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Ingredient Highlight: Meadowfoam Seed Oil

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Meadowfoam seed oil is a light, very absorbent, non-greasy oil that is cold pressed from the seeds of Limnanthes alba. Similar to jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil resembles human sebum and is slightly waxy.  This oil is stable, sustainable and light. Anyone with mature or dry skin will love this eco-friendly sustainable oil. Meadowfoam seed oil is a great carrier oil that is a remarkable moisturizer and offers tons of beauty benefits!

Meadowfoam Seed Oil:

Most Important Benefits of meadowfoam seed oil:

  • Contains anti-aging properties
  • Contains docosadienoic acid which can lower cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Non-greasy
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Highly absorbent
  • Slows TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss)
  • Moisturizing and rejuvenating
  • Offers UV protection
  • Lightweight
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Balances the oil in the skin
  • Long shelf life
  • Great massage oil

How does it work?

Meadowfoam seed oil is a solution for all skin types. It is often used in cosmetic products to extend the shelf life of other oils. The fragrance binding qualities from meadowfoam oil allow it to be an excellent carrier oil for aromatherapy. The rare blend of fatty acids like eicosenoic acid, which is non-comedogenic, give the oil its skin balancing properties making it less oily. Meadowfoam seed oil offers stability to skincare products. It is a wonderful moisturizer that protects the skin and helps keep the skin to stay soft and youthful!


Aesthetic Back Bar items that contain Meadowfoam Seed Oil:

Pumpkin I Enzyme Mask (5% Gly) – This is a great enzyme mask for all skin types. Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes that act like Alpha-Hydroxy acids. The glycolic acid transforms dull, lifeless complexions into more youthful skin, 5% glycolic makes it possible to use the peel for spa, professional and retail use.

Professional Pumpkin Enzyme Mask II (12% Gly) – The 12% Glycolic added to this formula makes this mask a more intense treatment. This mask is a great enzyme for all skin types. The Alpha-Hydroxy acids have been shown to promote smoother younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal.

Revitalizing & Firming Mud MaskThis creamy mud masque is instantly firming and firming and revitalizing to the skin. The combination of DMAE and MSM give this serum synergetic property that makes this a fabulous product for most skin types.

Antioxidant SerumThis Antioxidant Serum smells delicious and is packed with powerful antioxidants to fight the signs of aging. The antioxidants in this serum come from the rich oils carrot, avocado, rosehip, evening primrose and boosted with added Vitamin A, B, C and E. It has a light scent that comes from the carrot oil.

Rejuvenating Serum – The combination of DMAE and MSM give this serum synergetic property that makes this a fabulous product for most skin types.

Rejuvenating CreamDMAE and MSM are combined together to make this a fabulous cream for sensitive and irritated skin.

Top 9 facial products to have in your treatment cabinet!

Top 9 professional skincare facial products to have in your treatment cabinet!professional skincare facial products

It is so easy to get carried away with having a zillion products for every skin type and facial. When starting out or even if you are cleaning out your cabinets, pick items that can be used on multiple skin types. We have put together a quick top 9 must-have professional skincare products every esthetician should have on hand.

