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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Online Retailing for Spas - an Introduction

How/where should spas get started with online retailing?

Online retailing is as easy as setting up a shopping cart option on the spa’s website. It can be done by a web designer, and the payments can be processed by regular credit cards, as well as by paypal. All that’s needed is a business bank account, and the right software.


As a brand owner, do you want to know if your clients are selling products online? What might be involved with that?

As a professional brand owner, one wants to keep the value of the products high, and avoid underselling by distributors. Underselling, essentially means selling below the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price). While it may not be an issue to sell cheaper in person at the salon, selling online at discounted prices is discouraged. In addition to pricing issues, online sellers have to make sure the directions and skin type information is listed in a detailed fashion on their site, especially for professional products. When consumers purchase online, they are often confused as to which product suits them best, and how to utilize it, unless consulted by the esthetician prior to purchasing. 

What help can you provide from a brand perspective? Do you help with fulfillment? Providing images, descriptions? Is pricing set by you, the brand?

The inspiration for SAIAN Natural Clinical Skin Care comes from our customers. We are not just a skincare company, we are a lifestyle brand, dedicated to bringing our customers the best in skincare, anti-aging supplements, ergonomic equipment, supplies and education. We are the esthetician’s partner in creating her most successful beauty business - no minimum order, $2-$7 cost-per-treatment, free samples, and support from our friendly staff. 

We don’t do fulfillment, or set the prices, and we discourage online sales that are less than double wholesale price. Of course, all the images and descriptions are provided by us!

What are some of the advantages of having spas sell products online? 

The biggest advantage to having spas sell products online, is the additional retail income that the sales will bring in. Treatments will only bring in so much revenue, but product sales can make or break a spa’s success. In addition to bringing in revenue, product sales keep the customer’s skin looking good between facials, and maintain an ongoing relationship between the customer and the spa.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fact or Fiction - Facial Exercises Can Help Prevent Sagging Skin

How many of us have heard about facial exercises or face yoga, but are unsure if these methods really work for tightening sagging skin? There are a number of YouTube tutorials, as well as books on the subject, and miscellaneous information available online, which may confuse the general public. Articles in Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire boast facial exercise as an effective solution to a younger face – if muscle training works to strengthen the body, it must work the same way on the face, right?
Face yoga expert Danielle * says: “The exercises work the hypodermis or the lower layer of the skin, the dermis or the middle layer and the epidermis or the upper layer. By working all these layers correctly it will increase the blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin. The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture.”
The reality is, there has been absolutely no research confirming this to be true. On the contrary, plastic surgeons unanimously agree that facial exercises can indeed cause deeper expression lines, and more wrinkling, but why?
The hypodermis (subcutaneous tissue) is mostly made up of fat tissue and fibrous bands that anchor your skin to the deep fascia. This layer may vary in the body from very minimal, such as in areas of the eyelids, or as a thick layer as in the fat around the abdomen and waist. Hypodermis aging is observed by the loss of fat tissues which affects the shape of our face, neck and hands, i.e. sagging skin. Our cheeks and eye sockets may hallow out, and the skin on the neck, breasts and hands may lose its firmness.
Muscular stimulation by facial exercise doesn’t correct this issue, furthermore, more expression lines are created in the areas where the hypodermis is thinnest. Through repeated strenuous facial muscle engagement, more lines are formed in the same way crow’s feet, marionette lines and forehead wrinkles are created naturally.
What methods actually work to reduce sagging skin? Manual facial stimulation such as Dien Chan multireflexology, facial acupressure, facial acupuncture and European massage are all effective at toning the facial muscles and stimulating circulation, which gives a plump, revived appearance to sagging skin. There are also numerous devices to tone and lift sagging skin, including microcurrent machines, phototherapy LED, and Radio Frequency modalities. In a medical setting, machines such as ThermiTight, ThermiSmooth, IPL, Fractional laser are all beneficial in tightening the skin, without surgical involvement.
Topical products based on hyaluronic acid, peptides and growth factors hydrate and nourish the skin, giving it a supple and youthful glow. In addition to anti-aging products, regular use of sunblock protects the skin from sun damage and elastosis.

Hyaluronic acid supports the structure of connective tissue by acting as a water magnet to maintain extra-cellular fluidity. HA forms a viscous fluid with exceptional lubricating properties necessary for the vital functions of many parts of the human body including the skin. If sagging skin is a concern, 200mg of hyaluronic acid may be taken as a dietary supplement, as well as 6000 mg of bioactive collagen types 1 & 3.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Newest Treatment Protocol - Stem Cells, Growth Factors, Bio-Miminic Peptides and Phototherapy

We will be presenting a new stem cell, growth factor, and peptide class in Las Vegas at IECSC next week, so I decided to have a friend come in to try the new products and get a facial!

