ASCP Podcasts

ASCP Esty Talk Podcast

Produced by Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP), ASCP Esty Talk and The Rogue Pharmacist is specifically created for estheticians. Where no topic is off limits, we share all kinds of great information on this podcast from ingredients and the science of the skin, to business, and beauty diversity.  We hope you come away having learned more about your career, the industry, and maybe even life in general!

Think of our show as a conversation between friends—not too structured, not too formal—sometimes very serious, but always genuine and authentic.

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Ep 211 – Adapting to the Changing Seasons

Do you change your clients’ skin care routine, your menu, or your services according to the seasons? Estheticians are often trained to analyze the skin in the moment, what’s changed from the previous visit, and whether the client is experiencing any skin issues they’d like to address—never the weather. But adapting your menu offerings and changing your clients’ routine to accommodate for seasonal shifts presents a lot of opportunities not just for the client, but also the esthetician. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss why it’s good to understand how seasonal changes can impact the skin, how to transition a skin care routine, and why you would in the first place.

Ep 210 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Is It Really Acne?

Acne, the most common skin condition, impacts millions of Americans annually, and because of that impact, thousands of estheticians choose to specialize in it. However, many skin conditions that look like acne could require a different treatment. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, Ben Fuchs talks about reasons for acne and conditions that may look like acne but aren’t.  

Ep 209 - The Longest Running Study on Aging

When you think about the word aging, many thoughts and theories may come to mind, including how the esthetics industry is built upon fighting it. The Harvard study of adult development, often referred to as the Grant Study, is one of the longest-running studies on adult development and aging and provides some very insightful correlations. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss the Grant Study and share their thoughts on lifestyle and relationships connected to aging.

Ep 208 - How AI Can Support Your Esthetics Practice

Using AI for an esthetics business can provide various benefits, from enhancing customer experience to streamlining operations and improving marketing efforts. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss ways AI can be incorporated into an esthetics business.

Ep 207 – The Rogue Pharmacist: The Truth Behind Comedogenicity Ratings

The term comedogenic is recognized by both estheticians and consumers and references a product’s ability to clog the pores. But how accurate is this concept? In this episode of ASCP’s The Rogue Pharmacist, Ben Fuchs breaks down the meaning of comedogenic and explains why the comedogenic scale is both misunderstood and outdated.

Ep 206 – A Deep Dive into Microneedling

Microneedling, or collagen-induction therapy, is a rejuvenating skin treatment that is being used to target everything from fine lines to hair loss. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella take a deep dive into the world of microneedling, discussing everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this multipurpose treatment.

Ep 205 - Recession-Proofing Your Esthetics Practice

A recession could be on the horizon, but there is no reason to panic. Though it could seem like a scary time to be a business owner (or an employee), there’s an opportunity for a prepared professional to not just survive, but thrive! Hosts Maggie and Ella have both been through a few recessions and share their experiences in this episode of ASCP Esty Talk. Tune in to hear their take on what helped them through.

Ep 203 - It’s All in the Eyes

The skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face and body, and as a result, it’s one of the first places to show the signs of aging. So, it’s no wonder that eye cream is one of the easiest products to retail—upselling an eye treatment should be a no-brainer. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about ingredients and treatments you can use to perk up your clients’ eyes.

Ep 202 - What the Deck: Minerals

From fighting off the damages of sun exposure and oxidation to regulating oil production and pH levels, minerals play a vital role in the health of the skin. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie discuss some of the key role’s minerals fulfill and what to look out for if there is a deficiency. 

Ep 201 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Perk Up Your Skin with Caffeine

There’s more to caffeine than a cup of coffee, and it’s possible that this trending ingredient may also perk up your skin. Considered an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, caffeine may decrease puffiness, improve circulation, and help your skin look better in the moment.

Ep 200 - Tattoos and Skin Immunity

Recent research has revealed that pigment in tattoos may be outsmarting our immune cells and contributing to their permanency. Researchers also theorize that the lasting impact of tattoos may actually be boosting the immune system. Tune in to this episode of ASCP Esty Talk to listen to Maggie and Ella discuss the science behind wound healing, skin immunity, and the impact of tattoos on the body.

Ep 199 - Research Reveals the Effects of Toxic Beauty Standards

Dove’s global Self-Esteem Project has been on a mission to reach millions of youths to shatter beauty stereotypes, build body confidence, and inspire people to feel empowered and included. The key findings from their latest research reveals the effects of toxic beauty standards and the role social media plays. Tune in to this episode of ASCP Esty Talk to hear Maggie and Ella discuss the data and whether the skin care industry can help people achieve better skin without promoting unattainable beauty standards.

Ep 198 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Psychodermatology

Pyschodermatology is the interaction between the skin and the mind with a focus on improving our clients’ state of mind as well as the health of their skin. By healing our clients’ skin conditions, we are improving their emotional state and quality of life, and vice versa. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss how mood can affect the skin, the skin conditions that can result from stress and anxiety, and how we can improve the mind-skin connection.

Ep 197 - Ozempic Face: Managing the Esthetic Consequences of Rapid Weight Loss

Originally prescribed for treating type II diabetes, Ozempic and other GLP-1 agonists, have quickly become widely used for effective (and rapid) weight loss, but what does that have to do with aesthetics? With fat loss comes changes in the appearance of the body’s protective layer – the skin, which can lead to a perception of advanced aging. In this episode, Maggie and Ella discuss ways professionals can address skin laxity, skin nourishment and skin health with aesthetic modalities and of course, how to recommend effective retail products to counteract the phenomenon of “Ozempic Face”.

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