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The Top Five Sunscreens for All Skin Types

November 4, 2018 / 8:10 am

I’m a fan of a physical sunscreen. It works to prevent melasma and is better for the environment.

Here are my top five favorite sunscreens for all skin types.

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF50+ $44

Eclipse SPF 50+ is an ultra-sheer, lightweight formula that absorbs quickly for a non-greasy matte finish. Formulated specifically for daily use and extended outdoor activities. 
Eclipse SPF 50+ is a unique fusion of scientifically advanced physical sunscreens, transparent Titanium Dioxide and micronized Zinc Oxide, coupled with pure Vitamin E. This antioxidant-rich blend provides superior water-resistant broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer $45

A rich, non-greasy, “chem-free” face sunscreen that offers Broad Spectrum Protection against damaging UVA & UVB rays. Infused with youth promoting antioxidants, this 3 in 1 product functions as a face moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up primer. Red algae, aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea provide the face with additional sun defense and hydration. Large doses of uncoated, non-nano zinc-oxide protect the skin while providing anti-inflammatory properties that help with rosacea, acne, and melasma.

Super Goop Smooth and Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen $38

A 100% mineral primer in one translucent formula that blurs pores and mattifies skin. Wear underneath makeup for more coverage during the week, or on its own for less coverage during the weekend – and either way, you can rest assured that you’re getting SPF 40 protection. Major bonus points for the fact that butterfly bush extract helps guard your skin from blue light too.

Cerave Face Sunscreen $11

CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 provides broad spectrum, lightweight sun protection plus 3 essential ceramides to help restore skin’s protective barrier. Water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Dermaquest Youth Protection $50

DermaQuest Youth Protection SPF 30 blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays while simultaneously combatting signs of aging for a protected, more youthful complexion. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide deflect and shield skin from UVA/UVB rays while shea butter and jojoba moisturize. Lines and wrinkles lighten as antioxidants absorb to nourish your facial features.

DIY Coconut Sugar Body Scrub

October 21, 2018 / 8:25 am

Two close girlfriends had baby showers this summer and I set up a DIY body scrub station as a party favor at both parties.

This gave me the opportunity to play around with a lot of fun ingredients and make new combinations for yummy DIY body scrubs!

I’ve always favored sugar over salt as an exfoliating agent and found that adding finely shredded coconut is effective and aromatic.

Here is one of my new favorite combinations:

Makes about 4oz.

5 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons rose petals (I buy dried rose petals and run them through a food processor)
4 Tablespoons avocado oil
5-6 drops geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Can be kept in the refrigerator if you don’t plan on using it up within 4-6 months. Not recommended for use on the face.

Preparing For A Chemical Peel

October 7, 2018 / 8:03 am

A professional chemical peel is part of many skin care rountines; they are effective when getting ready for a big event like a wedding or to soften the signs of aging.

A chemical peel you receive from your esthetician falls into one of two categories:

  1. Superficial peels are left on the skin for 2-6 minutes then neutralized with water or a neutralizing agent. These are often part of a facial treatment and a popular example is glycolic acid.
  2. Medium depth peels are more aggressive and self-neutralizing. They may produce several days of shedding skin and a popular chemical peel is this category is the Jessner Peel.

Medium depth, self-neutralizing chemical peels are very effective for a variety of concerns. Hyper-pigmentation, acne, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity can all be improved with peels from this category. 

Your esthetician will determine which blend of acid is best for your skin type and concerns. There are many chemical peels available, most use combinations of TCA, retinol. salicyic, lactic, and mandelic acids.

If you are prone to cold sores or know you have oral herpes, take preventive medication for 2 days before having a medium depth chemical peel. Some peels can initiate a flare up.

During the treatment, multiple layers of solution will be applied to your skin with time for each layer to dry between applications. Your esthetician will use a fan to cool your skin and minimize discomfort.

