Category Archives: Skin Science
Nuts– Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help protect the skin from UV ray damage. They’re also loaded with Vitamin E which helps protect the skin from oxidative cell damage.
Bell Peppers– Bell peppers (especially yellow) are one of the best foods to eat to obtain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to keep your skin looking bright, even, and firm. It helps rebuff the skin from external environmental stressors and plays a role in collagen and elastin production.
Soybeans– Soybeans contain a phytoestrogen known as isoflavinoids that mimic the estrogen that we lose as we age. Estrogen is an important hormone for promoting collagen and elastin production and preventing them from breaking down.
Fish– Fish, especially salmon and tuna, are also filled with omega-3 fatty acids that keep the skin cells healthy and able to support the structure of the skin.
Broccoli– Broccoli is rich in B complex vitamins which also contribute to collagen formation. Eating more of this veggie will help keep your skin looking supple and youthful.
Carrots– Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
Tomatoes– Tomatoes contain an antioxidant known as lycopene, which acts as a natural sunblock and protects the skin from sun damage. Lycopene is also great for eye health which will help keep your eyes looking white and bright this holiday season.
1.) Always cleanse your face at night
Throughout the day our skin is exposed to numerous toxins and pollution (yuck!) not to mention the build up of oil and and makeup that can clog our pores. It’s important to wash all that off in order to keep our skin clean. If you’re exhausted at the end of the day and climbing into bed beats washing your face every time, try washing it right when you get home to avoid waiting until you are less likely to do it.
2.) Apply your powerhouse products at night
My motto is protect and correct! Protect your skin throughout the day and correct at night. Our skin repairs itself while we sleep, so to see the best results from your products sleeping in them will help treat your biggest skincare concern. For example, if your main concern is aging, use your most anti-aging products (retinol, glycol, or peptides) at night. If you need to work on hydrating your skin using a night cream with hyaluronic or squalane will be your best bet. For acne-prone skin using products with salicylic will be beneficial.
3.) Get Enough Zzz’s
Sleep can help reduce stress which can reflect on our skin’s appearance. Stress can induce acne flare-ups and darken under eye circles. Getting enough sleep every night can help assure that you look and feel your best. Your skin will thank you!
4.) Clean your Pillowcases Regularly
I don’t think I need to go into detail with this one- Just a friendly reminder!
5.) Use an eye cream every night
Eye creams are imperative for reducing fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, and dehydration. I like to use a hydrating eye cream during the day (which also helps my concealer look better without creasing) and an anti-aging eye cream at night. Look for an eye cream with ingredients that target whatever your main concern is. Cucumber is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help with puffiness. Vitamin C and peptides are also great eye cream ingredients.
My Favorite? Facialworks pure cucumber eye. It’s organic and super hydrating!
Over-indulging at Thanksgiving is common, but it can cause a whole host of issues inside and out. To combat the excesses of the holiday season, all you need is a simple detoxifying and reinvigorating regimen that combines exfoliation, inflammation reduction and brightening to support the skin‘s natural ability to restore itself. Here are a few great treatments to help you recover from those over-indulgences.
Choose products that include sugar and fruit enzymes–these ingredients clean deep down into the skin, decongest pores and remove dead skin cells to reveal skin’s inner radiance.
To reduce inflammation or congestion, choose powerful, effective active ingredients such as salicylic acid from white willow bark and chamomile.
Look for brightening, tone-evening actives like licorice root, lemon peel and arbutin, which significantly reduce discoloration and spots for a brighter, more even complexion.
