TGIF!!! Today I’m going to tell you exactly how Botox works, how long it lasts, and share a few caveats. How does Botox work? How long does it last? Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a neuromodulator that works by blocking acetylcholine. Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, signals the muscles to move. When the signal is blocked to the brain, the muscle can no longer move. So, it does not paralyze the muscle, only temporarily blocks the signal that allows it to move. It takes up to 2 weeks to see the effects and the effects last for 2-3 months depending upon your metabolism and activity levels. Good injections aren’t cheap, and cheap injections aren’tRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I hope that those of you who are snowed in are staying warm and have plenty of snacks and fun Netflix to watch! In today’s post, I would love to present you with the best treatment options for acne scars. I see this a lot as a clinician, and here are the best treatments: Medical Microneedling Medical Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a treatment in which fine gauge needles (usually 9-12 needles per tip (which as disposable, one time use) are applied to the skin in a perfect pattern. This creates micro channels in the skin, which stay openRead More →

You’ve read my post on caring for your facial skin in winter, but let’s not neglect your body skin! Here are some helpful suggestions for combating winter dry-out! Don’t Over Cleanse Did you know that you do not need to use cleanser on your entire body every single time you shower? In all reality, unless you are getting completely sweaty at the gym or are getting covered in sand and dirt (which, in all likelihood you aren’t in the winter months!), you only need to cleanse your skin in what I call the “odoriferous areas”. Feet, underarms, and private parts. That’s it! Don’t Over-Heat &Read More →

Happy Monday loves! About two years ago, I posted all about caring for your skin in the winter. Here is an updated version of the posts. Today is all about caring for your face during the colder winter months! Cold weather & wind, running the heat constantly at home and in the car can be a recipe for disaster (or at least discomfort!) for delicate facial skin. What to do? You may need to re-think your basic regimen for winter Unless your skin is naturally ULTRA dry (think- absolutely NO oil whatsoever), it may not be appropriate to cleanse twice per day during the winterRead More →

My dearest readers, This is not a beauty post. This is a post to say thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you who have followed along on this blogging journey for the last two years! I will be posting at least bi-monthly to share all of my best skincare tips, product reviews, interviews with experts, and more! Also launching in 2019 will be my personal lifestyle blog at ashlicarnicelli.com, in which I will share about motherhood, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, home decor- essentially ALL of my favorite things! I hope you will follow along and I hope you love it!Read More →