The Buzz on Charcoal in Skin Care Products

Activated charcoal is a is highly porous type of carbon. This specially processed charcoal has the ability to adhere to a multitude of different chemicals and other impurities. Some of you may be familiar with activated charcoal’s medical usage; it has been used for hundreds of years to treat acute poisonings. It is also used…

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…

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…

How Ginger and Turmeric Benefit Your Health

Inflammation affects us in many ways, from acne to joint pain. There are many ways to tackle these issues and I’m going to share with you how I use ginger and turmeric root in my daily life.

Which Therapies Work Best to Reduce Stretch Marks

Clients are typically self-conscious when it comes to their stretch marks. They want to know “why me” and how can they get rid of them ASAP! Here are my findings… Stretch marks, also known as striae, appear when there is a rapid change in growth, such as during puberty, pregnancy or weight gain. When skin is…

Bronzed Beauties, Spray Tanning and Self-Tanners

During the summer, a lot of us want to be bikini-ready, bronzed beauties, with spray tanning and self-tanners. Tanning sprays and lotions are great for people who don’t want to lie in a tanning bed or the direct sun. Below, we’re going to uncover the ingredient that is the star of the show when it…

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…

A Tell-all From a Bikini Waxer…(Part II)

My previous post offered the information needed before a bikini wax, and now we can focus on what you should know during the service. Types of Wax There are two main types of wax; soft and hard. Both are applied warm but soft wax is removed with a muslin or pellon strip. Hard wax shrink wraps…

A Tell-all From a Bikini Waxer…(Part I)

Catchy title, right? A girl’s gotta do what girls gotta do, including bikini maintenance. As painful as it might sound or be, you will be happy you did it. Finding the Right Waxer This is the most important decision. The skill, personality, and attention to detail are essential factors. It doesn’t matter where you go…

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…

Get the Hottest and Healthiest Makeup Trends

Every day we are inundated with the “latest and greatest” makeup looks and techniques. What’s often not mentioned often is the quality of the makeup. The colorful palettes and rich textures are either healthy… or not so much. After years of washing, squeezing and buffing my clients’ skin to perfection, I opt for healthy, natural…

A Deeper Look into Tap, Thermal, Toner and Micellar Water

Frequently, clients ask me about the various types of hydrating and cleansing waters. Here’s my take: Tap Ahh, good ole tap water. The first thing we learn in Esthetics school is how to cleanse the skin with warm soapy water. To me, nothing feels better than water or gets the job done quicker. Depending on…

Can Mangoes Help with Acne, Wrinkles and Collagen

Can eating mangoes help with acne, wrinkles and collagen production? Yes! It works like this: UV radiation damages skin by triggering the breakdown of dermal collagen and fibrillin (fiber in the skin that holds everything together – connective tissue). Clinical signs of photo-aging include fine lines and deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (sun spots), roughness, spider veins,…

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…

Open Your Eyes to the World of Puffiness and Other Irritations

“Eyes are the windows to the soul” — Peng Liyuan The eyes are also a snapshot of your overall health and well-being. Fatigue, anemia, aging, medications, genetics, and other factors can cause various eye irritations. The skin around the eye area is the thinnest and most delicate region of your face. Lack of sleep, high…

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…

Pimples, Diet, Skin Problems? Let’s Ask an Expert!

When writing these posts, I refer to the expertise of Dr. David Cunningham from Santa Barbara. Our conversations and fact-finding missions are thoroughly enjoyable and educational. Here is the latest collection of questions from my skin care clients. What are the most common habits people shouldn’t do to their skin? Let your skin heal: Picking…

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…

A Packaging Dilemma. An Inside Look into Your Skin Care Jars

Prior to launching our line, my partner and I performed market research by canvassing the downtown San Francisco area. We asked people to spend several minutes of their time answering questions about their likes and dislikes about skin care jars and packaging. The vast majority felt that heavy-bottomed glass jars were a sign of luxury,…

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…

“B” Beautiful Inside and Out

We’re buzzing about B Vitamins because they are fundamental for energy production. Skin is the largest organ in our body, and we need to support it by eating the right foods. We need to keep adding wood to the fire to consistently replace the energy that we burn off during the day. Similar to lighter…

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…