Naturopathic Aesthetics: Managing Facial Skin Aging

7.5 hours

Naturopathic Aesthetics: Managing Facial Skin Aging


NEW! Course Teaser + Mini Interview:

Easily one of, if not the, most common presenting concern in an aesthetics practice is that of mitigating the signs of facial skin aging.  This can encompass a wide variety of skin changes.  From the initial appearance of fine lines, through to the deepening of wrinkles; reductions in skin smoothness, to unevenness of skin tone; the lag apparent in skin laxity, through to the development of age spots and melasma.  Our society’s focus on the enhancement of facial skin complexion is itself made obvious with a simple stroll through any cosmetics department or store. With such a high number of topical products directed toward this end, not to mention the multitude of medical/spa devices and services, as well as the growing realm of oral supplements touted for their purported benefit in this regard, it is easy to see just how central facial aesthetics is in our society.

Our goal for this course is to provide aesthetically-focused Naturopathic providers with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and an evidence-focused basis for incorporating key Naturopathic Aesthetic therapies.  This will include a wide variety of topical cosmeceuticals, dietary interventions, oral supplements, and lifestyle modifications relating to the management of facial skin aging.  This course builds on, and dives deeper into, information reviewed in the Introduction to Naturopathic Aesthetics course. It is designed to provide a variety of unique facets for facial skincare in your Naturopathic Aesthetics practice, including:

  • A detailed review of both common and emerging topical cosmeceuticals typically found in the marketplace; this will include the likes of retinoids, ascorbic acid, hydroxy acids, peptides, plant stem cells, various antioxidants, and topical probiotics, among others.
  • Among the cosmeceutical discussion, a separate focus is placed on those used in skin lightening products for hyperpigmentation concerns; this will include the likes of hydroquinone (and the debate surrounding its use), azelaic acid, arbutin, licorice extract, and lignin peroxidase, among others.
  • Examples of how these cosmeceutical ingredients are formulated together, and methods of incorporation into your practice, will also be explored
  • An exploration of specific dietary elements researched toward slowing the progression of skin aging, culminating in an overall dietary approach looking to incorporate these individual elements
  • To determine the role, benefit, and evidence surrounding the emerging realm of nutritional and herbal-based oral supplements used for both mitigating the appearance of facial aging as well as for general cutaneous photoprotection
  • To showcase recent research seeking to connect skin aging with the likes of sleep, stress, circadian rhythm, air pollution, as well as the specific impact of smoking and alcohol use on facial skin aging.

With the additional goal of facilitating your exploration into this world of Naturopathic Aesthetics, this course is designed to provide the course-taker with ample information, including numerous resources and references. It is very much encouraged to explore these as a means of obtaining a deeper breadth of the topics we review.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the various processes which contribute to facial skin aging, including the common histological and structural changes which characterize it
  • Appreciate the methods by which UV radiation contributes to the skin photoaging process
  • Understand the common clinical features, and histo-pathology, behind common forms of dyschromia, with a focus on melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Review the role and benefit of incorporating assessment tools and scales in objective evaluation of facial skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns such as melasma
  • Explore and discuss common myths surrounding facial skin aging and cosmeceutical product use
  • Review research surrounding established/traditional cosmeceuticals used in reducing the sign of skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns, including retinoids, ascorbic acid, and hydroxy acids
  • Review research surrounding emerging cosmeceuticals used in reducing the signs of skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns, including peptides, plant stem cells, antioxidants, topical probiotics, and various skin lightening actives
  • Explore methods, and supportive materials, for integrating & utilizing cosmeceuticals into an aesthetics practice, particularly in the management of facial skin aging and dyschromia
  • Explore examples of how various cosmeceutical actives may be combined in product formulation
  • Explore research surrounding both general & specific nutritional strategies and the skin aging process, including:
    • Reviewing the impact of food and beverage choice on the limitation of sunburn formation
    • Exploring the role of carotenoids and other antioxidants in mitigating the photodamage process
    • Reviewing cross-sectional studies’ exploration of associations between dietary nutrient components and the signs of skin aging, and
    • Discussing research using computer model simulation of the appearance change seen with increased carotenoid-based food consumption and how this can be used as a motivator for dietary adjustments
  • Understand the detailed histo-pathological role and impact of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) in the skin aging process
  • Identify sources of both endogenous and exogenous AGEs
  • Explore the various dietary, oral supplement, and lifestyle approaches to reduce exposure to AGEs and AGEs formation
  • Review in detail specific foods and food groups highest in pre-formed dietary AGEs, including cooking methods to consider in their limitation
  • Explore research on a specific dietary approach used to reduce AGEs exposure
  • Review research surrounding oral supplements used in reducing the sign of skin aging and hyperpigmentation concerns, including Collagen peptides, Ceramides, CoQ10, green tea, among others
  • Explore research surrounding oral supplements used in imparting a cutaneous photoprotective effect, including extracts of Polypodium leucotomos, green tea, along with specific antioxidants
  • Discuss the essential component of sun protection measures, including what cosmeceutical ingredients to consider beyond those countering the UV light, application method, and methods to encourage patient compliance
  • Review research exploring the impact of inadequate sleep on the signs of skin aging
  • Explore the role of circadian rhythm and the skin, including how this may provide an optimal window of time for topical medicinal & cosmeceutical application
  • Understand the connection between stress and skin, including cutaneous-derived stress mediators and their impact on both dermatological and aesthetic-related concerns
  • Explore emerging evidence for the connection between air pollution and skin aging, including potential histo-chemical pathways through which this is mediated, and cosmeceuticals used to mitigate it
  • Review recent evidence exploring those facial areas most affected by the signs of aging as based on years and amount of alcohol use and cigarette smoking, including how this can be used as an educational & motivational tool for adjusting patient drinking and smoking behaviors