  1. Facial Gel Cleanser – This is a Vegan, Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free gentle cleanser. It is great for everyone. From the frail skins to the thick, sun damaged oily types. It can be used in all types of facials to prepping for a peel or microdermabrasion treatment.
  2. Skin Balancing Toner – This is a vegan and paraben-free toner that is also great for all skin types. This is gentle but at the same time helps to balance and continue to clean the skin. It contain Citric Acid, Tea Tree Essential Oil and White Willow Bark.
  3. AHA Toner – I know, two toners? Yes, this paraben-free Alpha Hydroxy Toner is a great treatment to have if you have someone that wants a treatment for anti-aging, sun damaged, mature skin, oily, pigmentation, large pores, or comedones. This can be used as a prep to your exfoliating mask, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, skin scrubber whatever you use to exfoliate. It can be a little tingly and this can give you an idea how sensitive your client is. This Alpha Hydroxy Treatment is great to use before extractions and it helps to remove dead skin. This toner contains all the fruit acids: Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid and Tataric Acid.
  4. Papaya and Pineapple Enzyme Mask – This vegan professional facial enzyme mask is amazing and can be used on everyone. It is gentle enough for the thinnest skin types and polishes even the thickest of skin types. This mask can be the exfoliating part of the facial or can be used after a mechanical type of exfoliation like microdermabrasion, dermaplaning or a skin scrubber. The Papaya and Pineapple facial enzyme mask can be used with steam or a hot towel compress. It will leave skin radiant and glowing. This mask removes all dead skin.
  5. Rose Cooling and Regenerative Mask – This vegan and paraben-free mask contains antioxidants and is healing, cooling and refreshing. This professional skincare mask can be used as a facial and eye mask. This also makes a great calming mask for post exfoliating or more aggressive facial treatments.
  6. Hydrating Mask – This vegan and paraben-free Hydrating Mask is a must-have because it will moisturize and nourish your dry and mature skin types. It is rich and creamy and very soothing. This is a great mask to scent also. With a couple of drops of White Grapefruit or lavender you can change up your facial treatment.
  7. Niacinamide Serum – This professional facial serum is a great go to serum because most skin types can use it. After an exfoliating and rejuvenating treatment it is nice to have a product that helps heal and reduce inflammation in the skin. Niacinamide Serum also contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin. This professional skincare facial serum is vegan and paraben-free.
  8. Antioxidant Hydrating Eye Cream – This is a great treatment to use as an eye mask during treatment as well as when finishing the facial. You can also use a little bit on the lips to hydrate and on the neck. This treatment has key ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Lavender, Roobios Tea, and Pomegranate Extracts to nourish, hydrate and retain moisture. This professional skincare facial eye treatment is vegan and paraben-free.
  9. Light Moisture Cream – This is another great go to product for all skin types, especially sensitive ones. This professional facial moisturizer contain no nuts, is vegan and paraben-free.


Professional Clarifying Mask – Perfect for gently purifying and detoxifying the skin.

Professional Clarifying Mask

Introducing one of our newest masks.  The professional Clarifying Mask is one of our favorites.  It gently draws out impurities and absorbs oil leaving the skin revitalized.  This mask can be used with steam or a hot compress in the facial treatment.  The Clarifying Mask is a great treatment for most skin types.  Because it is not aggressive or irritating you can use it even on dryer hormonal acne prone skin.  This mask has a cream consistency that is also hydrating at the same time.

Skin Types: Normal – Combination – Oily – Acne Proneprofessional charcoal mask

  • Contains Charcoal
  • Detoxifies & clears pores
  • Draws out toxins
  • Gently purifies skin
  • Tightens pores
  • Smoothes & softens skin
  • Non-irritating & non-drying
  • No parabens or synthetic ingredients

This professional Clarifying Mask will gently detoxify, revitalize and purify the skin. This mask uses key ingredients like Activated Charcoal and Organic White Willow Bark Extract to do all the work.  Activated Charcoal is very absorbent and soaks up toxins from the skin. Aesthetic Back Bar’s Clarifying Mask naturally draws out impurities helping prevent future breakouts. Did you know Charcoal can absorb up to 800 times its weight in toxins. Activated Charcoal is the medicinal form of Charcoal.  Activated Charcoal is very porous and that is how it is able to trap bacteria, toxins, dirt and chemicals. It is proven to trap thousands of times its own weight in harmful particles. Organic White Willow Bark Extract is a great anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial that helps to unclog pores and gently exfoliate the skin.  Other ingredients that are nourishing and healing the skin care are  Aloe, Green Tea, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3, and Pomegranate Extract.

