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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 140 – Say What? Setting the Record Straight

Let’s face it, in our profession there are many words that are a challenge to pronounce. Yet, some try anyway. In this episode of Esty Talk, we discuss commonly mis-pronounced words, along with overused phrases and widely accepted misconceptions. From salicylic acid to “but I want to peel, peel” and many things in-between.

Ep 139 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Fermented Skin Care

You may have heard of fermented foods like miso, kombucha, or kefir that have beneficial properties for the gut. But now, fermented ingredients are also making their way into skin care products and promise to work wonders for your skin. In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph, we discuss what fermented skin care is and whether it really does benefit the skin.

Ep 138 – Social Media, Self-Esteem, and Professional Esthetics

Do we even remember what real people naturally look like? For many of us, our daily routines include constant notifications and “come-hithers” from various social media platforms, where nearly everyone’s pictures are airbrushed or filtered. A quick Google search of “social media and self-esteem” reveals numerous studies, articles, and opinions on the connection. But how does this affect our industry? Where does this show up in professional esthetics? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss these issues and how they relate to our industry.

Ep 136 – The Rogue Pharmacist: All About Hydroquinone

As controversial as it is effective, the bleaching agent hydroquinone is the most commonly used tyrosinase inhibitor. Often used in the treatment room to prep for advanced exfoliating treatments, it’s also recommended for post-inflammatory pigment and melasma. In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist, we sit down with Benjamin Knight Fuchs to discuss the effects of hydroquinone on melanin production and the dos and don’ts.

Ep 135 – Skin Slugging and Skincare Fasting, Oh My!

First, we had glass skin, then we had glazed donut skin, and then we had skin slugging. We thought these were passing social media trends, until we heard “slug” as an actionable term in a professional setting. Now, we’re seeing the growing popularity of the skin-fasting trend, a polar-opposite approach. Tune in as Ella and Maggie discuss the differences, the similarities, and the professional potential of these social media-born practices.

Ep 134 - Demand for Ingestible Skincare Is on the Rise

Here on Esty Talk, we’ve endlessly discussed healthy skin and wellness starting with eating whole foods, practicing mindfulness, and having a good gut microbiome. But one topic not discussed is ingestible skin care. That is, supplementation formulated to increase the health and well-being of the skin. On this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, we discuss what constitutes ingestible skin care and whether it provides more benefit than topical products.

Ep 132 – Welcome to Our Tech Talk: The Long-Term Plan for Virtual Esthetic Appointments

There is no questioning that the landscape of our industry has changed largely because of the influence of technology. With the limitations of in-person interactions, 2020 initiated a shift (or a shove) toward virtual socialization. We embraced Zoom meetings, oversaw virtual schooling, had virtual doctor visits. Now, many of those practices have become the norm. So, are virtual visits with an esthetician the latest industry advancement, or just a passing trend?

Ep 131 - Mela-No-Ma’am!

Sun is the leading contributor for advanced aging and poses the greatest risk for skin cancer. That is what we have been taught, that is what we preach: “Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! It saves lives!”. However, a recent article published in June 2022 challenges the rise of melanoma diagnosis and its relationship to the sun. Listen in as Ella and Maggie discuss the article’s position on the Vitamin D deficiency epidemic, diagnostic drifts, and the opinion that sun exposure may be the key to fighting some cancers.

Ep 130 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Alcohol and Skin Aging Effects

Dehydration, distended capillaries, inflammation, acne breakouts, chronic dry skin. These are just some of the effects alcohol can have on the skin, not to mention loss of vital vitamins and nutrients.  In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss the effects of alcohol and how to manage them both topically and internally.   

Ep 129 - The Future of Facials: Challenging the European Standard

Christine Valmy, the pioneer of esthetics, is quoted as saying women in Europe would spend all their spare money on their skin while women in America would spend thousands on their evening gown and walk into a party with blackheads. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss whether Americans and Europeans view skin care differently and what it is about the European Facial that makes it the most popular and common type of treatment.

Ep 127 – Gender Bending in a Traditional Industry

Once thought of as feminine, the practice of caring for one’s skin is now seen as self-care. With skincare companies and practitioners moving to gender neutral products, packaging, marketing, and services, we can expect a shift in verbiage and service menu offerings. In this episode, we discuss history, statistics, influencers, and all things related to gender bending in professional esthetics.

EP 126 - The Rogue Pharmacist - Live from the ASCP School Forum: Designing the Best You - Healthy Mind, Body, and Skin

The beauty industry encompasses businesses and services geared toward helping people look their best, but the industry is profoundly changing. People are looking past the surface to learn about systemic change and how to truly care for the skin from within. Recorded live from the ASCP Skin Care School Forum, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, discusses the future of skin health and designing the best you. This episode takes a closer look at the link between good nutrition and healthy, glowing skin. Can we turn back the hands of time just by adjusting our diet?

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