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An Aesthetic Provider’s Guide to Identifying the Brown Spots You WANT to Treat: SKs!

Learn How to Identify, Treat, and Become Profitable When Addressing SKs

A board-certified dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and medical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions. However, many of the same patients who visit Dermatologists are the same patients that walk through the doors of a medical spa or plastic surgery practice. As an aesthetic medical provider, especially one who treats other skin conditions or offers cosmetic procedures, it’s critical to know the difference between Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs, raised brown spots or age spots) and potentially harmful skin conditions. With nearly 80% of the patients who walk through your door affected by SKs, it’s also an exciting opportunity to offer a new treatment which can reduce or remove the appearance of brown spots or age spots.

SO, WHAT ARE SEBORRHEIC KERATOSES?

SKs are common, benign skin growths that can occur anywhere on the body. Although anyone can develop SKs, they’re typically more prevalent with age. SKs, more commonly known as raised brown spots or ‘age spots’, can vary in size, appearance and coloration although they tend to have a waxy, stuck-on-the-skin appearance. SKs may also look like other common skin growths including warts, actinic keratoses (which are generally dry and/or scaly growths and can become harmful), moles, and of course, melanoma. If you have any question as to whether a spot is an SK or another type of skin condition, it’s always recommended that you send your patient to a board-certified dermatologist.1

WHO GETS SKs AND WHERE DO PATIENTS FIND THEM?

SKs typically occur in middle age or later and may appear in anyone (or any skin type) at any time. They’re most commonly found on the chest, back, scalp, face and neck although they can appear almost anywhere on the body, with the exception of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.1  

WHY DO PATIENTS GET SKs?

The number of SKs found on a patient tends to increase with age, but the exact cause of SKs is unknown.1

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TREAT SKs?

In a recent study, 73% of participants said they were mostly or slightly bothered by the appearance of SKs around their face, neck or hairline2. With this becoming a more popular (or widely-discussed) skin condition, many patients look to remove their visible or irritated SKs. In-office options for removing SKs include cryotherapy (freezing), electrosurgery or curettage (electric currents or scraping), topical treatments (hydrogen peroxide), and laser treatments, all of which have the risk of scarring and/or infection.1

BETTER RESULTS AND BETTER RETURNS WITH THE NEWEST SK TREATMENT

Until very recently, providers have not had access to a painless topical solution that has proven to successfully clear SKs. ESKATA, developed by Aclaris, is the first and only FDA-approved topical treatment indicated for SKs. With fewer side effects and better outcomes, it is quickly becoming a popular treatment not only in Dermatology practices, but in other types of aesthetic medical facilities.  As ESKATA can be administered by both physicians and mid-level providers, it offers a unique opportunity to provide a solution to a large portion of aesthetic patients with a 2:1 return (better than injectables).

To learn more about the clinical and financial benefits of using ESKATA, please contact us at info@medresultsnetwork.com or visit us here. Members receive a 15% quarterly rebate on ESKATA purchases.  

Reference 1: American Academy of Dermatology. Seborrheic Keratoses. 2018
Reference: 2. Data on file. Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. 2018.

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MRN Forms Exclusive Partnership With Strata Skin Sciences

STRATA Skin Sciences Announces Agreement with MedResults Network, a GPO Exclusive to the Aesthetic Medical Market

Agreement will enhance sales efforts of Nordlys and Stratapen

Horsham, PA, October 16, 2017 — (NASDAQ: SSKN) STRATA Skin Sciences, Inc. (“STRATA”) a medical technology company in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery dedicated to developing, commercializing and marketing innovative products for the treatment of dermatologic conditions, today announced signing an Agreement with MedResults Network (MRN). MRN is a Group Purchasing Organization that has more than 3,000 members including Dermatology Offices, Plastic Surgery Practices, Facial Plastic Practices, MediSpas and other providers. MRN researches product categories and selects advantaged products and then negotiates pricing for its membership. MRN focuses on the aesthetic market and has agreements with more than 50 vendors with only one vendor per product category.

Frank McCaney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Strata, commented:

“We are pleased to announce this relationship which we believe has major benefits to STRATA. MRN has a loyal and long term subscriber base and a reputation for providing value to its members. MRN provides additional value to its members by offering educational seminars and value to its vendors by active promotion of the products on agreement with them. Furthermore, the products that Strata introduced earlier this year in the Aesthetic space are outstanding products but lacked broad awareness. We believe that the reach and credibility of MRN will greatly benefit our sales efforts.”

Jeff Routledge, President of MRN added:

“We are excited about the opportunity to assist STRATA in marketing their products to our membership. STRATA’s Aesthetic products, Nordlys and Stratapen are excellent products that are in growing sectors of the Aesthetic market. MRN’s mission is to offer our members best-in-class products from world class companies through pricing that can only be achieved by leveraging the buying power of our 3,000 member practices and medical spas.”

The relationship between MRN and STRATA with special pricing to MRN members is being fully launched to the membership this week.

About STRATA Skin Sciences, Inc.

(www.strataskinsciences.com)

STRATA Skin Sciences is a medical technology company in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery dedicated to developing, commercializing and marketing innovative products for the treatment of dermatologic conditions.  Its products include the XTRAC® laser and VTRAC® excimer lamp systems utilized in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and various other skin conditions; the STRATAPEN™ MicroSystem, marketed specifically for the intended use of micropigmentation; and Nordlys, a multi-technology aesthetic laser device.

About MedResults Network

(www.medresultsnetwork.com)

MedResults Network is a free membership service that offers instant discounts and quarterly rebates at no risk or obligation. They have partnered with over 50 leading national vendors to negotiate cost savings for its members in product categories including fillers, lasers, skin care, and more. Since 2008 their leadership team worked closely with both their members and partners to ensure their continued growth and success.

Safe Harbor

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include but are not limited to the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and may contain words such as “will,” “may,” “seeks,” and “expects,” that suggest future events or trends. These statements, including the Company’s ability to sell products to MRN members,  generate the anticipated revenue stream, the Company’s ability to generate sufficient cash flow to fund the Company’s ongoing operations beginning at any time in the future, the Company’s ability to license or acquire new products, the public’s reaction the Company’s new advertisements and marketing campaign, access to capital markets, and the Company’s ability to build a leading franchise in dermatology and aesthetics, are based on the Company’s current expectations and are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from the Company’s expectations due to financial, economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and political factors or conditions affecting the Company and the medical device industry in general, as well as more specific risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company’s SEC reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K. Given such uncertainties, any or all of these forward-looking statements may prove to be incorrect or unreliable. The Company assumes no duty to update its forward-looking statements and urges investors to carefully review its SEC disclosures available at www.sec.gov and www.strataskinsciences.com.

 

Investor Contacts:

Christina L. Allgeier, Chief Financial Officer   Bob Yedid, Managing Director
STRATA Skin Sciences, Inc.   LifeSci Advisors, LLC
215-619-3267   646-597-6989
callgeier@strataskin.com   Bob@LifeSciAdvisors.com
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Summer Skincare Switch Up

What Products Patients Should Keep, Add, Trade or Toss

All informed beauty experts know that a season change means a skincare routine change for your patients. With summer just around the corner, we’re sharing our thoughts on which skincare products to instruct patients to keep in their routine, add to their routine, trade out for the season, or toss all together.

Cleanser

Instruct your patients to trade out their hydrating cleanser for a less hydrating foaming or gel cleanser. Dry winter months are behind us, so they can move on to a lighter cleanser. They should look for one that has antibacterial ingredients, like NanoSilver, to help avoid any breakouts from summer sweat and environmental pollutants, which tend to be heavier in the warmer months.

 Toner

Patients should keep toner in their daily skincare routine. In summer, just as in the other seasons, skin needs a  “helper” to normalize pH levels and prepare it to receive corrective actives from targeted treatment products. Instruct your patients to continue toning morning and night after cleansing, using a gel toner to ensure ocular safety.  And they should go easy on the misting sprays as typically, those contain mostly water, which only dehydrates skin further.

