Marie Veronique + Kristina Holey Talk Perioral Dermatitis, Rosacea, Retinol, Acne & More

Back in July, I sat down with chemist, organic skincare founder and former rosacea and acne sufferer, Marie Veronique, and in-demand Bay-area facialist, Kristina Holey, to pick their brains for answers to my biggest skincare questions: Is candida linked to perioral dermatitis? Are some people predestined to develop rosacea? Does retinol thin your skin? Can you use retinol if you have rosacea or PD? Do lasers cause premature aging with consistent use? And more. The answers below will make you cringe and gasp as you recall everything you’ve done in opposition to this sage advice.   Marie: It’s interesting and…
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How I Overcame A Receding Hairline & Hair Loss – PART 2

When my hairline started receding a year and a half ago, I thought it was one of two things: low iron (anemia) or my thyroid. That’s typically what comes to mind first. But it wasn’t either of those things. I had blood work done and my iron levels were surprisingly high, and my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone – more on this later) was assessed by my primary care physician as normal at 2.5; the range 0.5 – 4.0 is deemed “normal” by labs. I found out through more testing that at that time my hair loss was due to a…
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12 Hours In Copenhagen, Denmark – See, Shop, Eat

When you think of fashionable cities, Paris, London, Milan and NYC instantly come to mind. But in its subtle, norm core way Copenhagen must to be added to this stylish city list. Walking around you’ll see young Scandinavian women with blue eyes and hay colored hair riding bikes with high heels, cross body Gucci bags, and oversized luxe knits. Or stylish grandmothers in tweed blazers, faded jeans, and updated metallic oxfords. Their sense of style is sophisticated but demure. Chic but casual. And with an emphasis on natural beauty sans makeup. We spent less than 12 hours in Denmark’s capital…
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If you’re going to Helsinki, Finland, you must check out this sauna

If you are heading to Helsinki, Finland and want to truly immerse yourself in the culture, a trip to a local sauna is a must! The Finns love their saunas and view them as a part of life. In fact, ‘sauna’ is actually a Finnish word. It is estimated there are around two million saunas in Finland to support a population of 5.3 million people which is  about one per household: The president and the prime minister even have official saunas, corporations and some homes have their own as well, but there are many public saunas. The idea of the Finnish sauna…
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How I overcame a receding hairline and hair thinning – PART I

It’s kind of crazy to think over a year ago my hair was limp, thinning, my hairline severely receding and my scalp was constantly itchy, irritated and oily. I was desperate for a solution. And when I turned to the internet for answers I realized I’m not the only one battling hair thinning struggles.  Hair thinning is as common in women as it is in men, but is less talked about due to social stigma. Hair thinning and hair loss will affect one third of the female population in America this year; roughly 50 million women (Harvard Medical School). Stressful…
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