beauty, skin March 26, 2018

how to avoid makeup harming your skin

if you’ve ever bumped into either of us on an average day, we’re typically wearing little to no makeup. that may sound obnoxious, but it took us some time to get here. while it’s our goal for every client to get to a place where they feel comfortable enough to walk out the door with only tinted SPF, we understand it takes baby steps. we often hear clients say, “i could never go out in public without makeup, that would scare people!” the fact is, if you go to work with a full face of makeup sitting on your skin for 8-10 hours a day, it’s bound to cause damage

here are the steps we took to achieve makeup-free skin…

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

when it comes to maintaining a flawless complexion, water and oil go hand-in-hand. hydrating water-based products make your skin soft & plump, but it won’t stay that way without an oil-based product to seal it in, so you need both to stay balanced. because oil and water don’t mix, water can’t get through a layer of oil, which is why moisturizers/oil-based products should always be layered on top of hydrating, water-based products

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 damage 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 as 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 dead skin cells to accumulate on the surface, which results in a dull, lifeless complexion

our staple glow-giving products that will bring your skin back to life…

beauty, 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

every time you get a tan the DNA in your skin is being damaged, which is the #1 cause of hyperpigmentation (AKA brown spots), wrinkles & 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), which is why people with darker skin tones take longer to burn 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 hyperpigmentation, and resurface the skin’s texture for a smooth, even-toned complexion. however, they can be very damaging if used incorrectly, so before you pick your poison, there are a few things to be aware of…