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skin March 22, 2018

the difference between oil and water-based skincare products

oil is making big moves in skincare, but is it worth the hype? considering we use it in everything from cleansing to sealing in moisture, we vote YES. however, we’re not suggesting you replace your water-based products with oil-based ones. after all, water is the ultimate hydrator and essential for ALL skin types. unlike dry skin, which is hereditary, dehydrated skin affects everyone because it can be caused by diet, environmental factors, using the wrong products, etc.

when it comes to maintaining a flawless complexion, water and oil go hand-in-hand. hydration is what makes our skin soft and plump, but it won’t stay that way if there’s no oil to seal it in. the key is to stay balanced by incorporating water-based products for hydration and oil-based products for lipid barrier protection (providing a protective coating over the surface of your skin to shield environmental aggressors and lock ingredients in)

how to tell the difference between oil and water-based products

skin, treatments March 17, 2018

everything you need to know about a photofacial

as an aesthetician, when i think back to my adolescent years of not just tanning, but BAKING in the sun, i cringe. the thought of branding myself with that playboy bunny sticker is truly disturbing. i had no idea the damage i was doing at the time would one day come back to haunt me…

fast-forward to present day where i’m now paying for it. sun damage, AKA hyper-pigmentation, is my biggest skin battle. fortunately, while i was in school to become a laser technician, i learned that most of the damage i incurred could be reversed! in fact, the majority of corrections done with lasers are due to sun damage

we’re all aware of how much harm the sun can cause, but like cigarettes, a large majority of society keeps coming back for more. personally, i avoid the sun like the plague and apply SPF like i’m on the clock, but the damage i had done needed to be corrected

my photofacial experience…

travel February 3, 2018

Rylie does Mauritius

up until i met my husband, i had no idea this little island in the Indian ocean even existed. although it takes planes, trains and automobiles to get there, it’s well worth the 32 hour journey (no joke). each year we’ve taken different routes- through Dubai, London, Istanbul, etc. so it’s always an adventure. this was my 4th year back, and one thing that always surprises me is that i’ve never come across another American. maybe it’s too far, or not enough people know about it (like me), so i’m taking it upon myself to spread the word about this little gem…

skin, wellness January 24, 2018

how to go from dull to glow

one of the most common complaints we hear from clients is, “my skin just looks dull.” while there are many contributing factors to why your skin has lost its luster, one of the biggest reasons is due to lack of exfoliation. as you age, your cell turnover rate slows down, causing a build up of dead skin cells to form on the surface. when this happens, your skin will start to look dull because there’s a barrier blocking the fresh, new skin beneath

but before we get into the skincare remedies for brining your skin BACK, it’s important to mention that overall lifestyle is a major factor in how we achieve the ‘ultimate’ glow…

makeup, skin January 6, 2018

while we always prefer to carry-on as checking a bag is far too risky, we could never sacrifice leaving our essentials behind…

TG they all come in travel sz 🙏🏻


skin December 21, 2017

why we love oil cleansing


skin December 17, 2017

the sun is enemy #1

let’s break down what’s really happening every time you get a tan… the DNA in your skin is being damaged, which is the #1 cause of hyper-pigmentation (AKA brown spots), wrinkles and skin cancer. those “cute” freckles are actually a sign of injury to the skin that will only worsen with time. getting “a tan” is the result of your skin trying to protect itself by increasing the production of melanin (the dark pigment found in skin). that’s why people with darker skin tones take longer to burn, because they have more melanin to protect them than those with fair skin. however, no skin type is exempt from the damaging effects of the sun. even if burning is not an issue, everyone’s skin is susceptible to sun-induced wrinkles. remember, there are 2 types of rays: UVaging and UVburning…

skin December 1, 2017

what is retinol? everything you’ve wanted to know explained

if you’re looking for the #1 anti-aging ingredient on the market, look no further than retinoids (AKA retinol and retin-A). they’re derived from vitamin A, and considered the superheroes of turning back the clock. they also fight acne, fade hyper-pigmentation, and resurface the skin’s texture for a smoother, even-toned look. however, they can be very damaging if use incorrectly, so before you pick your poison, there are a few things to be aware of…

skin November 22, 2017

3 things your esthetician thinks you should know

moisturizer alone doesn’t cut it

the purpose of a moisturizer is to retain moisture, not provide it. they’re formulated to create a protective barrier over the surface of your skin to reduce moisture loss AKA water loss. moisturizing products are typically oil-based (to provide a shield), while hydrating products are water-based. when it comes to having a flawless complexion, water and oil go hand-in-hand. hydrating products are designed to increase the water content of your skin making it soft and plump, but it won’t stay that way if there’s no moisturizer (oil) to protect it, so you need both to stay balanced. regardless of if you’re dry or oily, all skin types require hydration

*always apply hydrating products first and your moisturizer second. this way, you’re adding moisture to the skin and then ensuring it stays put throughout the day*