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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 127 – Gender Bending in a Traditional Industry

Once thought of as feminine, the practice of caring for one’s skin is now seen as self-care. With skincare companies and practitioners moving to gender neutral products, packaging, marketing, and services, we can expect a shift in verbiage and service menu offerings. In this episode, we discuss history, statistics, influencers, and all things related to gender bending in professional esthetics.

EP 126 - The Rogue Pharmacist - Live from the ASCP School Forum: Designing the Best You - Healthy Mind, Body, and Skin

The beauty industry encompasses businesses and services geared toward helping people look their best, but the industry is profoundly changing. People are looking past the surface to learn about systemic change and how to truly care for the skin from within. Recorded live from the ASCP Skin Care School Forum, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, discusses the future of skin health and designing the best you. This episode takes a closer look at the link between good nutrition and healthy, glowing skin. Can we turn back the hands of time just by adjusting our diet?

Ep 125 - MythBusters: Skin Care Advice and the Internet

In a time where much of our advice comes from the internet, how does one navigate something as unique and personal as skin care advice? Many turn to online advisors or influencers without clarifying their qualifications. In this episode, we offer our own advice, busting 3 myths that you may not have considered in your search.

Ep 124 - Celebrating Men in Professional Esthetics

The esthetic industry has long held a tradition of female practitioners providing services to female patrons. In recent years, we have seen an increase in male clientele and a market shift targeted at men’s skin care. Now, we also notice an increase in professional male estheticians. In this episode we examine this change and celebrate both female and male professionals.

Ep 123 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Acne: Myths, Medicine, and Methods

It’s easy to fall for misinformation these days and while estheticians are well versed in acne, it’s your clients who may be falling for commons myths and home treatment methods. In this episode of the Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss acne myths, medicine, and methods for treatment, and the real reason your clients have acne. 

Ep 122 - The Insider’s Guide to Tradeshows

Tradeshow season is back in full swing and whether you’ve been before or it’s your first time, trade shows are always good for business and worth the effort. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella speaks with Tracy Donley, Executive Director, about planning, finding events and classes suited to your needs, and the art of networking.

Ep 121 - Not So Pretty Ingredients

Consumer awareness of the beauty industry continues to shine lights on even the darkest shadows of our industry. Many documentary style exposes have been pivotal in initiating change. HBOs 4 part documentary “Not So Pretty” is an important piece for professionals to understand. Is our industry really this scary? In this episode we work through the emotional response and then discuss the facts.

Ep 120 - The Rogue Pharmacist: Peptides - Fad or Function?


Not to be confused with proteins, peptides are amino acids that serve to slow the aging process and are a major buzzword in esthetics. In this episode of the Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss what peptides really are and if they’re worth the hype.  

Ep 119 – Makeup and Food Unite

Food is the hottest thing to hit beauty this season, and if your makeup palette smells and looks like your favorite breakfast cereal or a sweet doughnut, you’re on trend. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss the cosmetic companies who have teamed up with seemingly unrelated brands and why these partnerships work.

Ep 118 - The Skin Below the Collarbone: The Other 90%

In this episode, we look at the other 90% of the skin, the professional approach to services, and the booming market of total body skin care (retail)! Join Ella, Maggie, and Tracy as they discuss how to be a part of the growing awareness that the skin below the collarbone needs antiaging love too!

Ep 116 - Skinimalism

Simple, paired down skin care routines, multi-tasking products, and prioritizing the health of the skin is what skinimalism is all about. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss accessible skin care products, what a home regimen should really look like, and the beauty trend taking over skinimalism.

Ep 115 – Charging Your Worth and Raising Your Prices in 2022!

It’s no secret that the price of doing business is going up. With inflation climbing at a record pace in a time of consumer understanding and begrudging acceptance, many contributing factors have created the perfect storm in which raising your prices may be met with the least resistance. Join Ella, Maggie, and Tracy as they discuss the “why” of raising prices and most importantly how to set and implement marketable price increases.

Ep 114 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Star Supplements to Boost the Barrier Function

The skin has many functions but perhaps the most important is its permeability barrier, limiting water loss and preventing the penetration of harmful elements from the environment. Ceramides, lipids, and antioxidants all play a role in the health and function of the skin. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, we discuss these star supplements to include in your skin care regimen as well as to take topically to support and boost the barrier function.

Ep 113 - Understanding Certified Kosher and Halal Skin Care

Cruelty free and kosher, vegan and halal skin care. What do they have in common? How are they different? Why would you want to know about them? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we examine the parallels between classifications we have heard much about (cruelty free and vegan) to those we may not know much about (kosher and halal). Listen in to decide if these are specialties you may want to add to your practice.

Ep 112 – An Esthetician Walks into a Big Box Beauty Store . . .

Big box beauty stores have been a mesmerizing, tantalizing, hypnotizing, wonderworld full of makeup and all things pretty! Though they carry many types of products, they have never really been known for specializing in hair care or skin care. But with the rise in consumer awareness of skin health, the skin care sections of big box beauty stores have grown! Join Maggie and Ella as they discuss these mega-stores, what some of the brands are doing right, and what both the professional and consumer need to know.

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