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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I expect a lot out of face masks. They’re treatment items, usually expensive, and boasting immediate results so that’s what I expect – results. Especially since there’s nothing worse than spending money on a mask that under delivers or causes a reaction. Sensitive skinned ladies you with me?! These past few months, I’ve been on a rampage testing out over forty different masks – yes, I’m just as surprised as you are my face didn’t fall off during the process – and rounded up a list below of the ones I kept reaching for again and again. Now, just a reminder…

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Yesterday at a beauty blogger event, one of my girlfriends turned to me and said, “Wow, your skin looks so good. Your PD (perioral dermatitis) is completely gone!” I couldn’t help but smile. My skin has come a long way. It’s taken over two years, but I’ve been able to radically strengthen my barrier and restore resiliency to my skin by following two rules – (1) avoid products that strip my skin of moisture and (2) deposit moisture into the skin with each step in my skincare routine. When I first started trying to heal my perioral dermatitis, my focus…

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