Happy Monday and HAPPY OCTOBER! I can’t believe it’s Fall- I’m still getting used to the season change as a new southerner. The temperatures are still in the 80’s here!  This weekend I travelled with Tony to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Spa for his ACC Conference. It. Was. AMAZING! I’m going to take you along with me on my resort spa journey and share with you how to maximize your time when you visit a spa! Tip #1 Arrive very early It is customary to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time. Resort spas usually have incredible amenities to takeRead 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 →

Happy Monday y’all! To start your week, I have an interview with Emily Horwitz, CANS, RN and Master Injector Have you ever felt nervous to pursue injectables for fear of looking altered or different? Here, Emily guides us through finding a great injector and how this modality can enhance or restore your own unique beauty.  Read 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 Monday y’all! Today is my first day back to work from my maternity leave with Adaline! It’s perfect timing that for today’s post, I’m interviewing Dr. Stewart Collins, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Synergy Face & Body in Raleigh, NC (My workplace!) Ashli: “Dr. Collins, you are obviously very passionate about your work. I have been fortunate enough to attend trainings with you, and I know that you love helping to restore patients’ self confidence. When you were becoming a surgeon, what made you decide to go into plastics? Dr. Collins: “I decided to go into plastics because I love seeing the transformation that my patients make. Seeing patients come inRead More →

Hey y’all! It’s just about time for Baby Adaleine to arrive and I wanted to share some of my must-have products that I pack in my hospital bag for postpartum self care.  If you’ve had a baby before, you know there is nothing like that first shower after you deliver. I make sure that I bring things for the shower that give me a sensory experience, which is also a far cry from being in the sterile hospital room!  A Massage oil/Composition Oil– I pack this for during labor and I use it to moisturize my skin afterwards. It contains soothing essential oils that smell heavenly and also help to calm theRead More →

As many of you know, this past summer I moved to North Carolina from Boston. With my relocation came the opportunity to join the Synergy Team of Synergy Spa and Aesthetics in Raleigh! Today I am sharing with you the story behind Synergy from the owner herself, Anna Churchill!   Ashli: “Anna, I would love to know first what inspired you to start Synergy Spa.“ Anna: “I always wanted to have my own business. I didn’t necessarily mind working for other people, when I was younger I thought that was how it was supposed to be- you work for someone else. I didn’t have anyone in my familyRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! In today’s post I have had the pleasure of talking to Kelly Gibbs, a Master Nurse Injector, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and Allergan Trainer all about Kybella! Ashli: “Kelly! Thank you so much for letting me interview you on Kybella! Can you tell us- what is Kybella?” Kelly: “Kybella is pure Deoxycholic acid. It’s an enzyme that is produced in your bile. So for example, if you ate a french fry, that french fry would stimulate your bile to produce deoxycholic acid to melt the fat in that french fry. So, scientists with Allergan just created pure liquid deoxycholic acid that is injectable and it destroys theRead More →