SAVE 15% off on any size of the Clarifying Mask.  Use coupon code: PURIFY15

Targeting Holistic Customers Means More Return To You

holistic skin careThe holistic lifestyle is a growing trend and is shifting customers’ decisions in the types of products and services they will select. Nowadays, people have grown increasingly aware of the kinds of products they use and how these products affect their health. Their efforts are focused on reducing toxic load from their environment and their lifestyle. The holistic approach also has an impact on the amount of chemicals they will allow themselves and their loved ones to be exposed to on a daily basis.

This rapidly growing phenomenon is based in habit modification in order to achieve a more balanced life.  It encompasses all spheres: physical, emotional and spiritual.  In other words, a customer who has adopted this holistic lifestyle will believe that everything is connected: from the food they eat, to the products they put on their skin, to the environment they live in, and all these choices have either a positive or negative impact on their health. Here are some facts on the growing interest for a holistic approach, according to the American Holistic Medical Association:

  • 4 out of 10 adults seek a holistic approach to medicine;
  • The global market for herbal medicines grossed $60 bi and is growing steadily;
  • There has been a 50% increase, since 2002, for an alternative holistic medicine

So, what does this mean to the aesthetician who wants to establish, expand or create loyalty within their clientele? It means that these potential customers are going to be the top spenders and most frequent clients in aesthetics and therapeutic services because they have a high regard for their wellbeing (it’s all connected, remember?!). It also means they will tend to be more selective in their skin care treatments and products.

Make sure your practice appeals to this group more effectively because this will be a powerful sales tool in your hands. When you adopt certain holistic measures, it shows you care and you two think alike. Here are some ideas on how to be more attractive to clients who choose a holistic lifestyle:

  • Adopt the use of a fully organic professional back bar, such as Aesthetic Back Bar (offering your clients natural mineral make up as an alternative to chemical-loaded, store-bought make up is not a bad idea either, see Vallie Cosmetics);
  • Make sure your practice really shows that you also embrace a holistic approach to wellbeing, and that it reflects in your services and products;
  • Offer services that are enriching to the body and soul, thus promoting balance (which is a major key feature for your holistic clients);
  • Educate yourself and your clients on the importance of a holistic lifestyle; show them you are the expert and that a holistic approach to beauty starts with daily decisions and comes from the inside-out. Any beauty tricks (from the outside- in) are superficial and short term.

By adopting a holistic approach, you will establish a trusting bond with your holistic clientele, they will identify themselves with you, and they will keep coming back to you for professional advice, skin care services and organic skin care products. More importantly, you will show you truly care about them! And that makes the whole difference.

Professional Enzymes– a versatile treatment to carry in your back bar

Professional enzyme peelsCountless customers today seek a skincare professional because they want a solution to their skin issues with instant results, but many are not ready for harsh chemical treatments. If you constantly encounter clients whose skin is dry, dull or acne prone and you want a natural solution to tackling these challenges, why not incorporate a professional enzyme peel or mask to your skin care protocol?

Enzymes are sometimes used as a less aggressive alternative to chemical peels (such as alpha hydroxy and beta acids), so they can be the best ally in results oriented, no down time treatments.  Enzyme exfoliation relies on the biological action rather than physical abrasion. I like to compare enzymes to pac man.  They just gobble up the dead skin on the face leaving the skin with a healthy glow.  Some fruit and vegetable enzymes also have naturally occurring antioxidants, nourishing benefits that can include vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, C, E and carotenoids) and, in some cases low-level AHAs.

These enzymes are proteins that dissolve and breakdown dead skin cells and help to rebuild the skin at the same time. This dual action of exfoliating dead skin cells (which are the greatest cause of clogged pores, acne and whiteheads), and restoring dry, dull skin make these products very versatile. Having such a multipurpose product in your clinic’s back bar will ensure its constant use and result in an increase in client satisfaction, who will leave your facility with brilliant, healthy skin, and a smile on their face! Add these powerful natural products to your line and see your clients get hooked!

