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  • Jump Into Spring Clean Skin

    March came in like a lion and is going out like a lamb. Slowly sweaters are moving toward the back of our closets, which means more skin will be getting exposed. Aside from shedding away cold weather gear, now is the time to get your clients ready for Spring by deep cleansing their skin.

    Let’s take a look at the top 3 electrical devices that can be used to deep cleanse the skin.

    Electrical Brushes: Various rotating brushes can be used with cleansers or exfoliants to provide that “power cleanse” during a treatment. If clients have a similar device at home, suggest products they can use with the device. Combining a creamy cleanser and an exfoliating scrub once a week could be that extra boost your clients are looking for.

    Ultrasonic: Using vibrational sound waves can get stubborn particles and build up to move, revealing cleaner healthier skin. Really want to customize their treatment? Alternatively penetrate specific ingredients like peptides for aging, brightening ingredients for pigmentation or soothing extracts for irritated skin to make the treatment target specific.

    Direct High Frequency: After extractions use Direct High Frequency to intensify drying and healing of inflamed acne lesions. The germicidal effect not only eliminates excess oil but also provides that deep cleanse within the follicles. Pesky breakouts that will not go away? Combine Direct High Frequency with a leave-on spot treatment containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid or Colloidal Silver, alongside Vitamin C and watch that spot disappear without a trace!

    Of course as the seasons change, your clients’ skin care needs will change. Make sure that you thoroughly analyze the skin and recommend any changes they should incorporate into their routine. Of course with the weather warming up its evermore important that clients are remembering to apply their sunscreen. It might not be summer yet but warmer temperatures mean more time outside.

  • A Tale of Two Cities: From Dubai to Moscow

    I had quite the journey flying over 8,000 miles from Los Angeles to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Russia for the opportunity to represent IDI. When I first saw my itinerary I saw two very different worlds, apart from my own, but then I remembered the common interest I share with my hosts – the passion for skin therapy.

    My first stop was in Dubai, UAE, a city known for its luxury and amazing modern architecture. I had to find out why it’s been dubbed as the “City of Gold” and I discovered why walking around the gold souk or outdoor marketplace – I had never seen so much gold in such a small area! I even had the opportunity to go on a desert safari and ride a camel for the first time during my visit.

    But the true purpose for my visit was to present to 140 skin therapists and business owners who want to take their clients’ skin to a new level of skin health. I lectured on the latest cosmetic treatments that could be incorporated with their current product line, Dermalogica, and introduced a new chemical peel system to their market. It was great to see their eagerness build as they planned for new treatments to expand their menu and offer to clients. It was also a treat to meet students from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other parts of UAE to join in the day’s festivities.

    Then I hopped on a plane to my next destination – Russia. I landed in Moscow, bundled up and ready for the chilly, snowy weather; compared to the desert, camels and sunny beaches I just left behind!

    The two day event in Moscow began with discussing the wide-ranging topic of pigmentation, followed by a chemical peel demonstration to address signs of hyperpigmentation commonly seen on clients. Ranging between skin therapists, business owners and physicians, our guests mingled with each other as if they never wanted the evening to end.  As the event drew to a close there was a particular buzz of excitement, that feeling of connection as a tribe.

    We had a smaller more, intimate group of 11 educators from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on the second day in Moscow. Through a translator, I was able to educate them on the particulars of chemical peels and guided them all through a hands on practical. Their glowing skin and radiant smiles were enough to tell me they were enjoying the day.

    Thankfully I had a free day for some sightseeing. Braving the cold, I set out on foot to see famous buildings I had only seen in pictures until now. I enjoyed sights such as the eclectic art market of Arabat Street and the Alexander Garden right outside the Kremlin. Walking to the end of the Red Square, I was able to enjoy the colorful architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral. As my tour came to an end, I had an unforgettable evening watching the Russian Ballet perform.

    Although my travels took me to two extremes, my purpose was the same: to give our students the tools to grow their business and reach others through the healing power of touch.

     

     

     

     

  • Honduras Skin Therapists Seize the Moment to Learn from IDI

    Despite traveling to a foreign country where we may not speak the same language or nothing is familiar; there is one thing that I feel is the same regardless of where you go…That is skin care. This was evident in my recent travels to Honduras. I had the honor of traveling down to teach key accounts and new accounts concepts for success. I also had the opportunity to provide some fundamental product training. This was an opportunity to elevate the students from being a regular skin therapist to move toward being an expert in their craft.

