When it comes to uneven skin texture, light acne scars, and sun spots there is only so much skincare products can do. This is why on my quest to combat the above I’ve turned to board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Tansavatdi for intense pulsed light laser treatments (IPL) to help with my discoloration, derma pen micro-needling to smooth scars and platelet rich plasma (PRP) for overall collagen stimulation and texture improvement. If you’re unfamiliar with the amazing skin enhancing benefits of micro-needling and PRP, read this blog post that goes into full detail. Or this article from John Hopkins Medicine website…

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I’m one of those people who knows right away if a product works for my skin or not. It’s basically a REQUIREMENT that I see results and feel results within the first use. No, it does not need to be a miracle worker and transform me from my usual Cruella DeVille self into a golden goddess overnight (not possible btw), but I’m very in tune with my skin and I can feel immediately when a product is in sync with it or not. That being said, the SkinOwl PM Maqui Berry Beauty Drops had me hooked after the first use! Seriously, where…

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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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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 began as…

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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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