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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After years of struggling to get pregnant (read about my pregnancy story here), it finally happened. My at-home pregnancy test read positive! I jumped for joy when I read that plastic little stick. Standing in my bathroom staring at that stick is a moment I’ll never forget and one that seems so long ago now that I’m in the middle of my second trimester. (Due May 2018 with a girl!) I can honestly say becoming pregnant has been the best thing to ever happen to my life, and simultaneously the worst thing to ever happen to my skin. Okay, FINE,…

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As the year comes to an end, I look back on all I’ve struggled with and overcome: a receding hairline and hair loss; intense perioral dermatitis flare ups; annoying acne; and dry/dehydrated and irritated skin. While there were many lows, there were also a lot of highs. And many of those highs were due to finding efficacious, nontoxic, green products to help ease me back towards healthy skin. Therefore, as we wrap up this year, I decided to outline down below in seven categories, including Dry Skin, Acne, Dermatitis, Brightening, Hair, Body, and Eye + Lip + Neck my favorite products…

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It’s been almost three months since I was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis. In that time, as you may have read in, “How I Drastically Cleared Up And Improved My Perioral Dermatitis In Two Weeks.” I did a major overhaul of my skincare routine, diet, and lifestyle. If you haven’t read my first piece on perioral dermatitis, I highly encourage you to go back and read it. The article covers the basics of PD: symptoms, duration, causes, diagnosis and treatment, an in-depth breakdown on why I try to avoid irritating chemicals, essential oils (this I’m becoming slightly more lax on) and…

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Sitting down to breakfast at Rose Cafe in Venice, CA with husband and wife founders of organic luxury skincare brand, African Botanics, I found myself completely intrigued and engrossed in these two. Husband and wife teams do that to me. For it is a true testament to their love, friendship and consideration of each other to not only share a life together, but share a work identity.

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