    In my travels to Honduras I was able to visit two cities. My journey first began in San Pedro Sula, where the training sessions were much more intimate with about 10 students; by the end of the event we had 17 newly inspired therapists and salon owners. My next stop was Tegucigalpa, where 38 individuals, made up of skin therapists and owners, gathered to enjoy learning new concepts about skin analysis. They were advised to look and feel in 14 different areas of the face to notice changes in the skin, and witnessed some 20 minute, results-oriented express treatments as well as receiving tips on retailing. There was an overall sense that this new information they learned would lead them to success by bringing in new business and boosting sales.

    Regardless of our level skin knowledge, we are in a customer centric industry. Seize the moment to learn new opportunities and perhaps learn a new tip or trick.

  • IDI & Dermalogica Host 2014 Nuts and Bolts Competition Winners

    IDI and Dermalogica welcomed the winners of the Nuts and Bolts Business Training Program to our corporate offices on January 27th and attendees of the International Business Student of the Year Award (IBSY) held annually at the International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach, CA. These special guests were given a tour of our education facilities and enjoyed a motivational presentation prepared just for them from Annet King, Director of Global Education. They also witnessed a live demonstration on advanced exfoliation by Whitney Johnson, Global Education Developer.

    Every Nuts and Bolts-affiliated school nominates a top performer to be in the running as an IBSY finalist. The judging criteria are based on: retail sales, up servicing, average ticket sales and customer service. Students also had to impress with a 3 to 5 minute video showcasing how they are applying their Nuts and Bolts training to their career goals, which is a very important part of their education.

    We congratulate this year’s winners of the student competition from Evergreen College in Washington, attendees from Salon Success and Total Transformation Institute of Cosmetology from Texas.

  • The Details on TCA

    The Science
    By Dr. Claudia Aguirre

    While our skin naturally sheds (desquamates) its outer layer on a regular basis, this process slows with age. Chemical peels are a powerful tool to resurface and rejuvenate skin with instant results. Other skin issues like photodamage and acne can also greatly benefit from chemical peels.

    You might be surprised to know that many of today’s chemical peeling agents originated from household kitchen items. Take the hydroxy acids: Tartaric Acid comes from grapes, Malic Acid from apples, Glycolic Acid from sugar cane and Lactic Acid from sour milk, to name a few. Similarly, the more potent peeling agent TCA (trichloroacetic acid), is a modified synthetic chemical based on common vinegar, or acetic acid. However it’s a powerful solution that effectively desquamates the outer layers of the skin without posing serious risk for toxicity.

    TCA is considered a keratocoagulant, meaning it coagulates the skin’s proteins together. This process is a lot like cooking egg whites – the raw egg white is slightly clear and goopy and cooking it turns it white and hardens it. On the skin, once keratin proteins are coagulated, they too turn a whitish color. This whitening is called “frosting” on the skin. Once frosting occurs, the TCA chemical self-neutralizes and is no longer active. Since the frosting is visible, it serves as a good marker for the professional skin therapist to know when to end treatment with the acid. In the treatment room, you’ll find that it’s a fantastic peeling agent that can tackle concerns of pigmentation, aging and even acne.

    TCA and the Skin Therapist
    By Whitney Johnson

    TCA is a great acid that any skin therapist can incorporate into her or his treatment arsenal to focus on pigmentation and aging. If combined with other chemical agents (like Salicylic Acid), it can also show marked changes on acneic breakouts and the common side effects that acne leaves behind, such as post-inflammatory pigmentation.

    While similar to Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), TCA is a much stronger acid that causes a denaturing of skin proteins. As Dr. Claudia specified, the effect will produce a white “frost” on the skin or cause the tissue to turn white. This characteristic of TCA is a great tool for skin therapists as it helps us to monitor the progress of the peel. If frosting has occurred during the treatment, it is a signal that the peeling step of the treatment is done; progressing further will only inflict serious damage to the skin as frosting is a sign of cell death. Achieving a frost on the skin will give great results, however frosting may not always occur and should not be forced. Remember: peeling is about controlled inflammation – triggering excess inflammation would encourage premature skin aging, and that defeats the whole purpose of a peel!

    Another unique characteristic of TCA is that it has the ability to self-neutralize. Therefore, TCA does not depend on timing to trigger a frost or change, unlike AHAs. This feature makes the ingredient an especially unfailing chemical agent for skin therapists to use.

