Sunscreen: Fact or Fiction?

We all know we need sunscreen, but there are so many product options available it can be overwhelming.  In honor of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a quick look at the vast field of sunscreen.   In 2011, the FDA passed strict guidelines for manufacture labeling of SPF … [Read more...]

Benefits of Contouring Facial Massage

The science of facial massage has a very long history. There are multiple scientific texts published in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that tout the medical and aesthetic benefits of facial massage.  Thankfully, our knowledge and techniques have continued to advance, but the widely accepted … [Read more...]

Understanding Retin-A & Retinols

Retinoic acid, Retin-A, tretinoin, retinoids… what does it all mean?  The benefits of these topical ingredients are touted in doctor’s offices and skin care brochures across the globe, but navigating through the information can be confusing. Let’s take a closer look. These are all vitamin A … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at Hydroquinone

Hyperpigmentation (darker areas of skin, sun spots, melasma, residual acne scars) is typically the most common skin complaint.  In other parts of the world, lighter skin is highly revered and there are a multitude of products that promote skin lightening abilities.  Hydroquinone (often seen in … [Read more...]

Chemical Peels 101

If you haven’t tried a chemical peel (or even if you have!) as part of your skin care program, the phrase “peel” can be intimidating.  Chemical exfoliation is a non-invasive way to get immediate and significant results, especially when addressing sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin and … [Read more...]

Detoxification and Nutrition

Why Cleanse?  We are constantly exposed to a wide array of toxins from our surroundings and from those produced within the body. Toxins created externally can vary from food-borne pollutants like pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to environmental toxins such as secondhand cigarette smoke, car … [Read more...]