Facial Serum

We recommended patients keep or trade out their facial serum, depending on what serum they are currently using. If the facial serum treats multiple skin concerns, like our Cell Revive Serum Complete, then patients can continue using it throughout all the seasons. However, if your patient tends to experience increased sun damage, such as sunspots and hyperpigmentation during summer months, recommend they switch out their winter serum for a Brightening Serum to help keep skin tone even and their complexion glowing.

Eye Serum

Recommend patients keep their eye serum year round. The eyes are the first place to show aging (along with the hands!) – via wrinkles, dark circles, crow’s feet and puffiness – and eye serums and creams are specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes. Instruct your patients to look for a complete formulation that addresses all aspects of eye care to erase the signs of aging without endangering the fragile, sensitive skin of the orbital eye area.

Moisturizer

Patients should be instructed to trade out their heavier winter moisturizer for a lighter summer one. Using a moisturizer that is too hydrating during the hot summer months can make skin feel sticky or slimy, and can contribute to unsightly breakouts.  Have your patients switch to a lighter moisturizer or lotion that lightly hydrates skin and absorbs easily.

SPF

Toss. Yes we said toss! The start of summer is the perfect time to recommend that your patients toss their old sunscreens and buy new ones. Sunscreen shelf life varies depending on its ingredients. Have your patients check the date stamped on the packaging, instructing them to toss any products where the expiration date is hard to read, or if it’s been open for a year or more. For optimal sun protection as well as texture, sterility and stability, recommend they only use sunscreen prior to its expiration date as well.

Mask

We recommended patients keep up with their weekly masking, even during warmer months. In addition, if their skin is on the oilier side, during the summer months they may want to increase the number of times they use it to two or three times per week. Instruct your patients to look for a mask that contains natural and organic ingredients to keep skin healthy while exfoliating and deep-cleaning skin.

Scrub

Recommend your patients add a gentle, natural scrub to their skincare routine if they haven’t been using one already. Time spent at the beach, pool or lake can make skin dry and dirtier than usual. Scrubs can gently slough off that top layer of dead skin and reveal the healthy glow while helping to clear pores of dirt and debris, staving off breakouts.

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/

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Game Changing Skincare Ingredients

Are Stem Cell Extracts the New AHA/BHA’s?

Game changing products, ingredients and inventions don’t always catch on right away. Starbucks was founded in 1971, but didn’t take off until after 1983. Twitter started out as a site called Odeo. Ever heard of it? We didn’t think so. And so it is with skincare ingredients too. Up until stem cell technology came into the skin care industry a few years back, the most game-changing ingredient was the inclusion of alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA/BHA) in skincare.

However, like most game changers, AHA/BHAs were not readily acknowledged as a positive innovation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AHA’s for over the counter sale in 1992. But, initially AHA/BHAs were not widely accepted by consumers and were even criticized by the FDA, even after their approval. 

Let’s admit it – putting acid on your skin seems totally counterintuitive, right?

Even EWG’s Skin Deep quoted the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Color as recent as 1999 saying, “Very little about the process restricts the sale [of AHA/BHAs]. It’s a somewhat alarming idea to put acids on the skin. It raises obvious safety questions.”

Fast-forward to almost two decades later, and AHA/BHAs are in nearly every anti-aging product on the market. No longer considered “risky” or “a fad”, these acids are used to reduce wrinkles, lighten dark spots, smooth skin and renew a beautiful complexion. And no one finds it an “alarming idea to put acids on” their face. AHA/BHAs can be found in skincare from high-end products, to department store brands, to drug store items. In short, they revolutionized the anti-aging skincare industry, despite the initial back lash from consumers, watch dogs and government agencies alike.

The same could be said for stem cell technology in skincare. Hitting the cosmetic market first in Europe in 2007, stem cell technology was already buzzing in the medical fields as a miracle innovation and a game changer. Advancements were already being seen in healing post-surgical conditions and hope was widespread that stem cells would be the answer to curing many diseases and conditions that had alluded doctors – until now.

However, much like AHA/BHA’s, consumers were not as quick to accept stem cell technology in skin care products. Controversy and misunderstanding surrounded, stem cell technology in skincare. However, most of it is old mythology based on half-truths and fear from businesses who resist change and whose bottom line relies on the stayed technologies from days gone by.  But like everything, if we are to advance, we must grow and change and offer better solutions for keeping skin healthy and youthful, without injections or surgery, especially now as more and more people are choosing to stave off more aggressive procedures for as long as possible.

Some people fear that using stem cells in skincare can be dangerous. However, there are no stem cells or DNA in skincare products…ever! Stem cells are much too large and fragile to survive the skincare formulation process. What the products do contain are the healing peptides the stem cells secrete. Others site ethical issues, thinking that the stem cells harvested for cosmetic use come from fertilized human eggs (embryonic stem cells). While some companies do use this source, most do not. So it is important to check company information closely. The best stem cells used for skin care formulation are Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells, which come from adult human donors who are vetted and certified much in the same way organ donors are. 

And much like the AHA/BHAs of the past, the fear of the advancement of stem cell technology in skincare is unfounded, and totally incorrect, with peer review journals in the medical filed touting their efficacy on the skin.

Clinical studies being conducted on skin care products utilizing stem cell technology continue to astound and impress the industry. And while stem cell technology will be an integral part of the future of skin care because it mimics the natural renewal process of our body (and our skin), its main benefit is the assistance in epidermal and collagen production. A good skin care product line also needs to address hydration, environmental protection, evening of skin coloration, skin nutrients and cellular health, as well as other specific issues. At Stemology, we have found that many other ingredients are necessary in our formulations to properly address these multiple needs.  We understand there’s no one trick pony when it comes to skin health, but that it’s the formulation in total that delivers the targeted benefits customers desire.

Stem cell technology in skincare is already showing great advancements. Stemology continues to be on the cutting edge as the leader in Stem Cell use in skincare, as well as the ethical implications and safety of formulations utilizing extracts from Stem Cells.

 

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/

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Skin Care In Your 40’s and Beyond vs. Your 20’s

Should A Skincare Routine Be Changed With Age?

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” – Coco Chanel

It goes without saying that as we age the way we approach life changes, sometimes drastically. And why would it be any different with skincare? So as we move on into the “golden years” of our lives, let’s take a look at the differences in the approaches to skincare, and we’ll give you some tips on how to help your Clients make the most out of their skincare routine as they enter their 40’s and beyond.

Cleansing

In Our 20’s: Wash my face? Maybe. But I’ll probably just stay up late and fall into bed with a full face of makeup on.

In Our 40’s: Wash my face? Yes, religiously! By now we know that cleansing morning and night is a “have-to” not a “want-to.” But we can help customers improve the quality of cleansing by recommending cleansers that are natural and even organic (we’ve probably done enough damage with the Noxema cleansers of our youth!), and that have additional hydrating properties required for skin that tends to become drier as we age.

Toning

In Our 20’s: Whatever can help dry out the occasional breakouts is on the list. Seabreeze anyone?

In Our 40’s: We now know how drying and harmful alcohol astringents can be, and we also understand what pH levels are and why they are important to maintain. (See, chemistry class was good for something!) For optimal results, recommend a toner with additional herbal botanicals and extracts that will help prep the skin to optimally receive the corrective active ingredients from treatment products.

Facial Treatment

In Our 20’s: Aside from the occasional acne spot treatment, cleansing and applying moisturizing make up are the basic facial routine (if that!).

In Our 40’s: During our 30’s, our treatment product focus started to move from acne and sun damage to wrinkles and collagen improvement. But in our 40’s, we’re fully immersed in all things anti-aging and are tailoring our skincare treatments accordingly. Help your clients switch up their treatment products as the seasons change, and their activities differ, before their skin tells them to do so. Recommend the treatment product that is best for their skin concerns at that specific time.  They’ll love it!

Treatment Booster

In Our 20’s: You want me to buy two treatment products? I barely use one treatment product.