There’s nothing more important than keeping your skin and body protected from the stress the holidays can bring. Antioxidants work to reduce that oxidation process and speed cellular repair. There are many trendy antioxidants out there, but my favorites come from the vitamin world. Green tea & resveratrol (potent grape seed extract)–both of which contain phyto-nutrients, flavonoids and polyphenols–are proven antioxidants that restore balance and youth to both your body and skin. polyphenols–are proven antioxidants that restore balance
Thanksgiving break also brings about the onset of a colder, dryer, harsher climate. A dry epidermis can become annoyingly itchy and painful, not to mention the fact that we all want to look dewy and youthful, not dry and brittle! Keeping hydrated from the inside out is crucial. Drink lots of water and take good fats like flax, fish oils and quality olive oil. In addition, use moisturizers full of high quality, absorbable oils and humectants (like vegetable glycerin or honey) that help your skin absorb and retain water efficiently. For the body, organic apricot kernel oil and shea and cocoa butters will prepare your skin for the harsh weather to come.
When it comes to skin care, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the products on the market. Typically when people start using the most products is when they feel self conscious about their skin- trying to fix the problem. However, when it comes to fighting acne, I feel that less is more, and that it’s always best to simplify your routine…
When one of my clients has acne, I put them in the category of having sensitive skin. Their skin is sensitive to breakouts, therefor, I would like them to treat it accordingly. If you’re piling on one harsh salicylic based product after another hoping to “dry out” your blemishes, you’re only compromising the health of your skin and its only a temporary fix- if it even works at all! Plus when you’re using a plethora of products, how do you know that its not one or a combination of them thats causing the breakouts.
To keep your skin sensitivity under control, I feel that its best to use 3-4 products, and only have one thats “clearing” or exfoliating- and be religious about your routine!
Start with a gentle cleanser, one you can use morning and night and that doesn’t have harsh ingredients in it like alcohol. This type of cleanser will remove dirt, makeup and excess oil but wont dry you out.
Then, get a hyaluronic acid serum to keep you from becoming dehydrated. Its oil free and completely absorbs into the skin. Its a very important ingredient to have in your products, and is undetectable once applied.
Your next step should be a light weight moisturizer with an spf. I know its hard to find a sunscreen you want to wear if your feeling oily or have acne, but its imperative to your skin health and for scarring from breakouts- and i promise light weight sunscreens do exist, so find one you like and stick with it.
At night, cleanse your skin again with your gentle cleanser and then use your clearing product. Whether its an overnight treatment, or something you put on for a few minutes and then remove- make sure its exfoliating and has active ingredients designed to fight breakouts.
Talk to your esthetician to find out which products they suggest for you. Just remember to keep it simple and clean, that way you can rule out your routine as the cause and start adjusting other potential causes such as your diet or hormones.
They say anything you did before 25 was a free pass. Ok that may be an exaggeration. But up until your mid twenties, your skin is in its prime! Under 25? Live it up! Over 25? Time to listen up! As we age, the collagen and elastin decrease. Causes? Damage from the sun, pollutants, poor diet, smoking (please quit now!!!) and alcohol consumption (no champagne…how will we survive!?!). These all cause wrinkles and an uneven texture. Also starting in your early thirties, collagen production slows down and the type of collagen you produce is far less effective. The enzymes in your skin that are in charge of cleaning up damaged collagen fibers continue to breakdown old collagen. But the problems is that the new collagen fiber production can’t quite keep up. The result? Aging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of tone (say it isn’t so!!!)
But were not just here to give you all bad news. We have some tips for you!
Protein! Lack of protein ages the skin more visibly. We recommend eating an adequate amount of protein rich foods for getting the nutrients you need to produce new collagen fibers. The amino acids that make up proteins are what the fibers are made up of! So time to load up on fish, poultry, lean meats and eggs!
Vitamin C! Next step? Converting the amino acids into a usable form of protein to make the collagen fibers. This is the job of a diet rich in vitamin C!
Antioxidants! Fruits and veggies are important to protect your cells from free radical damage that leads to aging.
Stimulating Collagen! How do we do that??? Vitamin C applied topically not only has a positive effect on collagen production, it also helps fade brown spots and pigmentation.
Chemical Peels! A spotless, lineless, flawless complexion is lying just beneath the surface of your skin. During a peel, the acids lift away dead skin cells and trigger a reaction. Once the top layer begins to shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move on up and begin increasing collagen production! A thorough sloughing also offers one very immediate upshot: smoother skin that’s both more radiant and more receptive. As for all the benefits of a peel, and the many different kinds, check back soon as we will go more in depth in another blog!
