What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SLES) is a Surfactant from the same family of chemicals as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. In cosmetics it’s used as detergent and foaming agent (to produce bubbles). You’ll find SLES in shampoos, shower-gels, facial cleansers and even dish soap....

What are Peptides?

Peptides are small chains of amino acids and are the building blocks of large proteins like collagen and elastin. Peptides occur naturally in the body and in nature, however, most peptides found in skincare preparations are synthetic (lab created) as they give...

Trick your skin this April Fools’ Day

April Fools' Day is all about practical joking and playing a good trick on someone. You may think this blog is an April Fools' joke, but it's not. Peptides can "trick" your skin into protecting and building collagen. Peptides are part of the skin's inter-cell...

Can dermaplaning improve your skin?

Both men and women have a love/hate relationship with removing hair from their bodies. We have been waxing, plucking, shaving and tweezing hairs since the beginning of recorded history! The ancient Egyptians removed all of their body hair from head to toe in the...

Why some beauty products cause allergic reactions?

We talk to people every day that have given up hope on achieving great looking skin. What's the first thing they ask? "Why do all the products supposedly designed to help only seem to make my skin worse?" The truth is, there are many factors at play and every person’s...

How does microneedling help your skin?

Can you explain this again? So you are going to stick a bunch of needles in my face?…and it’s going to make me look better? We know it sounds crazy. The things we do to look younger can sometimes sound and truly be bizarre, but microneedling actually works! The...

What you need to know about cystic acne

Whiteheads, blackheads, zits and pimples! Can we trade those for two cute dimples? Cystic acne can literally change your life and not in a good way. Much of what we accomplish in life is directly tied to our feeling of self-worth and confidence. We know being...

Five powerful insights to better merchandise any spa

We often hear terms like merchandise, yet few spa professionals have taken time to study consumer psychology – the science (or theory) of why consumers do what they do. Remember your clients are the same customers who shop at Macy’s or Nordstrom and these prestige...

The science of steam in skincare services

Full steam ahead! From boats to locomotives, America was built on the amazing ability of steam. For the last 50 years steam powered aircraft launch systems have rocketed our fighter jets into the open skies to defend our beautiful country. So it may surprise you that...

What you need to know about wrinkles

Madonna taught us we are living in a material world and if you’re a material girl (or boy) you probably care about your appearance. There is a time in everyone’s life when you no longer want to count the candles on your birthday cake and most of us would love to keep...

Are you ready for the future of spa?

Everyone in business is focused on both the present and the future. If business is going well we ask, “how can I stay ahead of the curve and make sure that my success in the future is equal to or better than what I experience now?” The most successful companies are...

Easy mistakes spa professionals must correct

Here we go again. Is this article going to get us in trouble? Even if it is, this is information spa professionals need to hear read. What is a spa professional? What is a professional? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a professional as..Well they have lots of...

Five things you must change in your spa today

Make your spa better. Better than you ever imagined. The pinnacle of relaxation and pampering. Be the best spa in your city or even state. But why stop there? Wouldn’t you want your spa to make it all the way to Travel + Leisure’s list of the best spas in America?...

Eight easy ways to take the perfect selfie

What is a selfie? A selfie is a self-portrait photograph and people have been taking pictures of themselves for over 100 years, but the term “selfie” has only become mainstream in recent history. The word has become so popular it was named "word of the year" by the...

Do something super for your skin

According to Politico, “Super Tuesday is the unofficial name for a Tuesday during the presidential primary election when the largest number of states hold their nominating contests.” This year that day is today – March 1, 2016. In the spirit of Super Tuesday, do...

ExPürtise Wins Aestheticians’ Choice Award

ExPürtise’s Effective Anti-Aging Face Treatment is the Winner of DERMASCOPE Magazine’s 2016 Aestheticians’ Choice Award for Anti-Aging Moisturizer DERMASCOPE was the first professional skin care journal published in the United States. The ExPürtise Effective...

Top New Year’s resolutions for your skin

According to The Statistic Brain Research Institute, “people who explicitly make (New Year’s) resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.” Unfortunately, having a resolution doesn't automatically equal...

Six natural ways to prevent wrinkles

Have you been noticing more wrinkles? Is your skin starting to feel dryer than it has in years past? It’s a fact of life, skin changes with age. A complex interaction of physical, biological and biochemical processes impact skin. As skin’s collagen dense support layer...

Five exciting ways vitamin C helps your body

It’s not just orange juice anymore It seems like everyone is talking about vitamin C these days. Most of us associate vitamin C with oranges, but this water-soluble vitamin can also be found in other fruits such as: papaya, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,...

Six smart ways to improve dark circles under eyes

Open your eyes Have you been awake for hours? Did you even sleep last night? After navigating the snooze button you're finally able to make it out of bed. Still half asleep and finishing a yawn you catch a glimpse of yourself. The mirror doesn't lie. The reflection...