Your skin will be protected with sunscreen after the chemical peel is applied. You cannot wash your face or sweat for at least 5 hours so schedule your appointment accordingly. You may have a chemical peel in the evening and safely sleep with the solution on your face. Thoroughly wash it off the following morning before showering or working out, you don’t want the solution to run into your eyes!

Over the next 36-48 hours, your skin will feel tight and smooth, maybe a little warm. The tight skin begins to shed around the mouth first since your facial movement helps loosen the dead skin. The shedding continues to the cheeks, forehead, and hairline over the next few days.

Schedule your chemical peel when you have no important events for the following 10-14 days.

Some skin types take longer to start the shedding process, some have a “second shed” (day of light but visible dryness) after the major shedding is finished. Skin can be unpredictable so give yourself ample time to heal before any important events.

While your skin is shedding, use gentle, hydrating products. Cream cleanser, calming moisturizer, and physical sunscreen is all you need.

Don’t use products with active ingredients for at least 14 days after your chemical peel. 

Contact your esthetician if you have any questions or your skin has a bad reaction. Allergies aren’t common but they do happen!

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

Skin Care Advice For My Younger Self

September 23, 2018 / 8:28 am

Looking back a few decades, what skin care advice would I give my 25-year old self?

If I could turn back time, I would:

  1. Be more diligent about sun protection. I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years and applied SPF daily but could have done more to protect my skin. I rarely wore hats or long sleeves when hiking outdoors and, looking back at old photos, my skin was consistently a few shades darker. I’ve reversed most of the visible damage but keep my fingers crossed when my dermatologist is checking my scalp every year!
  2. Start taking care of my neck and chest in my earlier. I recently saw a photo from my 33rd birthday, the skin on my jawline and neck was so taut! At the time I was focused on keeping my acne from flaring up, I didn’t consider much below my chin.
  3. Stop picking my acne. It’s simple. But so tempting. A pimple picked lasts twice as long as a pimple left alone. Not to mention the scars.

And now for the good news!

Here are a few things I’ve been consistent with and feel like it’s paid off:

  1. Start using eye cream at a young age. You don’t need to start as a teenager like I did but ingredients in eye cream do a lot more to prevent than correct. Start before you have visible damage and be diligent to get results.
  2. Commit to Retin A and Retinol…for life. To control my acne as a teenager, I used Retin A when it was new to the market. I suffered thru initial redness and flaking but it helped my acne and the residual marks. When I got into the skin care industry, I learned about the different types of Vitamin A derivatives both prescription and over the counter. This ingredient has proven over time to be the gold standard in both acne management and anti-aging.
  3. Crystal Micrdermabrasion treatments are key. I credit crystal micrdermabrasion with clearing up residual acne scars and getting my large pores under control. I got certified in the treatment in the late 90’s (when it was new to the United States) and had as many sessions as my skin could handle. All these years later, if you want resurfacing with no downtime, it’s still the best option.

The Top Five Cleansers For Combination Skin

September 9, 2018 / 8:43 am

Most of us have combination skin, at least during part of the year. A cleanser that really gets off the dirt, oil, and makeup without over drying is so important. Here are my top five favorites:

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex $42

This gentle yet effective face cleanser works to remove dirt, impurities, and excess oil while still maintaining the skin’s essential natural oils. Ideal for men or women of all skin types, this gel formula contains glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and vitamins E and A to maintain a healthy clear complexion.

sowd therapy for skin Vitamin Therapy $38

Vitamin Therapy uses soy and avocado oils to gently cleanse the skin and remove makeup without harsh sulfates. The addition of vitamins A, C, and E leave the skin fortified and ready for hydration. Vitamin Therapy is gentle enough to remove eye makeup. Suitable for normal, dry and combination skin types.

Osea Ocean Cleanser $44

This mineral-rich Organic Seaweed gel cleanser effectively removes excess oil and surface impurities from skin while maintaining a hydrated, healthy looking complexion. Vegan Lactic Acid (derived from beets) gently exfoliates to visibly minimize pores. Hints of Lime, Cypress, Juniper and Jasmine essential oils energize skin and awaken the senses. Organic Seaweed deeply hydrates, leaving skin feeling balanced, refreshed and radiant.