Lets start off. For those of you who are new to the skincare game, or who have been living under a beauty rock, the Clarisonic is a tool sold at specialty beauty stores, spas (including Facialworks) and online. It oscillates back and forth over the skin. Its claim: ‘to remove six times more makeup than cleansing by hand” However, I like to think of it as an exfoliating tool to lift off dry skin cells and remove makeup.
At Facialworks, we love the Clarisonic! We use this tool in our facials and see all the benefits it has, when used the right way!
If you’re considering purchasing one, here are some facts to help you decide!
Fact 1: Skin Trauma: Sometimes a good thing!
You never want to exfoliate to the point of destroying healthy, living cells. However, when you give the skin trauma, it then goes into repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. This is extremely beneficial to the skin! But doing so too often by over-exfoliating can trigger premature aging and cause radical damage. So use with care, caution and by the direction of your esthetician by the recommendation for your specific skin type!
Fact 2: Clean Skin is good…But not too clean!
I know, this sounds a little crazy. But here is the deal. Although you do want your skin hygienically clean, it doesn’t need to be eat off the kitchen floor spotless! There is a certain amount of good bacteria that your skin needs to continue functioning in a healthy way. So we recommend using non-drying, sulfate free cleansers with your Clarisonic!
Fact 3: Dryness…and how keep it from happening!
Being too aggressive in your exfoliating can cause extreme dryness and disrupt the skins lipid barrier. This is what allows the moisture to seep out of the cells easily. We recommend our new Barrier Repair in our Hydra Works line…if you’re over exfoliating. For added moisture, the Organic Super Serum and the Clear Moisture are also great options!
Do not forget that in order to get best results from your Clarisonic and avoid over-exfoliating, over-cleaning, inflammation and the spread of bacteria, be sure to only use you Clarisonic a 2-3 times a week and to wash it with anti-bacterial soap BEFORE each use.
Spices and herbs not only make your food taste delish, but most of them have benefits for your health and your SKIN! Here are some of my pantry staples to create quick and easy dishes with tons of flavor that also have skin benefits.
Turmeric: Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, one specifically called curcumin. It is the main ingredient in turmeric and is highly anti-inflammatory and a very potent antioxidant. You can buy turmeric powder or in it’s natural form of a root. If you buy the root you can juice it or grate it into juices or smoothies. The root form is much more of an intense flavor than the powder. I like to mix it with a variety of different spices and sprinkle on chicken before cooking or on garbanzo beans and toast in a pan. It is a warm flavor and pairs nicely with coriander, cumin, cayenne, and fennel to name a few.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. It is also anti-inflammatory, which aids in helping to fight off disease. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels and helps aid in fighting diabetes. Diabetes can often lead to Rosacea of the skin. It is also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Cinnamon is a spicy warm flavor, good with savory and sweet dishes. I like to sprinkle on my bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies. For more savory dishes, think pork chops with apples and cranberries.
Garlic: Garlic is a member of the onion family and is high in the sulfur compound called Allicin, which is believed to bring most of it’s health benefits. Garlic also contains manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, and fiber. It helps to boost immunity and can fight off colds! (add to your chicken soup!) Great to put in any savory dish in my opinion. Pairs well with lemon, parsley, basil, coriander, cumin, fennel, sage, rosemary, the list is endless. Garlic contains antioxidants that fight oxidative cell damage and aging.
Cumin: Cumin is rich in vitamin C, iron, calcium, and vitamin E. The essential oils in cumin also have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The vitamins rich cumin also fight free radical damage that causes aging in the skin as well as the body. It also aids in digestion. I LOVE this spice and is pretty much my go to for a lot of my dishes. It adds a very warm, earthy, almost smoky flavor. Pairs well with coriander, fennel, garlic, chile, and lemon. Delicious in a spice rub for meat.
Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper has many health benefits. It aids in detoxification of the body, has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and is a digestive aid to name a few. The pepper contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids which have powerful antioxidant properties. Studies have also shown that capsaicin has aided in the treatment of psoriasis when applied topically. Cayenne is SPICY! Add depending on your tolerance of heat to most savory dishes. Also, make a detox tonic by mixing with warm water (alkaline preferably), lemon juice, and raw honey.
Ginger: Ginger’s natural oil, Gingerol, gives it’s unique fragrance and is the main bioactive compound found in ginger. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Ginger can also help aid digestion and menstrual cramps. It is a good source of B vitamins, folate, vitamin C and E, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
I prefer to use the root form of ginger. I like to chop it up (you can also grate on a microplane) and mix with garlic and asian spices with all vegetables for a yummy stir fry. I also love to muddle with mint, add lemon juice agave, and warm water for a delicious tonic.
Lemon: Lemon contains vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and fiber. Loaded with antioxidants and alkalizing benefits for the body. I love to add not only the juice of lemon to my dishes but also the zest! Great to make viniagrettes, add to garlic lemon chicken, tossed with roasted or sautéed veggies. Start you day with alkaline water and lemon juice before your coffee to alkalize your body.
Coriander: Coriander or Cilantro has many health benefits for the skin and internally. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial, detoxifying, and antioxidant properties that help to aid reduce inflammation of the skin and reduce free radical damage. Aids in the reduction of eczema and dryness of the skin. It is high in iron, potassium, copper, and manganese as well as vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. I love to add ground coriander to spice rubs for meat. Add fresh cilantro to salads, salsas, or as a finishing ingredient to savory dishes for a punch of freshness.
Parsley: Parsley has a variety of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and B12, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, just to name a few. It has anti-diabetic properties, aids in reducing inflammation, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It also helps boost immunity. Add to juices, salads, viniagrettes, or as a finishing gremolota with garlic and lemon zest over meat. I prefer the flat leaf Italian parsley, it tends to be more flavorful.
Basil: Basil contains vitamin K, manganese, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, folate, iron, omega-3 fats, and magnesium. Basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As well as antioxidant benefits from it’s high does of vitamin A. Add to viniagrettes, make a delicious pesto, add to salads, or as fresh garnish for savory dishes.
There are many more herbs and spices out there that have nutritional value to us as well as tasting delicious. I encourage everyone to stop at the spice aisle and look at your fresh herbs at the supermarket. These are low calorie ways to boost flavor without adding fat and sugar.
To store fresh herbs, wash them immediately when you get home from the market. Dry them very well with paper towel or clean cloth. Store with stems in a cup of water. You can also cover with a plastic bag to reduce leaves from turning brown. Store ground spices in a cool dry place, such as your pantry.
As an esthetician, I have heard a lot of interesting answers to the same question: “What do you use to cleanse your skin?” From a bar of soap (cringe), to apricot scrub (double cringe), to coconut oil, to last but certainly not least, Cetaphil. Of course, Cetaphil is ‘Dermatologist Recommended,” it must be good for your skin right? The answer may not be what you thought it would be.
In order to ensure you are using a great cleanser you must first read what the ingredients are. Cetaphil is one that claims to be suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, since it is very gentle. So let’s take a look at what is really in this cleanser:
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben
Only 8 ingredients, must be good right? Well, let’s take a deeper look.
First ingredient is water, ok, off to a good start. Propylene glycol is used as a humectant to draw moisture to the skin which is good, however it also allows chemicals to penetrate into the skin and into the blood stream. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming agent that disturbs our skin’s natural hydrolipidic barrier, which can cause dehydration and dryness. Parabens are preservatives that have been removed from most professional skin care lines due to their potential health risk.
So if all of these toxic ingredients are wrapped up in this ‘gentle cleanser,’ why is it being recommended by your dermatologist? Most likely because the manufacturer, Galderma, also makes prescription acne medications such as Differin.
