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 →

Pregnancy is such a special time in any woman’s life, but caring for the skin during this time requires special considerations! Teratogens and Product Safety A teratogen refers to an agent or a factor which contributes to the malformation of an embryo. Drugs and chemicals fall into this category. It’s important to be aware of the safety of what you are putting on your skin while baby is on board. Isotretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative found in the prescriptions Accutane and Retin-A are a definite NO. OTC Retinoids and medical grade retinoids are best avoided until pregnancy and breastfeeding are over. You may see it listed asRead More →

Cold weather & wind, running the heat constantly at home and in the car can be a recipe for disaster (or at least discomfort!) for delicate facial skin. What to do? You may need to re-think your basic regimen for winter Unless your skin is naturally ULTRA dry (think- absolutely NO oil whatsoever), it may not be appropriate to cleanse twice per day during the winter season. I recommend using a swipe of toner in the morning (typically a gentle rose water will do! I love Little Barn Apothecary’s Aloe and Rosewater Mist) and then follow with a moisturizer that is slightly heavier than one you wouldRead More →