Dermaquest SkinBrite Cleanser $33

Equipped with naturally derived ingredients rich in antioxidants, the SkinBrite Facial Cleanser combines the revitalizing properties of Shitake Mushroom, Green Tea Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Vitamins C & E to gently even out and brighten dull skin tone while soothing and protecting the delicate properties of the skin.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser $14

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Foaming Cleanser’s gently foams to deeply cleanse without disrupting the skin barrier. This refreshing gel, with 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, effectively removes excess oil, dirt, and makeup. Fragrance free formula is suitable for sensitive skin.

 

Is Natural Deodorant the Right Choice For You?

August 26, 2018 / 8:17 am

Way back in high school, I bought a deodorant crystal because they were trendy. I faithfully dampened that rock and rubbed it under my arms yet I still smelled funky at the end of the day. I quickly returned to my stick of Secret and haven’t looked back since.

Working in close proximity to clients all day, having body odor is not an option. I need deodorant that works well for a long period of time!

My job involves reading a lot about personal care ingredients and how they interact with our bodies. A study showed a possible link between the aluminum in anti-perspirant and Alzheimers. Then a study disproved the link between anti-perspirant and Alzheimer’s.

It’s difficult to know what to believe but many people are opting for an aluminum-free deodorant just in case.

After 30+ years of relying on anti-perspirant, I noticed it wasn’t working as well for me. Being a skin nerd, I did come digging. Over time, sweat glands begin to rely on the product and stop producing odor killing bacteria. Anti-perspirant was affecting my skin microbiome!

I decided to see if I could find a “natural” product that worked well enough for me to use during a workout or a work day. The body needs an adjustment period of 2-3 weeks when switching to from an anti-perspirant to a deodorant. It all made sense, during this time the odor killing bacteria would begin to flourish again.

Anti-perspirant controls odor and wetness. It contains aluminum particles to block the sweat glands and keep you dry. The controversy is over whether these particles absorb into the body or stay put on the surface of the skin until you wash them off. Some “all natural” brands make anti-perspirants; these still contain aluminum. One lists it as “recycled aluminum”, no joke!

Deodorant controls odor but not wetness. Most “natural” brands use ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils.

Always read the ingredient panel, the statement “all natural” does not require any approval.

For the sake of my clients, I experimented on my days off. It was easy to try a new deodorant during a morning workout; if I wasn’t offensive by the time I got home I knew I was on to something!

It took some trial and error, one product left me smelling like rancid baking soda and I learned I am really partial to deodorant in a stick form, not a cream or spray. I found a natural deodorant with no aluminum that I like, I’d give it a solid 7/10.

I switch between the natural deodorant and my old anti-perspirant depending on my schedule for the day. My anti-perspirant works better since I use it less often and I’ve let my natural bacteria flourish. If I have a long workday plus an event after, I don’t need to reapply. On shorter days, I’ll opt for the deodorant.

Non-aluminum deodorant brands are everywhere right now. If you’re considering making the switch, give your body time to adjust. Introduce the new product gradually during times when you won’t be embarrassed if you end up with a little body odor.

 

 

How to Soothe End-Of-Summer-Skin

August 12, 2018 / 7:53 am

The end of summer is close, it’s been fun but your skin isn’t looking or feeling it’s best.

Even if you have oily skin, you’re probably dehydrated. Travel, alcohol, and warm weather all suck precious moisture from our skin.

This is the one time of year you don’t have to be acne prone to have clogged pores. All of the above plus extra sunscreen will make sure of that.

Now is a great time to have a deep cleansing and hydrating facial. Treatments like microdermabrasion and LED light therapy are perfect for End-Of-Summer-Skin. Hold off on deeper chemical peels and hydroquinone-based lightening products until after Labor Day.

