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 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.

Ep 188 – Treating Psychologically Stressed Skin

From stress rash to stress acne to stress-induced aging, the clinical impacts of stress on the skin are wide-ranging. And while stress leads to skin conditions, skin conditions also lead to stress. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella talk about the clinical signs of psychologically stressed skin and the best ingredients for when the skin goes mental.

Ep 187 – Business Building for Estheticians

Whether you are a recent graduate starting your esthetics journey or have been practicing for years, we can all use tips and tricks to get ahead in business. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we sit down with Shauna Blanch, COO and founder of Color Up Skin Care, and Ashley Deckard, owner of a. d. esthetics and assistant director of education at Color Up, to hear their pro tips for boosting business.

Ep 186 – What Are Your Thoughts On . . .

The esthetics industry is broad, with many areas of interest. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss a variety of trending topics. Tune in as they discuss their thoughts on tattooed freckles, a new neurotoxin competitor with reportedly longer-lasting results, epidermal growth factors, and mega eyelash extension fails.

Ep 185 - The Rogue Pharmacist: The 1% Rule - Understanding Ingredient Labels

The 1 percent rule, sometimes called the 1 percent line, indicates the line on an ingredient deck after which all ingredients are in concentrations of 1 percent or less. It’s important to understand where this line is drawn when looking for hero ingredients like vitamin C in a cosmetic. Listen in as Ben Fuchs explains the 1 percent rule, the ingredients to watch out for, and whether your skin or cosmetics really benefit from these small concentrations.

Ep 184 – Wolverine has Skin Cancer

Celebrities have a huge impact on our culture. They drive trends, influence fashions, and can even inspire insightful thoughts. Actor Hugh Jackman recently created a buzz, not for announcing his upcoming role as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3,” but for the attention he called to basal cell carcinoma awareness. “The Greatest Showman” actor has revealed he had a cancerous growth removed from his nose, inspiring a conversation on this most common form of skin cancer. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss basal cell carcinoma, ways to recognize it, and ways to help prevent it. Tune in to hear how one celebrity’s announcement can help strengthen the argument for daily SPF protection.

Ep 183 – How to Build Your Backbar

A quality, professional backbar line is fundamental to the success of your esthetics business. If your products don’t perform or meet the demands of your clients, they may not rebook. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie share some of their experiences from business ownership and discuss what you should consider when choosing a backbar line.

Ep 181 - The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is a relatively new discovery and plays a vital role in skin health. CBD skin care is key to activating cannabinoid receptors, which help achieve benefits in the skin. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we sit down with Shauna Blanch, COO and Founder of Color Up skin care, and Ashley Deckard, the Assistant Director of Education, to find out what estheticians need to know about the endocannabinoid system.

Ep 180 - What’s New in Medical Esthetics

The world of medical esthetics is broad, trendy, and influential. From dissolving dermal fillers to acutane alternatives to new medication, in this episode of ASCP Esty Talk we explore many new and exciting advancements. Tune in to listen to Maggie and Ella discuss some of the most recent developments in the medical esthetics landscape. 

Ep 179 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Fungi Superheroes

Whether applied topically or consumed internally, mushrooms have amazing skin health benefits—with the ability to boost hydration, stimulate collagen, lighten pigmentation, and reduce skin sensitivities. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss the benefit of mushrooms in skin care.

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