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Homecare Kit: The power of the 3 C’s

I know a lot of amazing professionals that are uncomfortable selling home skincare products to their customers because they don’t want it feel pushy.  I totally get it, we are not in the car sales business and most of us don’t like to sell. You need to remember you are the expert and in order for your clients to obtain optimized results, they need a good skin regimen at home to be successful.

Your clients trust your expert guidance and when you explain about the benefits of a good home care they will listen to you. Remember if they don’t buy what they need from you they will get it somewhere else.  I have had clients tell me that they want their skin care professional or technician to tell them what to do and buy.  We have to get out of our heads and give them the guidance they need to get the right home skincare.  If you sell products your clients can buy somewhere else  educate them about counterfeits and expired products sold online that look the same but don’t deliver the same.

To avoid any competition, you can have your own skincare line.  Aesthetic Back Bar helps you develop your skincare line. With very low minimums and an easy process you can private label in as fast as a couple of weeks. Develop a home care protocol that can be easily implemented and repeated.

3 C’s for your home skincare regimen

  1. Condition – Observe the client’s skin. Do they have oily, normal, sensitive or dry skin. Check for sun damage, large pores, hyper and hypo-pigmentation.
  2. Concerns – Have your client look in the mirror and ask questions.  Let them point out their main concerns. Listen and acknowledge and respond.  This is a great opportunity to engage the clients on what benefits the skincare you choose will give them. Educate them on ingredients and how it will help your client.
  3. Commitment/Consistency – Help your clients understand the importance of keeping a daily home routine for best results. I like to tell my clients that using a good home skincare regimen is like going to the gym.  You will only see results if you are consistency and committed.

A great tool you can use is writing or printing out the steps of the ideal skincare regimen for your client.  I like to have it on a half sheet of paper with the spa logo.  On it I have AM and PM at the top.  I put the steps to their customized home skin care routine in order. Keep a copy or write down what was recommended.  Even if they do not purchase all at once they know what you recommend. Be confident and don’t be afraid to share with your client.

This is the perfect season for Peels

peel results
picpeel1picmineralmakeuppeelday2peelday3Do you know what really goes hand and had with fall? Peels!!!!
leaves are changing colors; trees are shedding…time to renewal! Time for a peel!
Fall is a great time to start some peel series on yourself and on your clients. This is the season for
renewal. A peel will diminish fine lines, even out skin tone; removing sun damage, and giving a nice
glow to the skin.
There are 3 different types of peels: superficial, medium and deep.
Here at Aesthetic Back Bar website you will find superficial peels, perfect for peel series and no downtime. To obtain best results, superficial peels need to be done in series. They are great for the
client that doesn’t want to be flaking, red or swollen.
Medium peels are deeper then superficial peels and they provoke a second degree burn on the skin. The
main peeling agent for medium peels is TCA. These peels may require downtime and will flake, skin will
be red and swollen may occurs.
Deep peel penetrates several layers of the skin. It is the most painful peel and only can be done on the
face. In many cases, deep peel can be done only once. Phenol is used as the peeling agent and cannot be
use in dark skins because phenol tends to bleaches the skin. These peels do require downtime, sedatives
and are the most painful peels.
I decided to do a TCA peel, after 2 years of not taking good “deep care” of my skin. Yes, for the past 2
years I have been devoting my life to raise my little girl that now just became a toddler. Some days were
so busy that I barely had time to wash my face….I did skip my lotions, serums, vitamins….the only thing I
made sure I had on was my SPF.
Now is exactly one week after my TCA peel. My face was red, I had some mild swelling and I had lots of
I took pictures so you could see the progress. After the peel, I used only Aesthetic Back Bar Products:
Facial Cleansing Gel, Niacinamide Serum, Rejuvenative Serum and Light Moisture Cream. I also applied
the fair loose mineral powder, which in my opinion is the most amazing mineral makeup on the market
because has few ingredients ,has no filler, talc, being perfect and safe after peels and lasers.
I intercalate the light Moisture cream with the Niacinamide Serum and the Rejuvenative Serum. I have
an oily/problematic skin so I need to be careful with everything that hydrates my skin. Light Moisture
cream is my daily cream because keeps my skin hydrate and doesn’t clog my pores. The Niacinamide is
excellent after a peel because the Vitamin B3 helps with the collagen stimulation while hydrates and
inhibits hyperpigmentation process and the Rejuvenative Serum has DMAE and MSM, that helps the
skin heal and get firm, producing collagen and elastin. My protocol after my peel was:
1 – I washed my face with the Facial Cleansing Gel, which is excellent for all skin types, also great for
professional use. It is paraben free. This product is thin and one thing that I love about this facial
cleanser is that a little goes a long way.
2 – Sat, Mo, Wed and Fri – after the facial cleansing gel, I applied the Niacinamide Serum, SPF and
Applied Fair loose Mineral Makeup.
3- Sun, Tues, Sat – after the facial cleansing gel, I applied the rejuvenative serum, SPF and Fair Loose
Mineral Makeup
4- Nights: I washed my face with Facial cleansing gel and applied light moisture cream.
On a side note, all the products that I did review are my honest opinion and I truly believe in them 
those  pictures show my progress. As I wrote above, I had my TCA peel done 1 week ago.
As you can see my skin is glowing and I still have a bit of flake. The optimal results of a medium peel will
show from 7 to 15 days after the peel.
Now that I started my skin “deep care” I will follow with pumpkin peels. I will be using Professional
Pumpkin enzyme mask II (12% Glycolic) twice a week for the next couple weeks and will be posting more
of my results. See you then!