If the heat has triggered your melasma, now is a great time to start using a hydroquinone-free lightening product. These products will start to gently even your skin tone without photo-sensitivity. Save the stronger products and treatments for the fall and winter months.

Your home care routine should include a gentle enzyme exfoliation 1-3 times a week (depending on your skin type) followed by a hydrating mask.

Antioxidant serum and physical sunscreen are important year round. If you live in a humid climate, you may want to swap these products for lighter versions during the warmer months.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

What I learned from my “Botox Vacation”

July 29, 2018 / 8:27 am

Full disclosure, I’m a fan of injectable neurotoxins. In the hands of the right doctor, they are a great tool to for people who want to look youthful.

I had my first Botox treatment at 35 years old. The vertical line on my forehead had been there long as I could remember, getting more pronounced with each passing year. The prospect of softening it was intriguing.

The procedure itself didn’t feel as invasive as I expected. It took about 10 minutes and the result was subtle. I was so happy with the results, I continued to have injections every 5-6 months.

I’ve paired Botox with other anti-aging treatments (chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and LED treatments) and I’m generally happy with my face a decade later.

Then I had two Botox treatments in a row where the results changed dramatically. My eyes looked heavier and my forehead too frozen. I discussed it with my dermatologist but the corrections he made didn’t really help.

Unsure of what to do, I took a “Botox vacation” and let my face go back to its natural state.

I was curious; had a decade of paralyzing my forehead muscles affected their movement? Was Botox really “preventative” like some doctors said? Would my forehead be smoother than it was before?

My “Botox vacation” lasted a nine months. During that time, all the movement returned to my forehead; I’m happy to know my muscles still work! The heaviness left my eyelids as the Botox wore off but the vertical line on my forehead also returned.

Does my forehead look better now than it would have if I didn’t get all the injections over the past decade? Not necessarily.

I decided to see a new dermatologist and he used a different injection pattern to lift my brow while still softening the vertical line. I’m happy with the results and will probably get back on my regular injection schedule but it’s also nice to know what my face looks like without a little help!

The Sacred Spring at Glanum

July 15, 2018 / 8:35 am

Even when on vacation, I can’t help but check out all things spa and wellness related! I love the history of bath houses and thalassotherapy.

The Glanum archeological site near St Rémy de Provence, France is home to the remains of a healing sacred spring as well as ancient Roman Baths so I had to have a look.

The Sacred Spring was an underground cave with water flow and an additional tunnel that channeled wind. The wind created a noise that caused the people in 200 BC to considered it “devine”. They decided the “devine water” must have healing powers so an alter was built around the cave.

Over the years, this alter became more elaborate, eventually with stairs leading down to the water and treatment areas surrounding it.

Roman solders would travel from all over to receive treatments with the “devine water” for gout and other illnesses. They often stayed at Glanum for months and it was customary to leave a gift of a carved stone pillar in exchange for treatment. These pillars often included engravings of legs which led historians to figure out the water was used to treat disorders of the legs.

Next to the Sacred Spring, there are stone slabs (ancient massage tables) thought to have been used for massage and water treatments. The indent near the top held oil for the treatment.

Around 75BC Glanum became a popular destination for its Roman Bath house. The bath house was for rest and relaxation, not just healing purposes like the spring. Men used a mixture of sand and olive oil to exfoliate their skin before soaking in the pools of water.

The history is fascinating and the site is beautiful. I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area!

The Best Skin Care Routine for New Mothers

July 1, 2018 / 8:24 am

As a new mother, the best skin care routine can be the last thing on your mind. Feeding your baby and getting enough sleep take priority!

When life gets busy for any reason, products that do double (or triple) duty are key.

While breast feeding, continue to avoid all the topical ingredients you steered clear of during your pregnancy.

It is not uncommon for a new batch of hormonal acne to crop up after giving birth. Your skin may also be sensitive during this time so find gentle products that balance oil production.

