Skin Care Based on Science

We share our knowledge through this blog because we believe that education is empowerment.

Collagen 101

Collagen is EVERYWHERE. Literally. If you’ve explored any portion of the skin-care world, then you’re likely familiar with collagen, the amazing protein that deserves all of the hype that it receives. Understanding this dermal protein is imperative in understanding skin aging, so here is a basic breakdown on what it’s all about. What is Collagen? … Continue reading Collagen 101

Skin Friendly Makeup

When it comes to skin health and beauty, cosmetics are always a hot topic whether the questions are surrounding acne, sunscreen and makeup, or which cosmetics are Sapien tested and approved by our estheticians. I’m here to answer all of your burning beauty questions. What makes certain cosmetics more skin-friendly than others? The first factor … Continue reading Skin Friendly Makeup

Rosacea 101

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes redness, visible blood vessels in the face, the feeling of “heat,” and sensitivity. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These symptoms may flare up for a few weeks to months at a time, or it may continue into a full progression of the 4 subtypes … Continue reading Rosacea 101

SPF Reapplication Methods

Any smartie Sapien babe knows the importance of sunscreen compliance and reapplication. As an SPF lover myself I’ve basically mastered reapplying and overcoming any obstacle that could come between me and my sunscreen. Wearing makeup? No biggie. Can’t wash your hands? We can get around that. Forgot? Set a timer, easy peasy. I could do … Continue reading SPF Reapplication Methods

Pro Extractions vs Picking

If you’ve experienced acne then you’re likely familiar with the art of extractions or you’ve possibly attempted them on your own. Be warned; home extractions often lead to more harm than good so leaving it up to the professionals is your best bet. Day to day, acne patches are amazing to help support your healing … Continue reading Pro Extractions vs Picking

Acne 101

Most of us have had to deal with acne at some point or another as it is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects about 89% of adolescents, and often persists into adulthood due to a myriad of reasons. Before we dive in deeper to acne and it’s causes, let’s take a look at the appendage … Continue reading Acne 101

Skin Care: The Foundation of Results

You know we LOVE our sunscreen at Sapien. However, as bonafide skin care junkies, we also can’t be asked to live without retinol, antioxidants, cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliation. These are key products that almost always must be accounted for in order to have a comprehensive routine that will harmoniously cleanse, protect, heal, hydrate, renew, and nourish our … Continue reading Skin Care: The Foundation of Results

The Secret Damage of Sunless Tanning

Sunless tanning has famously been marketed as a healthy alternative to tanning induced by ultraviolet radiation. However, there is data to support that dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the active tanning agent in sunless tanning products may have adverse health effects. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. DHA causes a “Malliard reaction” when contacting proteins … Continue reading The Secret Damage of Sunless Tanning

Laser Hair Reduction

What to do when things get hairy…  When it comes to methods of hair management, laser hair reduction holds a special place in my heart. There is minimal downtime, low maintenance, and long-lasting results, and it can be totally tolerable in the pain department. What is laser hair reduction?  LASER is an acronym that stands … Continue reading Laser Hair Reduction

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Change Does Not Equal Loss

People are not inherently afraid of change, but we’re often afraid of what we may lose when making changes in our lives. However, change does not equal loss. Think back ten years, what are the positive changes that you made to get you to where you are now? Now look forward, who do you want … Continue reading Change Does Not Equal Loss

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Is inflammation bad?

Written by: Kristen McNary Inflammation is something that we hear about often within the realm of skincare and health. It’s important to have a clear understanding of what inflammation truly means and the role that it plays in aging in order to know how to control it and reach your goals.  So what is inflammation really? Inflammation is a process by which … Continue reading Is inflammation bad?


Insidious AGEs

AGEs Formed Through Dry Cooking Methods, Inflammation and Premature Aging Written by Kristen McNary In the latest blog we discussed the impact of sugar and AGEs on our bodies and the role that they play in premature aging. When it comes to food and advanced glycation end products (AGEs), it has been shown that we should … Continue reading Insidious AGEs

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Love Letter to Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)

MARCH 31, 2022 Written by Kristen McNary Everyone has heard of hyaluronic acid and knows that it lends an undeniable glow, but do you know what it is? Hyaluronic acid belongs to a family of molecules known as glycosaminoglycans or GAGs for short. These are are complex, long-chain polysaccharide compounds  (mucopolysaccharides) with important roles in cell growth, differentiation, morphogenesis, cell … Continue reading Love Letter to Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)

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Skin Anatomy 101

MARCH 31, 2022 Written by Kristen McNary Let’s get into the nitty gritty. I believe that knowing the basic anatomy and physiology of skin helps you to understand it’s key functions, what it needs to be healthy, function optimally, and how treatments tie in. Knowledge is power, baby.  The integumentary system includes the layers of … Continue reading Skin Anatomy 101

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TEWL; Transepidermal Water Loss

MARCH 12, 2022 ·Written by Kristen McNary Is everyone else feeling dry af lately too? You can blame it on TEWL aka  Transepidermal Water Loss. What is TEWL? It’s essentially water evaporating from the deeper layers of your skin through the top layer of your skin, otherwise known as the epidermis. This is a regular function … Continue reading TEWL; Transepidermal Water Loss

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LED Light Therapy

MARCH 12, 2022 ·Written by Kristen McNary Imagine; you’re basking in a spacey, glowing dome with flickering blue and red lights all around you while your skin is healing, regenerating, and becoming even more gorgeous.  Ok, so that’s not exactly how LED works but it really is that amazing.  So, here’s how it does work; … Continue reading LED Light Therapy

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Learning How to Listen

FEBRUARY 4, 2022 Written by Kristen McNary So the big question is how do we listen? Where do we begin to unlearn the disassociation from our bodies’ needs that we’re taught starting from when we were young?  At Sapien we’re encouraging you to pay attention to the signals your body is sending, the impact your daily … Continue reading Learning How to Listen

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Learning to Listen

JANUARY 29, 2022 ·Written by Kristen McNary Your skin is an organ that is inextricably connected to your body which means you can’t address skin concerns without considering the whole body. The thing is, bodies vary from person to person, so even if you wanted to listen to your body and address your skin holistically, … Continue reading Learning to Listen

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On Doing the Work

NOVEMBER 16, 2021 ·Written by Stephanie Powers 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 … Continue reading On Doing the Work

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Combating Aging With Antioxidants

MAY 15, 2021 Written by Kristen McNary 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: … Continue reading Combating Aging With Antioxidants

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The Importance Of Retinol

APRIL 20, 2021 Written by Jess Mathison 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, otherwise known as retinol. This complex molecule occurs naturally … Continue reading The Importance Of Retinol

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Natural VS Medical Grade Products

JUNE 21, 2020 Written by Stephanie Powers  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 … Continue reading Natural VS Medical Grade Products

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Intro to Skincare 101

FEBRUARY 19, 2021 Written by Stephanie Powers 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 … Continue reading Intro to Skincare 101