In Our 40’s:

Consumers have now become novice skin care mixologist, but they still need the support and guidance of a skincare professional. This is where you shine. If it’s after summer, make sure clients are boosting their brightening regimen. If it’s winter, it’s a good time for them to start boosting their collagen production and moisturizing products. Customizing skincare routines is your passion, and you know the value of two treatment products vs. one. Recommend client’s use a basic, multi-active treatment product, and then “boost” their results by layering a more specific treatment product over it, like a brightening or collagen boosting, wrinkles reducing serum, to really focus in and target.

Eye Treatment

In Our 20’s: Eye cream? What’s that?

In Our 40’s: Consumers are still learning the difference between an eye cream and an eye serum, and need to be addressing the delicate eye area both morning and night. Crow’s feet, sallow skin, dark circles and sun damage around the delicate eye area have become an obsession with the skincare purchasing public. Recommend formulas that treat all these aging symptoms in one product and your Client’s will see you as a time-saving here!

Moisturizing

In Our 20’s: Of course I moisturize! After cleansing with Noxema and toning with Seabreeze, but my skin feels really dry.

In Our 40’s: We know the value of having two different moisturizers – one formulated for daytime and a one specifically for overnight, but consumers?  Not so much. “As you sleep, skin, like the rest of the body, does the majority of its repairing, restoring and regenerating. A good night cream should be designed to focus on repair, recovery and hydration,” says Dr. Hal Simeroth, Chief Technical Officer for Stemology. Make sure you’re your Client’s are educated about the difference and the need for both.

Sunscreen

In Our 20’s: But if I use sunscreen, how can I work on the perfect bronze tan?

In Our 40’s: You already know that sunscreen has now become a non-negotiable. It’s in our daytime moisturizer, and we know to reapply every two hours when outside. As a skincare professional, you’ve seen first hand the damage that being a sun-worshiper and not using an SPF can do to skin – everything from wrinkles to advanced aging to uneven skin tone. Help your clients find a daytime moisturizer that contains an SPF. And advise they look for sunscreen formulations that are chemical-free, natural and organic. And even better, educate them on repairing environmental damage after environmental exposure with after-exposure products proven to stop free radical damage in its tracks.

Professional Treatments

In Our 20’s: Who has the time or money to go to an esthetician?

In Our 40’s: Quarterly facials are a must, if not monthly, to keep cell turnover at optimal levels and ensure the best skin health. And quarterly appointments to a cosmetic dermatologist will help your client’s keep on top of the latest technologies and skincare innovations. 

 

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/

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2017 #SkinGoals

Here’s What Beauty Consumers Want in 2017

Each year, beauty consumers evolve; and each year the beauty industry adjusts accordingly. MedResults Partner Stemology Skincare, makers of the first and only all-natural and intelligently organic anti-aging skincare line utilizing the power of stem cell technology, has dubbed these annual “trends” #SkinGoals. So, what are consumers’ saying about their #SkinGoals for 2017? Let’s take a look.

#SKINGOAL: ELIMINATE TOXINS IN YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN

Increased curiosity and concern from women of all ages about what goes into their beauty products will continue to boost the natural and organic beauty market. Women are looking for cleaner, greener options. But they are also demanding that these natural products produce anti-aging results as good as, or better, than their chemical-laden counterparts. In 2017, women will be cleaning out their skincare and makeup reserves and replacing them with healthier, more natural options.

#SKINGOAL: PLUMPER LOOKING SKIN

Plump, full, youthful-looking skin will be the goal in 2017. And single-approach products just won’t do anymore. Look for skincare products that take a dual plumping approach, supporting the skin’s natural collagen building process while also assisting in stimulating new collagen formation. Scientifically advanced ingredients – like lab engineered non-animal, single strand soluble collagen – attracts water to plump skin’s appearance while also increasing the long-term formation of dermal collagen for reduction of wrinkle appearance and improvement in skin firmness.

#SKINGOAL: LOOK GOOD WITHOUT MAKEUP

Heavy contouring, highlighting and strobing are out. Soft, radiant skin is in. In 2017, makeup will get lighter and more natural. And a good natural makeup look starts with healthy skin. Therefore, results-oriented skincare will become the critical first step of a woman’s makeup routine. And products that treat skin while covering, like tinted moisturizer or alphabet creams that also offer SPF, will continue to be popular.

#SKINGOAL: FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR PURCHASES

Consumers want to invest in products they feel good about. Increasingly, it is the story behind the product claims that is gaining consumer attention and enticing them to purchase. Companies that have ethical foundations such as being cruelty-free, sourcing sustainable ingredients, supporting philanthropic causes or committing to eliminating toxins in their formulas, will be moving to the top of many consumer wish lists this year.

#SKINGOAL: SIMPLIFY YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN

Let’s face it; people are only getting busier as time goes on. So the faster they can get through their beauty routine, the better. Gone are the days of endless amounts of potions and lotions. Today’s beauty products are all about efficiency. Consumers want their products to work quickly and work well…and they will pay for the convenience! 2017 will see women reducing the number of products they use in favor of products that multi-task and have proven results.

2017 is shaping up to be the beauty industry’s best year yet! What are your #SkinGoals this year? Tell us in the comments.

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/

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Preparing for New Year, New You

10 Tips To Build Business in the New Year

The rush for self-improvement at the New Year is a great time to grow your business. And with 47% of people say they want to focus on self-improvement in the New Year (Statistic Brain), this is the perfect time to educate clients that self-improvement resolutions are further reaching than just weight loss. With this in mind, we have 10 tips to help you build your business during this “new year, new you” season.

1.    Encourage clients to incorporate aesthetics into their “new year, new you plan.” Self-improvement is a broad category that definitely includes aesthetics and beauty treatments. However, consumers don’t always think of it this way. Get the word out on your blog, in advertisements and on social media. Remind consumers that their face is the most visible part of their body and a crucial piece in a total self-improvement package.

2.    Be solution oriented. Clients usually have specific skin concerns in mind that they want to improve. When marketing to your clients, think from their point of view – their skin concern. Tailor a “new year, new you” message specifically to them to them, discussing how they can reverse sun damage, decrease wrinkles, or lighten under-eye dark circles to help them look and feel their best this year.

3.    Stock up. Make sure you are prepared for the new year, new you rush by having ample inventory on hand at the start of the year. This is also a great time to invest in sample-sized products so that your clients who want to overhaul on their aesthetic routine can try before they buy. (This month Stemology is offering a free sample with full size purchase on all serums and moisturizers.*)

4.    Staff up. Nothing is more frustrating than having loads of clients wanting your services, but not enough service providers to accommodate them. Be prepared for the “new year, new you” rush by configuring your staffing schedule early. And encourage staff members promote their “new year, new you” services via their own social networks.

5.    Make it a package. Consider creating a New Year, New You package that combines services and products with a savings. Design the package to run the time it takes for the client to see maximum results from your services, and watch them come running back for more!

6.    Remember to take before & after pictures. We all know this is a step that is so easily forgotten. But you’ll want those images to show your client (and potential clients!) how amazing their results are. So, set a reminder, make a checklist, or do whatever it takes to help you remember to take before and after pictures of your clients.

7.    Research 2017 beauty trends. Knowing what’s trending is a great way to continue the conversation, whether it’s in-person or on social media. Don’t know where to start? Here’s what Vogue, Allure and Elle are predicting.

8.    Plan a VIP event. Who doesn’t love to be treated like a VIP? Plan a New Year, New You VIP Event after the holidays and include a special VIP promotion only available for people who attend the event. Help your best customers look their best in 2017.

9.    Educate clients and be helpful. By focusing on client education and how you can help them feel better, you are creating emotional connections with your clients, and longer-term customers. Wanting to look beautiful is a deeply emotional desire. The more you respect that in your practice, the more loyal your customers will be.

10.    Utilize your brand partners. Contact your brand partners now to find out what marketing promotions they are running that you can take advantage of. Many brands have pre-designed signage, email templates, marketing materials and more that you can use to build your own business. (Stemology offers monthly sell-in and sell-through promotions, as well as numerous education modules and marketing materials to help you be successful!)

Here’s to a New Year and a New You in your business. Happy Holidays everyone!

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

*Restrictions apply. Minimum order of 12 pieces to qualify. Contact your MRN representative for more information.