Below you will find a brief description of the most popular types of enzymes used in home care (private label) and professional treatments:

Papain (aka Papaya)
Papaya can be used for breakouts, dry skin, cellulite and premature aging.
The Papain enzyme is derived from the leaves, seeds, skin and fruit of the Papaya. Papaya contains many vitamins and minerals that are said to provide many health benefits.  Papain has become one of the most popular and important enzymes to help achieve beautiful skin. The powerful enzyme found in papaya is called peptin.
Peptin is a digestive enzyme and when applied topically it helps to soften the skin giving it a radiant healthy glow.  Other nourishing benefits of peptin include Vitamin A, C, E and carotenoids.  These antioxidants also reduce inflammation of the skin. Peptin helps to exfoliate dead skin cells that cause clogged pores.  Papain has also been shown to be helpful in evening the skin tone and lightening brown spots due to sun exposure.  Studies done in the West Indian Medical Journal confirm the healing abilities of papaya and its capability to rejuvenate and repair the skin.

Bromelain (aka Pineapple)
Bromelain enzyme is derived from pineapple.  A Venezuelan chemist isolated the enzyme from the fruit in 1891 and was introduced as a therapeutic supplement in 1957. The Bromelain enzyme is taken from the stem and juice of the pineapple.  When used topically, Bromelain speeds healing and dissolves cross-linked collagen cells, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and uneven pigmentation.  Bromelain has also been shown to reduce inflammation.

Pumpkin pulp is rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants. Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants & enzymes that act like alpha-hydroxy acids. Pumpkin contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients, which are used to help reverse the signs of aging. It detoxifies congested skin and banishes rough skin textures for an even, healthy appearance. Pumpkin has the highest percentage of vitamin A and beta carotene of all vegetable enzymes.

As a skin care professional, you must be prepared by having an array of products in your back bar that contain these precious natural enzymes.  That way, you will be able to customize and target specific problems in different skin types and conditions, and leave your clients with a healthy, polished, glowing skin. Aesthetic Back Bar’s professional enzyme peel products available: Papaya Pineapple Enzyme (also available for private label), Pumpkin I Enzyme, and Pumpkin II Enzyme.

Complete Facial Enzyme Kits Available:

Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Facial Kit $75

Pumpkin Facial Enzyme Kit $72

If you would like more detailed information regarding private label, please e-mail us at

Why natural and organic skin care?

Why are using natural or organic ingredients so important?

Our skin is exposed to thousands of chemicals every day from pollution, food and products we put on it.  Most companies today mass produce products and are looking for the lowest cost to create these.  Many times the products quality suffers when more chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients are used. Many babies are being born today with traces of these chemicals already in their system. We should care more about what is put into our bodies as well as on top of our skin.  Our body absorbs all the creams and lotions we put on it.  As the “natural” skincare demand grows many companies are using the word “natural” too easily.

Why organic and natural products?

Picking a product that is natural and/or organic tells you that the it does not have potentially toxic ingredients, no artificial colors or fragrances and has not been tested on animals. The benefits of natural and organic products are endless.  They rarely cause allergic reactions and contain natural nutrients that benefit your health and the health of the skin. Natural and organic ingredients are easily absorbed and assimilated by your skin.  They usually contain beneficial herbs, essential oils and other natural ingredients.

By educating ourselves and our customers we can help protect our planet and our health.

Exfoliating Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

wholesale facial productsExfoliating the skin is a very important part of our skincare regimen.  Many times sensitive skin lack exfoliation needed because not many formulas can do the job just right.  Exfoliating Facial Cleanser is a 82% organic formula free of fragrance and parabens.  This gentle cleanser uses jojoba micro beads to gently exfoliate the skin leaving it bright and youthful.

How safe are your Anti-Aging Creams?

We are always concerned about safety but many times we do not seem to concerned about what is put on the skin.  We are usually very obsessive about reading ingredient labels and buying products that are natural or organic.   What about topical creams and serums we apply that penetrate the skin’s barrier? Those go overlooked most of the time.  A recent study at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that exposure to three common chemical types: phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens may in young girls disrupt the timing of pubertal development and put girls at risk for complications later in life. The study was conducted on 1151 girls from 6 – 8 years of age.

