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 →

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 →

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 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 →

Happy Monday y’all! For today’s post, I’m going to share with you all the benefits of a mineral bath as well as a how-to, to introduce weekly rejuvenation into your life! What is a mineral bath? The average adult’s body contains 60% water. Mineral baths (typically found in the form of bath minerals or lyophilized sea water) contain trace minerals found in the sea such as calcium, magnesium and sodium. Bathing in these helps to re-mineralize the body as well as the skin! Epsom Salts, containing magnesium sulfate are also very popular. How-to take a mineral bath: Draw a tepid bath (around 98 degrees). It isRead More →

Happy Sunday y’all! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has arrived- and if you are a cardholder you can shop the preview now through July 20th! Here are my beauty essentials from the sale! XO Diptyque Candle Set   Jo Malone London Cologne Collection Slip Silk Pillowcase Simple Human Round Sensor Mirror Pro Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask Clairisonic Smart Profile Uplift NuFace White Trinity Anniversary Facial Toning Kit Butter London Cashmere Cremes Patent Shine Yves St. Laurent Lip Set (in Pink!) Bobbi Brown On Trend Eyes and Cheeks CollectionRead More →

Happy Thursday!!! I want to thank everyone for being so patient for the less frequent blog posts while I get my life up and running here in North Carolina! Expect the consistent 3 times per week posts from me very soon!! So, the question is… do I need to wear a sunscreen every day? The answer is, Yes! No matter where you live, no matter what your Fitzpatrick skin type, it is imperative that you protect your skin each day. Whether it is sunny out or rainy, and even if you are just walking to your car and not out for very long. Why? 90% ofRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I am so sorry for the technical difficulty on Friday in which you received an email with this title but no content!  Today I am sharing your essential guide to the glow for your perfect day! 6-12 MONTHS BEFORE Now is the perfect time to find a wonderful aesthetician and start coming in for monthly facials. Your Aesthetician can analyze your skin and get you on a treatment plan as well as an at-home regimen to make your skin look its absolute best for your special day! I definitely recommend some mild peels and dermaplaning to really refresh your skin. If you areRead More →

Summer is upon us, with longer days , more time spent outdoors (if you live in the Northeast!), which includes time in the sun and at the beach. Should you switch up your skincare routine? I’ve got all the details! Here’s the post on Silk Therapeutics’ website!    Switch to a Serum As the air gets warmer and more humid, the moisturizer that sustained you during the dry winter months may be too heavy for summertime. Consider switching to a hydrating serum instead of a cream to wear under your sunscreen for day and over your corrective serums at night. Stay in the Shade (andRead More →

Want to know what’s on skincare guru and founder of Rhonda Allison skincare line’s shelf? She’s shared with me! Rhonda: “I use the Minus 10 Collection, and for cleansing I use the Foaming Peptide Cleanser and the Pumpkin Cleanser. I used to use just the Pumpkin cleanser and now that I am in my late 60’s I’ve added the Foaming Peptide. I’m almost 70 now… and your skin changes with every decade. I don’t peel my skin as often as I did in my 30’s and 40’s. During those decades I focused on correcting my skin and rejuvenating it and now that I am almost intoRead More →