Interview with a PRO Groomer!

Meet Cat Opson, Professional & Award-winning Groomer

Salon: Estrella Pet Grooming
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California
Q: How long have you been a groomer?
A: 23.5 years 

Q: What’s your favorite grooming event you’ve done? Why?
A: The World Grooming competition in Belgium. It was a life-long dream to represent the USA there. The team won gold collectively and I won a silver in the individual event.

Q: What’s the best advice you can give to a new groomer?
A: Take care of your body!

Q: What is your favorite weekend cocktail?
A: Vodka Red Bull!

Q: What is a tool you can’t live without?
A: Thinning shears

Q: Do you groom cats? Why/why not?
A: No. The last new cat I took shredded my pinky finger and I was just done after that.

Q: If you could use any fragrance what would it be?
A: Vanilla.

Q: Do you ever get attached to the animals you groom?
A: Absolutely.

Q: Have you ever groomed any exotic animals?
A: Does a horse count? Otherwise a bunny, lol.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?
A: Ride my horse.

Q: Which Skout’s Honor Product do you keep in your arsenal?
A: The Probiotic Deodorizer spray!! And the Unscented Shampoo/Conditioner (2-in-1).

Why You Need Probiotics in Your Skin Care!

Probiotics are the new buzz word for enhancing your Pet’s Grooming regimen, thanks to the award-winning line of products from Skout’s Honor…but the truth is that Probiotics in Human Skin Care/Beauty Products is where it all began…

A decade ago, the thought of embracing bacteria would have raised plenty of eyebrows. However, with growing wellness trends, a lot of health-driven individuals have no problem embracing the bacteria that is probiotics.

While bacteria does have a bad reputation, it’s important to remember that they’re not all bad. There exists microflora that can be extremely beneficial to the body. So much so that they’ve been included in foods and created in supplement form. That being said, what exactly are these good bacteria that everyone seems to be centering their lifestyle and diet on?

What Are Probiotics?

According to studies, the health of one’s gut can actually impact their general wellbeing (1). Thus it is important to keep your gut health in check, and that’s where probiotics come in.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that inhabit both inside and on the surface of the body. They are good bacteria because they keep the gut healthy by countering the harmful effects of bad bacteria. Alcohol, a poor diet and even antibiotics can upset this balance and jeopardize your health.

Aside from supplements, these good bacteria can also be found in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. Thus, as they can influence the health of our guts, can they also do the same for our skin?

Probiotics And Skin Care

Similar to the gut, the skin also contains a large population of microflora that can affect its appearance. A change in this microflora can result in dull and prematurely aged skin. It can also trigger inflammatory skin conditions such as redness and acne.

The topical use of probiotics on the skin can help to alleviate these concerns by balancing out the skin’s bacterial population. A benefit of this would be added protection against environmental threats such as sun damage.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, probiotics can help to diminish the signs of aging by encouraging the production of collagen.

Probiotics also help to hydrate the skin, alleviate redness and sensitivity as well as combat inflammatory skin concerns such as acne,  psoriasis and eczema (2).

Does My Skin Need Probiotics?

Our lifestyle choices aren’t only affecting our gut health but they’re also disrupting the microfloral balance in our skin. Furthermore, the use of skincare products rich in parabens and sulfates can also cause disarray.

Hence, those with sensitive skin, inflammatory flareups as well as those living in a city will each benefit from including probiotics in their skincare regimes. In fact, a study from the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that they could actually be the key to both acne and rosacea treatments.

NOTE: This blog is a re-post from an article posted on Longevitylive.com 

 

Us Weekly Features Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!

 

Skout’s Honor is excited to announce that Us Weekly, the celebrity lifestyle magazine, featured our Probiotic Grooming products in this week’s issue (on stands March 8)!  Under the “Spring Celebrity Pets” product feature, our Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner (2-in-1) and Daily-use Probiotic Deodorizer (both in Lavender) were included as a pet essential & must-have for the season!

