Happy November my beautiful loves!  I had the privilege of being interviewed by my esteemed colleague and friend, Daniela Woerner, founder of AddoAesthetics. Daniela and I crossed paths for a brief time while she was the Director of Medical Aesthetics at Bella Santé- she was there a few years before me and I was there a few years after her, so we overlapped for a bit! So much of what I know about medical aesthetics (prior to actually working in a clinic) is from her. She is a wealth of knowledge and encouragement, so I was honored when she asked me to be interviewed forRead More →

TGIF y’all! I get asked a lot by patients about cleansing with oil. What’s the deal with oil cleansers? I’ve got the skinny! How oil cleansers work It’s a scientific fact that oil cuts oil. Cleansing oil mixes with the existing oils on the skin (oils from sebum, makeup and SPF), and pulls the oil away like a magnet. They are excellent as a first cleanse if you wear heavier makeup for daytime. Not all oils as cleansers are created equal That being said, not just any oil will do as a cleanser. Coconut oil, for example, is the most comedogenic oil that exists on the planet.Read More →

Happy Monday and HAPPY OCTOBER! I can’t believe it’s Fall- I’m still getting used to the season change as a new southerner. The temperatures are still in the 80’s here!  This weekend I travelled with Tony to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Spa for his ACC Conference. It. Was. AMAZING! I’m going to take you along with me on my resort spa journey and share with you how to maximize your time when you visit a spa! Tip #1 Arrive very early It is customary to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time. Resort spas usually have incredible amenities to takeRead More →

TGIF Loves!!! Today I am going to share my best tips for anti-aging of the BODY!  Treat it like the face Your body skin needs to be cleansed, exfoliated regularly, hydrated and protected from the sun and and elements, just like your face! I prefer to exfoliate my skin daily using a dry brush rather than using a sugar or salt scrub. (You can read my collab with The Klog on dry brushing here.) I can’t say enough about applying SPF daily on top of your body moisturizer, especially if you live in a warm climate where your arms and legs are exposed often. GetRead More →

Dear Ashli, I was wondering if you had any advice regarding adult cystic acne due to hormonal changes (coming off of birth control, pregnancy, etc.) Thank you so much! Sincerely, Hormonalista Dear Hormonalista, I have SO many resources for you! One of the purposes of creating this blog was to make it a repository for useful and helpful information on various skin topics! Regarding adult female acne, last year I did a series with Dr. Shari Marchbein, Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in treating adult female acne. You can read the posts here, and here.  As far as hormonal changes due to pregnancy, I answered oneRead More →

Hey y’all! TGIF! I’ve recently had some readers ask me what my every day makeup items are and what my routine is! Foundation 4 years ago I was introduced to Jane Iredale, and I am absolutely obsessed. I use their 4 step system for my foundation. I start by applying the Smooth Affair Primer for normal skin, follow with a pea sized amount of the Glow Time BB cream in BB6 (I apply this with a flocked sponge!) and then the Amazing Base mineral powder in Warm Sienna applied with a powder brush. Lastly, I use their Smell the Roses setting spray. This system is soRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! To start your week, I have an interview with Emily Horwitz, CANS, RN and Master Injector Have you ever felt nervous to pursue injectables for fear of looking altered or different? Here, Emily guides us through finding a great injector and how this modality can enhance or restore your own unique beauty.  Read More →

TGIF y’all!!! On Monday, we talked about Intrinsic Aging, or aging from within. Today, we’re going to discuss Extrinsic Aging, or aging from the enviornment. Extrinsic Aging refers to aging to the skin that is caused by the environment- UVA/UVB rays, pollution, smoke, and damage/trauma to the skin. 90% of Aging in the Skin is Photoaging 90% of aging that we see on the surface of the skin comes from UVA/UVB damage! This is a fantastic fact because it puts YOU in the driver’s seat. This kind of aging can be prevented! Wearing a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day, staying in theRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I hope your week is off to an amazing start! Today I wanted to share a topic that I am extremely passionate about- Aging! How it affects us, our skin, our appearance, our energy levels, and how we can age as well as possible! Intrinsic Aging Intrinsic Aging is a term used to describe cutaneous (skin) aging due to internal factors such as genetics, internal physiological factors (such as disease, allergies, medications) and is also often described as aging due to chronological age. There are a lot of opinions and theories on intrinsic aging, some of which stating that there’s nothing you canRead More →

Dear Ashli, I’ve read that exfoliating is very good for the skin- how often should I exfoliate? I’m afraid to overdo it! Also, what should I use? Sincerely, “Girl who wants that glow” Hey girl! I know just what you need to get your glow on! For most normal skin types, you should exfoliate no more than twice per week. (Mark it in your calendar so that you don’t over-do!) Side note: I actually keep a paper calendar in my bathroom of all of my beauty treatments and when I am due for the next (e.g. Botox, Microneedling, Dermaplaning, Peels, Brow Waxing/Tinting, Hair appointments, etc.)  IRead More →