?

    As members of the professional skin care community you should stay informed and ensure that your voice is heard during the bill process. You can join the California Coalition for Advanced Skincare and Education and find out more details.