TGIF!!! Today I am answering your burning questions about a career in Aesthetics/Medical Aesthetics! Q.Do you have to go to school for Esthetics? For how long? What “title” do you have after this? A. Like any specialized skill or training, you do have to go to school and study Aesthetics. Programs can range from 200-1000 hours depending upon your state and their requirements for licensure. This can take between 2-12 months to complete depending upon your class schedule. After you graduate you take your state board exam (in most states) which is written as well as practical (you perform a facial, waxing, and a makeupRead More →

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! For today’s post, I wanted to share what a typical day in the clinic looks like for me. Later in the week I will answer your questions about the field of Medical Aesthetics! *please note, in order to comply with HIPPA and to protect my patients’ privacy and confidentiality, no names will be used and treatment examples will not be detailed as to reveal any patients’ identity. A Typical Day An average shift is about 6 hours (I work longer on the weekend) and this allows me to accommodate 5-7 patients per day. I arrive at leastRead More →

TGIF! Yesterday we discussed what Melasma is- today we are going to talk about different options for treatment! Your Regimen, Your First Line of Defense Repeat after me: SPF is your BFF. Melasma can be exacerbated by sun exposure and heat. What this means for you is that you need to protect your skin from direct sun as well as from heat that can get trapped in the skin. Choose a mineral sunscreen only. A mineral sunscreen is a physical block, which repels heat. The mechanism of chemical sunscreens is such that UVA and UVB rays do reach the epidermal junction where they get shattered or dispersed.Read More →

Happy Thursday loves! Today we are going to delve into Melasma. What is Melasma? Melasma is a discoloration of the skin, typically displayed as gray or brown patches, most commonly found on the face. In melasma patients, the melanocytes (cells responsible for the skin’s pigment) become enlarged and the number of melanosomes (the site of melanin synthesis, storage and transport) are increased. It can affect the forehead, cheeks, around the mouth (like a mustache) and on the arms. The cause of melasma is unknown, and studies have shown that genetic predisposition, prescription drugs, hormones, heat and sun exposure play a large role in triggering melasma.Read More →

Happy Tuesday y’all! Today I am sharing some very basic regimens for the most common skin types- Normal, Combination and Acne so that you can feel confident on campus this year! If your skin is… Normal, Combination In the AM– If you live in a cold climate, you can skip cleansing and just use a swipe of toner. If you live in a warm climate, use a gentle cleanser followed by a toner. Use a moisturizer for your skin type (normal or combination), followed by a separate SPF In the PM– Cleanse thoroughly using a gel cleanser, followed by a toner Use a moisturizer forRead More →

TGIF!!! Today I’m going to talk about different peels for anti-aging!  Why Peels for anti-aging? Building upon what I said yesterday– the body is exceptional at efficiency and energy conservation. If you imagine your skin as bricks and mortar, the basal layer (or the bottom layer) establishes a pattern as the skin cells are born and layered on top of one another. As we age, this process slows down significantly and we also lose our natural Collagen and Elastin cells. A peel helps to increase cell turnover rate, and, if the peel is deep enough to be registered as a controlled wound to the skin, canRead More →

Happy Thursday y’all! In this post, I’m going to give you an overview of different corrective peels for acne! What is a peel? A peel is a treatment to the skin using a chemical acid that causes the top layer of skin to be exfoliated and eventually slough off. There are different depths of peels- Light, Medium and Deep peels. For best results, peels should be done in a series of 3-4, every 2-4 weeks depending on your skin type. For today’s post we will be discussing a few medium peels for troublesome acne. Peels for Acne Retinol Peel- This type of peel utilizes Vitamin A inRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! Today I am sharing my beauty MUST haves for my morning routine! Foundation: Smooth Affair Primer, Glow Time BB6, Pressed Powder in Golden Glow, Setting Spray in Lemongrass all by Jane Iredale Eyes: Bobbi Brown and Stila shadows, Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara on the top lashes and Blinc on the bottom lashes, Anastasia Beverly Hills concealer underneath Bronzer and Highlighter: Hoola by Benefit, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop Lipcolor for Day/Work: Chantecaille lip liner in Vibrant and Clearly Pink gloss on top by Clinique. I have a confession: I canNOT wear nudes. They makeRead More →

TGIF!!!! For today’s post I am sharing my input for Reader’s Digest’s latest article, “4 Beauty Products You Should Never Spend More Than $10 On- and 5 Worth the Splurge”. You can read the article here Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a beautiful weekend! Stay tuned for next week as I guide you through peels and adult acne! Xo, Ashli  Read More →

Dear Ashli, Help! I’ve just gotten badly sunburned at the beach over the weekend! My skin is very red and painful! What are my best options? Sincerely, Sorry Sunner   Dear Sorry Sunner, Oh my goodness! I am so sorry for you! In the event that this kind of damage has been done (and I hope you will be extra cautious in the future by wearing sunscreen and staying in the shade!), there are some options to help your skin recover quickly from a burn. For the First 24 Hours: Cool the burn– Applying a topical aloe vera gel and cold compresses (cold water onRead More →