Super simple protocol for a refreshed, tight and firm result in 1 hour.

1. Cleanse with Saian Replenishing Cleanser.  http://saian.net/product/replenishing-cleanser-backbar-8oz/

2. Apply Saian Enzyme mask with steam for 10 minutes. http://saian.net/product/enzyme-mask/

3. Perform manual Extractions.

4. Apply Saian Botanical Stem Cell Sleeping Mask with Mini-Cavi on the Red Phototherapy setting for 5 minutes. Remove mask completely with 4x4 wipes.
http://saian.net/product/botanical-stem-cell-sleeping-mask/

http://saian.net/product/mini-cavi-pro-portable-cavitation/



5. Apply Saian Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum to the entire face and neck. http://saian.net/product/neuropeptide/

6. Apply the ActiveCell Eye Pads as shown.

http://saian.net/product/activecell-instantly-activated-collagen-stem-cell-eye-pads/

7. Apply the Saian Neck and Chest Creme with Edelweiss Stem Cells to the neck, chest and jowls.
http://saian.net/product/neck-chest-lift-creme-with-edelweiss-stem-cells/

8. Use the Mini-Cavi pro in upwards movement from the bottom of the chin towards the ear on the "firm" setting (red light + sonic) for 10 minutes.
http://saian.net/product/mini-cavi-pro-portable-cavitation/

9. Apply sunscreen mist.
http://saian.net/product/sunscreen-mist-spf-29/

Doesn't she look amazing?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Meet Dasha Saian of Saian Natural Clinical Skincare in North Hollywood


Dasha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2007, my mother and I started our skincare brand out of our kitchen with only $3,000. At that time, I was finishing college, working at a spa as a receptionist, and going to beauty school for my esthetics license. I remember we used to sit and fill bottles with serums and cremes all evening, and stick labels on them, so that we could drive to San Diego at 5am, to teach a class at a beauty school at 8am, and hopefully sell something.

The first couple of years were tough – we were operating out of our apartment, which meant living with boxes everywhere! I had boxes with bottles and jars in my bedroom, and I remember we could never really have company over because the amount of boxes was overwhelming. After 2 years in business, we moved into an office, but it was tiny, and didn’t have a warehouse, so we kept all the boxes with packaging and product in a storage unit, and drove back and forth a million times every day.

Now, 10 years later, we operate out of a 4,400-square foot building with a training center and warehouse, and have distribution in 16 countries, including a beauty school in Sweden – “Saian Academy”.


We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

In 2013, we were shocked to discover that my mother had grade 4 Glioblastoma, a malignant tumor the size of a baseball in her brain. Needless to say, I put my business on the back burner for two and a half years, as I stayed home to take care of her and my 86-year-old grandmother. This meant 2 brain surgeries, recovery and physical therapy to walk, special organic diets… everything we could do.

In the process of learning about my mother’s illness, I became an expert on oncology care, and alternative treatments. I also became more aware of the stress that we both had put each other through at work. From that point on, all the little meaningless things that used to irritate me, no longer mattered – this was the wake-up call I needed to learn to pace myself in life and in business. After my mother passed, I found myself absolutely engulfed in my work – it was, and still is my happy place. Surprisingly, as I relaxed about making money at work, and focused on providing a better experience for my customers, everything fell into place, and we actually made more sales!


We’d love to hear more about your business.

Saian Natural Clinical Skincare is a professional skin care brand that works directly with estheticians. We provide skin care professionals with the highest quality anti-aging, anti-acne, and anti-hyperpigmentation products, as well as valuable training and certification. We train at our North Hollywood location, as well as internationally – our “Saian Academy” in Sweden certifies esthetics students in skin, bodywork and nails.

Saian skincare products are amazing in that they are paraben-free, fragrance-free, with no added artificial colors, and not tested on animals. Our products are proudly made in USA, and contain the highest concentration of active ingredients, making them clinical strength but affordable and natural!


What were you like growing up?

I was born in Moscow, and lived there until the age of 12. My grandmother raised me, while my mother was living in Los Angeles and trying to get her citizenship to bring me over, as well. I was a total tomboy, refused to play with dolls, and was always outside getting into mischief- climbing trees, bringing stray cats and dogs home. I remember my report cards always looking the same way – “A” for every subject, and “U” (unsatisfactory) right next to it, in the column for “behavior in class”. I was a class clown, what can I say, I had to do it for my fans!

