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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 96 – The Rogue Pharmacist: There is No Such Thing as Sensitive Skin

How often do you hear your clients say, "I have sensitive skin"? But what does that really mean, and is it a true skin condition? In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph., we discuss skin as a sensory organ, its barrier function, and whether your clients truly have sensitive skin. 

Ep 95 - Client Management and the Professional Esthetician

What is the difference between a customer and a client? The short answer lies in client management, the process of overseeing and coordinating a professional’s interactions with the ultimate goal in building and maintaining good client relationships. Join Ella, Maggie, and special guest Tracy as they discuss client relationships and how even a 5% retention rate translates into 25-95% of profits.

Ep 94 - Oily Vs. Dry Skin: Truths and Misperceptions

Oily skin and dry skin are two skin type extremes each with their own common stereotypes, misperceptions, and truths. Does one skin type age better than another? Will water intake improve dry skin issues? Should oily skin be cleansed more often? Ella and Maggie discuss some of the common characteristics of these two skin types and their common truths and misperceptions.

Ep 93 – The Rogue Pharmacist: All About Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body and is incredibly valuable. In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. we discuss the manifestations of aging and how to build collagen. 

Ep 91 - Everything is Coming up Rosacea

Rosacea is a complicated skin condition that not much is known about. However, as skin care professionals, we are often faced with a client who suffers from it . . . or do they? What is the difference between rosacea and inflammation? Who is at risk of having rosacea? How do we address it in the treatment room? Join Maggie and Ella as they discuss rosacea.

Ep 89 - Whoopsie Doozie Listener Stories

We asked for your “Whoopsie Doozie” stories and . . . wow! So many amazingly funny, comically horrific, and, above all, valuable professional lessons shared. Listen in as Maggie and Ella share some of their favorites with guest Tracy Donley, Executive Director of ASCP.

Ep 88 - The Rogue Pharmacist: Vitamin C – It Truly is your Skin’s Best Friend

Vitamin C is often described as one of the best antioxidants for skin health to smooth, brighten, combat redness, and so much more. And while your diet may be rich in vitamin C, there's no guarantee your skin is benefiting. In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. we discuss why vitamin C truly is your skin's best friend. 

Ep 87 – Do As I Say, Not As I Do

In the same way some people are fascinated with the lives of the Hollywood elite, it’s equally fascinating to know the skin care rules estheticians follow. But how often do estheticians follow their own advice? Have you ever found yourself touting golden rules to your clients, while thinking in the back of your mind, Do as I say, not as I do? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, fellow estheticians Maggie and Ella take a hilarious look at some of the rules they bend when it comes to skin care.

Ep 86 – Conquer Your Fears and Start the Business of Your Dreams

For some, the dream of going solo and starting a skin care business never becomes a reality due to fear, uncertainty, or self-doubt—and the added pressure of making the business successful doesn’t help. But fear can be a great motivator, and when channeled correctly, it may indeed result in a successful business. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss going solo and what it takes to start the business of your dreams.

Ep 85 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Use and Abuse

Are you a fan or foe of alpha hydroxy acids? In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. we discuss what makes AHAs effective, how they turn on cell growth, lighten pigment, release moisture factors, stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid, and so much more. 

Ep 84 - Money Matters with Tom Kuhn

In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Tracy Donley, Executive Director of ASCP, sits down with Tom Kuhn, CEO of Qnity, to discuss his journey in the professional beauty industry, how Qnity believes everyone deserves to prosper, tips to increasing profits in your small business, and how to make prosperity simple, visual, and actionable. Visit for more information.

Ep 83 – The Brain/Skin Connection: Emotions and the Skin

Beyond just frown and laugh lines, anxiety, fear, stress, anger, and joy all have a physiological effect on the skin. Join Ella and Maggie as they explore scientific studies on the brain/skin connection to understand how this information translates to your esthetic practice.

Ep 82 - The Rogue Pharmacist : Our Love Hate Relationship with the Sun

Every way we interact with our environment is to get the sun's energy including the foods we eat and how we view reality, but our culture has a love-hate relationship with the sun. In this episode, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. explains sun's role as a high energy activator and its importance to overall health.  

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