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 →

Dear Ashli, Lately this winter has been absolutely awful on my hands. They are cracked and red and burning constantly and I feel like they are always dry. This is mostly on the backs of them. I’ve been diagnosed with eczema on them in the past by a dermatologist and she prescribed a steroid cream that I ran out of. I know that the steroid cream works but I’m more interested in preventing this from happening! Any suggestions? Sincerely yours, Sad Winter Hands   Dear Sad Winter Hands, You are not alone! I suffer the same! Especially since when I am in the treatment room IRead More →

TGIF!! Now, this may be poor timing of this post if you indulged in some pumpkin pie yesterday (Sorry!!), but going into the holiday season I would like to talk about the effects of consuming sugar on the skin. You may have heard about this in the media or on social, as there is a buzz around everything nutrition nowadays. Here are the facts you need to know (and why I avoid processed sugar almost always!)   This is what actually happens to the skin when glucose is floating around without protein or carbs to bind to! As glucose moves through your bloodstream in abundance (which also includesRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving already! I hope everyone has a great start to their week and hopefully having some relaxing time off! I thought I would share my philosophy to flawless skin- I will share more in depth in future posts. Here are my keys to beautiful skin at any age: A proper, nutritious diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals and fatty acids (A paleolithic diet is ideal); appropriate water intake (you should be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of H2O per day and eating at least 6 servings of water based vegetables) You can read my postRead More →

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 →

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 →