As far as interests, I was absolutely obsessed with Egypt, and everything that had to do with Greek Mythology. Also, my love affair with languages started at an early age. By the age of 16, I spoke English, Russian, Armenian and Spanish fluently. I am now learning Mandarin Chinese, which is pretty addicting!

Contact Info:
Address: 7260 Radford Ave
North Hollywood CA 91605
Website: www.saian.net
Phone: 1-800-291-1130
Email: info@saian.net
Instagram: @saian_skincare
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAIANskincare/
Twitter: @saian_skincare
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/saian-natural-clinical-north-hollywood


Read Dasha’s story as featured in VoyageLA magazine about LA’s most inspiring young entrepreneurs: http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-dasha-saian-saian-natural-clinical-skincare-north-hollywood/

Thursday, January 19, 2017

SAIAN introduces Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum with Hyaluronic Acid SAIAN introduces Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

SAIAN Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid, and five of the most potent biomimetic peptides currently available to address the affects of aging on the skin. Using the latest Biomimetic technology, SAIAN Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum delivers 5 of the newest peptides into the skin, lifting, hydrating, reducing wrinkles, and prolonging the effects of Botox® injections. The peptides we use are inspired by nature, and identical to the growth factors found in human placenta. With time, our natural peptides lose their effectiveness, which is why our skin starts to look older. To correct this, we have discovered that polypeptide chains can be boosted to produce more stable and effective molecules called biomimetic peptides.
Biomimetic Peptides mimic the function of growth factors as messengers in the skin, allowing the epidermis and dermis to communicate more efficiently. When our intelligent Biomimetic Peptides are infiltrated into the skin, they naturally work on the different levels of the damaged skin and help it to regenerate itself without producing toxic side-effects. What’s even more remarkable, our new incredible serum is able to prolong the effects of Botox® injections by months, allowing for less frequent visits to the doctor. Absolutely pure and active. Perfect for both men and women.​ 1-800-291-1130 www.saian.net​

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sleeping Beauty

The skin’s loss of firmness and flexibility can be traced back to unprotected sun exposure. The potent plant stem cell extracts we use, and their respective secondary metabolites have been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce damage to existing collagen and elastin fibers from ultraviolet radiation in several ways:
  • Plant stem cell extracts modulate pro-inflammatory cytokine production following exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
  • They suppress UV-induced free radicals—evident by their high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) scores that contribute to oxidative stress involved in the destructive cross-linking of healthy collagen and elastin fibers.
  • By inhibiting free radical generation, plant stem cell extracts protect DNA and preserve the natural order for regenerating new collagen and elastin.
  • Ultraviolet radiation alters mitochondrial energy production in dermal fibroblasts, resulting in less energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This slows down cellular activities that maintain firm and smooth skin. By ramping up ATP production, plant stem cell extracts replenish energy levels to improve cellular metabolism, promote new collagen and elastin, and boost DNA repair.
SAIAN remarkable Botanical Stem Cell Mask uses the latest stem cell technology to derive powerful actives from Acai Palm, Chinese Basil, and White Oak resource materials. These derivatives impart antioxidant, protectant, and anti-aging benefits. The secret is in this mask’s unique transparent, breathable, nourishing, odorless, and non-sticky film base. Simply apply by smoothing gently over the entire face, avoiding eye area, wait until completely dry, and go to sleep with it on. While you sleep, SAIAN Botanical Stem Cell Mask sits comfortably on the face, and doesn’t rub off on your pillow. Its hydroscopic and breathable barrier properties ensure the skin locks in moisture, and breathes uninterrupted. It is easy to remove with a light wash, upon waking up.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

MANN Professional Skincare Line by SAIAN

A man’s skin is by nature extremely different from a woman’s. Most notably, it is up to 25% thicker, meaning that products formulated for men need to be stronger, with extremely active ingredients that yield powerful results. This set is designed to provide the best anti-aging, clarifying, and reviving results for an man’s skin.

Kit contains 3 items: 

MANN Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid, and five of the most potent biomimetic peptides currently available to address the affects of aging on the skin. Using the latest Biomimetic technology, MANN Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum delivers 5 of the newest peptides into the skin, lifting, hydrating, reducing wrinkles, and prolonging the effects of Botox® injections.