As seen in Us Weekly:

Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!
One wash will change everything. Say goodbye to itch, odor and shedding with these luxurious grooming products that bring out your pet’s natural beauty. www.skoutshonor.com

Microbiome 101 (Why Probiotics Matter)

Probiotic Skin Care for Pets

There’s been a lot of buzz going on out there lately about the importance of a healthy “Microbiome.” But the truth is, most people have NO IDEA what that means.  We’re here to break it down for you and explain why this uber-trendy word is one that you need to familiarize yourself with.

Let’s start with the actual definition: Microbiome (Noun) 

mi·​cro·​bi·​ome | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈbī-ˌōm  \

  1. A community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the body.  

While that may sound gross or ‘dirty’ to some – the microbiome is actually our skin’s living, protective layer.  Not all bacteria is “bad” bacteria – in fact, we need “good” bacteria to thrive in and on our bodies in order to maintain a healthy life.  The skin microbiome is home to billions of bacteria at any given time – both good and bad.  When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets out of whack and the bad bacteria is given the opportunity to take over, we experience symptoms of inflammation, irritation and other health problems.  For the skin, these symptoms of a microbiome that is off-balance often appear as itch, odor, redness, dryness, etc.

Enter topical probiotics…

It has been proven that when applied to the skin, probiotics do an incredible job at supporting and strengthening the “good” bacteria on the skin so that it can more effectively defend against opportunistic pathogens and “bad” bacteria from taking over.  Probiotics are the ultimate protector, preventer and defender against our skin’s worst enemies (bad bacteria) – and when applied regularly can offer an effective, natural way to keep skin problems from occurring in the first place.

So it’s no surprise that the trend of Probiotic Skin Care has quickly evolved as one of the hottest, most innovative solutions in human beauty and skin care products to treat our most common skin problems: acne, rosacea, etc.  Check any beauty shelf or cosmetic counter at retail today and you’ll find a selection of items that claim probiotics as a key, active ingredient for balancing and restoring skin health.

So, since probiotics offer such a powerful solution for treating human skin care woes – just imagine the possibilities when it comes to using topical probiotics on our favorite furry family members (our pets)!  Just as we suffer from time to time from skin irritations and inflammation due to environmental factors, genetics, etc. – so do our pets.  Any pet parent can recall a moment when their dog or cat has gone crazy itching or scratching the same spot for  hours – and we all know how odor control can be a problem when it comes to a pet with ongoing skin irritations.  We want our pets to look, feel (and smell!) their best – and today’s pet parents are constantly seeking new opportunities to improve their dog or cat’s well being.

Our pet’s skin microbiome is just as sensitive as our own.  When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets off track, we start to see problems like hot spots, itching/licking, odor, shedding, dander and dryness.  Unfortunately the most common response to date has been a cycle of “treat and repeat” – using shampoos/topical treatments that temporarily relieve the presenting problem (oatmeal baths for itch, steroids for inflammation/redness, etc.).  The problem is that once those treatments wear off, the same underlying cause of the symptoms is still there – which is ultimately an imbalance in the pet’s skin microbiome.  Until the good bacteria on their skin is effectively restored and supported, pets suffering from recurring problems will never be cured.

At Skout’s Honor we are excited to offer a new solution for pet parents who have been on that treat-and-repeat cycle with their own animal(s).  We saw an exciting opportunity in the science behind topical probiotics and the results it has offered humans for transforming skin care/health.

Through the introduction of our Probiotic Skin Care line for pets – we’ve unleashed a game changer for the pet industry and the grooming category in particular.  Our Probiotic shampoos, conditioners and daily-use treatments are infused with a live probiotic kefir culture, which offers an incredibly hydrating, soothing and luxurious grooming experience – while providing a powerful boost of probiotics to the skin and coat.  That boost leaves the animal feeling clean, soft, shiny and smelling amazing.  Best of all, the probiotics that are left behind after the wash provide an active, preventative approach to skin health – helping support the good bacteria on the animal’s skin in order to keep the bad bacteria away.

