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 122 - The Insider’s Guide to Tradeshows

Tradeshow season is back in full swing and whether you’ve been before or it’s your first time, trade shows are always good for business and worth the effort. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella speaks with Tracy Donley, Executive Director, about planning, finding events and classes suited to your needs, and the art of networking.

Ep 121 - Not So Pretty Ingredients

Consumer awareness of the beauty industry continues to shine lights on even the darkest shadows of our industry. Many documentary style exposes have been pivotal in initiating change. HBOs 4 part documentary “Not So Pretty” is an important piece for professionals to understand. Is our industry really this scary? In this episode we work through the emotional response and then discuss the facts.

Ep 120 - The Rogue Pharmacist: Peptides - Fad or Function?


Not to be confused with proteins, peptides are amino acids that serve to slow the aging process and are a major buzzword in esthetics. In this episode of the Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss what peptides really are and if they’re worth the hype.  

Ep 119 – Makeup and Food Unite

Food is the hottest thing to hit beauty this season, and if your makeup palette smells and looks like your favorite breakfast cereal or a sweet doughnut, you’re on trend. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss the cosmetic companies who have teamed up with seemingly unrelated brands and why these partnerships work.

Ep 118 - The Skin Below the Collarbone: The Other 90%

In this episode, we look at the other 90% of the skin, the professional approach to services, and the booming market of total body skin care (retail)! Join Ella, Maggie, and Tracy as they discuss how to be a part of the growing awareness that the skin below the collarbone needs antiaging love too!

Ep 116 - Skinimalism

Simple, paired down skin care routines, multi-tasking products, and prioritizing the health of the skin is what skinimalism is all about. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss accessible skin care products, what a home regimen should really look like, and the beauty trend taking over skinimalism.

Ep 115 – Charging Your Worth and Raising Your Prices in 2022!

It’s no secret that the price of doing business is going up. With inflation climbing at a record pace in a time of consumer understanding and begrudging acceptance, many contributing factors have created the perfect storm in which raising your prices may be met with the least resistance. Join Ella, Maggie, and Tracy as they discuss the “why” of raising prices and most importantly how to set and implement marketable price increases.

Ep 114 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Star Supplements to Boost the Barrier Function

The skin has many functions but perhaps the most important is its permeability barrier, limiting water loss and preventing the penetration of harmful elements from the environment. Ceramides, lipids, and antioxidants all play a role in the health and function of the skin. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, we discuss these star supplements to include in your skin care regimen as well as to take topically to support and boost the barrier function.

Ep 113 - Understanding Certified Kosher and Halal Skin Care

Cruelty free and kosher, vegan and halal skin care. What do they have in common? How are they different? Why would you want to know about them? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we examine the parallels between classifications we have heard much about (cruelty free and vegan) to those we may not know much about (kosher and halal). Listen in to decide if these are specialties you may want to add to your practice.

Ep 112 – An Esthetician Walks into a Big Box Beauty Store . . .

Big box beauty stores have been a mesmerizing, tantalizing, hypnotizing, wonderworld full of makeup and all things pretty! Though they carry many types of products, they have never really been known for specializing in hair care or skin care. But with the rise in consumer awareness of skin health, the skin care sections of big box beauty stores have grown! Join Maggie and Ella as they discuss these mega-stores, what some of the brands are doing right, and what both the professional and consumer need to know.

Ep 111 - The Rogue Pharmacist: The Rainbow Connection

Simply put, eating the rainbow includes incorporating fruits and vegetables of all colors into your diet for a complete range of nutrients. Phytonutrients support skin health and give a natural glow. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, we discuss the rainbow connection and the benefits eating color brings to the skin and the body.

Ep 110 – Mailbag: Spring 2022

MAILBAG!!! Another Whoopsie Doozie commiseration with our fellow professionals. We’ve all been there, right?!?! As professional and polished as we strive to be, inevitably, we are human and accidents happen. Join Maggie and Ella as they share about unintentional dreadlocks, wardrobe missteps, and other whoopsie doozie moments!

Ep 109 – Beauty and the Bots

Artificial intelligence and augmented reality are revolutionizing the skin care industry as we know it. In our digital age of faster, bigger, and better, machine technology is being used for skin care solutions and treatments to generate revenue. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss everything from interactive shopping experiences to lash robots, and whether tech in beauty is going too far or if it’s the wave of the future.

Ep 108 - The Rogue Pharmacist: Healthy Gut, Healthy Skin

Research shows that the health of our skin is directly impacted by the health of our gut. When the gut is in disharmony it has an impact on our overall health and can present on the skin as inflammation, acne, rosacea, or even pigmentation. In this episode of the Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, we discuss the indicators of an unhealthy gut and how to heal the gut and clear the skin.

Ep 107 – DNA-Based Skin Care

Formulators have developed products based on skin type for years, but there has been a recent shift in thinking, with some brands beginning to develop their products based on consumers’ individual genetic makeup. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss whether ingredients can truly alter DNA to prevent aging and ask the question “Could the secret to perfect skin be in our genes?”

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