Thanks to its ingenious use of 10% Glycolic Acid, MANN Active Face Wash helps to reach deep into the skin, removing excess oil which often clogs pores. It also exfoliates dead skin cells, which helps stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Rich in natural moisturizing, skin soothing and antioxidant ingredients, this helpful and refreshing wash effectively tackles the difficult task of managing problematic skin. It successfully helps vanquish blemishes and blackheads.

MANN Active Sunscreen SPF 30 (Water Resistant) was designed with longevity and the utmost effectiveness in mind. Perfectly suited for men who intend to spend long active amounts of time under the sun, this water resistant sunscreen uses the synergistic UV screening properties of Titanium Dioxide and Octinoxate to help prevent sunburn.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Growth Factors, Neuropeptides, Stem Cells and Men's Products - New Items are In!

New items are in! We have a new Botanical Stem Cell Sleeping Mask, men's line, and a Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum (for men and women) which prolongs the life of Botox injections using 5 biomimetic peptides. These products are the hottest in anti-aging peptide technology, only from SAIAN Natural Clinical Skin Care. 

Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid, and five of the most potent biomimetic peptides currently available to address the affects of aging on the skin. Using the latest Biomimetic technology, SAIAN Neuropeptide Growth Factor Serum delivers 5 of the newest peptides into the skin, lifting, hydrating, reducing wrinkles, and prolonging the effects of Botox® injections. The peptides we use are inspired by nature, and identical to the growth factors found in human placenta. With time, our natural peptides lose their effectiveness, which is why our skin starts to look older. To correct this, we have discovered that polypeptide chains can be boosted to produce more stable and effective molecules called biomimetic peptides. Biomimetic Peptides mimic the function of growth factors as messengers in the skin, allowing the epidermis and dermis to communicate more efficiently. When our intelligent Biomimetic Peptides are infiltrated into the skin, they naturally work on the different levels of the damaged skin and help it to regenerate itself without producing toxic side-effects. What’s even more remarkable, our new incrdible serum is able to prolong the effects of Botox® injections by months, allowing for less frequent visits to the doctor. Absolutely pure and active. Perfect for both men and women.
SAIAN remarkable Botanical Stem Cell Mask uses the latest stem cell technology to derive powerful actives from Acai Palm, Chinese Basil, and White Oak resource materials. These derivatives impart antioxidant, protectant, and anti-aging benefits. The secret is in this mask’s unique transparent, breathable, nourishing, odorless, and non-sticky film base. Simply apply by smoothing gently over the entire face, avoiding eye area, wait until completely dry, and go to sleep with it on. While you sleep, SAIAN Botanical Stem Cell Mask sits comfortably on the face, and doesn’t rub off on your pillow. Its hydroscopic and breathable barrier properties ensure the skin locks in moisture, and breathes uninterrupted. It is easy to remove with a light wash, upon waking up.

Monday, October 31, 2016

New SAIAN Pumpkin Spice Mask is Full of Vitamins and Nutrients!

We have a BRAND NEW mask out, and it's amazing! Saian Pumpkin Spice Mask is based on fresh pumpkin, hydrating vegan hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, carrot seed oil, and (SURPRISE!) sea buckthorn! 

Did you know that sea buckthorn contains vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, and at least 20 minerals?It's one of our Russian traditional superfoods, and grows in Siberia. It's harvested in October and early November, and NOW is the time to enjoy it in this amazing mask! Make November your skin's most amazing month, and nourish it with our brand new mask.

Monday, September 26, 2016

SPF - Everything You Need to Know About Sun Care

“How do I choose the right sunscreen? What is an SPF? Which sunscreen safe for my children? Should I use a waterproof sunscreen?” It’s not surprising that many people, including estheticians have questions about sun care products. There is a vast array of sunscreens on the market, and plenty of conflicting information regarding their effectivity, toxicity, and proper mode of application. Since not all sunscreens were created equal, this article will break down the topic of sunscreens easily and completely!

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. It is estimated that more than 8,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that 144,860 new cases of melanoma, 68,480 noninvasive and 76,380 invasive, will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016. Exposure to natural and artificial UV light is a risk factor for all types of skin cancer. Avoiding this risk factor alone could prevent more than 3 million cases of skin cancer every year.

