My Favorite Cleansers…

I love a lot about skincare... serums, masks, newer, better moisturizers, but one of my favorites is cleanser! It seems silly, because cleanser is on our skin for the least amount of time of all of our products, but they really do a lot in that time. I have about 4 cleansers I'm using at…

Acne, Part 3… The Facts

There are several different types of acne.  From infection based, to clogged pores, to sebaceous filament, to acne rosacea. Acne is graded on a scale from 1-4 medically speaking, stage 4 being the worst. Acne is an inflammatory issue, at its most basic, so is rosacea. Inflammation + infection= acne. *Disclaimer*: I will not be…

Let’s talk about ‘Inflammaging’…

So what is 'inflammaging'? It's one of the newer terms in the skincare world and it pertains to the skin aging prematurely because of too much inflammation. Now we all love our exfoliators: our glycolics and our retinols and our scrubs... but if we over do them, it can lead to trouble. When we start…

Acne, Part 2: Acne and makeup

Makeup can effect acne more than we realize... I always tell my clients to think about their makeup, especially their foundation, as a continuation of their skincare. People with acne get in a viscous cycle: they get some pimples, so they find a makeup that will cover it up, this causes more breakouts, so then…

Marketing and skincare…

So here's the deal... companies want your money, and they will say a lot of fancy stuff and create beautiful ads telling you why their products are SO great... We all know this... But for some reason, when it comes to skincare we all fall for the hype, why? Because we all want look young,…

Acne, Part 1: My Story

This will be the beginning of my series on acne. I will try and cover all of the different aspects of this annoying and complicated disease. I will be adding to it from time to time. I hope you enjoy... Acne sucks, lets just get that out of the way. I've been struggling with acne…

What’s the deal with serums?

This will be short and sweet, but I feel it's important for everyone to understand. Serums can get a little confusing... I think that people often use the term 'serum' like moisturizer or sunscreen. The problem is, it's not a generic term. Think of the word serum like the word booster. Serums are meant to…

Why I don’t like Mac Cosmetics…

This will be a quick one, but hopefully this advice will help save a few peoples skin! Ok, so, I just don't really get Mac makeup, I know, I know... I love makeup, how could I not like Mac?! Now there are a few reasons I don't like it, but let's start with the fact…

Let’s talk Botox…

So Botox is really a catch all term for freezing the muscle or using botulism in the muscle. I used actual Botox for about 8+ years, but recently I've switched to Dysport which I'm preferring over Botox.  So when I use the word 'Botox' in the following text, I mean 'a botulism solution injected into…

Tips from an esthetician…

Just thought I'd offer up a few tips, fun facts or advice to people that are going to, or are looking for an esthetician. I've worked on thousands of people in my over 13 years in the industry, and I've learned a few things... Please know the name of the products that you're using, especially…