Researchers out of Oklahoma City said, “Daily application of topical ‘youth enhancing’ moisturizers containing estrogen or estrognically active compounds could theoretically be a risk to women with breast cancer, particularly those with estrogen receptor—positive breast cancers who take aromatase inhibitors”.

16 Anti-aging products were selected based on claims of “rejuvenating” or “youth enhancing” to be tested for estradiol, estriol and estrone. None of the products mentioned estrogen or estrogenic molecules in the ingredient listing.  Unopened samples were sent to the research center in Oklahoma City. After testing five samples contained  estriol, one contained estriol and one contained estrone.

Many believe that cosmetic laws are outdated for the type of chemicals and products we have on the market today.  Consumers rely on manufacturers to provide accurate ingredients on their

Theoretically daily application of “anti-aging” moisturizers that contain estrogen or estrognically active compounds could possibly be a risk to women with breast cancer.  Research is still being conducted and there are experts on both sides that debate this topic.

My opinion is to stay informed, do your own research and question manufacturers. Try to select products that have more natural or organic ingredients.

Environmental Health Perspectives
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Inside Cosmeceuticals

Sample sets now available!

We have just come out with sample sets for each category of products we sell.  This will make it easier for you to try the formulas we offer and select the ones your clients will like best.  All the skincare samples come in 1/2 ounce jars.  The sample sets range from $5.00 to $7.00 depending on the skin care formulas. Let us know if you have any questions!!!

Cleanser, Toner & Polish – $5.00  Buy Now

Facial Masks – $5.00 Buy Now

Treatment Serums – $7.00  Buy Now

Eye Treatment – $5.00  Buy Now

Moisturizers – $5.00   Buy Now

Professional Masks – $7.00  Buy Now

Tips to find the right natural skincare product

natural skin care productsHow to find the right natural skincare product?
The beauty market can already be confusing enough and now with trying to find natural products can be over whelming.  Did you know that at the moment there is not a real definition for “Natural” in the personal care industry?  Many products can call themselves “natural” but are they really?

Anyone could claim their product was ‘natural,’ even if it is 100 percent synthetic or petroleum-based.  The term “natural” can be abused easily and that is why there are several organizations working to get standards and guidelines for product labeling.  The Natural Products Association (NPA) is a new organization that is working hard to create a standard for natural products to help consumers see what is natural in the personal care market.  Some say natural can be defined as purposeful, renewable source found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral) and are minimally processed and don’t use synthetic or harsh chemicals because they dilute purity.  The Natural product market is still in its early stages and is going to grow tremendously in the next couple of years.

What is pushing people to try natural products?
The natural beauty product interest is growing stronger every day and research confirms consumers are very confused about what makes up a “natural” product.  More than three of every four (78 percent) American women think natural personal care is currently regulated or don’t know if it is, while nearly all (97 percent) think it should be.  Two of every three American women think a personal care product labeled “natural” should contain at least 95 percent natural ingredients.

Many people are trying natural products because they want to live a simpler and more holistic lifestyle while others are just curious about them.   With the rise of illness, pollution and global warming people are looking for products that are “greener”.  Consumers believe that personal care products based on raw natural ingredients are healthier, safer to use and better for our environment.  Many manufacturing companies of beauty products are making the effort to produce products that have recyclable packaging and run their business in a more efficient way for example by using less water and powering by wind energy.

What to look for in a “natural” product?
Some popular natural ingredients worth looking for are eucalyptus, green tea, lavender, rose hip oil, aloe juice, royal jelly, coconut, ginger root extract, shea butter and olive oil.

Here are a couple of tips you can go by to find the right natural product for you:

  • Read Labels – Products with ingredients like parabens and other non-natural ingredients are not considered natural. Many people like to find the word Organic in the ingredient listing.  Getting the organic seal is harder to find but more reliable then just using the word natural.
  • Do your own research – Not everyone agrees with what natural is so we encourage you decide for yourself.
  • Ask Questions – These are 4 basic questions you can ask.