The Secret to a Good Facial at Home

“Pineapples are more than just a tasty snack; they contain a powerful mixture of enzymes that can help your skin feel soft and look great.”

DIY Steps for a Facial at Home

When getting to your favorite spa is impossible, here are some DIY steps for a facial at home. You probably know what type of skin you have and already own an assortment of products, so the first step is to pull out all of your products and go through them to see what is still…

Why We Get Chapped Lips

“Licking your lips gives yourself a little moisture boost, right? Sadly, no. Having dry lips can give you the urge to lick.”

What’s Healthier a Bath or Shower?

When it comes to skin dehydration, both showering and bathing will dry out your skin to some extent. However, taking a bath gives your skin time to soak up nutrients.

Broccoli Facials Inspired by Paul Talalay

“Broccoli is an incredible antioxidant and chemoprotective agent. We struck gold when we came across Dr. Paul Talalay’s research and his Brassica facility.”

What Are the Benefits to Using a Facial Serum?

Facial serums are quite different from creams and lotions. They are lightweight, water-based moisturizers that are designed to be quickly absorbed by the skin and attack specific problems. Serums are used to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin. Regular usage of various serums can help to improve skin health by repairing damage, improving collagen…

Why Do Women Get Excess Facial Hair as They Age

Excessive facial hair can be an annoying problem. However, this issue is very common and can be managed safely in most individuals. Each individual hair grows out of a tiny pit in the skin called a follicle. Deep within the follicle, at the hair bulb, live cells are responsive to androgens (male sex hormones). When…

How to Deal with Freckles on My Face

Freckles; the little brown spots that appear on our skin. Although we’re typically familiar with what they are, many of us have questions about them: Why do some people have more freckles than others or what causes freckles? Freckles occur when pigment cells (melanocytes) experience an overproduction of melanin. The melanin is activated by sun exposure…

Pimples and Bacteria Trilogy: Pt. 3 – Internal Bacteria

In addition to our skin, bacteria live in various other locations in our body as part of our normal flora. This includes the nose, mouth, stomach, intestines, rectum, and vaginal tract. These internal bacteria play an important role in keeping your body healthy. Digestion The digestive system is one area where the balance between “good…

High Frequency Facials For Pimples, Aging and Hair Loss

Have you ever had a facial and heard a crackling, static or buzzing sound? Or felt a zap or mild shock on your skin? If so, your Esthetician may have used high frequency during your facial.   What is High-Frequency? Radio frequency (RF) treatment is commonly used to tighten lax skin, promote collagen growth, and…

Is Vitamin E a Miracle Cure for Reducing Scars?

When I was a kid and I’d cut my finger or skin my knee, my grandmother popped open a bottle of Vitamin E capsules. She’d prick one with a pin, squeeze out the golden liquid and spread it onto my wound. Did it work? To this day I’m not sure, so we investigated it and…

Microneedling + Anti-Aging Therapies

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a dermatological treatment that uses tiny needles to stimulate the natural production of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous structural protein that allows your skin to be supple and resilient. This protein is broken down during the natural aging process and by UV radiation. In microneedling, tiny holes…

What Are Those Pesky Bumps on My Arms and Legs?

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition that affects over 3 million people. KP causes small, hard bumps on the skin, typically on the back, upper arms, thighs, face, and buttocks. Although these bumps may look similar to pimples, they have a different texture and composition (like chicken skin). Acne papules and pustules contain a fluid…

Facial Cleansing Tips: Wipes or Washcloths

In our nighttime routine, we have a choice to wash face or use a cleansing wipe. At first glance, using a cleansing wipe to remove makeup, dirt, and oils might seem like an attractive option; it takes just a few seconds and then you can be off to bed. However, it’s important to know that…

Why Do I Get Acne Around My Mouth?

Through the years many clients have asked why they develop pimples around their mouth. Acne around the mouth, also known as periorbital dermatitis, is a frustrating, yet common skin problem. While the exact cause of this issue is unknown, I will attempt to explain some of the theories and potential causes of breakouts, ranging from…

Lost Pets; Tips on Finding Your Dog or Cat

Today, I’m taking a break from skin care advice to give you tips on how to find a missing pet. Recently, there was a mishap with someone walking our dog, Baci, and she was left on the sidewalk in downtown San Francisco. We had no idea what to do, so I’ve put together some information…

Brighten Up Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Essentially, dark circles are caused by having excess blood pools under the eye. Fatigue, anemia, aging, medications, genetics and other factors affect the appearance of periorbital (eye area) dark circles. The skin under your eye is thin and delicate. Because of this, increased blood flow can be easily seen in this area. The fragile capillaries under…

Smile, We’ve Got Pimple Solutions

The word “pimple” is a broad term for whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples, plus a variety of acne types. Pimple: A pimple is simply a clogged pore. When a pore is clogged, swelling and redness occur because your body sends out white blood cells to eat the bacteria and debris. The force of having extra blood in…

Pimples Are A Pain!

Whether you get one or twenty at a time, pimples are a pain! Let’s dive into some of the reason why we get breakouts. Oily skin: Having oily skin means that your body produces more oil than your skin can manage. Bacteria feed on oil. Dirt, dead skin and oil can combine to block pores…

Makeup Removal Do’s and Don’ts

By my calculation, if you’re a makeup wearer, you may remove makeup up to 21K times in your lifetime. If that’s the case, let’s get it right! Makeup varies in thickness, texture, and consistency, e.g., powder, cream, powder over a cream. Then there is waterproof and water-based mascara. And let’s not forget our lipstick. Let’s start with…

Face Facts; You May Be Sensitive or at Least Your Skin Is

Sensitivity can vary from person to person and mean different things. One person might be sensitive due to dryness, while another has blemishes, flaky, itchy or inflamed skin. This means that there is not just one treatment for sensitive skin. Sensitivity can be genetic in origin, induced via the use of harsh products, or due…

How Often Do I Really Need a Facial?

The quick answer is that it depends on what type of facial treatment you are getting. There are my types of facials. Here are just a few: Oxygen Facials are typically recommended as a treatment in a series. Your Esthetician may suggest that you have them weekly for up to six weeks in a row,…

When to Pop Pimples at Home

When you decide to pop pimples at home it’s important to have the right tools and be in a good frame of mind. Removing pimples, using antibacterial products, cold compresses, and spot treatments with ingredients such as salicylic acid (SA) are always the best first step. If you have sensitive skin, salicylic acid is the…