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.

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.

FDA new requirements for sunscreen labels

new sunscreen labeling requirementsBy next summer you will see many changes to sunscreen labels.  These changes are going to be required by the FDA and will provide us with more information about the sunscreen products we purchase. The FDA is taking some steps to help protect consumers from excessive sun exposure. This is great news for consumers!  This will make it easier to choose the right sun protection.

Sun Protection Tests
Some of the changes you will see on sunscreen labels will tell you if the sunscreen will help prevent skin cancer and sunburn or only help prevent sunburn. For the company to be able to label that it can prevent skin cancer and sunburn it will have to pass two tests.  The first one is a broad-spectrum test. This will tell us if the sunscreen can protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

The second one is a sun protection factor (spf) test to show us how well the sunscreen protects the skin from sunburn. Sunscreens that are not broad spectrum or that are broad spectrum with SPF values 2 to 14 will have a warning label that reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown to only help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”

Also, sunscreens cannot claim they protect immediately on application.  This means the sunscreen cannot say it provides instant protection or protection for more than two hours without reapplication unless they get approval from the FDA.

The FDA will be prohibiting companies from claiming the sunscreen is “waterproof” or “sweat proof”.  “Water resistant” is the new term you will start to see more.  For “water resisitant” to be on the label the product must pass another test to show how long the sunscreen keeps its SPF when the person goes into the water or sweats. The label will tell you if the protection lasts 40 or 80 minutes. If the sunscreen is not water resistant the label will have a warning.

Makeup & Moisturizers with SPF
The FDA will also be testing makeup and moisturizers that contain sunscreen.  These types of products will have to pass the FDA tests also.

The American Academy of Dermatology provided scientific information to the FDA to help develop these new rules.  Dermatologists are hoping these new rules will help reduce the risk for skin cancer. The labeling rules go in effect in June 2012. With rules like this consumers will be able to make better decisions in purchasing the right sun protection.

American Academy of Dermatology –
US Food & Drug Administration –

Is there a safe way to tan?

There is no way to safely tan in UV Light.  All tans damage the skin.  When ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin, production of melanin increases as a response to the injury. Many believe that tanning beds are the safer way to tan the skin. Many companies advertise having “safe” equipment.  The amount of radiation produced from indoor tanning is similar to the sun and sometimes is even stronger. Studies have shown that UV radiation during indoor tanning damaged DNA in the skin cells. Exposure over time of UV light both indoor and outdoor can change the texture of the skin and increase aging.  The damage accumulates over time and risk of skin cancer also increases.

References: American Academy of Dermatology,

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.

Sun Safety Tips

sun skincare tipsSpending time in the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate signs of aging.  Here are some quick tips for keeping your skin safe in the sun.

  • Use sunscreens with broad spectrum of SPF values 15 or higher
  • Limit the sun between hours of 10am and 2pm.  This is when the suns rays are most intense.
  • Wear clothing like long sleeve shirts, pants, sun glasses, and hats to cover skin for added protection.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or more if you are sweating or in the water.
  • Apply enough sunscreen to the skin.  Many people will apply the sunscreen very thin.

Have a fun and safe time in the sun!

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Dermatologists’ Top Tips

Our skin is the largest organ we have and many times is overlooked and not thought of as being so important.  The skin protects natural skin care productsorgans, warms and cools us down, keeps harmful things out and reflects how healthy we are. The following is a list of quick tips dermatologists’ recommend for the care of our skin.

  • Skin care products are not subject to approval by the FDA so their benefits may not be tested adequately and their clams can be exaggerated. Try doing your homework and learning about ingredients and what they can do for you.
  • Wear sunscreen every day and reapply every couple of hours.
  • Use products with antioxidants because they have sun-protection properties.
  • At night try using products that contain retinoids, peptides or growth factors to help repair the skin.
  • If something does not look right or is bleeding see a dermatologist.
  • Skin self-exams should be done regularly. Try picking a holiday or a specific day to do self exams.  This can help remind you to do the exam.

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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