TGIF y’all!!!! In today’s post I am going to share some very safe alternatives to Retinol and Salicylic Acid to use as an exfoliant during pregnancy! This is by no means an exhaustive list but these are my favorites! Mandelic Acid Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds. It is also an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Its molecules are very large which makes it take longer to penetrate the skin, causing less irritation. This is my absolute favorite acid for pregnancy related acne. It also helps to control pigmentation and lessen fine lines and wrinkles. I use pads soaked in a Mandelic Acid solution that we carry at the spa in ourRead More →

Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! I’ve had to update my latest regimen for you- pregnancy as well as working in a new spa has caused me to change my routine!  AM Routine: AM- Cleanse with a swipe of Heritage Rose Water, I cleanse my eye area with Clinique’s Rinse-off Eye makeup Solvent (I love it because it does not leave an oily residue!) On very dry skin, I apply Synergy’s Revitalizing Serum- this is a C & E Ferulic formulation. The medical spa that I work at uses a pharmacy called Young Pharmaceuticals and they compound all of our medical gradeRead More →

TGIF y’all! This is a topic I have been meaning to write about for quite some time because there is a LOT of confusion around it! Let’s just jump in. This is NOT a medical microneedling device. This is a dermal roller. (Above) If you have this roller at home, that’s great! The needle depths are hypodermic which means they just skin the stratum corneum or top layer of the epidermis (Typically about .5mm deep). Using it weekly can assist in product penetration and provide a mild mechanical exfoliation. It is not deep enough to induce significant collagen production. I repeat: It is not deep enoughRead More →

    What is Reiki?   Reiki means “Universal Life Force Energy”   Origins of Reiki: The system of Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 while performing Isyu Guo, a twenty-one day Buddhist training course held on Mount Kurama. Dr. Usui began the training as a Christian living in a primarily Buddhist region of Japan, because he wanted to understand how Jesus healed people with his hands and raised the dead. The training involved meditation, fasting, chanting, and prayer. At the end of the 21 days, Dr. Usui had a mystical revelation gaining the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune othersRead More →

What are some of the benefits of receiving touch?     Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin. Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles Reduces spasms and cramping Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.  Read More →

Happy Fall y’all! Today I am sharing my tips for transitioning your skin into the season.  Fall is a great time for… Adding Retinol back into your regimen, as well as Hydroquinone if you are dealing with pigmentation Retinols, whether prescription or nonprescription are best avoided when you are being exposed to the sun regularly during the summer months. Where I live in NC, people LIVE at the beach during the summertime, so I typically will have my patients go off of their retinol for the summer. Hydroquinone, a skin lightening agent that targets melanocytes is also best avoided during the summer. It can beRead More →

Happy Tuesday and happy Fall! Thank you so much for your patience last week-we just rescued a dog and my every moment at home was devoted to house training him! He is doing great and the whole family is in love with him! His name is Beauregard.  Recently, I became friends on social media with Ashley Sylvester. IG: http://www.instagram.com/sly_beauty Ashley is makeup artist to one of my most favorite bloggers, Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies. Ashley has started sharing makeup tutorials on her InstaStories and she also has a YouTube channel I think you would really enjoy! Anyway she introduced me to the first Fall MakeupRead More →

Happy Saturday! Welcome to Part Two of my healing journey- I am going to share with you what I did, how I healed, and how my life is changed to this day! My Healing Path For my follow up with Dr. Y, we went over all of the test results I mentioned yesterday. It was time for me to completely change my lifestyle, habits, diet, and approach to life. Some of the different foods I tested sensitive to were; Blueberry, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Coffee, Clams, Cow’s Milk, Brewer’s Yeast and Baker’s Yeast, Asparagus, Barley Malt to name a few. This was going to mean some MAJORRead More →

TGIF loves! I consider myself to be a very holistic clinician. I do not have a degree in nutrition which is why I will interview qualified professionals to share their pearls of wisdom with you. Today I want to share a personal experience that I had with Integrative and Functional Medicine, and tomorrow I will share how it changed my life and made me who I am today.  First of all, What is Integrative Medicine and What is Functional Medicine? Integrative Medicine is the practice of looking at a patient’s lifestyle and environmental factors such as nutrition and then customizing a treatment plan to focus onRead More →

Dear Ashli, I love your blog posts! I’m a senior in undergrad and just applied for medical school, so I love seeing all the different types of jobs involved with medicine and particularly with the skin! I have a question about my own skin! I live in a very humid climate (around 80% or higher most of the time) and the skin around my nose is extremely dry. The dryness extends to underneath my eyes. Nothing seems to help! It peels off in flakes. 🙁 What kind of cleanser/moisturizer combo do you recommend? I’m a college kid with a tight budget so I’ve been usingRead More →