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Layering Serum Products

Are More Products Really More Effective?

An Interview with Dr. Hal Simeroth, Founder and Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

As we know, not all products are created equal. Some products can be used in combination while others can give users a bad reaction when combined. With skincare products becoming increasingly more effective and potent, I often get asked about layering serum products. Is it safe? Is it more effective? Is there such thing as putting on “too much” product? So, today I want to discuss some of the most common questions and concerns when it comes to layering serum products.

Q:           Why layer serums? What’s the advantage of using 2 or more serums versus one? 

A:            Serums often only target one specific skin concern, and people often choose a serum because they usually have a higher concentration of a needed active to address one of those specific concerns (retinol for wrinkles, for example). Some may be focused on delivering antioxidants, others on delivering retinoids, others on skin discoloration such as brown spots or sunspots, and others simply feature a special active that is popular. If you want to cover all of the bases, and enlist a more focused approach to targeting specific skin concerns, you may very well need to layer on more than just one. A few serums have actives that address multiple skin aging issues. But even so, layering can offer a more targeted approach to addressing skin concerns.

Q:           Is there a limit to how many serums you should use at one time?

A:            No, there is not. However, with that being said, the best practice would be to use a multi-purpose serum and then one to two additional serums to further address and target a particular skin concern. However, it’s important to advise clients not to apply too much of any one serum. People often apply too much thinking it will be better, which is not usually the case. A thin layer pressed into skin is best and will get the same result, without all the extra layers and the time needed to let serums dry-down or set in between applications.

Q:           Are there any products that should not be used together?

A:            Be careful about using products that have topical retinoids. There is a limit to the amount that can used before irritation begins, and that can vary based on the sensitivity of your skin. Clients might not be aware that they can be using multiple products where each contain retinoids and, even though individually they are fine, the summation can be irritating. So, always ask your clients what products they are using at home and take the opportunity to educate them on retinoids and potential skin irritation.

Q:           What should I advise clients to look for if they want to combine treatment products?

Treatment products, such as serums, contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients you can find in nonprescription products. It is really the combination of active ingredients that defines the serum – with the main six categories being antioxidants, peptides, retinol, growth factors, alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, and unique botanicals. A well-designed serum, which addresses a particular issue, will select multiple actives that are proven to help with the issue, and not just rely on a single active (e.g. such as Ferulic acid, or Vitamin C).  Be sure the serums clients are using together do not perform the same function or they will end up with duplication and wasted money. Also, if the client has a tendency for oily skin and/or breakouts, be sure that combining products do not deliver too much oil to the skin, which can cause further break outs.

Q:           What’s the best way to apply treatment products when layering?

A:            Once the skin has been cleansed and toned, apply serums beginning with the singularly focused serum, and then adding on a multi-purpose serum. Press each serum into the skin well before adding the additional layer. You do not have to wait for the layer to feel completely dry, just be sure that there is no product left on the skin surface and that it has penetrated well into the stratum corneum. The carrier ingredients of the next serum layer will assist the previous layer in good active delivery. Special area serums (such as eye serum) should be applied prior to face serums. After all serum layers are applied, and sufficiently dry, then apply the daytime or nighttime moisturizer to complete the regimen

Q:           Should the serums layered be changed seasonally? If so, what combination works best for cooler fall/winter temperatures? 

A:            Serums are usually designed to address or prevent various aging issues. One aging issue is sun exposure, which is normally much greater in the warmer seasons of the year. Adding an additional antioxidant serum or an environmental exposure product would be useful during this time of year. A good daywear sunscreen will also be full of antioxidants as well. Additionally, as summer comes to an end, often times we will experience an increase in sun induced hyperpigmentation in the way of brown spots, sunspots and uneven skin tone. This is the perfect time to add a brightening serum as a way to reduce the appearance of any brown spots that may have appeared on the skin’s surface as a result of increased sun exposure.

Stemology skincare offers Cell Revive Serum Complete, which addresses all 12 signs of facial aging – including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, uneven tone, large pores, free radical damage and more – in one serum.  Additionally, Stemology offers a wide range of serums targeted to specific skin concerns including Collagen Complete, Brightening Serum, Smoothing Serum and Eye Serum Complete.

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

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Stemology Becomes Official Partner of MedResults Network (MRN) After Successful Test Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA – MedResults Network (MRN) announces official partnership with Stemology, the world’s first and only anti-aging skincare brand dedicated to providing all-natural, intelligently organic formulations through the emerging science of adult and plan stem cell technologies. The largest national buying group for aesthetic providers is officially launching the Stemology brand on the heels of successful testing and surpassed sales expectations.

“Adding Stemology to our brand portfolio is extremely exciting as our members are always looking for the latest and best technology in the skin industry,” explains MRN CEO Jeff Routledge. “The brand fuses science and natural, organic formulations, something that’s highly sought-after by professionals in the industry, and consumers alike. Now, MRN Members can have the best of both worlds by offering Stemology products at our exclusive Members – only price.”

“We are so pleased with the success of the brand’s trial with MRN,” adds Stemology Chief Marketing Officer Lori Jacobus. “MRN is the ideal partner and channel for Stemology, targeting more than 2,600 aesthetic medical practices and med spas throughout the U.S., and in turn, their patients and clients. This group really understands the need and demand for quality, efficacy, and eco-aware products that can also serve the growing number of skincare enthusiasts looking for natural formulas backed by clinical science. We are building up sales efforts and look forward to partnering with more MRN accounts in the coming months.”

Stemology products, including bestselling Cell Revive Serum Complete, formulated to address all 12 signs of facial aging – including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, tightness, tone, and more – are now available to MRN partners.

For more information about MRN and Stemology, visit www.medresultsnetwork.com or www.stemologyskincare.com.

ABOUT THE MEDRESULTS NETWORK

MedResults Network is the nation’s largest buying network for aesthetic medical providers and is based on saving its members time and money! Using the buying power of its 2,600 members, MRN has negotiated with over 50+ national vendors to bring aesthetic providers discounts and rebates on the products and services they use daily. MedResults Network is the only national buying group that offers benefits at no cost to members, with no risk, and with the opportunity for members to continue purchasing directly from their preferred manufacturers and distributors.

ABOUT STEMOLOGY

Stemology is dedicated to providing all-natural, intelligently organic skincare formulations through the emerging science of Stem Cells. Stemology is the first and only brand to bring together both human adult stem cell and plant stem cell technologies, along with a stem cell communicator that greatly enhances intercellular communication to maximize the benefit of stem cell “signaling” growth factors. Stemology products are ethically formulated and do not contain any actual stem cells or DNA. Stemology products are free of phthalates, parabens, GMOs and petrochemicals. Stemology is a cruelty-free company.

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Skincare Solutions For Fall Weather Changes

Fall Into Beautiful Skin

As the season changes, so does the skin, and therefore an updated skincare routine should be introduced. As summer turns to Fall, your clients will be enlisting your help in returning skin to its most even and brightest best!  So, let’s take a look at the most common skin changes and how to help create a seamless seasonal skin transition for your clients.

SKIN CHANGE: SUN DAMAGE

Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging. And the majority of that exposure occurs within the summer months. Unprotected sun exposure causes damage to the skin’s epidermis and dermis, resulting in an increase in unwanted pigmentation on the skin.

 Solution: Speed Up Cell Turnover

Now that summer is fading, do the same for sunspots with a skincare regimen designed to help speed up the declining rate of skin’s cell turnover. Look for products with all-natural ingredients that are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of spots that contribute to an uneven complexion. With today’s advanced technologies, it’s never been easier to help your clients achieve a more even skin tone naturally, without harsh chemical ingredients like hydroquinone. Instead, offer products that contain AHA and BHA acids, plus natural fruit enzymes and amino acids to provide exfoliation and naturally help thicken skin and improve circulation.

 SKIN CHANGE: DRY SKIN

The weather change, combined with hormonal changes as a result of aging, reduces oil and sweat gland production, resulting in less natural oils to help lubricate skin. This process causes skin to appear (and feel) dry and dehydrated, leading to a rough, “crepey” appearance.