Course Content

  • Lesson 1 | Naturopathic Aesthetics: Facial Skin Aging 2h 15min
  • Lesson 2 | Naturopathic Aesthetics: Facial Skin Aging 2h 00min
  • Lesson 3 | Naturopathic Aesthetics: Facial Skin Aging 3h 15min


Proudly celebrating over 15 years in the profession, Dr. Rob Ayoup, ND, has worked to promote the rich benefits of Naturopathic Medicine to all those he has worked with. After achieving his BSc in Psychology from McGill University, this proud Montreal native traveled down the highway to attend The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Graduating in 2002, and settling in the Toronto area, Dr. Rob has enjoyed a career filled with varied and unique ways of offering Naturopathic Medicine to the public.

Dr. Ayoup has applied Naturopathic Medicine across multiple avenues. In addition to clinical practice, these include working as a CCNM recruitment representative and teaching assistant; organizing & teaching various public CE courses at CCNM; a Naturopathic consultant for one of Canada’s largest nation-wide Employee Assistance Programs; and proudly has penned a portfolio of published articles covering both general & retail-focused topics in natural medicine. Dr. Rob is currently a contributing author to the Naturopathic Currents website.

The bridge into Naturopathic Aesthetics began soon after graduation. Upon completing additional training in Cosmetic Facial and Cellulite Acupuncture, Dr. Rob soon found a strong interest in his patient population for less invasive and natural approaches to skin health and beauty. This was accelerated by the recognition that, although well trained for managing common skin concerns, the knowledge base for the ever-growing and prevalent realm of natural-based cosmetics and cosmetic techniques was underexplored. As Dr. Rob studied and integrated these therapies into his practice, he quickly realized how much Naturopathic therapies, and especially our approach, can offer in the arena of Aesthetics Medicine. Working within various medical spa and fitness facilities have offered a wonderful opportunity to integrate Naturopathic Aesthetics in the Toronto area. Building on his passion for constant learning & teaching, Dr Rob is eager to educate his fellow NDs as to this exciting application of Naturopathic Medicine.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    3.75 CEUs total (up to 3.75 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    7.5 credits total (up to 7.5 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    7.5 CEUs total (up to 7.5 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    3.75 CPDs total (up to 3.75 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    7.5 CMEs total (up to 7.5 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    7.5 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    7.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    7.5 credits total (up to 7.5 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    7.5 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    7.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    7.5 CEUs total (up to 7.5 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    7.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    7.5 CEs total (up to 7.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    7.5 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    7.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    7.5 contact hours total (up to 7.5 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    7.5 credits total (up to 7.5 credits General, up to 7.5 credits Pharmacy) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    7.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    7.5 CEs total (up to 7.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    7.5 hours total (up to 7.5 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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