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 177 – What the Deck: Reading Labels with a Grain of Salt

A new cultural norm is reading labels, scanning for potentially malicious ingredients, deciphering if a product has passed the test of “good-for-you” or not. In this episode of Esty Talk, we discuss the importance each ingredient has on the entire formulation and clarify a few misunderstood ingredients. Accurately examining an IL means looking closely at ingredients AND the order in which they are listed.  Want to know what chocolate cake and an ingredient deck have in common, tune in to find out!

Ep 176 – The Rogue Pharmacist: The Power of Adaptogens

As the name implies, adaptogens help the skin adapt. Like many other ingredients, adaptogens, an industry buzzword, are known to reduce stress, target oxidation, and even increase blood flow. On this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, discusses what adaptogens are and why estheticians should know all about them.

Ep 175 – Self-care for Estheticians

Estheticians are notoriously good at caring for others but neglecting our own self-care. If estheticians aren’t mindful of our wants, needs, and self-care, we burn out, hit a wall, and aren’t there for our clients. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss their self-care habits and rituals as well as the importance of daily personal check-ins.

Ep 174 – MoCRA Explained – Understanding the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA). This reform brings more regulation to a cosmetics industry that has faced scrutiny for decades. It’s also the first update to FDA authority over cosmetics since 1938. In this ASCP Esty Talk episode, Ella and Maggie highlight what you should know about MoCRA and what’s next for the beauty industry.

Ep 173 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Colostrum—Is It the Key to a Healthy Skin Barrier?

Shown to improve the skin’s elasticity, help with sensitivities, and rid the skin of irritation, colostrum could be the wonder ingredient your skin is missing. Some people may wrinkle their nose at the thought of colostrum in skin care, but it’s a trending ingredient for many reasons. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, Fuchs shares what estheticians need to know.

Ep 172 – Blurred Lines: Where Modern Convenience Interferes with Professional Esthetics

With the new standard of free two-day shipping, the world has opened to reveal a bounty of “things” available to consumers. We can find just about anything we think we need, and even more that we absolutely don’t. This rings true in the beauty industry with products that make us prettier and devices that could cause damage. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie examine the blurred lines between products that make us feel independent and those that could give the professional industry a bad rap.

Ep 171 – Banish Burnout and Navigate Your Way to your Dream Career

The skin care industry is fiercely competitive, and navigating the ins and outs of client management, business ownership, and maintaining a work-life balance while achieving important goals can be challenging. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie review an article touting the reasons one esthetician decided the beauty industry was not for her. Tune in to see if any of her reasons resonate (or don’t) with your experience as an esthetic professional and what she could have done to rise above and banish burnout.

Ep 169 – The History of Blood

The idea that blood contains the power to preserve youth and beauty can be observed throughout the course of history. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella share both ancient and modern concepts of blood as an aid to skin care—from bloodletting to vampire facials with platelet rich plasma (PRP), as well as the dangers of a trending use of blood in skin care.   

Ep 168 – Alternative Acids: Thinking beyond the Basics

AHAs and BHAs, both amazing skin exfoliants, offer a lot of options, like glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. But these are just the basics, and in the world of cell turnover, there is so much more to choose from. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss what makes an acid an AHA and a BHA, plus they explore some not-so-basic options.

Ep 167 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Melatonin for Skin Health

Melatonin, the hormone that’s known for helping the body’s sleep cycle, is trending for its ability to rejuvenate the skin. In today’s episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, we talk with co-host Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, about the effects of melatonin, its applications, and what we can expect from using this amazing, and sometimes overlooked, hormone.

Ep 166 – Exosomes and the Messages They Send

Exosomes are quickly becoming a popular clinical therapy and topical ingredient in the medical esthetics market. But, what are they and how do they work? Join Ella and Maggie in this edition of ASCP Esty Talk as they discuss these efficient messenger cells and investigate where they come from and how they are incorporated in esthetic treatments. 

Ep 165 – Upcycled Beauty

We’ve seen the clean beauty movement explode in recent years, and one trend emerging from this movement is upcycling. It’s a trend that’s likely here to stay, and many companies have jumped on the bandwagon. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie discuss what upcycling is, its benefits and limitations, and how this impacts product usage in the treatment room. 

Ep 164 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Your Beauty Guide to Vitamin B

Niacin, niacinamide, or just plain vitamin B is trending in the beauty industry as a skin-friendly supplement as well as a topical ingredient to boost skin health. While often touted as beneficial for acne, in this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, tells us what else estheticians should know about niacinamide’s health benefits. 

Ep 163 – Body Care is Skin Care

We are all familiar with the beauty declaration, “Skin care is self-care.” But what about body care? The skin care industry has seen a body care surge partly due to the rise in body contouring treatments but also due to social media. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie talk about the common skin conditions affecting the body and the body-conscious shift in the industry.

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