 Solution: Multiple Hydration Approach

Advise clients to incorporate a skincare regimen that hydrates in multiple ways – by attracting water, binding hydration to the skin and holding it in. Single function moisturizers that simply lay moisture on top of the skin are so outdated, and won’t fix the problem. Dry, dehydrated skin needs to be comprehensively hydrated, with all natural ingredients that nourish the skin, while attracting, binding and sealing in moisture where it can do the most good. Look for products that contain time-release hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin’s appearance.

SKIN CHANGE: SENSITIVE SKIN

As the air becomes dryer, skin loses its ability to retain water, which evaporates, leading to dryness and increased sensitivity. Surface lipids, in smaller quantities, no longer form a homogeneous barrier. And because the skin barrier no longer performs its function as effectively, it allows external aggressors and irritants (pollution, allergen particles, etc.) to penetrate deeper into the skin. Skin then becomes more vulnerable and reactive, and is more rapidly and strongly irritated.

Solution: Restore Skin’s Barrier

Through proper hydration and balancing the skin’s natural pH, the skin’s natural barrier can be restored to optimal health, increasing skin resiliency and reducing skin sensitivity. Recommend products rich in ingredients and emollients that support the health of your client’s skin and work to improve the skin’s barrier function, including antioxidants to help protect skin from external aggressors.

SKIN CHANGE: UNEVEN TEXTURE

As the air outside cools, it becomes dryer with a lower humidity factor. Less moisture in the air causes skin dryness and depletion of hydration. Our natural sebum oil cannot keep up with the hydration demands of the dryer climate. This can lead skin to have a more coarse texture.

Solution: Gently Exfoliate

In order to achieve smooth skin, we need to rid the skin of dead, flaky skin on the surface. Regular exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, allows the body to produce more moisture, plumps skin and helps build collagen and elastin production. Look for products that contain squalane, carrot seed, meadowfoam seed and argan oils to provide regenerative support and restructuring for smoother skin and optimal cellular function.

SKIN CHANGE: LESS SWEATING

This seems like a no-brainer, but as the seasons move from summer to fall, the weather cools and our bodies no longer need to self-regulate their temperature through sweating. Though sweating is an important function for the body to maintain its proper balance, excessive sweating can lead to breakouts, irritation, and dry skin.

 Solution: Cleansing and Rehydrating Skin

Now that normal to excessive sweating is subsiding, its time to cleanse skin from bacteria and toxins in a gentle way, restoring skin’s pH balance and re-hydrating environmentally damaged summer skin. Use cleansers that have anti-inflammatory ingredients such as chamomile and gentle hydrators that are all-natural.

The latest advances in regenerative medicine – also known as stem cell therapy – have a proven track record in addressing skin damage, from dry skin to sun damage to wrinkles. For optimal results, look for skincare products that utilize this technology and are supported by clinical studies proving their efficacy.

Stemology skincare has all the products your clients need to help transition their skin from summer to fall, including Cell Revive Brightening Serum, clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation in as little as 14 days.* For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

~Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, CTO and Founder of Stemology Skincare

Sources: Refinery29, Huffington Post

*Study results on file. Stemology skincare and its affiliates do not guarantee results. Results may vary.


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Beauty Trend: Multitasking Products

We Live in a 25/7 World

That’s not a typo. Living 24/7 is so last year. Consumers are now living in a twenty-five / seven world, striving to navigate a fast-paced life while achieving more in less time. The 25/7 movement, coined by WGSN trend forecasting, is about consumers trying to reclaim an extra hour a day in their lives to pause and relax. In the beauty industry, this translates into an increase in demand for multitasking products that will help consumers achieve more in their already time-squeezed lives.

In the past, multitasking beauty products were limited to lipstick that moisturized or a body wash/shampoo combination, in other words, products that didn’t show significant results or changes in the skin. However, today, thanks to improved technology, new ingredients, and cutting-edge formulations, using products that multitask does not mean you have to sacrifice efficacy for efficiency.

These efficacious and efficient 25/7 beauty solutions are real and available now!

Think serums that not only fight one or two signs of aging, but up to 12 signs of facial aging!

Think overnight moisturizers that exfoliate and hydrate, leaving skin looking better upon waking up than it did going to sleep.

Think daytime moisturizers that combine SPF, foundation, hydration and anti-aging properties, saving users time and money.

Think efficacious mask formulas that require less time on the face for increased tightening, lifting and cleansing results.

WGSN sites that consumers are now “prosumers” (professional consumers) who like to know more about their beauty products, the ingredients and what each product can do for them as they try to claw “me time” back from their time-pressured lives. A study published in SkinInc reported that 54% of women surveyed want skincare to be “all natural,” with 59% reporting that they read beauty product ingredient labels prior to purchase. So not only does the beauty industry need to take into consideration putting more multitasking products on the market, but also ensuring that they are natural and formulated with safe ingredients.

Stemology Skincare offers numerous multi-tasking skincare products utilizing natural ingredients and clinically proven formulas. Stemology’s Cell Revive Serum Complete is a breakthrough formula that addresses all the signs of facial aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, firmness and tightness, skin tone, pore refinement, skin thickness, collagen, and free radical damage.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

*Contributed by Lori Jacobus, CMO of Stemology Skincare

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Sunglasses Prevent Grow's Feet

Can Wearing Sunglasses Help Prevent Crow’s Feet?

Causes And Solutions For Eye Area Wrinkles

Crow’s feet are the branching wrinkles on the outer corner of a person’s eye, which can abstractly resemble a bird’s footprint. Crow’s feet become more visible than other wrinkles because the skin around the eyes is much thinner. This thinner skin does not have the same structure as the thicker skin on your face and body that helps keep those areas firm. This thinner skin has less elasticity and is therefore more prone to sagging and wrinkling.

The Causes

The causes of crow’s feet around the eyes are the same as what causes wrinkles on other parts of the face. As we age, the skin’s ability to produce elastin and collagen slows. Elastin and collagen are vitally important in helping to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient to wrinkles. As collagen and elastin break down, skin loses its strength and elasticity, resulting in the development of noticeable deep creases, fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet.

Additional factors can make crow’s feet worse, including:

  • Squinting: Any habitual facial expression can eventually cause a wrinkle in the areas of the face that are involved. With squinting, the eye area is the main expression area.
  • Smiling: Though smiling may seem like it is primarily concentrated around your mouth area, it actually can take up to 26 of the 43 muscles in the face to smile…and that includes muscles around your eyes.
  • Sun Damage: Sun damage is the #1 cause of aging, with some citing it as the cause of 90% of skin’s visible aging.
  • Sleeping: Habitually sleeping on your side can cause fine lines to appear where your face hits the pillow.
  • Free Radical Damage: Free radicals, found in the environment and in sun exposure, can cause changes to your skin at a cellular level that lead to aging.
  • Increased Salt Intake. If you have been eating a lot of salty food, it can cause skin to inflame, thin and become puffy, leading to an exaggerated appearance of fine lines including crow’s feet.

The Solutions

Sunglasses will help prevent squinting, which in turn will help prevent crow’s feet. They also block out UV rays and help prevent photo and free radical damage in the thinner, more sensitive skin around the eye area. However, the glasses you wear must have proper UV protection. Look for glasses that specifically have a UV filter in the lens, which should be denoted by a small sticker on the glasses. Wrap-around sunglass styles offer the best protection followed by glasses with large frames. The more area the glasses cover, the more skin you will protect.

Wearing sunscreen year round, with a particular concentration on the nose and around the eye area. Sun exposure has unequivocally been proven to cause wrinkles and advanced aging in skin. Find an advanced sunscreen that not only protects skin against the sun, but also helps repair skin and increase its health and strength. By wearing sunscreen everyday, you will not only reduce skin aging, but also the risk of skin cancer.

 Stay hydrated. Remind your clients to drink eight to 12 glasses of water a day to help flush toxins out of the body and rejuvenate your skin.