During the first few weeks (or months), keep it simple. Cleanse your face twice a day, use an SPF moisturizer during the day and a simple moisturizer at night. Set a realistic goal for yourself and build up to your old routine when you have more time and energy.

I love vitamin therapy: fortifying cleanser for most skin types. It removes makeup (including eye makeup) and rinses clean. The cream formula is gentle yet it won’t clog pores.

Suntergrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen is my favorite all in one daytime moisturizer plus SPF. It has antioxidants and zinc oxide which help prevent pregnancy related melasma from getting worse. There is a tinted version if you like a little color.

After cleansing at night, I recommend a simple hydrating cream to calm the skin that won’t clog the pores. moisture therapy: calming repair cream is good for most skin types and can be layered with a serum if you have more time.

Once your baby is sleeping thru the night and you have more than 60 seconds for skin care, add a vitamin C serum and exfoliate 1-2 times a week with glycolic acid. These products with begin to diminish any lingering discoloration from melasma or acne and brighten the skin.

The Top Five Moisturizers for Dry Skin

June 17, 2018 / 8:34 am

This winter was the first time I could truly empathize with my clients who have dry skin! Getting moisture back into parched skin is very difficult; here are my top picks for dry skin moisturizers.

Suntegrity Rebound: Organic Antioxidant Renewal & Boosting Serum  $78

This USDA organic power-packed serum blends 20 carefully selected organic oils and botanicals known for their ability to help combat UV induced damage and restore skin’s natural radiance. This concentrated antioxidant serum is also a delicious defense against future damage so we suggest you use it pre- and post- sun exposure together with your favorite mineral sunscreen. The heavenly scent of hibiscus and sweet orange will have you falling back in love with something good for you.

Intense Moisture Therapy: Calming Repair Cream $59

Intense Moisture Therapy is designed for dry skin that is prone to redness. The midweight formula can be used for combination and sensitive skin types when applied sparingly. The cream instantly calms and hydrates the skin and with prolonged use, will help restore the natural lipid protective barrier. Dermatologist tested for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.

iS Clinical Youth Intensive Creme $205

Far surpassing its other anti-aging, age-defying treatment counterparts, this cream scientifically combines the purest and most effective botanically-derived moisturizers, antioxidants, resurfacing acids and growth factors to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through powerful hydration.. Clinically proven to show visible results in smoother skin and a firmer and more radiant, youthful complexion, this extraordinarily complex cream not only restores moisture into the skin but provides potent antioxidant protection and increases visible collagen production.

Hydrobio Creme Rich Moisturizing Care $25

The rich and creamy texture of Hydrabio Cream intensely nourishes the skin thanks to an emulsion inspired by the structure of the epidermis. The active ingredients of Hydrabio Creme penetrate deeply and in a more targeted manner allowing the skin to regain its natural hydration capacities. Dead cells are eliminated and the corneum stratum is progressively thickened while salicylic acid evens up and smoothes the skin. Vitamin E helps to protect the skin against oxidative stress while combating the appearance of premature skin aging. Apple seed extract stimulates the activity of Aquaporins, which are the natural channels allowing water flow within the skin. This creamy, light and fresh moisturizer provides long-lasting radiance with a sensation of softness and comfort.

OSEA Advanced Protection Cream $98

This ultra rich Organic Seaweed and botanical anti-aging moisturizer deeply hydrates and firms skin. DPHP, an amino acid compound visibly evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Luscious Grapeseed, Jojoba and Avocado oils minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a plump, renewed complexion.

Visiting The Lavender Fields of Provence

June 3, 2018 / 8:31 am

Lavender has been called “the soul of Provence”. This region in the South of France currently grows a large percentage of the world’s lavender supply.

On a recent trip to the area, I couldn’t pass up the chance learn a bit about this popular plant. I’ve worked with essential oils for over two decades but haven’t had the chance to see this kind of production up close.

