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…

The How-to’s on Freckles and Sun Spots

Hyperpigmentation (aka HP) occurs when a patch of skin becomes darker than its surrounding area due to increased melanin. Sun spots (solar lentigines) and melasma are among the most common forms of hyperpigmentation. Melasma is a specific type of HP that is associated with hormonal changes and appears as gray-brown patches on the face. 90%…

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,…

“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…

Bikini’s and Beards; Tips to Reduce Ingrown Hairs

Lions, Tigers, and Beards, oh my! Whether we’re talking about bikini’s or beards, I’m going to give you tips on how to reduce ingrown hairs. An ingrown hair is a skin condition in which hair grows backwards or sideways under the skin rather than upward out of the skin. Ingrown hairs can arise due to…

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….

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,…

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…