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ASCP Esty Talk Podcast

The ASCP Esty Talk podcast will delight you with insights and sound bites from entrepreneurs, influencers and experts inside and outside the professional skin care industry.  Listen as they share insider tips and resources on all the topics you can’t get enough of—like ingredients, the science of skin, and business to help you become the best version of you.  

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 144 – What the Deck? Trick or Treat Ingredients

Sure, we read ingredient decks all day long. But do we always know what we are looking for, or looking at? The “What the Deck” Series will review I.L.s to decipher what the heck these ingredients are, what they do and how they work in formulations. In this first episode of the series, we examine ingredients that hide in the I.L. and decide if they trick or treat the skin.

Ep 143 - Korean Beauty Explained

Snail mucin, glass skin, sheet masks, microneedling patches—these are just some of the K-Beauty trends to influence the esthetics industry. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about the history of K-Beauty and discuss what makes K-Beauty so popular.

Ep 142 - Quenching Skin Thirst – Hyaluronic Acid and Humectants

The most well-known humectant is hyaluronic acid with its water-binding abilities. But did you know it can also boost collagen? And while hyaluronic acid and other humectants are considered the holy grail of hydration, they have the ability to dry out the skin when not used properly. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, he discusses how humectants benefit the skin and how to use them properly.

Ep 141 – Sweater Weather: Preparing for Seasons

It’s sweater weather! As the air turns crisp and the days get shorter, we enter a new season: Pumpkin Spice-Everything Season!!! It’s also Peel Season, and the dawn of Holiday Season, and Change Your Skin Care-Routine season. In this episode, we discuss how to prepare your skin and your business for seasonal success.

Ep 140 – Say What? Setting the Record Straight

Let’s face it, in our profession there are many words that are a challenge to pronounce. Yet, some try anyway. In this episode of Esty Talk, we discuss commonly mis-pronounced words, along with overused phrases and widely accepted misconceptions. From salicylic acid to “but I want to peel, peel” and many things in-between.

Ep 139 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Fermented Skin Care

You may have heard of fermented foods like miso, kombucha, or kefir that have beneficial properties for the gut. But now, fermented ingredients are also making their way into skin care products and promise to work wonders for your skin. In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph, we discuss what fermented skin care is and whether it really does benefit the skin.

Ep 138 – Social Media, Self-Esteem, and Professional Esthetics

Do we even remember what real people naturally look like? For many of us, our daily routines include constant notifications and “come-hithers” from various social media platforms, where nearly everyone’s pictures are airbrushed or filtered. A quick Google search of “social media and self-esteem” reveals numerous studies, articles, and opinions on the connection. But how does this affect our industry? Where does this show up in professional esthetics? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss these issues and how they relate to our industry.

Ep 136 – The Rogue Pharmacist: All About Hydroquinone

As controversial as it is effective, the bleaching agent hydroquinone is the most commonly used tyrosinase inhibitor. Often used in the treatment room to prep for advanced exfoliating treatments, it’s also recommended for post-inflammatory pigment and melasma. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, we sit down with Benjamin Knight Fuchs to discuss the effects of hydroquinone on melanin production and the dos and don’ts.

Ep 135 – Skin Slugging and Skincare Fasting, Oh My!

First, we had glass skin, then we had glazed donut skin, and then we had skin slugging. We thought these were passing social media trends, until we heard “slug” as an actionable term in a professional setting. Now, we’re seeing the growing popularity of the skin-fasting trend, a polar-opposite approach. Tune in as Ella and Maggie discuss the differences, the similarities, and the professional potential of these social media-born practices.

Ep 134 - Demand for Ingestible Skincare Is on the Rise

Here on Esty Talk, we’ve endlessly discussed healthy skin and wellness starting with eating whole foods, practicing mindfulness, and having a good gut microbiome. But one topic not discussed is ingestible skin care. That is, supplementation formulated to increase the health and well-being of the skin. On this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we discuss what constitutes ingestible skin care and whether it provides more benefit than topical products.

Ep 132 – Welcome to Our Tech Talk: The Long-Term Plan for Virtual Esthetic Appointments

There is no questioning that the landscape of our industry has changed largely because of the influence of technology. With the limitations of in-person interactions, 2020 initiated a shift (or a shove) toward virtual socialization. We embraced Zoom meetings, oversaw virtual schooling, had virtual doctor visits. Now, many of those practices have become the norm. So, are virtual visits with an esthetician the latest industry advancement, or just a passing trend?

Ep 131 - Mela-No-Ma’am!

Sun is the leading contributor for advanced aging and poses the greatest risk for skin cancer. That is what we have been taught, that is what we preach: “Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! It saves lives!”. However, a recent article published in June 2022 challenges the rise of melanoma diagnosis and its relationship to the sun. Listen in as Ella and Maggie discuss the article’s position on the Vitamin D deficiency epidemic, diagnostic drifts, and the opinion that sun exposure may be the key to fighting some cancers.

Ep 130 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Alcohol and Skin Aging Effects

Dehydration, distended capillaries, inflammation, acne breakouts, chronic dry skin. These are just some of the effects alcohol can have on the skin, not to mention loss of vital vitamins and nutrients.  In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss the effects of alcohol and how to manage them both topically and internally.   

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