Don’t take our word for it.  Since launching this innovative line, our Probiotic grooming products have received several industry awards and accolades from pet industry experts including Pet Age magazine, Pet Business Magazine, etc.  Every day we receive new testimonials and before/after images from pet parents, professional groomers and veterinarians who say that our products have been able to restore skin and coat health for animals who have long-suffered chronic skin problems.

We invite you to learn more about the Microbiome, Probiotic Skin Care Products for humans, and Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Grooming line.

If you are interested in trying a sample of our grooming products for your own pet, click here to sign up for FREE sample kit! 

What is Dysbiosis? 5 Signs your Dog’s Skin Biome is out of Whack.

About half of your pet’s bodyweight is made up of microorganisms. No joke! While this may sound gross, it turns out that the bacteria, yeasts and fungus (commonly known as the microbiome) play a more critical role in the health and well being of our fur friends than expected. In fact, the importance of the microbiome is something that modern medicine is just beginning to understand.

When the natural skin biome is out of balance, the resulting condition is known as “dysbiosis.” A recent article by Suzannah Weiss on Bustle.com discussed findings on the widespread affects of dysbiosis in humans, ranging from bloating to chronic depression.

While the gut biome and the need for a diet with probiotics gets plenty of attention in the pet world, current research conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology is finding that regular topical probiotic use in skin care products can prove beneficial to general skin problems associated with “topical dysbiosis.”

Most pet parents are closely in tune with their pet’s health status – but there are also some common symptoms that get overlooked, which could actually be a result of an out-of-whack skin biome.

5 Signs Your Pet is Suffering from a Dysbiosis of the Skin:

  1. They Itch a Lot

Environmental damage from wind, weather, over-grooming and even the occasional dip in the swimming pool can wreak havoc on a dog’s skin, stripping away the protective layer known as the sebum. The sebum is an oily layer on the surface of the skin that houses the microbiome and acts as the first layer of protection against pathogenic yeast, fungus and bacteria. Oatmeal shampoos and medicated products can provide some symptomatic relief, but do not address the underlying problem, and can often contribute to a relapse.  

  1. They have excessive body odor

The number one cause of excessive odor is yeast. Dogs suffering from allergies or hormonal imbalance are especially susceptible to underlying infection. A lot of the over-the-counter solutions feature anti-bacterial properties, which can actually perpetuate the problem.

  1. They shed more than normal

All dogs shed, but if things are getting out of control it is most likely due to physical and/or psychological stress manifested in an autoimmune response. Most shampoos advertised as “de-shedding” simply help rinse out unwanted hair. Addressing the cause of stress is the first step and often requires a trip to the vet.

  1. They take a lot of antibiotics

Antibiotics are good at killing the bad bacteria, but they are even better at killing the good bacteria too – and they have no effect whatsoever on fungus and yeast (which is usually the real problem). Animals that take antibiotics regularly are open to all kinds of opportunistic pathogens and lack the support of their symbiotic community. The best bet is to avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and actively replenish the beneficial bacteria (through ingestible & topical probiotics) once the drug cycle is complete.

  1. They have frequent hot spots

Pyotraumatic dermatitis, commonly known as a “hot spot” is a common form of pyoderma. Bad bacteria on the skin triggers the immune system to react by creating an itchy, inflamed, bumpy skin rash that can quickly turn into a hot spot. Products that kill the bad bacteria do nothing to prevent it from returning or calm the inflammation, necessitating additional ingredients to help mask the pain.

Supporting a Healthy Skin Biome for Your Pet:

Topical probiotics are a great alternative to traditional solutions. “Probiotic shampoos and conditioners such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Shampoo Products can help maintain the health of your pet’s skin and luster of their coat,” says Liz Hanson, DVM. “Using a probiotic shampoo has shown benefits to help prevent infection, combat hot spots, rehydrate dry skin, naturally deodorize, and prevent matting and excessive shedding.” Probiotic shampoo and conditioners is on the forefront of natural ways to help restore the health of your pet’s skin and maintain the natural beauty of their coat.

Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer Featured in Modern Dog Magazine!

Skout's Honor Probiotic Deodorizer
Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer Featured in Modern Dog Magazine Fall 2018 Issue

Modern Dog Magazine, the lifestyle magazine for modern dogs and their companions has featured Skout’s Honor Probiotic Daily-Use Deodorizer inside their Fall 2018 Issue.

In the article Battle of the Bath, there are tips and products listed to help pet owners deal with dogs that hate being groomed. Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer is one of the products listed to make life easier between bathing to freshen up your pet.

“Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer in Honeysuckle scent not only hydrates but also deodorizes your dog’s skin by incorporating probiotics, which make it difficult for harmful bacteria to take over while allowing good bacteria to flourish. Just spray on and brush or massage through your dog’s coat and onto skin for a fresher, better-smelling pet in between washes! Can be used daily.” skoutshonor.com

Find Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer, as well as the complete Probiotic Skin Care Line at www.skoutshonor.com.

Real Simple Magazine Picks Skout’s Honor for “Best Natural Grooming Products” Round Up

 

This August, Real Simple Magazine published it’s short list of top choices after reviewing more than 30 Natural Pet Grooming products and Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care line for pets made the cut!

“You won’t find any harmful chemicals in these pet grooming supplies—only pampering, moisturizing products that really work…Rethink your pet’s skincare routine with [Skout’s Honor] probiotic shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer set. Made for pets suffering from excessive shedding and itching, this system uses beneficial bacteria to reduce inflammation while also keeping your pet smelling (and feeling) good.” – Editor, Real Simple

Incredible results using our Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer!

Don’t take our word for it…check out this latest testimonial we received from a customer who used our Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer to treat a serious skin allergy/hotspot problem.  Bow to the WOW!

Our Probiotic Skin Care for pets is the first and ONLY grooming line designed to stop problems before they start…but we’re also hearing some amazing stories from our retail partners and pet parents about its ability to treat and speed up the healing process for a variety of skin issues.

Natural solution to treating hotspots, itching, odor, shedding, inflammation & infection!

HGTV Magazine features Skout’s Honor Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!

Pick up the latest issue of HGTV Magazine and you’ll find Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Shampoo + Conditioner (in Honeysuckle scent) featured as one of “16 Ways to Spoil Your Pet!”

Your competitive advantage: Topical Probiotics!

Discover the unique Competitive Advantage of using Topical Probiotics on your pet, and why our NEW Probiotic Grooming line is better than the current alternative ‘natural’ skin & coat treatments…

Skout’s Honor Topical Probiotics – support the good bacteria that naturally calm inflammation and prevent bad bacteria from taking over. No known side effects. Safe for use on all animals. An active approach designed to correct the underlying cause of the most common grooming related ailments, including excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot-spots, odor and infection. Helps breaks the cycle of treat-and-repeat.

Current Alternative Treatments:

Enzyme Treatments – kill the source of infection on dog or cat’s skin. Effectively wipes the slate clean, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat.  Promotes imbalance.

Colloidal Oatmeal – create a physical barrier to soothe and protect itchy skin. Passive replacement for damaged or missing skin biome. Only works when present. Does not treat the underlying cause of bacterial imbalance. Can be an allergen. Creates a cycle of treat-and-repeat.

Alpha Hydroxys – remove the top layers of dead skin cells. Eliminate the skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat. Can cause mild skin irritation, redness, swelling, itching and skin discoloration. Promotes imbalance.

Corticosteroids and Antifungal Cream – treatment of symptomatic inflammatory yeast infection. Kills fungus and reduces inflammation. Potentially fatal if swallowed. Kills yeast, disrupts biome, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat. Promotes imbalance.

NOTE: Topical probiotics can be used in conjunction with an enzyme or other anti-fungal treatment as a therapeutic remedy to help restore the natural biome and break the cycle of treat-and-repeat.