What the Fantastic Duo of dermaviduals and LED Can Do for You and Your Clients

As our largest organ and receptor of light, our skin has the amazing ability to absorb light and transform it into energy. The power of this incredible light can be harnessed to aid healing of the skin through LED (Light Emitting Diodes) therapy. Utilizing this therapy increases the permeability of the cell membrane allowing deeper penetration of the pure nutrients and active ingredients found in dermaviduals® skincare products. As a professional skin care provider, focusing on the potent products in the dermaviduals® line and how they can be enhanced by LED, can only improve your clients’ success stories.

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Susan Schulz
Is the Food I'm Eating Making Me Look Old? Discovering the Dangers of Glycation

When we bite into our delectable treats we don’t think about the effects they have on our skin. A closer look at our modern diet, however, calls for us to reconsider our cravings for all things sweet! A natural process called glycation occurs when the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins and fat. And glycation is not only formed as a result of sugar intake, it’s also from food fried at high heats in oil or on the crispy edges of grilled cuisine. The glycation process forms harmful molecules in our blood called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Overeating and obesity are known for causing serious health issues, but AGEs also have a powerful effect on your skin and metabolic health—regardless of weight.

 

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Susan Schulz
Mother Nature's Skincare

Phospholipids are crucial to living organisms and play an essential role for both health and nutrition due to their great variety of functions. They also prove to be perfect base substances for products that heal and care for the skin. What are the features of phospholipids—mother nature’s skincare? Basically, they have multifunctional properties, are physiological, produced naturally in the body, biodegradable, and free of adverse effects. In spite of their high molecular mass, they are readily absorbed by the skin. Their history dates back to the beginnings of life on our planet.

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Susan Schulz
Are We Making Things Worse? Meeting the Challenge of Treating Perioral Dermatitis

Redness and an increased sensitivity of the skin around the mouth, especially after contact with food and skin care preparations are the most common symptoms of perioral dermatitis. Inflammations may also appear in the form of tiny bumps. A common problem for many people, perioral dermatitis is difficult for skin care providers to treat, and for the person affected, the irritating symptoms are persistent and quite frustrating. What are we to do for our clients to ease their suffering?

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Susan Schulz
A Closer Look at the Different Forms of Vitamin A

Vitamin A stands as the most influential vitamin of the skin because of its essential task in managing the regular function of all skin cells. Its vital importance for our skin lies in the fact that it helps repair and maintain normal activities of the DNA nucleus of the cell as well as the mitochondria.

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Susan Schulz
A Fresh Look at Care For Babies' Skin

In our modern times, babies are born into sterile environments. Even though hygiene is a major achievement, it would be wise to step back and take a fresh look at some of the things we are convinced are necessary for baby care. Think about bathing, for example. Even though it goes against what we have been taught—less is more! Babies do not need daily baths with liquid soaps and shampoos. Why is this true? The epidermis of children up to three years old differs from mature skin in four main ways:

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Susan Schulz
Need to Know Facts on PEGs

PEG, which is the abbreviation of polyethylene glycol, is not a definite chemical entity in itself, but rather a mixture of compounds, of polymers that have been bonded together. Polyethylene is the most common form of plastic, and when combined with glycol, it becomes a thick and sticky liquid. In cosmetics, PEGs function in three ways:

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Susan Schulz
Skin Care During Oncology Treatments

Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way, either through family members, friends, clients, and even ourselves. Cancer patients face new and varied skin conditions as a result. Progressive Esthetics proudly stands on the frontlines to help professionals who treat clients who have cancer. Use of the outstanding dermaviduals® products can help skin care professionals aid the reversal of the harmful affects the disease and treatment has on the skin of their clients, without negative side effects. Progressive Esthetics stands poised and ready to be part of the solution for the challenges oncology estheticians face.

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Susan Schulz
Say "No" to Emulsifiers

You have heard this complaint over and over: “I use my moisturizer daily, but my skin still feels dry!” And you have probably had more than one client use up all of her moisturizer in half the time she should. These are indications of the damaging “washout effect” caused by products that contain emulsifiers. When emulsifiers are used to stabilize skin care products, TEWL and lipid dryness can be exacerbated.

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Susan Schulz
Tranexamic Acid's Role in the Prevention of Hyperpigmentation

In 1979, it was discovered quite by accident that tranexamic acid reduced the intensity of melasma.  Tranexamic acid is an amino acid, and has been used in the treatment of physical trauma and to prevent the breakdown of fibrin, which is a cross-linked protein that closes wounds. But after it was orally administered, it was observed that it reduced the appearance of melasma over the course of 2-3 weeks.

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Abby Chandler
The Eyes Have It

Professor Kligman proved through his revolutionary work in Corneotherapy that the base cream is as important as the active ingredients, and when it comes to the delicate skin around the eye area, it’s even more applicable.  There are many different factors that can affect the eye are: insufficient water intake, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, long hours spent in front of computer, and toxic agents can all wear on the sensitive skin around the eye.

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Abby Chandler
Oncology Skin Care

When the doctor says, “It’s cancer,” everything changes. Familiar actions and routines are put on hold while the anti-cancer treatments begin, and it can seem like everything, even your own skin, has been turned upside down. Anti-cancer treatments can temporarily, and sometimes permanently, damage the skin and our favorite products might not be able to keep up with the changes.

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Abby Chandler
Frankincense and Light: The Anti-Aging Duo of Your Dreams

Thousands of years ago, frankincense resin was harvested by hand from boswellia trees throughout the Middle East, eastern Africa, and India. Today, it is still harvested by hand but now we’re able to fully harness the anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties of Boswellia Serrata Extract by encapsulating it in a nanoparticle. 

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Abby Chandler
Oleogels: The Gel of the Future

Winter is coming, and it’s bringing dry, cracked, and dehydrated skin with it – particularly those with neurodermitic skin conditions or barrier disorders.  Oleogels, also known as lipogels, have a creamy yet gel-like consistency without the addition of water.

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Abby Chandler
Transport Systems: Why They Matter

Sure, we know that extracts and vitamins and other ingredients are great for the skin, but how do they actually get into the epidermis to do their work? They need a transport system to get through the stratum corneum (which is designed to keep things out) and into the epidermis. 

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Abby Chandler
Extended Corneotherapy – What’s Kiwi Have To Do With It?

Healing the lipid barrier is only the first step in the larger dermaviduals® strategy for comprehensive, holistic skin care. An intact, functioning lipid barrier protects against dehydration, irritants, free radicals, radiation, and germs and allergens. But what about skin conditions like acne and rosacea, and future problems? 

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Brett Turner
What is Corneotherapy? It’s All About The Lipid Barrier

The key to healthy, beautiful skin lies in the lipid barrier. In the past, doctors and researchers believed that the Stratum Corneum, our outermost layer of the epidermis, was just a layer of dead cells waiting to be sloughed away. But in the 1960s, Professor A. Kligman and his partners discovered that the Stratum Corneum, and the lipid barrier that keeps it intact like mortar in a brick wall, played a much bigger role in the health of our skin. 

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Brett Turner