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 203 - It’s All in the Eyes

The skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face and body, and as a result, it’s one of the first places to show the signs of aging. So, it’s no wonder that eye cream is one of the easiest products to retail—upselling an eye treatment should be a no-brainer. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about ingredients and treatments you can use to perk up your clients’ eyes.

Ep 202 - What the Deck: Minerals

From fighting off the damages of sun exposure and oxidation to regulating oil production and pH levels, minerals play a vital role in the health of the skin. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie discuss some of the key role’s minerals fulfill and what to look out for if there is a deficiency. 

Ep 201 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Perk Up Your Skin with Caffeine

There’s more to caffeine than a cup of coffee, and it’s possible that this trending ingredient may also perk up your skin. Considered an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, caffeine may decrease puffiness, improve circulation, and help your skin look better in the moment.

Ep 200 - Tattoos and Skin Immunity

Recent research has revealed that pigment in tattoos may be outsmarting our immune cells and contributing to their permanency. Researchers also theorize that the lasting impact of tattoos may actually be boosting the immune system. Tune in to this episode of ASCP Esty Talk to listen to Maggie and Ella discuss the science behind wound healing, skin immunity, and the impact of tattoos on the body.

Ep 199 - Research Reveals the Effects of Toxic Beauty Standards

Dove’s global Self-Esteem Project has been on a mission to reach millions of youths to shatter beauty stereotypes, build body confidence, and inspire people to feel empowered and included. The key findings from their latest research reveals the effects of toxic beauty standards and the role social media plays. Tune in to this episode of ASCP Esty Talk to hear Maggie and Ella discuss the data and whether the skin care industry can help people achieve better skin without promoting unattainable beauty standards.

Ep 198 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Psychodermatology

Pyschodermatology is the interaction between the skin and the mind with a focus on improving our clients’ state of mind as well as the health of their skin. By healing our clients’ skin conditions, we are improving their emotional state and quality of life, and vice versa. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss how mood can affect the skin, the skin conditions that can result from stress and anxiety, and how we can improve the mind-skin connection.

Ep 197 - Ozempic Face: Managing the Esthetic Consequences of Rapid Weight Loss

Originally prescribed for treating type II diabetes, Ozempic and other GLP-1 agonists, have quickly become widely used for effective (and rapid) weight loss, but what does that have to do with aesthetics? With fat loss comes changes in the appearance of the body’s protective layer – the skin, which can lead to a perception of advanced aging. In this episode, Maggie and Ella discuss ways professionals can address skin laxity, skin nourishment and skin health with aesthetic modalities and of course, how to recommend effective retail products to counteract the phenomenon of “Ozempic Face”.

Ep 196 - Intimate Esthetics (but not what you think)

Esthetics professionals offer an environment that could allow many to feel calm, comfortable, and safe. There is no doubt the client-practitioner relationship is valuable, and the professional’s perspective is beneficial. A current study sparks this episode’s conversation around professional relationships, responsibilities, and future opportunities for understanding and outreach. Tune in to ASCP Esty Talk to hear Maggie’s and Ella’s perspectives (and then be sure to let us know yours).

Ep 195 – Inflammaging

Coined in 2000 but only now starting to catch on, inflammaging, or inflammation-plus-aging, is the new scientific term you need to know. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss inflammation—both acute and chronic—and how to spot the signs of inflammaging in your clients.

Ep 194 – Adopting Blue Zone Characteristics in Your Esthetics Practice

Blue zones are regions around the world where people have been found to live longer and healthier lives than the average population. Research has shown that people in these zones share common traits contributing to physical, mental, spiritual, and social health. Tune in to ASCP Esty Talk to hear how to bring some of these characteristics into your esthetics practice, or even how to weave them into your own daily rituals.

Ep 193 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Product Penetration vs. Skin Absorption

Product absorption versus penetration—is there a difference? They sound similar and are sometimes used interchangeably, but, yes, there’s a huge difference! In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss the skin absorption rate, 500 Dalton Rule, and what happens once ingredients enter the skin.

Ep 192 – Beards and Bacteria

The beard boom is real—men have relaxed their grooming habits and grown out their facial hair. A lot. Now, women are speaking out about their fears and experiences of getting rashes and infections after kissing men with facial hair. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella explore how much bacteria beards have and what to do if you get beard burn.

Ep 191 - Lab Grown Ingredients

The term lab-grown is becoming increasingly common and, in some ways, is synonymous with sustainable. You may have heard of lab-grown diamonds or even lab-grown meat. Well, now you can add lab-grown skin care to the list. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk with Ella and Maggie, we discuss the ins and outs of lab-grown ingredients and what this means for the beauty industry.

Ep 190 – The Rogue Pharmacist: What Are Antioxidants Anyway?

The word antioxidant is used a lot in skin care. So, what is an antioxidant anyway? It can be both applied topically and consumed internally, but to really understand antioxidants, you first must understand free radicals. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss free radical damage and the important role antioxidants play in preventing aging and skin damage and combating bacteria to fight acne.

Ep 189 – Sunscreen: D-I-Y or D-O-N-T

With new social media trends offering home-made sunscreen recipes, the question is posed “Should the safety of my skin be best protected with sun protection D.I.Y. or is that a D-O-N-T?” In this episode, Maggie and Ella discuss the long history of sunscreen and examine the most recent commercial recipes – recalls and all.

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