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NEW! Course Teaser + Mini Interview:
Easily one of, if not the, most common presenting concern in an aesthetics practice is that of mitigating the signs of facial skin aging. This can encompass a wide variety of skin changes. From the initial appearance of fine lines, through to the deepening of wrinkles; reductions in skin smoothness, to unevenness of skin tone; the lag apparent in skin laxity, through to the development of age spots and melasma. Our society’s focus on the enhancement of facial skin complexion is itself made obvious with a simple stroll through any cosmetics department or store. With such a high number of topical products directed toward this end, not to mention the multitude of medical/spa devices and services, as well as the growing realm of oral supplements touted for their purported benefit in this regard, it is easy to see just how central facial aesthetics is in our society.
Our goal for this course is to provide aesthetically-focused Naturopathic providers with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and an evidence-focused basis for incorporating key Naturopathic Aesthetic therapies. This will include a wide variety of topical cosmeceuticals, dietary interventions, oral supplements, and lifestyle modifications relating to the management of facial skin aging. This course builds on, and dives deeper into, information reviewed in the Introduction to Naturopathic Aesthetics course. It is designed to provide a variety of unique facets for facial skincare in your Naturopathic Aesthetics practice, including:
- A detailed review of both common and emerging topical cosmeceuticals typically found in the marketplace; this will include the likes of retinoids, ascorbic acid, hydroxy acids, peptides, plant stem cells, various antioxidants, and topical probiotics, among others.
- Among the cosmeceutical discussion, a separate focus is placed on those used in skin lightening products for hyperpigmentation concerns; this will include the likes of hydroquinone (and the debate surrounding its use), azelaic acid, arbutin, licorice extract, and lignin peroxidase, among others.
- Examples of how these cosmeceutical ingredients are formulated together, and methods of incorporation into your practice, will also be explored
- An exploration of specific dietary elements researched toward slowing the progression of skin aging, culminating in an overall dietary approach looking to incorporate these individual elements
- To determine the role, benefit, and evidence surrounding the emerging realm of nutritional and herbal-based oral supplements used for both mitigating the appearance of facial aging as well as for general cutaneous photoprotection
- To showcase recent research seeking to connect skin aging with the likes of sleep, stress, circadian rhythm, air pollution, as well as the specific impact of smoking and alcohol use on facial skin aging.
With the additional goal of facilitating your exploration into this world of Naturopathic Aesthetics, this course is designed to provide the course-taker with ample information, including numerous resources and references. It is very much encouraged to explore these as a means of obtaining a deeper breadth of the topics we review.
- Understand the various processes which contribute to facial skin aging, including the common histological and structural changes which characterize it
- Appreciate the methods by which UV radiation contributes to the skin photoaging process
- Understand the common clinical features, and histo-pathology, behind common forms of dyschromia, with a focus on melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Review the role and benefit of incorporating assessment tools and scales in objective evaluation of facial skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns such as melasma
- Explore and discuss common myths surrounding facial skin aging and cosmeceutical product use
- Review research surrounding established/traditional cosmeceuticals used in reducing the sign of skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns, including retinoids, ascorbic acid, and hydroxy acids
- Review research surrounding emerging cosmeceuticals used in reducing the signs of skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns, including peptides, plant stem cells, antioxidants, topical probiotics, and various skin lightening actives
- Explore methods, and supportive materials, for integrating & utilizing cosmeceuticals into an aesthetics practice, particularly in the management of facial skin aging and dyschromia
- Explore examples of how various cosmeceutical actives may be combined in product formulation
- Explore research surrounding both general & specific nutritional strategies and the skin aging process, including:
- Reviewing the impact of food and beverage choice on the limitation of sunburn formation
- Exploring the role of carotenoids and other antioxidants in mitigating the photodamage process
- Reviewing cross-sectional studies’ exploration of associations between dietary nutrient components and the signs of skin aging, and
- Discussing research using computer model simulation of the appearance change seen with increased carotenoid-based food consumption and how this can be used as a motivator for dietary adjustments
- Understand the detailed histo-pathological role and impact of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) in the skin aging process
- Identify sources of both endogenous and exogenous AGEs
- Explore the various dietary, oral supplement, and lifestyle approaches to reduce exposure to AGEs and AGEs formation
- Review in detail specific foods and food groups highest in pre-formed dietary AGEs, including cooking methods to consider in their limitation
- Explore research on a specific dietary approach used to reduce AGEs exposure
- Review research surrounding oral supplements used in reducing the sign of skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns, including Collagen peptides, Ceramides, CoQ10, green tea, among others
- Explore research surrounding oral supplements used in imparting a cutaneous photoprotective effect, including extracts of Polypodium leucotomos, green tea, along with specific antioxidants
- Discuss the essential component of sun protection measures, including what cosmeceutical ingredients to consider beyond those countering the UV light, application method, and methods to encourage patient compliance
- Review research exploring the impact of inadequate sleep on the signs of skin aging
- Explore the role of circadian rhythm and the skin, including how this may provide an optimal window of time for topical medicinal & cosmeceutical application
- Understand the connection between stress and skin, including cutaneous-derived stress mediators and their impact on both dermatological and aesthetic-related concerns
- Explore emerging evidence for the connection between air pollution and skin aging, including potential histo-chemical pathways through which this is mediated, and cosmeceuticals used to mitigate it
- Review recent evidence exploring those facial areas most affected by the signs of aging as based on years and amount of alcohol use and cigarette smoking, including how this can be used as an educational & motivational tool for adjusting patient drinking and smoking behaviors