Hello everyone, my new employer is asking me what lines she should carry (she is considering phasing out what she currently uses), so if you could choose your hands down favorite professional line, what would it be?  I am about 4 years into my career and even though I love to research products, I haven't had as much "hands on" experience with as many as I would like.  Would love as much input as I can get.  And would also value info on lines any of you don't like and why.  Thanks!!!

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It really depends on your area and client base.  I'm in New Orleans and I find my clients and I resonate better with skincare lines formulated in hot southern climates...  the emulsions tend to be lighter and more acne safe.  So consider proximity, your climate, and whether there are clinical lines nearby that offer good education.  Remind her that minimums are very flexible in the post recession world, and it's not necessary or often even desirable to stick to just one line.  I'm solo and I cherry pick from, gosh, 7 lines?  That may cause excessive ordering stresd, but I doubt I would ever practice without at least two lines to choose from.  My 2 biggest at the moment are Skin Script and Lelexo.  Each has options that the other does not.

Thanks for the response, I am not familiar with Lelexo, can you tell me more about it?  I'm in a hot climate also (Nashville), and the idea of carrying a line that isn't in many other places around here is appealing.  (This town is Skinceutical and Image heavy.)   I went to the website and tried to get some more info, but without setting up an account, couldn't get much info.  One specific question I have, are there professional products to use for back bar, as well as home care products?  I like my clients to know there are certain products I use which they cannot purchase retail, makes them keep coming back for more :)   We currently carry Eminence and will probably continue to carry that for the "organic" crowd, but was looking to add something else for variety.  And lastly, do you find the line caters to all skin types and skin conditions?  Thanks for the feedback!!

Sure!  Their website is not totally organized but Bamby is my rep and she is lovely.  SO Lelexo is similar in some regards to Vivant and Face Reality in that it is Retinyl Propionate centered and heavy on the Mandelic Acid.  I carry all 3 strengths of the Retinyl Propionate as well as the cream version that is formulated for body.  I carry their Mandelic Acid Scrub.  I use their toners, but only back-bar.  All of their toners are very strong, so that is one thing that my clients only experience when they come in (although they are available for retail - I just choose to retail other toners instead and reserve the Lelexo ones for peel prep, etc.).  BUT for more of what you are describing, back bar that is only used in the Tx room to create pro results and that special experience, I think you'd benefit from checking out Skin Script.  All of their enzymes and masks are professional only.  I also use several backbar-only masks from HydroPeptide, including their Blueberry mask which is my go-to if skin gets irritated or upset during a treatment.  I really hope that helps!

That totally helps!  There are just so many lines out there, it's hard to keep up with all of them.  I'm going to try and reach out and see if they do samples and if they can get me a price sheet.  Thanks so much!!

Hi Brenda,

You should take a look at my line, Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care. 

We believe in providing results driven products, reasonable prices and fast friendly customer service. Our Skincare line offers both back bar and retail products, and we do not have minimums or piece requirements.

Michele Corley Clinical Skin Care products are not sold on line to protect your spa product sales. 

Most of our customers enjoy a three to five time markup which has been a great contributor to additional profit and growth for their facilities. 

You can find a wealth of information on my website, www.michelecorleyclinicalskincare.com  

I would welcome a conversation to learn more about your business and goals and how we can benefit you.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or be of assistance in any way.

Michele Corley

I Love Murad products!

Thanks Cathy, I will check it out. Quick question, are your products esthetician only?  Or do you also sell them retail through the website?

It depends on many aspects: your target clientele, how well the manufacturers support your business and ofcourse, the efficiency of the product. Medium value skincare (great results and moderate price, great support) that I know are Control Corrective, Image skincare, Pevonia (a little more expensive). Also depends on the spa and the majority of your clients needs: ethnic or asian or caucasian skin, more acne or more rosacea oriented treatments,...Now many people get hype so you can look in dr. Obagi or Zo (medium to expensive), Eminence (organic line) or Lyra. Just decide what you want to carry: organic, mixed, high price, moderate, superior results,  then check some reviews for each line.

I really love HydroPeptide.  I've been an esthetician since 1998 and used a lot of different product lines.  I like that it is a concise line (not a ton of products), and that it shows improvement on my client's skin very quickly.  I personally fell in love with them after using the LumaPro-C serum (treats hyperpigmentation).  I grew up in NC and was an avid sunbather so I have the hyperpigmentation and I saw results after two weeks.  I was sold after that.  They have retail and pro products.  

I discovered that Vitamin C is a powerful Anti-oxidant that works on the collagen synthesis and fades pigmentation on the surface of the skin. So I have tried this brand named Triple Action Vitamin C Serum by VoilaVe from Amazon. This has an anti aging ingredient. I have also seen on youtube that we can also make our own Serum, you need vegetable glycerine + water + vit.C powder but if you don't have the time and patience to do all this just order it from Amazon :) 

I prefer natural cosmetics. I absolutely love the oil cleansing method, which leaves skin very soft and smooth by using natural oils to balance the skin. I typically use the oil cleansing method at night and wash my face with raw honey if needed in the morning. By the way I bought some oils on https://allinpackaging.co.uk/cosmetic-ingredients/ . You can also use a natural sugar scrub (equal parts sugar and natural oil) or natural microdermabrasion (baking soda) to make skin look younger.

Brenda

The first and most important question is not what lines are out there but:

Why is she considering the change?

Marty Glenn

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