Not everyone realizes it, but sunscreen is necessary whenever you’re outdoors. Dermatologists strongly recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater year-round for all skin types. Even on a cloudy day 80% of the sun's ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds. Those who ski or spend time in the mountains during the winter should also be cautious - ultraviolet radiation increases 4% for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude. A great way to limit the risk of sunburn is to get outdoors in the early morning or the late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. Another way to add additional protection is to wear opaque clothing - shirts, hats, shorts and pants, reduce the risk of burning by 27% by shielding your skin from the sun’s UV rays.

First, let’s take a look at the meaning of SPF

Early synthetic sunscreens were first used in 1928, and the first major commercial product was brought to market in 1936 by the founder of L'Oreal, French chemist Eugène Schueller. During the same period, Hamilton Sunscreen came to the Australian market in 1932, developed by chemist H. A. Milton Blake.

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) displayed on the sunscreen label ranges from 2 to as high as 50, and refers to the product's ability to screen or block out the sun's harmful rays. For example, if you use a sunscreen with an SPF 15, you can be in the sun 15 times longer that you can without sunscreen before burning. This may sound like an easy concept, but consumers need to be aware that SPF protection does not increase proportionally with an increased SPF number. According to the American Melanoma Foundation, while an SPF of 2 will absorb 50% of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93% and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97%.
High SPF products are made with higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than low SPF sunscreens. Some of these ingredients may pose health risks such as tissue damage and hormone disruption when they are absorbed into the skin, yet they haven’t been proven to significantly reduce skin damage and skin cancer risk better than their low SPF counterparts.

According to the EWG’s Guide for Sunscreens “The FDA has long contended that SPF higher than 50 is “inherently misleading” (FDA 2007). Australian authorities cap SPF values at 30; European and Japanese regulators at 50 (Osterwalder 2009b), and Canada allows a maximum of “50+”. In 2011, the FDA proposed a regulation to prohibit labels higher than SPF 50+, but the agency has not completed work on this rule and put it into force. 

The SPF number on sunscreens only reflects the product's ability to screen UVB rays. At present there is no FDA-approved rating system that measures UVA protection levels.

Sunscreens are made up of a combination of two types of ingredients: those that reflect ultraviolet (UV) rays and those that absorb UV rays. Choose a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA radiation. In the past, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) was one of the original UVB protecting ingredients in sunscreens. and PABA esters only protect against UVB radiation, the sun's burning rays that are the primary cause of sunburn and skin cancer. The other types of radiation, UVA radiation, penetrates deeper into the skin and causes premature aging and the formation of wrinkles. UVA screening ingredients include oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), sulisobenzone (benzophenone-4) and avobenzone (Parsol 1789).

Physical vs. Chemical

Physical sunscreens contain minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting damaging UV rays away from the skin. 

Zinc oxide is no only incredible at sun protection, but it’s excellent for our skin. Dr. James E. Fulton Jr,M.D. in his book “Acne Rx” writes that zinc helps cut down the inflammatory response of acne. He even recommends 100mg or more daily in as a supplement for Grade III and Grade IV acne sufferers. Zinc also helps reduce the inflammation during rosacea flare-ups. 

Titanium dioxide is another physical sunscreen ingredient recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, and the preferred ingredient recommended by EWG. It is not a chemical sunscreen, and therefore nonreactive for people allergic to chemical sunscreens. This is the preferred ingredient to look for when shopping for children’s’ sunscreen products. Like zinc, it also sits on top of the skin and deflects the sun’s rays. Keep in mind, that although this mineral ingredient offers exceptional protection, it may appear too white and chalky on your ethnic clients with darker skin. Generally, sunscreens with a micronized Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide will not leave the skin too chalky.

Today, since most people are sensitive to PABA, alternative UVB absorbers such as padimate A, padimate O, salicylates and cinnamates are often used in place of PABA. 

Oxybenzone is classified as a "chemical" sunscreen agent. It helps preserve the integrity of other cosmetic ingredients, preventing their deterioration under the sun, so for this reason, oxybenzone is most often used in products in conjunction with other ingredients. Sulisobenzone (benzophenone-4) is approved by the FDA in concentration of 5% and in Canada is approved by Health Canada at concentration of 6%. It works to filter out both UVA and UVB rays. 
In addition to sunscreens, currently, many manufacturers have been adding SPF to foundations and day crèmes. This may be misleading to the consumer, since sunscreens lose their effectivity with time, and even if she had applied the SPF-fortified foundation in the morning, she will need to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day on top of it. Waterproof sunscreens are oil-based, and are highly comedogenic. This means that the pores will be clogged, forming blackheads, comedones, and milia. Often, clients struggle with acne because their sunscreen won’t let heir skin breathe. Since we sweat throughout the day, waterproof sunscreen blocks all pore secretions, causing breakouts. 

