Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was relaxing! Saturday’s post was all about an anti-aging regimen. One of the things I mentioned was adding a Retinoid to your routine, and today I’m going to share my favorite non-prescription brand! The Benefits of Retinoids, Explained Retinoids, or Vitamin A, is sort of the All-Purpose Flour of skincare products. Vitamin A increases cell turnover, lightly exfoliates, also causes cell proliferation and gently reduces tyrosinase activity on the skin.  Tyrosinase is a copper-containing enzyme present in plant and animal tissues that catalyzes the production of melanin and other pigments from tyrosine by oxidation, as in the blackeningRead More →

In today’s post, I am going to give you the full rundown on a basic anti-aging routine, building upon my post “A basic skincare routine demystified..” If you’ve read the post, you know that a basic skin care routine consists of cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting the skin from the sun. But what about when you want to get a little bit more aggressive? Here’s what you need to know! G.R.A.S. Theory A wonderful medical aesthetician and educator that I know named Daniela Woerner of Addo Aesthetics first introduced me to this theory. And the results are mind-blowing! The theory is that if you haveRead More →

If you read my post regarding caring for your facial skin in the winter months, then you already know how the extreme drop in temperature, the dry air and constantly running the heat can wreak havoc on your skin. I’ve given you the basics on how to care for your facial skin, but what about your body?! 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 youRead More →

Did you click on “On My Shelf” under my logo and see a LOT of bottles on my shelf for both my AM and PM regimen?! This is one in a series of posts- today I’m going to address a bare-bones, basic routine. Later, I will go into correctives for different skin types and conditions as well as a global anti-aging routine. So, for the basics- how many steps do you truly need? How often should you exfoliate? How often should you see an Aesthetician? You’ve got questions?! I’ve got some answers! For normal skin maintenance at every age, here is your basic routine: Daily:Read More →

    Although it is not within my scope of practice as an aesthetician to diagnose any skin condition, here is some in-depth, clinical information regarding the diagnosis, treatment and management of the common skin condition of Rosacea. This affects more than 16 million Americans annually. If you think you have Rosacea, see your Dermatologist for a proper diagnosis, and then, see your aesthetician for a customized skincare regimen to meet your skin’s unique needs!   What is it? How is it diagnosed?   Primary features: Flushing Persistent redness of facial skin (known as erythema) Dome shaped papules with or without pustules; nodules may also occurRead More →

In today’s post, I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Nina Vieira, a representative of the brand Dermalogica. Dermalogica was born from the International Dermal Institute, spear-headed by Skin Therapist Extraordinaire Jane Wurwand. A native of England, Wurwand began the International Dermal Institute in Los Angeles. The educational centers are now global, as well as partner with Aesthetics schools to train Aestheticians to be a cut above the rest. (And I’ll admit friends, I’m biased, because my training was at a partnered IDI school!) Ashli: “Hi Nina! I have to start by asking- I’ve noticed that Dermalogica has appeared on the shelves at Ulta. Can you tellRead More →

Not all sunscreens are created equal….Do you know the active ingredients in your sunscreen and why this is important?  In June 2011, the FDA issued new guidelines for sunscreen labeling so that consumers would know what they are putting on their skin. The labels still don’t quite make it clear- I’ll get you in the know! Let’s start with the basics- UVA & UVB Radiation To help you remember-  The “A” stands for “Aging” rays- UVA radiation causes wrinkles, collagen loss, compromised barrier function, and free radical damage. Lentigos, or “liver spots” (those unsightly brown spots that can appear on the skin as we age), areRead More →

So, this year, I had my second baby on 11/1. I turned 34 on 12/12. I had decided that this was going to be “The Year of Botox” (I will get into when to take the plunge in a later post!) But then, since the summer, I started using MicroNight from Neocutis. Neocutis is a brand developed in Switzerland at the prestigous Medical School at the University Hospital of Lausanne over years of research for wound healing, particularly pediatric burns. It is a medical line only available through a licensed Physician. (DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT attempt to buy this on Amazon!) I originally fellRead More →