Terms that describe botanical skincare: plant-based, nontoxic, chemical and synthetic-free, locally sourced, and eco-friendly. All apply to spa-born, San Francisco based botanical line, Botnia, with one kicker: customization. “With our back-bar items (Botnia skin care used during spa services) especially, we can be specific to the skin’s needs,” explains aesthetician and founder, Justine Kahn, who developed her line like a deconstructed palette with plant biologist, Clayton Coker, while he was working at Stanford. The Botnia skin care back-bar items, now used in more than 30-spas nationwide, soon to be fifty (there’s a long spa waiting list), can be mixed and…

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Biologique Recherche P50W Best for: Gentle exfoliation, refining pores, smoothing texture and subtle brightening Skin type: Sensitive Review: While the Biologique Recherche P50W is the gentlest of the Biologique Recherche P50 toners, as someone with sensitive skin, I still found the toner to be a tad strong for every day use as directed. There was no burning or itchy sensation, but after three days of daily use, I started to get tiny red bumps all over. Aestheticians well versed in Biologique Recherche products advised me that this was part of the “purging” process associated with the first month of using…

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Three months ago, celebrity aesthetician, Angelina Umansky, put me on the path to my best skin ever with one piece of advice, “Stop using foaming cleansers and switch to milk cleansers.” Her reasoning: If your skin is dehydrated, dry and/or crepey – which mine is – it desperately needs its natural oils to maintain a strong, healthy skin barrier. And foaming cleansers are capable of stripping away skin’s natural oils. Cleansing milk on the other hand, she explained, gently removes makeup, dirt, debris without stripping the skin. (*read full interview with Angelina here.) But what about gentle foaming cleansers, I…

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I was very excited when I discovered the Biologique Recherche Placenta Serum! I’m a big fan of placenta in skincare after I first discovered placenta beauty supplements and skincare a few years ago in Tokyo where it’s everywhere. I even plan on encapsulating my own placenta after my baby is born (I’m currently 39 weeks pregnant!) and ingesting it for the postpartum benefits. Many of the placenta skincare products I fell in love with in Japan are not readily available here in the states so when I first discovered the Biologique Recherche Placenta Serum was available online I was thrilled!…

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Everything you want to know about vernix and my full Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix review. I first learned about the powers of the natural substance vernix and the Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix during my interview with in-demand Bay-area aesthetician and founder of Spa Radiance, Angelina Umansky. At the time, I was seven months pregnant (I’m now 39 weeks!) and she was raving about the rejuvenating powers of vernix for the skin. She even suggested I might want to take some once my baby is born and apply it to my own skin – which I will undoubtably be…

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