Making sure to wear sunblock is crucial, but it also very important to protect the lips. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the lips are highly susceptible to two of the most common skin cancers - basal and squamous cell carcinoma. The lower lip is more prone to cancerous events, and males are 3 to 13 times more likely to develop cancer due to the nature of their occupation, alcohol, and tobacco usage.

In spite of their darker color, lips have almost no melanin, giving them no protection from the sun. This means they rely on products to keep them safe. There are several easy ways to prevent your lips from taking dangerous sun damage. First of all, avoid using lip gloss and high-shine lipsticks. Glosses and lip product with shine have the same effect that the shiny surface of rivers, lakes, and oceans do on a sunny day. Instead of protecting you, these shiny glosses actually increase your chances of sun damage and lip cancer by directing the rays towards your lips instead of away. choose a more matte product like beeswax or paraffin with an SPF of 30. These products have the added benefit of locking moisture into your lips longer and more effectively than thinner products.


Not All Skin Is the Same

Did you know that the darker the skin pigmentation, the higher the skin’s protection is from UV rays? In fact, skin cancer rarely develops in people with highly pigmented skin. Melanocytes (melanin-producing cells located in the stratum basale of the skin's epidermis) are the cells that synthesize melanin through a 4 stage maturation process called melanogenesis. Melanogenesis leads to a long-lasting pigmentation, which is in contrast to the pigmentation that originates from oxidation of already-existing melanin.

All races have the same number of melanocytes (typically, between 1000 and 2000 melanocytes per square millimeter of skin). The difference in skin color between lightly and darkly pigmented individuals is due not to the number (quantity) of melanocytes in their skin, but to the melanocytes' level of activity, and in the size and distribution of melanosomes. Melanosomes of darker, deeply pigmented skin are large, singly dispersed, and packed with melanin. Dark skin, especially that of people of African descent, has the most mature melanosomes. This type of skin has melanosomes in every layer of the epidermis.
Light-skinned people of African descent have a combination of large singly disbusbursed melanosomes and clusters of small melanosomes. Fair skin has small melanosomes, clustered together, mainly in the stratum corneum – in response to the sun’s light.

Darker Skin Types
In deeply pigmented skin, UV is filtered through the Malphigian layer. Darker skin types have a natural SPF of 8 to 13. Approximately 17% of UVA and 7% of UVB rays reach the dermis.

Fair Skin

UV rays are filtered through the stratum corneum. Caucasian skin has a natural SPF of 3.4, and the dermis of this group receives 5 times as much UV light.

To maximize solar protection, it’s recommended to wear special solar protection clothing from a list of approved fabrics. Fabrics can be made from many types of fibers, including cotton, wool, and nylon. Most fibers naturally absorb some UV radiation. Synthetic fibers such as polyester, lycra, nylon, and acrylic are more protective than bleached cottons, and shiny or lustrous semi-synthetic fabrics like rayon reflect more UV than do matte ones, such as linen, which tend to absorb rather than reflect UV. UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), a concept originally standardized in Australia in 1996, stands for ultraviolet protection factor, which quantifies how effectively a piece of clothing shields against the sun. It is actually possible to choose clothing with UPF on the tag. Whenever there is a UPF label attached, it means the fabric has been tested in a laboratory and consumers can be confident about the listed level of protection. It is based on the content, weight, color, and construction of the fabric, and indicates how much UV can penetrate the fabric. Unlike SPF measurements that traditionally use human sunburn testing, UPF is measured using a laboratory instrument (spectrophotometer or spectroradiometer) and an artificial light source, and then applying a sunburn weighting curve (erythemal action spectrum) across the relevant UV wavelengths.

For instance, a shirt with a UPF of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach your skin. This would provide excellent sun protection, in contrast to a thin white cotton T-shirt, which has a UPF of about 5, which allows 1/5th of the sun’s UV through — even more when wet. In studies done in Australia, lycra/elastane fabrics were the most likely to have UPFs of 50 or higher, followed by nylon and polyester.

Nutrition and Supplements

As many of us know, UVB rays trigger the synthesis of Vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. According to recent Harvard University data, an estimated 1 billion people in the US are low in Vitamin D. One study found that Vitamin D deficiency was a contributing factor in recurrent major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns - a form of depression that only occurs during certain times of year. Another study found that vitamin D deficiency was linked with faster growth of breast cancer cells in mice.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause:

· Impaired immune system functioning, which puts you at a higher risk for infection.

