TGIF y’all!!! On Monday, we talked about Intrinsic Aging, or aging from within. Today, we’re going to discuss Extrinsic Aging, or aging from the enviornment. Extrinsic Aging refers to aging to the skin that is caused by the environment- UVA/UVB rays, pollution, smoke, and damage/trauma to the skin. 90% of Aging in the Skin is Photoaging 90% of aging that we see on the surface of the skin comes from UVA/UVB damage! This is a fantastic fact because it puts YOU in the driver’s seat. This kind of aging can be prevented! Wearing a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day, staying in theRead More →

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 →

Hey y’all! TGIF and happy Memorial Day weekend! If you are headed to the beach or are going to some backyard BBQ’s please don’t forget your SPF! Re-apply every two hours! Today I am talking about a really hot trend in skincare, rollers! Some are made from Jade and some are made from Rose Quartz. Are they worth the hype? How do you use them? I’m giving you the full scoop here! Benefits: Assists in lymphatic drainage, which in turn de-puffs the face When rolled over the skin after being placed in the freezer, it helps to calm the skin after peels and other deeply exfoliating treatments Improves skinRead More →

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start!  In today’s post, I’m going to share with you my favorite products and beauty routines for the summer! 1. Get your brows and lashes tinted No one wants to apply a brow pencil or heavy mascara if you are at the beach or by the pool in the hot sun! See your Aesthetician and get your brows tinted so that you don’t have to fill them in. Lash tinting can also make your eyes pop without makeup! It’s one of my secret weapons for summer beauty! 2. Let your hair air dry AirRead More →

TGIF y’all!!! You’ve asked and I’m answering… this is my list of the Best Eye Creams available today! BEST ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM- It’s a tie: Lumiere Eye Cream by Neocutis- Helps alleviate skin puffiness with caffeine, plumps up the appearance of skin with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid, visibly diminishes the appearance of under eye darkness. This cream treatsthe delicate eye area to help improve the signs of fatigue powered by 30% more1 PSP® to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Other key ingredients include Bisabolol. This is one of my staples on my shelf! This one is tied with the Lumiere- Micro-EyesRead 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 →

Hey y’all! It’s just about time for Baby Adaleine to arrive and I wanted to share some of my must-have products that I pack in my hospital bag for postpartum self care.  If you’ve had a baby before, you know there is nothing like that first shower after you deliver. I make sure that I bring things for the shower that give me a sensory experience, which is also a far cry from being in the sterile hospital room!  A Massage oil/Composition Oil– I pack this for during labor and I use it to moisturize my skin afterwards. It contains soothing essential oils that smell heavenly and also help to calm theRead 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 →

Hello and happy Monday my loves! It has recently been brought to my attention by some of my favorite dermatologists that they are seeing patients come in with botched (and sometimes dangerous-having counterfeit product injected!) injections due to their going to someone who was “cheaper”. Let’s talk about this! 1. Good injections aren’t cheap, and cheap injections aren’t good.  If you see a Groupon or some type of “deal” on injections that claims an incredibly low price (like, under $200 for the entire forehead, for example) stay away! You should expect to pay between $10-20 per unit of Botox. This is industry standard. The forehead is an averageRead More →

As many of you know, this past summer I moved to North Carolina from Boston. With my relocation came the opportunity to join the Synergy Team of Synergy Spa and Aesthetics in Raleigh! Today I am sharing with you the story behind Synergy from the owner herself, Anna Churchill!   Ashli: “Anna, I would love to know first what inspired you to start Synergy Spa.“ Anna: “I always wanted to have my own business. I didn’t necessarily mind working for other people, when I was younger I thought that was how it was supposed to be- you work for someone else. I didn’t have anyone in my familyRead More →