    Sometimes a manufacturer may offer TCA as a stand-alone formulation. While it is effective when used alone, research has shown that when combined with other ingredients like Lactic Acid or Salicylic Acid, it will enhance the effects of these ingredients and provide a more effective skin resurfacing result. Look for concentrations under 20% as it is an excellent acid for use in superficial chemical peels. Note that higher concentrations lead to medium depth peeling, which should only be done by a medical professional.

    *Be sure to double check your manufacturer’s directions when using a formulation with TCA, as some may require a neutralizer of some sort.

  • Eye Treatments and Electrical Modalities

    In 2012, 14.6 million cosmetic procedures, both invasive and non-invasive, were performed to date according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Of those procedures, eyelid surgery ranked #4 for surgical procedures, and Botulinium toxin type A was #1 for minimally-invasive procedures. It is no mystery that people are concerned with the way their eyes look or how we age around the eye area!

    So what can a professional skin therapist offer to a client who is concerned about the eye area, but is not a candidate for eye surgery or is hesitant to get injections? The answer is easy – electrical modalities.

    Electrical modalities, best offered in a series, may be combined with key ingredients for results-oriented treatments. They’re great because they can be used over the whole face, or they can target the eye area and treat signs of aging while being minimally invasive. Try these electrical modalities in your eye treatments:

    • Ultrasound: A versatile modality that can be used for cleansing, exfoliation or penetration of complexes, masques and moisturizers. Sound waves produce a warming of the tissue and micro vibrations on the surface of the skin, causing tiny gas bubbles known as “cavitation.” These gaps between epidermal cells, combined with tissue warming, allow for ingredients to penetrate. This is excellent to use around the eye area with a vitamin cream-based masque or a cooling gel masque to help minimize fine lines and signs of dehydration.

    • Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis with galvanic current and specific iontophoresis with microcurrent allow water-soluble products to permeate into the skin via electrical current. Both methods produce a calming and vasoconstrictive effect on the skin, while driving active ingredients deeper into the skin. Use the ball head with galvanic current to better target the eye area, and combine it with complexes, serums, or a cooling gel masque to whisk away tired eyes.

    • Microcurrent: Microcurrent isn’t only for specific Iontophoresis to penetrate water-based products, it can also be used for muscle re-education and is a great way to help re-program the muscle fiber. A series of treatments can be used in place of Botox injections, or muscle re-education can be used to prolong and enhance the effects of injections. Stimulating ATP (adenosine triphosphate) will also stimulate photosynthesis, muscle contractions/re-education, and protein synthesis, all helping to minimize lines.

    Electrical modalities are just another way of targeting concerns around the eye area. Combine this with professional treatment products and a great home care prescription and watch the signs of aging disappear!

  • Gym Membership, Skin Membership

    Congratulations – you’ve almost made it through the first month of the new year! While many have enrolled in new gym classes and started the latest juice trends, some are left feeling more razed than fresh at this new and exciting time of year. New Year’s resolutions are all about shifting into your best self, but many fail to realize that most resolutions won’t be kept up past mid-January!

    While some of the top resolutions are about losing weight or getting organized, some are about achieving better skin. But staying committed to your fitness or health goals will also benefit your skin, so you can actually combine resolutions!

    Read on to find out what exercise can do for your skin and your body:

    1. Improve Your Mood and Your Skin: It’s a fact – regular exercise can boost certain fatigue-fighting brain chemicals such as norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals can help pep up your mood, and they can also boost your attitude about your skin! You may find that once you start exercising, you’re no longer too tired to remove your makeup before you go to bed, or you’re not so concise about the pimple or wrinkles that decided to show up when you weren’t looking. Overall, healthy skin is a great confidence builder!

    2. Get Natural Pain Relief: Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever, which can make you less vulnerable to tiny tears in muscles and tendons. This pain reliever might come in handy during extractions if you experience breakouts. Also, when you’re working hard and breaking a good sweat, that very sweat helps the body to naturally detox, resulting in clearer, glowing skin.

    3. Flaunt Your Inner Diva: Working out is the way to a better body image. Regardless of how much you work out, or what you do, it will make you feel positive about wearing that bikini. The same can be said for your skin – having a great home care regimen with professional skin treatments could be a reason to finally try that red lipstick you’ve been eyeing!

    4. Shrink Unwanted Fat: Stress can cause weight gain and lead to inflammation, which can contribute to the signs of aging, breakouts and other skin issues. More studies are linking stress to adverse effects on the skin, so try yoga or a skin care night at home with a hydrating masque to de-stress.