Activate skin’s immune system with yeast

In a recent post by our friends over at Yahoo Beauty, yeast is reported to be a surprisingly beneficial new skincare ingredient. That makes this the perfect time to talk about Uniglucan G-51 – the INCI name for Butylene Glycol (and) Yeast Polysaccharides. Yeast...

Seven simple steps to improve beauty and self image

Are you happy in your skin? Unfortunately, the odds are not in your favor. It may come as a surprise, or not, that 97 percent of us have had at least one “I hate my body” moment. Even a 1997 study stated 56 percent of women are dissatisfied with their overall...

Is your phone causing wrinkles?

Ask your phone We did. Unfortunately, Siri and Cortana were unavailable for comment. Did you know the average American spends 162 minutes looking at their mobile device per day. That's almost 60,000 minutes a year – That's a lot of screen time! Screen fatigue Most of...

The fight of your life

Millions vs. billions The big day is almost here. All eyes are on Las Vegas. Every year boxing contributes over $100 million to Nevada's economy. A study conducted by Oxford Economics reports the gaming industry in Nevada was responsible for almost $7.9 billion in...

Procrastination can be taxing on your skin

April 15th, a day most of us dread, comes every year; it’s no surprise. It should also not be a surprise that one-third of individual tax returns are filed within two weeks of the deadline. Are you one of these procrastinators? Unfortunately, time is more unforgiving...

Trick your skin this April Fools’ Day

April Fools' Day is all about practical joking and playing a good trick on someone. You may think this blog is an April Fools' joke, but it's not. Peptides can "trick" your skin into protecting and building collagen. Peptides are part of the skin's inter-cell...

What are Synthetic Colors?

Synthetic Colors are ingredients used to dye or add color to personal care products. Synthetic Colors are tightly regulated by the FDA and a significant portion of them have been banned over the years due to various heath related concerns. Some Synthetic Colors are...

What are Ethanolamines?

Ethanolamines, also known as MEA, DEA and TEA (Monoethanolamine, Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine), are cosmetic emulsifiers and foaming agents with the combined properties of alcohols and amines. They are found in many common products such as make-up, hair dye,...

What are Nanoparticles?

Nanoparticles are ultra-tiny particles. So tiny in fact, they can measure 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The use of Nanoparticles in skincare has become controversial for several reasons: Because of their small size, it’s generally accepted...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green skincare ingredients

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things green and Irish culture. That got us thinking about our own ExPürtise products. We were feeling lucky and decided to highlight some of our favorite green colored skincare ingredients – the Certified Organic variety, of...

Presidential leadership in science

The third Monday of every February is dedicated to remembering some of the greatest leaders in American history. We call this Presidents' Day. Since this is the day we regularly use to honor the legacy of great presidents, we were thinking of three great presidential...

Roses for Valentine’s Day and your skin

According to a recent study by CNN, 51 percent of Americans buy red roses for Valentine's Day and spend a mind-bending $1.9 billion on flowers alone. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, not only is ExPürtise professing our undying love for roses, but also for the little...

Make a post-game plan for your skin

Today is the day of the big game. The Seattle Seahawks vs the New England Patriots. People want to know are the footballs properly inflated? Are the players well prepared? Did they eat their Wheaties? But everyone really wants to know who has the best skin? The people...

What is Mineral Oil?

Mineral oil is a petroleum derived ingredient frequently used in skincare products to protect and moisturize dry skin. It is an occlusive hydrator (a substance that physically blocks water loss in the Stratum corneum). Although the thought of petroleum based...

What are Synthetic Fragrances?

Synthetic Fragrances or parfums as they’re sometimes called are fragrances created in a lab usually from petroleum and natural gas byproducts. As noted in our post on phthalates, the individual components of fragrance are considered a trade secret so manufacturers are...

What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SLES) is a Surfactant from the same family of chemicals as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. In cosmetics it’s used as detergent and foaming agent (to produce bubbles). You’ll find SLES in shampoos, shower-gels, facial cleansers and even dish soap....

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a detergent and foaming agent. It’s also in the same family as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactants). Both are common in soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and skincare products.SLS is a known skin irritant. In higher concentrations it’s an...

What are Phthalates?

Phthalates (pronounced f-THAL-lates) are chemicals mainly used as plasticizers – additives used to increase flexibility, longevity, durability and transparency in otherwise rigid plastics.Phthalates are found in many products ranging from pharmaceuticals, fragrances,...

What are Peptides?

Peptides are small chains of amino acids and are the building blocks of large proteins like collagen and elastin. Peptides occur naturally in the body and in nature, however, most peptides found in skincare preparations are synthetic (lab created) as they give...

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