What Causes Ashy Skin?

Many people use the term “ashy” to describe dry skin. But what exactly does this mean? When taken literally, one can imagine skin covered with a thin layer of ash. Although it is commonly used to describe African-American type skin, anyone can have ashy skin. It’s just far more noticeable in those with darker skin…

What Do Chin Hairs, Acne and Belly Fat Have in Common?

Oh, those darn chin hairs! How frustrating and un-sexy, but did you know that they could be a sign of a more dangerous issue? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects up to 10% of women in the US. Individuals with PCOS commonly suffer from acne, excess facial hair, weight gain (especially…

What to Do About Skin Tags?

These tiny, pliable, harmless skin bumps commonly appear after the age of forty. They tend to develop in areas of friction due to clothing rubbing against the skin on the neck area or skin-to-skin contact, like underarms, groin and thighs. Skin tags are referred to as acrochordon, benign skin growths, tumors, fibroma (molluscum, pendulum or…

How Coffee Scrubs and Drinking Caffeine Can Help Your Skin

Ahh, coffee! The aromatic, steaming hot beverage that helps us wake up in the morning and perform at our best. We all know that coffee is great for getting a jump start, but how does it affect our skin?  Like many things, drinking or using coffee can be helpful or harmful for your skin. Let’s…

The ABC’s of Skin Spots and Early Skin Cancer Detection

All of us are familiar with moles (not the little critters that live underground); today we’ll be talking about the small dark bumps that appear on our skin. Moles, also known as melanocytic nevi, are raised dark spots formed from the clustering of pigment cells (melanocytes). These bumps can be congenital, meaning you’re born with…

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…

Pimples and Bacteria Trilogy: Pt. 1 – Oily Skin

While oil is essential for keeping your skin supple and hydrated, too much of it can cause problems. This is because bacteria like to feed off of specific skin oils. In this 3-part series, we will talk about how oily skin and bacteria cause pimples and how this process can be stopped in its tracks. The…

Is Washing Fruits and Vegetables Important

Is washing fruits and vegetables important components of a healthy diet? Many of us have questioned how these foods should be prepared. The short answer: Yes! For fruits and vegetables that have a skin, the FDA suggests washing them in water before you peel them. Using a clean scrub brush has been shown to remove 85%…

Yum! Eating Chocolate for Health and Skin

Chocolate can be an essential part of a healthy diet and beautiful skin. Dark chocolate, in particular, is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, flavonols, essential fatty acids, and a multitude of minerals. A 100 gram serving of dark chocolate can help you meet your recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 (29%), Iron (67%), Magnesium (58%), Copper…

How Falling Asleep Helps with Pimples, Dark Circles and Beauty

When you’re asleep, your body isn’t simply in hibernation; it’s hard at work repairing damage. In the short term, signs of sleep deprivation include sunken eyes, dark circles, puffiness, and pale skin. However, the long-term cellular consequences are less obvious. Collagen growth, wound healing, skin hydration, and inflammation are affected by sleep. Having a pro-inflammatory…

How to Care for Your Skin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Keeping it simple is the best approach for maintaining healthy, beautiful skin during your pregnancy. If you’re one of the lucky ones, all that’s necessary is regular cleansing, moisturizing and avoiding excess sun exposure. Everyone else, read on!

Black Friday Sale

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed a beautiful day with friends and family. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog each week. As you may know, my product line is Shelley Skin Care and I have just announced my Black Friday Sale. We’re offering 25% off the entire website. Simply shop with us during…

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…

Do I Have to Be a Chemist to Shop for Skin Care ?

Do you need a degree in chemistry to understand which ingredients are safe and why they are used? Often, deciphering an ingredient list is no easy task. For instance, consider our Simplified Face + Body Toner. Upon first glance, ingredients can look like a foreign language: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aqua (Water), Alcohol, Glycerin,…

Alcohol in Skin Care – Why Some Are Essential for Good Skin

There are a variety of alcohols available, and they are used for many things from skin care to perfume to food. Since each type is unique, it can be helpful to know a bit about the main ones. Cetearyl / Cetyl Stearyl / Cetyl is considered a fatty alcohol. Fatty alcohols are used to emulsify. They…

Eat Fat For Fabulous Skin

Who knew that we need to eat fat for fabulous skin?! When it comes to preparing a meal, there are good and bad fats from which to choose. We are going to explain the healthy fats, aka Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). EFAs are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), a more liquid fat, not…

What Sunscreen Works Best for Runners

What sunscreen works best for runners is an important questions. Protecting your skin from the elements can be a real challenge for someone who is always on the go. Runners, bikers, walkers and weekend warriors have all faced the challenges of traditional sunscreen.  

Eat Your Way to Firm and Fabulous Skin

Vitamins come in all colors, shapes and sizes. The tastiest and most absorb-able ones come in the form of food, such as crisp red peppers, celery and juicy oranges. Let’s focus on Vitamins C, E, A, and K and how you can eat your way to healthy, beautiful skin. There are 13 universally recognized vitamins…

Better Skin Starts with Better Food

Customers often ask how to improve their skin.  Skin care products go a long way in protecting and improving skin, but diet also plays a primary role. Eating a balanced diet can enable you to achieve and maintain healthy skin.  Major contributors to a healthy diet are amino acids. Protein is comprised of various amino…

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…

10 Tips to Improve Your Skin from an Esthetician 

From morning to evening here are some tips that will make your skin happier. Cleansing your face it is often best to start with a gentle cleanser to help emulsify the oil, makeup, or debris. After rinsing, a second wash with a treatment cleanser is necessary for thoroughly clean skin. This process should be performed…

The Buzz on ‘Back-ne’ aka Back Acne

Pimples popping up on the back are unsightly and can be uncomfortable. Acne can form anywhere on the body; however, acne on your back is different from acne that appears on your face. The skin on your back is much thicker which causes acne to form much deeper and appear more cystic than facial acne….

Find Out Why You May Have Dry, Dehydrated and Oily Skin All at the Same Time

People who have skin conditions due to excess oil production, such as acne often over wash and under-moisturize, leading to skin that is dehydrated but still oily. Dehydrated skin typically feels tight and dry, even after a moisturizer is applied. Additionally, dehydrated skin can result from not drinking enough water. Those living in dry, arid…

Is Your 2-in-1 Moisturizer, SPF Working?

My motto: No-go on the combo (moisturizer and SPF that is)! What is the best anti-aging product you can own? Sunscreen. And, in this age of fast and convenient isn’t it great that we can combine our sunscreen with our moisturizer? Well…..maybe, but maybe not. There are two types of sunscreens: Chemical and Physical Chemical…

Much Ado about Wrinkles, Laugh Lines and Falling Eyelids

When it comes to aging there are two roads: natural or enhanced. As with all roads, you may not travel them simultaneously. You will come to a certain age where you are at that fork in the road and you will need to choose. But, what does each path look like? I can help you…

Get the Skinny on Sunburns and Base Tans?

When we see tan skin, we are programmed to think healthy, right? It has taken on its own life, with its own vernacular. Think: base tan and sunburn. Many of us start the summer expecting to burn a bit and then turn that into our base tan. Some of my clients have told me that…

Are These Pimples or What?

What are these firm white bumps that look like tiny cysts or pearls that just won’t go away? These harmless, yet unattractive bumps are called milia. Similar to a pimple, a milium cyst is essentially a clogged sweat gland. A pimple is a clogged oil gland that is filled with pus, blood, and bacteria. Unlike…