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 239 – What the Deck: Niacinamide

Rooted in scientific exploration and dermatological research, Niacinamide’s skin benefits are vast. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss how this vitamin plays well with other ingredients and fights against inflammation, hyperpigmentation, acne, and more.

Ep 238 – The Rogue Pharmacist: How Weight Loss Changes the Skin

Ozempic has been making headlines due to its remarkable ability to promote quick weight loss. One of the common side effects associated with this medication is what people refer to as the "Ozempic face." Tune in to this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs to learn what estheticians should be aware of when treating their clients on this medication and how to address the consequences. 

Ep 237 – Wellness Technology

The health and wellness industry are on fire and expected to reach nearly 9 trillion dollars by 2032. But that's not all – the wellness technology market is also experiencing rapid growth. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella dive into some of the latest tech trends designed to make you look good and feel better.

Ep 236 – Whoopsie Doozie with Sherrie Tennessee

When you make the decision to attend esthetician school, it's natural to feel a mix of excitement, anticipation, and optimism. However, esthetics school brings together individuals with diverse personalities, ages, and life experiences, which can sometimes lead to dramatic situations. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella are joined by Sherrie Tennessee, a seasoned spa professional, author, and educator, to share esty school horror stories.

Ep 235 – The Happiest Country on Earth

Finland has been named the happiest country on earth for the sixth straight year. The secret may just be its sauna culture—steamy, sacred, and where everyone is equal. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss Finland’s sauna culture and how to incorporate these elements into your spa business.

Ep 234 – Did You Put Your Vitamins on Today?

Knowing the ABCs of vitamins is crucial for estheticians when it comes to treating their clients. These essential nutrients are vital for maintaining healthy skin, strengthening its protective barrier, and achieving a beautiful, glowing complexion. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella explore some common vitamins that are important for healthy skin and even perhaps what may happen if there is a deficiency.

Ep 233 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Ectoin Skin Care

In the world of skin care ingredients, you may have heard of glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, betaine, and others that fall into a class known as osmolytes. Ectoin, a lesser-known osmolyte, is making waves in the skin care world. In this episode of ASCP’s The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, we discuss this not-so-new ingredient worth looking into.

Ep 232 – Just Dropped: Discover the Hottest Beauty Trends of 2024

It is essential to understand our clients’ needs in order to create sought-after services that deliver results. That's why every year ASCP Esty Talk thoroughly examines emerging skin care trends. In this episode, Maggie and Ella talk about the beauty trends forecast for 2024.

Ep 231 – The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements are explained in the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The book is a guide on how to apply ancient Toltec wisdom in today's world. It emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and mindful living. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss the 4 agreements and how they apply to professional esthetics.

Ep 230 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Exploring the Hype Surrounding Hypochlorous Acid

Hypochlorous acid, a naturally occurring molecule, is a powerful yet gentle ingredient commonly used in disinfectants. It’s also being touted as a skin-friendly ingredient for wound healing and to combat bacteria on the skin. But is it worth the hype? In this episode of ASCP’s The Rogue Pharmacist, Benjamin Knight Fuchs talks about the benefits and uses of hypochlorous acid.

Ep 229 – New Year’s Resolutions for Business Success

The start of a new year is the perfect time to look back and think about the past year. Usually, we tend to focus on ways to improve our health and happiness, but it's also important to take a moment to reflect on our business practices. This reflection can provide valuable insights and help us identify areas for improvement. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about effective strategies to ensure your business achieves success in the upcoming year.

Ep 228 – Body Acne

Estheticians can get caught up in the exciting world of ingredients, devices, and trends to make our clients’ skin (primarily their faces) look amazing. But it’s easy to overlook the body, which sometimes struggles with the same skin care woes as the face, such as body acne. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about the ways estheticians are primed to truly help their clients with this stressful skin condition. 

Ep 227 – Goodbye 2023!

Goodbye, 2023. Hello, 2024! In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella recap the year, discussing skin care trends, topics, and prior podcasts, and share the things they wish to leave behind in 2023 and all the things they’re looking forward to in 2024.

Ep 225 – Skin Dysmorphia

It’s common for individuals to focus on flaws others may not notice—a normal human tendency. However, it’s important to recognize that this behavior can also be a genuine mental health concern and that estheticians may frequently encounter it in their line of work. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), how estheticians can equip themselves with the knowledge and tools to recognize BDD, and how to refer clients to get the help they need.

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