· Rickets, a condition that most commonly occurs in children that causes bone softening.

· Insulin resistance, which affects your ability to use insulin to process blood sugar.

· Thin or brittle bones, which increases your risk for osteoporosis.

Research shows that vitamin D plays a very important role in preventing disease and maintaining optimal health. We have about 30,000 genes in our bodies, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them. Your skin creates same D in response to sunlight as the D you get from an oral supplement, and it’s much safer than tanning! 

The Institute of Medicine has set the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin D at 600 IU for everyone under the age of 70, and 800 IU for adults over 70. Many experts believe that's too low, and your physician will most-likely advise 2,000 IU daily, especially if you have low blood levels. 

Consider taking 5,000 IU of Vitamin D daily and adding vitamin D-rich foods to your diet. Vitamin D is present in foods such as fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna, sardines, trout), fish roe, beef, beef liver, cheese, egg yolks, fish liver oils, and mushrooms. Of course, all systems work well for different people, so finding a perfect combination of sunscreen, clothing, supplements and diet changes is key to a healthier lifestyle. 

I hope this article has been informative, and will serve well to guide you and navigate you through a plethora of products. There is always updated data, and new rules and regulations presented by FDA. Keeping up with current events in this amazing industry is the mark of an educated and seasoned professional!

Dasha Saian is the co-founder and current CEO of SAIAN® and has over 17 years of experience in the spa industry. In addition to her Business/Marketing degree, she is a licensed Esthetician, certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, official Ambassador of the Aesthetics International Association (AIA), and certified Family Herbalist. Dasha gives lectures and classes internationally and regularly contributes to global trade publications. She is an expert adviser on natural living, alkaline diet, alternative oncology protocols, and positive body image. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Herbal Toner Formula is now Available


SAIAN Herbal Toner is light, ‪natural‬ and fragrance-free. It refreshes and soothes the skin with its abundant bouquet of herbs and hyaluronic acid. Our gentle toner is enriched with ‪Sage‬, Witch Hazel, Hops, ‪Calendula‬, ‪Lavender‬, Licorice, Lemon Peel, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Comfrey, and Sage! Soothes damaged, irritated skin. Contains ‪antioxidant‬ and regenerative properties, stimulates cell regeneration in stressed, affected skin. Improves rough and chapped skin. Paraben-free and formulated especially for sensitive skin. http://saian.net/product/herbal-toner/

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Newest Treatments for the Neck, Chest and Decollete

Estheticians, if you missed my presentation at National Aesthetic Spa Network this past weekend in Colorado, I have it here for you! Neck, Chest and Decollete treatments from A to Z - many of which you will find out about for the first time! Enjoy, and let me know if you learned something new and cool! 

We have an amazing creme featuring THESE newest and most potent ingredients. The new and improved SAIAN® Neck & Chest Lift Creme with Edelweiss Stem Cells™ is specifically formulated to firm and tone sagging skin, and reduce wrinkles in the neck and chin area. Tightens, stimulates cell circulation, removes toxins, melts away fat and inhibits the formation of fat deposits! This creme is based on hyaluronic acid and features the newest and most potent ingredients that counteract gravity and lift sagging jowls, neck and décolleté – Adiposlim, Adipoless, Idealift and Majestem. Incredible results in only a short 3 weeks! You can wear this creme along with the washable and reusable neck bandages. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Supercharge Your Beauty Routine - Almonds 4 Ways for Your Skin Health!

Those who know me well, know I am absolutely obsessed with raw nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and berries! In fact, I always keep pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a variety of nuts in the house, and pack them in my bag daily for easy work snacks. And don't get me started on airport food - it's just the worst! I'm on an airplane every weekend for work, so eating healthy can be challenging. This is why bringing my own snacks has become a habit, in my book. 
Almonds are one of the most easily accessible type of nuts - you can find raw almonds in any local grocery store, at gas stations, and convenience stores, but don't let that fool you - they are a super-food! Almonds contain Vitamins B2, E, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, and Copper. Most importantly, a ¼ cup serving contains 49% of your recommended daily allowance of biotin! What's Biotin? Biotin, is also known as B7, is vital for the proper functioning of the nervous system and musculature and in maintaining cellular processes like growth, metabolism and energy. It is frequently referred to as the "beauty vitamin" because of its restoring properties on the skin. When we lack Biotin, our skin is the first to show the signs of deficiency. According to the Dermal Institute, these are the symptoms of B7 deficiency:
  • Red, scaly rash around the nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Thinning hair, sometimes with shedding and loss of pigment (graying hair).
  • Possible depression, fatigue, hallucinations.
  • Tingling sensations in the arms and legs.
  • Muscle cramps after exercise.
  • Possible high cholesterol and heart problems.
  • Cradle cap, a type of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, head and eyebrows. In babies, crusty yellowish-whitish patches appear in these areas and may or may not be itchy.
  • Increased risk for developing other health issues
Sounds like we want to keep healthy, and avoid any skin problems like this, right? I bet you didn't know this, but you can incorporate almonds into both your meals, and your skincare routine. I will show you 4 ways to do this, today! 

