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 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.

Ep 224 – Sales and the Consultation, Part II

ASCP Esty Talk is back to continue the conversation of “selling” retail to your clients. The first episode had you wanting more, so here you go! Tune in as Ella and Maggie dive deeper into the consultation conversation, navigating through skin assessment and treatment, and all while considering retail sales.

Ep 223 – The Problem with TikTok Beauty Advice

TikTok has the potential to inspire and educate both our clients and us with its weird and sometimes wonderful beauty advice. However, it’s also known for being controversial, with unqualified individuals sharing their opinions on how products and services function. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about the issues with TikTok beauty trends and discuss a few of those trends making the rounds on TikTok right now.

Ep 222 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Synthetic vs. Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

People often assume synthetic substances are inherently bad while natural substances are harmless, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In this episode of ASCP’s The Rogue Pharmacist, host Benjamin Knight Fuchs explains that it doesn’t matter whether a substance is synthesized or natural, what matters is whether the substance is recognized by the skin. 

Ep 221 – The Consultation: Your Foundation for Retail Sales

Whether you’re an employee or self-employed, selling retail is a huge part of your responsibility in helping your clients reach their goals and not a bad way to make passive income. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella share a foolproof method of establishing and maintaining retail sales, and much of it begins with the consultation.  

Ep 220 - Chemical Peels for Ethnic Skin with Pamela Springer

Chemical peels are commonly used in the esthetics treatment room for fast results and minimal downtime. They are considered safe and effective when used properly and the client’s skin has been appropriately prepped and patch tested. But estheticians without proper training still face challenges when using peels on ethnic skin. There is a greater risk for post-inflammatory pigment, scarring, and burns. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie talks with Pamela Springer about selecting the right peeling agent for your client’s skin type, common clinical implications, and where estheticians go wrong.

Ep 219 - The Rogue Pharmacist - The Science of Oils in Skin Care

The use of oils in skin care is nothing new—it dates back thousands of years—and those who’ve adopted an oil into their regimen swear by it. However, many consumers and estheticians still shy away from the use of oils because they feel too heavy or sticky or because of the fear the oils will cause a breakout. But it could be that people use them incorrectly. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, Ben Fuchs shares what oils are both good and bad for the skin, their beneficial properties, and whether facial oils will really make your skin more or less oily.

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