As you all know, my skin has been a bit of a mess. And while I'm still working on a cure-all, sometimes a little pampering goes a long way when it comes to soothing, moisturizing, and brightening. Masking is one of my favorite Sunday night rituals; light a candle, put on some Netflix, and enjoy a little "me time." Over the years, I've tried A LOT of masks, and while many have been great, these are my current favorites!Read More
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Are you tired of hearing me talk about my skin yet? Yeah, me too. But today, instead of telling you how a product helped/did not help my skin, I'm giving you the full story by partnering with my friends at Rogaine, a brand dedicated to acting as a proactive means for treating conditions like hair loss or thinning hair, which are not only a hereditary condition, but a DNA-driven reality that all men and women will inevitably encounter with age.
I've been battling acne since I was a teen. I can't say I remember the first time a zit popped up on my face, but I do remember feeling plagued by mild breakouts throughout my teen years. I distinctly remember my mom taking me to get intensely painful acne facials, where (I'm convinced) the aesthetician's goal was slow torture by means of dousing my face in the strongest acids one could legally use on skin. I saw countless dermatologists, and used a multitude of salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxides, acne washes, oil-free moisturizes, and retinols that never seemed to make any difference. I went on rounds and rounds of different oral antibiotics, spironolactone, and yes, even accutane. I listened as friends (close friends, best friends) said things to me like "well I never wash my face and I've never had a pimple, so why do you get them?" I listened as everyone from random strangers to beauty store employees to skincare specialists (I literally had one of these experiences two days ago) take it upon themselves to, without solicitation, tell me what I was doing wrong and how their expertise would finally fix my skin. It was usually the same advice: "you have acne, therefore you must have oily skin, try exfoliating, never use anything moisturizing, and try x ingredient." None of it ever worked, and all the "advice" started to wear on me.
And after trying everything (I really do mean EVERYTHING), I realized that it wasn't fair for all of these people to make me feel at fault for a medical issue. I realized that it was my DNA; just as my DNA gave me blue eyes and a petite stature. While some people's DNA plagues them with thinning hair, mine gave me acne. Thanks, DNA.Read More
As someone who constantly boasts a multitude of skin woes, I've learned over the years to never put too much faith into a "quick fix." Addressing my skin issues is usually a long, arduous process involving testing hundreds of products, guzzling a bunch of pills/supplements, and seeing few results. But I'm pretty much game to try anything, so when I was offered a chance to try the signature Triple Crown Facial at the LA salon of legendary celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Overall, I was so blown away by the results of the facial! I'm not kidding when I say it seriously changed my skin. The price might be a bit steep for a regular occurrence, but if you have a big event coming up and need some instant results, the Triple Crown Facial is an amazing option.Read More
One of the many perks of being a blogger is that I get a unique opportunity to try out a ton of beauty products. And as someone with plenty of skin issues, having access to high quality skincare has really helped me learn a lot about what works and doesn't work for my finnicky epidermis. One thing I've definitely learned over the years is that exfoliation, particularly in acid form, is my friend. If you're not familiar with acid exfoliation, I know...it sounds scary. It most likely brings to mind gruesome images of red, itchy, burning skin courtesy of some over-zealous aesthetician or dermatologist. But in reality, this generation of acid exfoliants are way more gentle, effective, and come in many variations, each suited to different skin types and concerns. Most importantly, exfoliating helps break down the build-up of dead skin cells (which leads to clogged pores, bumps, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, etc) to reveal younger, softer, brighter skin underneath. I recently partnered with Paula's Choice to learn all about exfoliants, as well as test out the efficacy of their products.Read More
Established in 2002, Thann is a line of natural skin care, body, hair, and aromatherapy products from Thailand that officially launched in the US last year. I recently had the honor of hosting a few events around LA, getting the opportunity to learn all about their botanically-derived products and even trying them out for the last few weeks! Before I dive into my favorites, a bit of background; their quality products promote environmentally-friendly practices, support human rights, and don't support the use of child labor or animal testing. Their key ingredient is rice brain oil, which is rich with essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and hydrating and antioxidant properties. Thann also boasts many different collections each inspired by aromatherapy and delivering unique dermatological benefits.Read More