When the opportunity arose to test and review Jan Marini products for a sponsored post, I was hesitant. I had heard of Jan Marini before and never associated the brand with being “green” and/or nontoxic. But after reviewing the brand’s product offerings and their ingredients to see if there was anything that would possibly meet my requirements – no endocrine disruptors, no fragrances, no harmful chemicals – to my surprise, I discovered Jan Marini offers a number of nontoxic products that are paraben-free, phthalate-free and sodium lauryl sulfate-free. So I decided to test out a variety of products for my skin concerns.…

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For almost four weeks now I haven’t used moisturizer. My skincare routine involves an exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid (gasp! – never thought I’d be able to use this during the height of my perioral dermatitis outbreak days) and a serum, which I rotate among a few different kinds nightly. That’s it, and my skin is looking good – real good. If you’ve read my blog posts on my personal dermatitis struggles, you’re probably shocked that (a) I’m not using moisturizer, (b) I’m using strong acids and (c) all it takes to keep my skin looking good is one serum at night.…

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Coming from a long line of aestheticians (mother, grandmother and great-grandmother), it’s no surprise Angelina Umansky, co-founder of Spa Radiance in San Francisco, is one of the most sought after skin specialists in the country with a clientele that reads like Vanity Fair’s who’s who (we’re talking – the Gettys and Michelle Pfeiffer #needisaymore). I sat down with Angelina to get answers to my burning skin care questions – How do I get rid of my neck bands? What can be done about crepey skin? Is the cult favorite, Biologique Recherche a nontoxic line and if so, which products do you recommend…

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Each week we explore your questions in Ask An Aesthetician with Seti Mayet; former instructor at the International Dermal Institute and founder of skin care practice, Enliven Your Skin, in Los Angeles, CA. Check out last week’s question – “How do I pop a pimple without leaving a scar?” and send us your questions via social media or email.  Hi Seti, will eating dairy cause acne breakouts? And if so, is it safe to apply products topically with dairy in them, like milk or yogurt? Seti: There is growing evidence to support a link between heavy or regular consumption of milk and dairy products…

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Read on for our top picks to fade summer freckles, smooth weathered texture, and bring dry strands back to life.

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