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 →