Use a good eye serum or cream. Look for one that is multi tasking, clinically proven and formulated with natural ingredients. We recommend Stemology’s Cell Revive Eye Serum Complete. In a 28 day clinical test, 87% of subjects reported a significant decrease in the appearance of crow’s feet.*

What else? While smiling can definitely cause smile lines around the eyes, we absolutely recommend it. Just put prevention into practice with the solutions listed above, and you and your clinets can continue to smile and light up the world without worrying about what it might be doing to contribute to crow’s feet.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Sources: Yahoo! Beauty, Women’s Health

 *Results vary. Study results on file.

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Hyperpigmentation

Top Ingredients for Fighting Hyperpigmentation

Ingredients To Help Achieve a More Even Skin Tone

The essence of younger looking skin is radiance. It’s that rosy glow that children have naturally. And the older you get, the less radiant your skin becomes. You see, attaining a brighter complexion isn’t easy. The process requires two specific steps: exfoliation to remove discoloration and melanin inhibitors to limit hyperpigmentation. Two steps to radiance – one without the other is simply not good enough. That’s why one-step lighteners and brighteners just don’t work.

Here’s what to look for to get the most out of your brightening products:

  1. Natural Exfoliators: Lemon, orange and sugar are all great natural exfoliants to look for in a good brightening product. Lemon and orange are acidic which naturally exfoliates skin while sugar works manually to exfoliate as you rub the product on your face. Bonus – Because exfoliation naturally thickens skin and improves circulation, your pores will look smoother and more refined!
  2. AHA/BHA also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid or Salicylic acid are not only great for helping increase cell turnover, they also aid in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Each of the acids provides its own unique benefits, and when formulated properly, is an anti-aging powerhouse duo.
  3. Melanin and Tyrosinase Inhibitors: Cell turnover is one thing, but keeping cells lighter longer is the real trick. Look for melanin and tyrosinase inhibitors like vitamin C, ascorbic acid or alpha lipoic acid that reduce the look of pigmentation and help new cells start lighter and stay more radiant longer.
  4. Hydroquinone alternatives are essential ingredients in safe, natural lightening products. Hydroquinone is one of the most common – and most controversial – ingredients in skin lightening products. You’ve about the potential dangers of hydroquinone before. So make sure your lightening products do not contain hydroquinone. We always say, better safe than sorry, especially when it’s an ingredient that has been banned in most countries outside of the USA.
  5. Emollients are ingredients that soften skin and seal in moisture. Exfoliation and lightening agents can be drying to the skin. Make sure your lightening and brightening products contain emollients that rehydrate skin and prevent dehydration and further damage.
  6. Antioxidants help defend the skin against free radical damage (think sun, smoke, and pollution) that lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Look for ingredients like Retinol, green tea and vitamin C, all great natural antioxidants that are good for skin.
  7. Stem Cell Technology, like Stemology’s proprietary StemCore-3, which delivers long-term results by combining human stem cells (ethically gathered from certified adult donors), plant stem cells and ingredient “helpers” to provide a highly effective hyperpigmentation reducer.

Still having a hard time finding a skincare product that includes all these ingredients, try Stemology’s Cell Revive Brightening Serum. It delivers brighter, more radiant skin in just 14 days, with even more dramatic improvement after 42 days. And Cell Revive Brightening Serum is 100% hydroquinone and ubiquinone free!

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

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5 Tips to Selling Skincare

Your Guide To Selling Skincare!

Late last month we were delighted to announce our newest partnership with PCA Skincare! In light of our recent launch, we thought it appropriate to review some important features of creating a successful retail plan when selling skincare in your aesthetic practice.

When we do our annual survey of over 2,500 aesthetic practices, year after year we find that most of our members have not maximized their earning potential with retail sales.  On average, at least 10% or more, of a medical spa’s revenue should come from retail sales…this is often not the case (and this varies for physician offices).  Regardless of whether you come from a medical spa or you’re a part of an aesthetic physician’s office, we’ve included five tips to sell skincare more effectively and to help you increase your overall retail sales.

  1. Choose the products your patients want & need! Consider your target demographic and identify what types of products they want. Also consider geographic location—if you’re in sunny southern California, sunscreens and skin repair products are in high demand.  Alternatively, if you cater to a younger, health-conscious customer, you may want to consider adding a completely natural or organic skincare line to your offering.  It’s also worthwhile to review product ingredients as not every skincare line will contain the active ingredients that actually provide the benefits that many brands claim to offer.  Due-diligence is key!  Finally, a good skincare strategy requires that you choose only a select group of retail products that match your brand (in terms of your customer and price point) and don’t confuse the customer.  You’ll more than likely scare someone from a sale if they have to look through ten product lines to identify which one they should take home!  Make it an easy decision and stock three brands or less to remove confusion.
  1. Show off your goods! Where do you generally ‘showcase’ the products you sell? If not properly displayed, then it’s time to make some changes.  All of your products should be on display somewhere in the waiting or reception area.  In addition, remember to keep things C&S (clean and simple).  Don’t put loads of stock on a showcase – just what is necessary to show the range of products you offer. Vendor sales representatives can always help you with merchandising if you don’t think you have an ‘eye’ for design!
  1. If you don’t mention it, they won’t ask. Don’t expect your customers to buy the retail products you put on display, JUST because they’re on display.  Be sure to drive patients to ask about your offering.  You can do this through your digital marketing, signage, and sampling.  Your vendor sales reps will also help you to coordinate events around their brands, they’ll provide signage, and will generally help with a number of marketing tactics to help you get creative to create demand for the products you offer.
  1. Present your products using the most effective sales tool in your practice. I’m not talking about how you present the products when you place them on the shelves or the presentation you may give at a special product event.  This type of presentation is how your employees present themselves when they walk into work every day after having used the products you offer.  Your staff members are walking testimonials to the treatments you offer and the products you sell, so make it available to them!  When a prospective customer sees your receptionist’s glowing skin at the front desk and gives a compliment or asks a question about a product, she’ll be there to save the day and get the sale!  This probably isn’t the type of “presentation” you had in mind, although both types are necessary!
  1. Sell only the products you use. ALWAYS consider what types of back bar products you use when you offer retail solutions. This is extremely self-explanatory and MANDATORY although so many manufacturers don’t offer it and aesthetic providers don’t do it.  If you offer a PCA peel in conjunction with LED light therapy, PCA Skincare and handheld lights, like LightStim, should be in the front office available to customers.  The best way to sell products is to treat your customer/patient with a product(s) and provide them the opportunity to get better results by using it at home. Take this one step further and consider giving a free post-treatment skincare kit to customers to ensure they’ll get the results they desire AND will come back to you for more!

Jamie Parrott, MBA, Vice President & COO, MedResults Network

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MedResults Network And PCA Skin Form National Partnership

MedResults Members Now Have Access To An Exclusive Loyalty/Rebate Program Through PCA Skin

July 26, 2016

Today MedResults Network, the nation’s largest buying network for aesthetic medical providers and medical spas, announced their new national partnership with PCA SKIN®, the originator of advanced blended chemical peels.  For over 25 years PCA SKIN® has been a trusted industry leader in the development of effective in-office skincare treatments for aesthetic medical professionals as well as a recognized quality brand of skincare products for patients.  MedResults Network’s 2,500 aesthetic members now have preferred access to the entire PCA product line and education programs.

Founded in 1990 by an aesthetician and developed by a dermatologist, PCA SKIN is grounded on three core pillars: product innovation, excellence in education and unparalleled customer support.  Originally founded on the modified and enhanced Jessner’s peel, PCA SKIN has spent the last two decades expanding their portfolio to include treatment options for all skin types, ethnicities and conditions. Over one million PCA SKIN peels are performed globally each year.

PCA SKIN has led the industry in skin health education, teaching clinicians globally in the physiology of the skin and the safe and effective application of chemical peels.  Their entire customer support team consists of licensed aestheticians who combine aesthetic education and business development for their providers.

In addition to their line of advanced chemical peels, PCA SKIN® has a full skincare product portfolio which provides comprehensive solutions for all different skin types and conditions.