    5. Sleep Away the Signs of Aging: A study found in Sleep Journal observed that aerobic activity is an effective approach to improving sleep quality, mood and quality of life in older adults with chronic insomnia [1]. This quality of sleep can also affect your skin. Scientists believe that skin repairs itself at night, as cell renewal is enhanced in the evening [2]. Some products can even go as far as working with our bodies’ biological activity circadian (24-hour) rhythms to also nourish and condition the skin at the same time as you sleep!

    So while maintaining fitness goals is ideal for bodily health, it is equally important to recommend a skin care regimen that achieves results. E.J. Masicampo, an assistant psychology professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. who studies goal planning, states, “Goals can be extremely effective, depending on how people set and approach them…They can inspire you and help you keep the bigger picture in mind.”

    What’s the big picture here? Skin and the internal body go hand in hand!

    References:
    1. Sleep Medicine Vol. 11, Issue 9, Pages 934-940
    2. Prevention July 2006; Beauty Sleep by Janet Kinosian

  • The ABCDEFGs of Mole Detection

    Skin cancer is on the rise. In fact, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 2 million people. That’s roughly 1 in 5 people that will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. But skin cancer is just the beginning; it could lead or develop into other types of cancer. Checking for skin cancer or suspicious markings should be as easy as your ABC’s, which is the exact guide skin care experts have developed for looking for visible changes on the skin.

    With the advancement of technology there is a variety of tools available, such as the UMSkinCheck app available via iTunes. This app sends automatic reminders and offers step-by-step instructions for a skin self-exam. It also provides pictures of various types of skin cancers for comparison with any questionable markings on the skin you may encounter. But for those who aren’t as technologically savvy, the classic method of checking will still help.

    Follow the ABCDE’s of mole detection to check for potential risks and red flags:

    – Asymmetrical: an irregularly shaped mole.
    – Borders: the borders/edges of the mole are uneven.
    – Color: the mole is multi-colored.
    – Diameter: the mole is larger in diameter than 6mm (about the width of the top of a pencil).
    – Evolving: the mole has changed over time.
    – Firm: the mole is harder than surrounding tissue and doesn’t flatten if you press it.
    – Growing: the mole is getting gradually larger.

    For some there are just a few weeks left of summer; however, the prevention of skin cancer should be year round because ultraviolet (UV) rays are always present. Follow these tips for prevention and protection from UV rays:

    – Apply a teaspoon to the face and a shotglass amount to the body of a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF daily (yes, everyday). Apply 30 minutes before going outside.
    – Ensure protection by wearing minimum SPF15, however SPF30 is preferable.
    – Reapply every two hours.
    – Seek shade, do not burn.
    – Exfoliate! It not only smooths and freshens skin, it helps to remove possible precancerous cells before they become dangerous.
    – Face-kinis are all the rage in Qingdao, China. This light cloth looks much like a ski mask but allows one to enjoy the water and sand without the effects of the sun, much like wearing a long-sleeved shirt.
    – Increase intake of antioxidants, fruits and vegetables. A variety of foods have been found to help minimize the attack of free-radical damage and even help protect us from the inside out. Drink moderate amounts of green tea or coffee, and consuming berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, cherries), colored peppers, red ripe tomatoes, turmeric root, and cocoa have all been found to be some of nature’s antioxidants.

    There are advances in genetic testing that can be done for those with a family history to identify potential threats and incorporate a possible vaccination. One such case is the catalytic DNA molecule (DNAzyme) that looks promising in vivo efficacy in the treatment of some types of cancer. PD1, while still in the early stages of clinical trials, is making waves as a potential for anticancer immunotherapy. Increased levels of the protein Panx1 is being further studied as a potential in treating melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer). And two studies suggest that two peptide agents used either together or individually with a low-dose of a standard chemotherapy drug might offer more effective cancer therapy than current standard single-drug treatments.

    You can still enjoy your time in the sun, just remember your sun smarts and use your ABCDEFG’s when examining your skin!

    References:

    1. Rogers, HW, Weinstock, MA, Harris, AR, et al. Incidence estimate of nonmelanoma skin cancer in the United States, 2006. Arch Dermatol 2010; 146(3):283-287

    2. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 11, 602 (August 2012) | doi:10.1038/nrd3807

    3. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 11, 601 (August 2012) | doi:10.1038/nrd3806

    4. http://www.breakthroughdigest.com/medical-news/combination-peptide-therapies-might-offer-more-effective-less-toxic-cancer-treatment/