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On Doing the Work

Posted by Stephanie Powers on

On Doing the Work

When clients reach out to ask me skin questions I always ask for two things: send me pics of your skin in front of a window and a pic of every product that touches your face. Why? A clients interpretation of what their skin is doing often has nothing to do with what’s actually happening, and the issue is often them deviating from their routine/ lifestyle changes by not following directions completely, adding in other products that aren't appropriate, or cherry picking only some of the recommended products. Essentially, the real problem is compliance. When I initially consult with prospective clients and explain that...

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Combating Aging With Antioxidants

Posted by Kristen McNary on

Combating Aging With Antioxidants

Aging isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something you do. Many factors that contribute are under your control as they are a result of your lifestyle: the aggregate of your day-to-day habits. Here at Sapien, we like to say “aging is biological, not chronological!”, and here’s why:At least 90 percent of skin aging is a result of cumulative light exposure and oxidative damage over time. It comes down to your lifestyle and the stressors your skin deals with on the daily rather than your biological age.Have you ever seen an apple that’s been left on the counter for hours?...

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The Importance Of Vitamin A

Posted by Jess Mathison on

The Importance Of Vitamin A

There are a wide number of factors to consider when it comes to maintaining radiant skin, but arguably the most important molecule, the one which is responsible for both optimal function and repairs to our DNA, is Vitamin A. This complex molecule occurs naturally in the skin and acts as a defense against UV damage and other environmental aggressors, but also breaks down in the light, so we must replace it daily in our skincare routines.      Vitamin A is the MVP of any reputable skincare routine (other than SPF, which is nonegtioable), and there are many different types...

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Intro to Skincare 101

Posted by Stephanie Powers on

Intro to Skincare 101

Many behaviors and environmental factors influence skin health, for better or for worse. Unfortunately, not all skincare products seem to recognize skin is an organ- that it has specific requirements in order to maintain homeostasis. There is a strong intuition (fueled by marketing and misinformation in order to drive sales) that skin needs all natural, chemical free, whole plant, raw food ingredients applied topically, and that you shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. Makes sense, right? Not really, and here's why: Everything is chemical. From the air we breathe, to all of our bodies processes. Chemicals, baby!...

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Natural VS Medical Grade Products

Posted by Stephanie Powers on

Natural VS Medical Grade Products

 I know there are a lot of opinions about “green,” “natural,” and “organic” skincare brands and I know there are a lot of conspiracy theories about why doctors aren’t typically recommending these types of products to patients. The same reasons your dermatologist isn’t recommending these products is the same reason why estheticians and other professionals don’t work with these products, and it has nothing to do with kickbacks, Big Pharma or any other malevolent entities. It comes down to scientific evidence. The best science we have actually shows that natural products tend have higher rates of reactions and allergies, and...

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