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 →

Hi Ashli! What is the best basic regimen for daily skincare? How many steps should I be doing? Also- in what order should I apply products to my skin? Sincerely yours, Lost in a Sea of Products Hi Miss Lost! These are some GREAT questions. A basic, bare bones regimen should consist of your cleansing, toning, hydrating and protecting your skin. A simple AM regimen would be (in order of application): Cleanse- with either a swipe of toner or a gentle, milky cleanser (unless you are sweating at the gym!) Also just cleansing with water in the morning is fine too! Hydrate-Moisturizing with a productRead More →

Hi Ashli! I am newly pregnant and I am very concerned about preventing stretch marks. Are there any effective products on the market and is there anything I can do to prevent them? Thank you so much. Sincerely yours, Stretching Mama-to-Be Dear Stretching Mama-to-Be, Oh my darling, I completely understand this concern! Stretch marks are essentially scar tissue on the surface of the skin due to rapid changes not only in tension on the skin but also due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. Currently, there are no proven products on the market to prevent them, and in many cases they appear to be genetic.Read More →

Dear Ashli, Lately this winter has been absolutely awful on my hands. They are cracked and red and burning constantly and I feel like they are always dry. This is mostly on the backs of them. I’ve been diagnosed with eczema on them in the past by a dermatologist and she prescribed a steroid cream that I ran out of. I know that the steroid cream works but I’m more interested in preventing this from happening! Any suggestions? Sincerely yours, Sad Winter Hands   Dear Sad Winter Hands, You are not alone! I suffer the same! Especially since when I am in the treatment room IRead More →

Dear Ashli, Do you have any suggestions for “skin emergencies” around the holidays? Like big pimples, or waking up with bags under your eyes right before you have to see family (or be in photos!!)? Thank you SO much! Sincerely yours, SkinEmergency Sally Hi Sally! I definitely have some tricks up my sleeve for you in the event that you experience one of these potential picture ruining moments! If you wake up with a big pimple: First thing in the morning when you shower, press a warm cloth on it for at least one minute. The steam in the shower will help as well toRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

Happy Monday and dare I say… HAPPY SPRING!!!!!!! We all lead very busy, stressful lives. If you follow me on Instagram, you see that I talk a lot about Self-Care. Self-Care is crucial. If we don’t care for ourselves, we have nothing to give anyone! Here is a video where I share my best tips- things you can start doing to care for yourself this year! I hope you enjoy!! XORead More →

Hi Skincare Belle! Wondering what some good skin care products are for young teens that don’t break the bank??  Specifically, cleansers. Currently, she is using, Benefit’s toning lotion & a drugstore Cleanser. Thanks doll! Frugal Mama Hey Frugal Mama! GREAT question. Teens have the benefit of youth and therefore do not need to invest any money in correctives and result-oriented treatments for anti-aging. Teen have the very specific need to keep their skin clean, hydrated, and to treat acne if indicated. The key is also identifying her skin type, which will determine the appropriateness of the products being used (for example- if she has combination skin is sheRead More →