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 timely you…

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Packing skincare for a long trip can be overwhelming. For me, it’s the hardest part. I tend to overpack in these situations for fear of being without the right oil, cream or cleanser to combat dryness and dehydration; the two states my skin oscillates between while traveling due to poor eating, disrupted sleep, weather changes, arid planes etc. And there is nothing worse than a skin reaction or breakout while on vacation and not having the right skincare – am I right, ladies?! We are leaving for Amsterdam tomorrow, and will be boarding a cruise ship with my parents and in-laws in-tow,…

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These next two products that I’ve been testing from the intoxicating green brand In Fiore really straddle the line between cosmetic and medicinal – leaning more towards the latter in my opinion. Their potent actives improve the look of skin, but have the power, as I explain from my experiences, to reduce inflammation, minimize the appearance of varicose veins and cellulite by improving circulation and reducing swelling in the legs, and soothing itchy skin. Read on for my full review of the In Fiore Firmante Leg Tonic and the Comfrey Solution Botaniqué, and then head over to my Instagram page to enter…

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I never took sun protection seriously until I moved to Los Angeles. You have to living here. The sun is so powerful and the unknowingly daily exposure from being in the car and running around doing errands really adds up. So, I’m vigilant daily, in the car, on vacations, before and after laser treatments, and the below products help me stay protected by blocking 98-99% of UV rays. Many people, myself included in the past, use regular straw hats to block the sun, but see those tiny little holes that allow light through? Yeah, that’s UVA & UVB penetrating. I learned my…

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You heard it here first: Moringa is going to be THE NEXT BIG superfood/skin care ingredient! The nutritional content of the leaves is astounding – gram for gram they contain more protein than eggs, more calcium than milk, and more iron than spinach. And the oil extracted from the moringa seeds, contain unique plant hormones that stimulate cell growth, delay the aging of skin cells,  and has shown to help with scars and stretch marks! Say, what?! Yes, I was blown away, too.  Let’s just say I’ve been loading up on the fresh leaves at my local farmers’ market and adding them…

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