Since WW1, the French Government has encouraged lavender farmers in the area. Farmers cleared almond orchards to make room for lavender. The leaves, flowers, and essential oil from the plant have many uses. Lavender flowers are even an ingredient in the popular cooking spice “Herbs de Provence“.

The plants bloom in late June and are harvested in early August so July is considered peak time to see the purple fields. During our trip in early May, we saw purple flowers starting to bloom but quickly learned these are lavendine plants, not lavender plants.

Lavendine is a hybrid of lavender and camphor. The two were blended to create a heartier plant that can flourish in a wider range of climates and has a longer growing period. This creates a less expensive end product that is used to scent mass produced soaps, candles etc.

 

You must find “lavande vraie” (literally translates to “lavender true”) for 100% pure lavender essential oil. The expert I spoke with near the village of Les Baux de Provence insists only “lavande vraie” has the medicinal healing qualities the lavender plant. Lavendine will not produce the same results for relaxation, help with inflammation, wound healing etc.

Next time you find yourself in the South of France, I highly recommend learning about the local lavender farmers. It’s a beautiful part of the local culture!

 

My favorite (simple) skin care tool

May 20, 2018 / 8:33 am

I love it when I find a simple skin care tool that delivers real results.  Currently, my jade roller is that tool!

You can use it over a sheet mask for extra product penetration or with your favorite serum for a face massage. It’s a fun addition to my daily routine, my face instantly feels less puffy and smoother.

A general rule of thumb for facial massage is move up from the jawbone and away from the center of the face. 

I do four passes with my jade roller on each of the areas above. Once you get the hang of it, you can complete your entire face in a few minutes.

What’s your favorite way to use your jade roller? 

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

How Do I Treat My Melasma?

April 29, 2018 / 8:31 am

Melasma is a very common concern among the clients I see in my studio.

Often called “the mask of pregnancy”, the discolored patches of skin are triggered by hormonal activity and sunlight.

The first step in any treatment plan is to determine what triggers your skin discoloration.

If hormonal fluctuations cause the discoloration, it is considered melasma.

If the discoloration is from acne inflammation, it is considered hyper-pigmentation. A treatment plan for hyper-pigmentation will include products and treatments to keep the acne under control, as well as treat the pigment left behind.

Adequate, daily, sun protection is a part of the treatment plan for discoloration. The sun is a trigger for any melanin disorder, regardless of the trigger. SPF with a physical ingredient is more effective at controlling pigment than SPF with a chemical ingredient.

Treating melasma is a two step process. First, remove the existing pigmented skin and second, prevent new pigment from forming.

Melasma pigment is removed with varying degrees of exfoliation using microdermabrasion, chemical peels or lasers. The best treatment for you depends on your skin tone, your lifestyle, the amount of downtime you are comfortable with, and the amount of money you are willing to spend.

Melasma is controlled with religious sunscreen application, regular exfoliation, topical vitamin c and a rotation of hydroquinone and botanical skin lightening creams. A consult with a skin care professional will determine the best routine for your skin and your lifestyle.

Lifestyle is an important consideration for melasma treatments. You can erase all the pigment spots you currently have only to see them return after an hour unprotected in the sun. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, please consider a more moderate approach.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

The Top Five Products For Treating Melasma

April 15, 2018 / 8:17 am

The top five products for treating melasma!

Melasma is a frustrating skin issue for many people and requires a comprehensive home care routine (including adequate sun protection). Here are my top 5 favorite treatment products for lightening stubborn spots.

White Lightening Serum $128

Clinically proven to decrease the intensity of pigmented areas by 75% in only 3 months, iS Clinical White Lightening Serum is the key to unlocking even, brighter skin. This lightweight serum inhibits the darkening of spots, provides controlled exfoliation and gently resurfaces the skin without causing inflammation. A highly active blend of Norwegian sea kelp extracts and powerful botanical acids lighten as well as deliver anti-aging benefits, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

SkinBrite Serum $60

DermaQuest SkinBrite Serum lightens and prevents discoloration for a brighter, more vibrant complexion. Alpha hydroxy acids resurface skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and promoting new cell growth for a smooth, soft finish. The serum restores moisture as peppermint soothes and comforts.