1. Incorporate Almonds Into Your Diet
Don't be confused by uneducated people telling you that consuming nuts will make you gain weight. Numerous studies have shown that incorporating unsaturated fats (such as nuts and avocado) actually helps stabilize weight. 

A 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain, found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than participants who never ate nuts. Among the participants who gained weight, those who never ate nuts gained an average of 424g more than those who ate nuts at least twice a week.

A serving of almonds has 162 calories, 14 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and 6 grams of protein. Remember, one serving of almonds is 23 almonds, which equals 1 ounce, ¼ cup or about 1 handful. Portion control is key. I also highly encourage you to stay away from processed nuts - I, personally, avoid any roasted, salted, flavored nuts at all costs. The best way to eat them is to sprout them. 

Sprouting or soaking nuts removes the outer shell, which contains phytic acid. Phytic acid is a naturally occurring botanical substance, it a strong chelator to the most essential minerals such as zinc, calcium, and iron. Whenever you consume nuts with phytic acid present (with the shell on, essentially), those nutrients will be removed, and not used by your body as they were intended to. When you soak and sprout the almonds, not only will you remove the outer shell, and the physic acid, but you will also increase the amount of active enzymes in the nuts - making it more easily digestible for those who experience stomach issues during digestion.

2. Use An Almond Scrub
Have you heard about microbeads? If not, I'd like to educate you on these little plastic culprits, and make sure you stay away from face and body scrubs which list them as an active ingredient. Microbeads are tiny round plastic beads that are found in some exfoliating products, and they are causing quite a stir in the environmental world. The plastic waste caused by these microbeads, which are not filtered out during sewage treatment, is damaging water ecosystems and killing marine life. 

A 2013 research at the University of Wisconsin-Superior showed that there were 1,500 to 1.7 million plastic particles per square mile in the Great Lakes! Not only are the beads damaging to fish, they are also bad for your face - microbeads can cause eye irritation, and promote rosacea and couperose. It’s no wonder that Illinois was the first state to ban the use of microbeads in June of 2014, and I sincerely hope all other states will quickly follow.
Instead of using these plastic beads, I suggest natural options like scrubs with ground up almonds, seeds and stone pits from apricots/peaches, crushed walnut husks, oats, coffee grinds, salt, and sugar. I especially recommend sugar for those dealing with eczema since it’s non irritating on broken skin, and sea salt for psoriasis sufferers, but not more than once a week. All other scrubs can be used 3 times a week, but not more - our skin needs adequate time to amass dry dead cells, and you definitely don’t want to over-exfoliate!

3. Use Almond Oil as A Body Moisturizer
Did you know that different vegetable oils rank differently against each other when it comes to how much they clog the pores? Oils rank from 0-5, a 0 being least comedogenic, and 5 as most comedogenic. ("Comedogenic" means tending to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin.) Almond oil is an amazing 2 (moderately low) while Coconut oil is a high 4, rendering it a bad choice for skincare. Almond oil can be used as a hair moisturizer, a body moisturizer, and a wonderful massage oil.

4. Use Almond Milk as An Activator For Powder Masks
Who says you can't play with your food? I love the idea of incorporating almonds in every step of the beauty routine. Almond milk is gentle and soothing on the skin, which makes it a perfect activator for  powder enzyme masks. Simply mix the powder with a bit of warm almond milk, and apply to the face for 7-10 minutes. The result is a bright, supple completion! Using this mask helps to pull out oils, exfoliate, and reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, cellulite and even stretch marks. It's perfect for blemished skin, blackheads and even cystic acne, and excellent for soothing skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, and acne.
Did you like these cool suggestions? I had a blast putting these ideas on paper for you, and I hope I inspired you to start something healthy today! Read more about almonds here and check out nuts.com for nutritious snack ideas that include almonds!