Terms that describe botanical skincare: plant-based, nontoxic, chemical and synthetic-free, locally sourced, and eco-friendly. All apply to spa-born, San Francisco based botanical line, Botnia, with one kicker: customization. “With our back-bar items (Botnia skin care used during spa services) especially, we can be specific to the skin’s needs,” explains aesthetician and founder, Justine Kahn, who developed her line like a deconstructed palette with plant biologist, Clayton Coker, while he was working at Stanford. The Botnia skin care back-bar items, now used in more than 30-spas nationwide, soon to be fifty (there’s a long spa waiting list), can be mixed and matched; stir…

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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 that I…

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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 from 2017…

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The pioneer of luxury gemstone skincare shares her getting ready routine here.

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Tub required, wine optional, and if you want to make it extra decadent, here are a few of our favorite at-home spa essentials for soft skin and a revived spirit.

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