When asked about the partnership Jamie Parrott, Vice President and COO of MedResults Network stated:

“After a year and a half of due diligence to ensure that our members have access to the best skincare products in the industry, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with PCA SKIN.  Their focus on quality and efficacy are above and beyond industry standards. We are also highly impressed that in addition to being the leaders in advanced chemical peels, they offer the best solutions to address a wide variety of skin types and conditions through their products specifically developed for at home use by patients. I’m confident based on my own personal results using the PCA skincare line that we’ve made the best decision for our network.  MedResults Network members have long asked for a trusted source for medical-grade cosmeceuticals and we’re delighted to announce that we can now provide them with the best through PCA SKIN.”

Josh DeBlasio, Vice President of Sales at PCA Skin was also quoted:

“We at PCA SKIN are thrilled with our new partnership with the MedResults Network.  Recently, we were recognized as one of the fastest growing professional skincare companies and there are now more than 1,000,000 PCA SKIN chemical peels performed annually.  Our commitment to innovation, education, growth and our customer-centric approach aligns very closely with MRN and their core values.  We believe this partnership will bring enhanced value to both companies’ customer base and we are excited to launch this partnership to the aesthetic community.”

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the MedResults Network
MedResults Network is an organization based on saving our members time and money! Using the buying power of our 2,500 members, we’ve negotiated with over 50+ national vendors to bring aesthetic providers discounts and rebates on the products and services they use daily.  MedResults Network is the only national buying group that offers benefits at no cost to members, with no risk, and with the opportunity for members to continue purchasing directly from their preferred manufacturers and distributors.

Company Contact Information

Jamie Parrott, VP & COO  •  MedResults Network  •  Jamie@medresultsnetwork.com  •  844-799-2384

Company Info:

PCA SKIN  •  6710 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251  •  844-722-2428

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Stacked Protocols

A Cumulative Treatment Approach

Peanut butter is better with jelly. The taste of Italian food is enhanced by wine. Music sounds better when played through good speakers. You get it. One thing is good, but when you pair it with a complimentary item it becomes great. Such is the way in esthetics with stacked protocols.

A stacked protocol combines two or more products and/or technologies for a cumulative treatment approach. This dual-action method is ideal for any client looking for visible and immediate anti-aging results on the skin. A combination of a state-of-the-art delivery system, with cutting edge science in anti-aging, all natural skin care formulation, can take results from great to amazing!

Stacked protocols start with efficacious, professional skincare products. Look for products that are scientifically backed by clinical studies that prove results. Check the manufacturer claims and ask for their study summaries. Also commit to natural, organic and-cruelty free products. It is possible to find products that deliver amazing results as well as being chemical-free, paraben-free, non-GMO and vegan!

Once you have a safe, proven anti-aging skincare line in place, you can combine those formulations with proven, effective delivery systems for amazing stacked protocol results, without the serious down time of lasers, and more invasive procedures.

Micro-Needling

Micro-needling is a treatment that utilizes a tool called a dermaroller which creates tiny pinpricks in the skin that work like canals, allowing the topical products to reach deeper into the skin. Additionally, these tiny pinpricks signal your body to repair the skin, sending collagen to the epidermis, which helps skin become stronger, fuller and more radiant.

HydraFacial

The HydraFacial treatment promises clearer, more hydrated, younger-looking skin immediately by utilizing a machine with a double-helix like vacuuming action to exfoliate dead skin cells and rid the skin of excess oil. HydraFacial prides itself on being just as aggressive as chemical peels, microderabrasion and manual extractions—without the irritation.

SculpSure Body Contouring System

SculpSure is a non-invasive body contouring system for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Clinical trials show an average of a 24% reduction in fat volume after a single treatment. Combine this system with a facial protocol for a full-body beauty treatment.

Stemology Skincare offers three stacked protocol facials including the HydraFacial, which combines Stemology professional products with the hydradermabrasion chemical peel; Youth Activating Facial, which combines Stemology professional products with a dermaroller for better product penetration; and SculpSure Body Contouring, which combines a fat-reducing body treatment with an anti-aging facial.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Contributed by Dr. Hal Simeroth, Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

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Stemology is a preferred partner of MedResults Network and Guest Blogger.  Members receive discounts and rebates on their unique stem cell-based product line.

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Summer Vacation Travel Essentials

Ensure a Quick Trip Through the TSA CheckPoint

As aesthetic and beauty professionals, traveling with tons of beauty products is a given. Chances are you can’t leave home without at least your favorite cleanser, toner, treatment product (or three), eye serum, scrub, day moisturizer, night moisturizer, maybe a mask, hand lotion, body lotion and lip gloss at a minimum. But getting these items through security can be a nightmare. To help maximize your time enjoying the moment, and keep your summer vacation relaxing, we’ve got 10 tips for traveling beautifully.

  1. Know what qualifies. The Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) definition of a liquid includes liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes. Each passenger can bring one quart-sized bag only of these liquids through the TSA checkpoint.
  2. Transfer your liquids. Let’s face it, the majority of personal care products fall into the TSA’s definition of a liquid substance. However most of them do not fall into their size restrictions. If you are carrying-on your bag, each “liquid” item must be in a travel-sized container that is 3.4 ounces (100.55 ml) or less. So, we’ve gotten pretty good at transferring our products into alternative bottles.
  3. Pair down for carry-on. The TSA allows for more liquids to be included in checked luggage. So, only bring your necessities onto the flight with you. Our top items include a good hand lotion, uber hydrating moisturizer (traveling is terribly dehydrating to skin!), lip-gloss, toothpaste and toothbrush, dry shampoo and deodorant.
  4. Get a cute liquids bag. If you are carrying-on, TSA asks that you place your liquid items in a 1-quart sized clear bag for ease of screening. So, before you reach for that Ziploc, consider a cuter option, like one of these from Flight 001, because you can be stylish and functional at the same time.
  5. Know what isn’t included. Exemptions to the liquid carry on rule are medications and infant and child nourishments. Clearly label any medication to help facilitate the screening process and remove any liquid medications from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings.
  6. Check larger liquid items. Any non-flammable liquid, gel or aerosol personal care products that are larger than 3.4 oz/100.55 ml are allowed in your checked luggage. So, stow your serums, hairspray and contact solution here. And remember, aerosol sprays are prohibited, even in carry on, for some International fights so be sure to double check your carrier just to be sure.
  7. Keep the mood lighting in your checked bag. Gel-type candles are permitted in checked luggage. However all matches and lighters with fluid are prohibited in checked baggage. But, not to worry, you can include one book of safety (non-strike anywhere) matches in your carry-on bag.
  8. Sharp item rules have been updated. A few years back, tweezers, sewing scissors and razors had to be packed in checked luggage. However, newer revisions to the “sharp items” rules allow travelers with carry-on luggage to include small scissors (less than four inches, measured from the fulcrum), tweezers and disposable razors. Safety razors with blades and razor-type blades are only allowed in checked luggage.
  9. Security regulations vary by country. If you are traveling internationally, make sure to check your destination country’s travel laws. Though most of the European Union, as well as Australia, Japan, Singapore, Iceland and Norway, have airport security rules similar to the United States, it’s always smart to check with the country you are visiting before packing.
  10. Be friendly with the TSA agents. It is the traveler’s responsibility to be knowledgeable and prepared when packing for vacation. But with all the rules, things can easily get missed. At the end of the day, whether you can take an item with you on vacation or not is up to the TSA agent you are working with. So always remember to be patient and kind in your dealings with them.

 Stemology makes skincare travel easy with their Travel Skincare Essentials. Keep skin looking its vibrant best, even when you travel. We all know that traveling can wreak havoc on our skin (can the air on a plane be any drier??), but with Stemology’s TSA approved Travel Skincare Essentials, beautiful skin is always within reach.

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport.

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Contributed by Lori Jacobus, CMO of Stemology Skincare

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Spring Clean Your Skin

Spring Renewal, Skin Renewal 

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

We spring clean our house. We spring clean our wardrobe. We spring clean our diet. So, why not spring clean our skin? Spring is all about purging the things that no longer serve us and incorporating new products, techniques and habits that help us rejuvenate, renew and refresh. Here are our 10 tips to spring clean your skin this year.