Pigment Gel $57

PCA’s Pigment Gel is formulated with 2% hydroquinone to lighten and inhibit hyperpigmentation of all types, including age spots. Effective for all types of hyperpigmentation including hormonal, sun-induced and following inflammation or breakouts

Nu Derm Clear FX $94

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx provides a hydroquinone-free treatment for those seeking a whitening cream without bleach. Formulated with vitamins, antioxidants and natural extracts, this facial lotion addresses hyperpigmentation such as melasma, dark spots and even the ruddy aftermath of breakouts while clarifying and evening your overall appearance.

Tri-Luma $188

Tri-Luma requires a prescription from a doctor but has long been considered the gold standard for treating difficult melasma cases. It combines hydroquinone with tretinoin and an anti-inflammatory topical to calm the skin.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

What is Melasma?

April 1, 2018 / 8:41 am

What is melasma? How is it different from hyper-pigmentation or freckles?

Melasma is a dark patch of skin, usually triggered by hormones and sun exposure. Hyper-pigmentation is a dark patch of skin, usually triggered by inflammation (such as acne) and sun exposure. Freckles are dark patches on the skin, often present since birth but they get darker with sun exposure.

The one common denominator? SUN EXPOSURE! Any unusual melanin activity is made worse by excessive, unprotected sun exposure.

The first step to treating discoloration and preventing new discoloration, no matter what the cause, is adequate sun protection.

The next step is to determine the root cause. Are you using hormonal birth control? Is the hyper-pigmentation showing up in areas where you previously has acne? This helps determine what treatment products are best for you.

Melasma triggered by pregnancy or birth control will usually begin to fade on its own 3-6 months after hormone levels have returned to normal.

Hyper-pigmentation from inflammation can take a few weeks to a few months to fade, depending on the melanin content of the skin.

A comprehensive routine of home care and professional treatments is the best way to treat both melasma and hyper-pigmentation.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

Do Skin Care Gadgets Work?

March 18, 2018 / 8:28 am

Skin care gadgets are popping up everywhere, but do they work?

Derma-rollers, skin tightening devices, and LED masks; you can purchase many devices to treat yourself in the comfort of your home but how do they compare to professional treatments?

Any device approved for sale to the public isn’t going to be as powerful as the professional version. Yes, even the ones sold on Amazon labeled “professional”. To obtain a professional machine, you must show the manufacturer your license and receive proper training.

Instructions on most home-use devices will tell you daily use is required to see results. This is important. Ask yourself “Will I devote 15 minutes every day to this machine?” before making the investment.

It’s better to spend your hard-earned money on a few professional treatments instead of a closet full of expensive gadgets you don’t use!

Home-use devices like facial cleansing brushes, skin tightening devices and LED masks can be beneficial if you use them properly (and daily!).

Avoid home-use microdermabrasion machines and microneedling. When you pierce the surface of the skin, there is a risk of scarring and infection. These are treatments best left to the professionals.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

The Top Five Anti-Aging Moisturizers

March 4, 2018 / 8:37 am

Anti-aging moisturizers are an important step in your skin care routine when you reach your late 20’s/early 30’s. They contain powerful ingredients that keep your skin youthful as well as reverse the signs of aging.

Use an anti-aging moisturizer at night, on clean skin, for best results.

Youth Complex $150

iS Clinical Youth Complex helps stimulate collagen and elastin production to promote a youthful appearance. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it restores moisture and plumps skin, diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Mixed fruit acid extracts provide antioxidant protection as white willow bark calms and soothes the skin.

age therapy $90

Age Therapy Refining Complex is an effective anti-aging treatment moisturizer suitable for all skin types. The unique blend of active ingredients will visibly firm, smooth and re-energize the skin while protecting it against daily environmental assaults. With regular use, the skin will become firmer, more hydrated and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be minimized.

