TGIF y’all! I get asked a lot by patients about cleansing with oil. What’s the deal with oil cleansers? I’ve got the skinny! How oil cleansers work It’s a scientific fact that oil cuts oil. Cleansing oil mixes with the existing oils on the skin (oils from sebum, makeup and SPF), and pulls the oil away like a magnet. They are excellent as a first cleanse if you wear heavier makeup for daytime. Not all oils as cleansers are created equal That being said, not just any oil will do as a cleanser. Coconut oil, for example, is the most comedogenic oil that exists on the planet.Read More →

TGIF Loves!!! Today I am going to share my best tips for anti-aging of the BODY!  Treat it like the face Your body skin needs to be cleansed, exfoliated regularly, hydrated and protected from the sun and and elements, just like your face! I prefer to exfoliate my skin daily using a dry brush rather than using a sugar or salt scrub. (You can read my collab with The Klog on dry brushing here.) I can’t say enough about applying SPF daily on top of your body moisturizer, especially if you live in a warm climate where your arms and legs are exposed often. GetRead More →

Dear Ashli, I was wondering if you had any advice regarding adult cystic acne due to hormonal changes (coming off of birth control, pregnancy, etc.) Thank you so much! Sincerely, Hormonalista Dear Hormonalista, I have SO many resources for you! One of the purposes of creating this blog was to make it a repository for useful and helpful information on various skin topics! Regarding adult female acne, last year I did a series with Dr. Shari Marchbein, Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in treating adult female acne. You can read the posts here, and here.  As far as hormonal changes due to pregnancy, I answered oneRead More →

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 →

Happy Monday y’all! I hope your week is off to an amazing start! Today I wanted to share a topic that I am extremely passionate about- Aging! How it affects us, our skin, our appearance, our energy levels, and how we can age as well as possible! Intrinsic Aging Intrinsic Aging is a term used to describe cutaneous (skin) aging due to internal factors such as genetics, internal physiological factors (such as disease, allergies, medications) and is also often described as aging due to chronological age. There are a lot of opinions and theories on intrinsic aging, some of which stating that there’s nothing you canRead More →

Happy Saturday!!! In today’s post, I am sharing the beauty secrets of Italian women from my most favorite Italian woman, Daniela. Daniela and I met working together at Bella Santé back in 2008. When I met her I was star struck! I had never known anyone so glamorous with such a fantastic fashion sense. I later found out that she was born to parents who immigrated here from Italy- it was no surprise to me that her aesthetic was influenced by a country with some of the most beautiful women in the world! Today she is sharing her point of view!  Ashli: “So, having been born Italian and raised inRead 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 →

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 →

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 →