  1. Wash your makeup brushes. While we are assuming you are following our previous advice of washing your makeup brushes once a week to avoid product and bacterial build up, spring is the perfect time for a deep cleaning. If your normal routine includes a quick-dry spray cleaner, take the time now to do a full soap and water wash on your brushes.
  2. Exfoliate your elbows and heels. Tank tops and flip-flops are cute and comfortable summer wardrobe staples. Make sure your elbows and heels are prepared for their reveal by regularly exfoliating them. Follow with a heavy cream moisturizer day and night.
  3. Throw out any expired products. Most people don’t realize that skincare products expire just like food and other perishable items. Review the label on your products for specific expiration times. If you can’t find an expiration date, a good rule of thumb is to toss out any products that have been open for 12 months or longer.
  4. Book a professional treatment. Start springtime out right by having a professional esthetician assess your skin. A good facial will take off the layer of dull dead skin cells, revealing the beautiful new skin beneath. Then ask your esthetician about their recommendations for changing up your at-home products for spring (see below).
  5. Transition your skincare routine. As we all know, seasonality in skincare is equally as important as seasonality in fashion. Just like you are switching out your pants for shorts, switch out your heavy moisturizer for a lighter one.
  6. Stock up on new sunscreen. Purge last year’s sunscreen collection and start anew with the ultimate SPF arsenal. Our sunscreen defense team includes a daily moisturizer with SPF, a water-resistant sunscreen for exercise, a spray on high-SPF sunscreen for days at the beach and a sunscreen lotion for our face and more sensitive areas on our body.
  7. Pamper the skin all over your body. Say hello to spring with a rejuvenating full body massage. Ask your masseuse to work out all the kinks of a winter indoors and walk into this new season renewed from head to toe.
  8. Invest in professional hair removal. When spring arrives that means summer – and bathing suit season – is just around the corner. Now is the time to invest in professional hair removal treatments like laser or electrolysis, which can take a few months to see full results.
  9. Get new sunnies. The number one cause of crow’s feet is squinting. So, with longer days and shorter nights, make sure your eyes are protected. And what a great excuse to invest in a new pair of sunglasses!
  10. Lighten up your makeup. Spring is about being light and natural. Lighten up your foundation. Switch out your darker blushes for more coral and pink tones. And ditch your dark red lips for nudes and naturals.

Are you ready to spring clean your skin?

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

 

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A Closer Look At Botanical Ingredients in Skincare

Stemology’s Satisfied Clients

Contributed By: Dr. Hal Simeroth

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Nature surprises us in many ways. One of the most beautiful and impressive, is the many, many healing properties it contains. So, as April showers are now blooming into May flowers, it seemed an ideal time to take a closer look at some of the flowers contained in Stemology skincare products and their incredible healing benefits.

Daisy Flower

Found in Stemology Cell Revive Brightening Serum

The Daisy Flower is a simple flower composed of white petals and a yellow center. However, daisies are not made of just one flower; they are actually made of two types of flowers – disk florets and petal-like white ray florets. The daisy leaves are edible and are often found in exotic salad mixes. Daisies symbolize innocence, purity and new beginnings. In skincare, Daisy Flower Extract is commonly used for brightening skin. The flower contains organic acids in higher amounts, which makes it a valuable ingredient with skin lightening and exfoliating properties.

Edelweiss

Found in Stemology Cell Renew EnviroExpose Repair and Restore Crème

Made popular by the song in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music, edelweiss is a European mountain plant that has woolly bracets around its small flowers and downy gray-green leaves. Due to its growth on the daring steeps of the Alpine terrain, Edelweiss signifies deep love and devotion, as many men that have harvested the flower had to traverse to its remote habitation, enduring dangerous journeys. Eidelweiss is a protected flower with legal limitations that prevent people from picking the flower in most of the regions where it is left to grow wild. In skincare, edelweiss extract helps to improve skin resistance to environmental aggressors and strengthens the natural skin barrier.

Comfrey Flower

Found in Stemology Cell Refresh Hydrating Cleanser and Stemology Cell Renew Hand and Nail Crème Complete

Comfrey is a perennial herb with a black turnip-like root and broad hairy leaves that bears small bell-shaped flowers of various colors, usually cream or purple. It has been cultivated for healing since 400 BCE and was used by notable Greek physicians. Wild comfrey contains allantoin, which encourages cell production and helps in the healing of wounds. It also contains high mucilage content, which helps smooth skin.

Pot Marigold

Found in Stemology Cell Renew EnviroExpose Repair and Restore Crème

Pot Marigold, also knows as the Calendula Officinalis Flower, is a bright and cheery annual flower that blooms from early summer until winter. The name is derived from the Virgin Mary, “Mary’s Gold” and to this day the flower is used in many Day of the Dead ceremonies. In skincare, Calendula extract has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Sunflower

Found in Stemology Cell Reboot Exfoliating Skin Polisher and Stemology Cell Renew Hand and Nail Crème Complete

The sunflower is a tall North American plant in the daisy family. It has very large golden-rayed flowers, which are cultivated for their edible seeds. Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity, with the meaning stemming from its namesake, the sun. Their brilliant yellow petals are also known as “rays.” In skincare, sunflower extract contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from external environmental aggressors like the sun and pollution.

Geranium

Found in Stemology Cell Rescue Active Gel Toner

There are hundreds of species of geranium, ranging in size, shape and color. The most common shades are white, red and pink. The symbolism of the geranium flower is most commonly associated with its particular type or color. Meanings range from fertility (white), good health (red) and love (pink). Geranium distillate or Organic Pelargonium Gravolens, is commonly used as a cellular regenerative in skin care and helps balance both oily and dry skin.

As the flowers in your garden begin to bloom this spring, take a moment to inquire about their special healing properties. And join me in being amazed by nature.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

 

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Skincare With Proven Results, On and Off The Skin

Stemology’s Satisfied Clients

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, CMO of Stemology Skincare

There are a million different skincare brands out there, with a million different claims about reducing wrinkles, eliminating acne or bringing back a youthful glow. But as we all know, the proof really lies in the results. And, with Stemology Skincare, you can be assured that you will see results – in your skin, your clients and your business. Here are a few of our satisfied clients talking about how choosing Stemology has been the best decision for them, and their business.

Doctors See Results

“The proof of a product is when it delivers results; and this one does! Hooray for the great technology behind this entirely modern skin care line!”

– Christine Petti, M.D., F.A.C.S., President and Founder of Spa Bella

Spa Owners Experience Business Growth

“The Stemology line has been a game changer for my business as it allows me a much-needed competitive advantage. Stemology is unlike any other skincare line because it delivers results on the skin like no other, especially when used in “stacked protocols.” The line is esthetically beautiful, the formulas are easy-to-use, and the technology is truly cutting edge.”

– Jeanie Bryant, Spa Director, Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel and Spa

Customers Achieve Youthful Skin

“I looked in the mirror the other day and had to take a double take. Just 4 short weeks ago my skin was looking drab and wrinkly. I was so close to making an appointment for Botox. Then I tried Stemology. After 4 weeks my face has this glow and smoothness I cannot believe. The wrinkles in my forehead are slowly fading. But the best part is that I look in the mirror and feel better about the way I look. It’s like seeing myself in the mirror from 10 years ago. Normally, women do not want you to know their fountain of youth secret. However, I want all of my family and friends to know about Stemology! – Jayej Tilley on Stemology’s Facebook page.

Beauty Press Falls in Love

Star Beauty Award Winner, 2014 Cell Revive Serum Complete “Why It Wins: Stem cell science is complicated stuff, but with this serum, it was easy to see the improvements in our skin’s tone and texture.” – Star Magazine, Star Beauty Awards 2014

Celebrities Won’t Leave Home Without It

“[Stemology] is a Hollywood beauty secret that is used on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and…Kelly Clarkson won’t leave home without it.”

– Mario Lopez, Extra TV

 

What are you waiting for? Contact MRN today to find out more about Stemology and lock in special pricing.

 

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