Dermal Repair Cream $129

Skin Medica’s deeply penetrating cream with vitamins C and E, retinol, hyaluronic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. This moisturizing treatment is just the trick your dry skin-care regimen’s been lacking. Offering the same benefits as a handful of essentials yet delivering it in one, potent cream, it’s bound to become a key player in your day-to-day rotation.

Cereve PM $14

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe PM Lotion effectively moisturizes and helps to restore the protective skin barrier of the face and neck. This lightweight, non-greasy lotion contains 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Fragrance free formula is suitable for sensitive skin.

Advanced Protection Cream $98

This ultra rich Organic Seaweed and botanical anti-aging moisturizer deeply hydrates and firms skin. DPHP, an amino acid compound visibly evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Luscious Grapeseed, Jojoba and Avocado oils minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a plump, renewed complexion.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

Anti-Pollution Skin Care

February 18, 2018 / 8:54 am

Anti-pollution skin care is a trending but what does it mean?

Environmental pollution at an all time high; how does it affect your skin?

No matter where you live, air and water quality are getting worse and a weakened ozone layer has strengthened the intensity of the sun.

How does skin care protect you from environmental pollution?

Proper cleansing and hydration of the skin is the first step.

The skin is one of your largest organs and it’s primary function is protection.

Clean, hydrated skin functions at an optimal level to protect your system from pollution. Dehydrated skin has a compromised barrier so it becomes more susceptible to damage from environmental pollution.

Antioxidants like green tea and vitamin c help fight free radical damage from environmental pollution.

SPF with a physical ingredient like zinc or titanium dioxide helps provide an invisible barrier between your skin and the environment. These ingredients provide the best protection from the sun as well.

Use a cleanser that removes your makeup, sunscreen, and the traces of dirt from your day. When clients tell me they don’t wash their face at night because they don’t wear makeup, I tell them to run their finger across the window of their car after driving around all day. All the same particles end up on your face!

The combination of an antioxidant serum and a physical sunblock will provide the best protection from the elements on a daily basis. Save the heavy, anti-aging creams for nighttime when your skin is in repair mode.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

The Top Five Moisturizers for Oily Skin

January 28, 2018 / 8:41 am

The top five moisturizers for oily skin!

Oily and combination skin types need hydration as much as dry skin. You need to layer a moisturizer under your SPF on a daily basis so why not use one that provide a matte finish, gives an antioxidant boost or oxygenates tired skin?

B5 Moisture Matte from DermaQuest $75

This lightweight gel serum significantly reduces shine in minutes, while providing oil-free hydration. A must if you want to reduce the appearance of pore-size and desire a matte finish.

IS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion $90

iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion smoothes and hydrates skin with pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, peptides, marine extracts and antioxidants. The lightweight texture quickly absorbs into skin and acts as makeup primer to create the perfect canvas.

daily therapy: vitamin c and e complex $67

sowd:therapy for skin daily therapy is a lightweight moisturizer for oily or combination skin or it can be used as a base layer under a rich moisturizer for dry skin. It combines three forms of concentrated, time-released Vitamin C to firm skin, even skin tone, and discourage clogged pores.

take a deep breath oil-free oxygenating gel cream $37

take a deep breath oil-free, oxygenating moisturizer restores and refreshes a dull skin. with exclusive clean-air technologyTM, skin receives the oxygen delivery it needs to breathe freely, while a patented blend of antioxidants and anti-pollutants helps neutralize damaging free radicals.

Cactus & Kale Oil Free Recovery Lotion $14

Pacifica’s Cactus & Kale Oil-Free Stress Recovery Lotion breathes vitality back into dehydrated, tired and stressed skin. Factors such as blemishes, sun, polluted environments and daily emotional stress tend to aggravate and make skin appear dull and can even make it more sensitive. Good for all skin types, even blemish prone.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

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