If you are freaking out right now that you have been using this cleanser for years, don’t worry, you are not alone. The thing is, for most women this cleanser seems to work for them. However, the truth is, all of the wonderful ingredients us skin care professionals look for, are lacking from this cleanser. I do not see one antioxidant to help remove all those free radicals we walk around in daily, not one plant oil with plenty of omegas that help protect that very important hydrolopidic layer, and not one botanical to help soothe and calm the skin.
By now, you will probably want to be replacing that Cetaphil, as you should! A great cleanser is crucial to any effective skin care routine. That cleanser is what is removing all of the dirt and pollution that our skin comes in contact with daily. As well as removing any excess sebum. It creates a clean canvas on which our exfoliators, toners, serums, and moisturizers can reach their full potential.
Things to look for in a great cleanser are easy! First and foremost, what is your skin type? Do you want that rich cleanser that will keep your dry skin super hydrated or do you want that oil-removing cleanser that will fight your breakouts? Next up, always look for antioxidants (vitamin a & c are my fav) that will help fight free radical damage from the pollution we walk around in just by going outside. Also, plant oils are rich in omegas that will help to keep the skin’s hydrolipidic layer intact. This will help all of your other products to penetrate the skin deeper, making them work better. Lastly, make sure there are some calming ingredients to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation, such as aloe and cucumber.
My favorite cleanser? Facialworks Antiox Cleanser 🙂
Greek yogurt has always been around, but has gained serious popularity in recent years. However, for me, this trend is definitely not just a fad. To me, greek yogurt is a miracle food! here are three amazing reason to always have some in your fridge.
Number 1: Its yummy!- Greek yogurt is packed full of protein, probiotics, and good dairy your body needs. Here is one of my favorite recipes:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup fat free vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
Toppings of choice (cinnamon, honey, berries. etc)
-Mix oats, yogurt, and milk together in a storable jar or container (something with a lid)
-Cover and leave in fridge overnight or at least 3 hours
Also, don’t forget that Greek yogurt is a great healthy substitute for mayonnaise when cooking. Instead of making your favorite dipping or topping sauce using mayo, use greek yogurt instead- you will not be able to tell the difference! Another great example is tuna. Sub out the mayo for Greek yogurt and you wont be disappointed!
Number 2: It’s healing!- OK, so we’re about to get personal and talk feminine issues. Yeast infections to be exact. They are something almost every girl has experienced, and it’s not comfortable. However, the good news is Greek yogurt is a natural remedy! Thats right! Greek yogurt contains healthy bacteria, cultures and organisms that when administered to the affected area using a safe applicator, can help heal your yeast infection!
Number 3: Its a face mask!- Greek yogurt is the easiest, most affordable addition to your skin care routine. It can be applied topically as a do-it-yourself face mask. Its packed with yummy nutrients for your skin such as:
zinc– which is anti-inflammatory, a natural astringent, and helps with acne
lactic acid– which is exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin
calcium– contains antioxidants
b vitamins– keep skin glowing and hydrated
Just apply an even layer of plain, fat containing (2% or higher) Greek yogurt to your face and neck for 20 minutes once a week! An easy way to achieve better skin!
So next time you’re browsing the aisles at the store, don’t forget to stock up on Greek yogurt. you wont regret it!
This past Sunday we closed down Facialworks for a wonderful and extremely fun event. Being in the skincare industry, we work with so many beauty and lifestyle bloggers. Not to mention, design, family, travel and just women with wonderful style who want to share their lives. So as a thank you, we wanted to invite them all for a day of pampering!
Mendocino Farms catered our event, and the food was nothing short of delicious. The two favorites were the Chilli Rubbed Chicken Skewers and the Curried Couscous.
We had two of our own estheticians Mallory and Natalie doing mini oxygen facials. For everyone who hadn’t had one yet, they were shocked by how amazing their skin felt. For our facial veterans, they were so happy to be able to come in give their skin some much-needed attention.
We invited Jessica from Sunless Rae to come in and do her custom organic airbrush tans and everyone left the party with a beautiful bohemian glow.
Veronica Fensel came in and set up a mini makeover station and glammed up as many girls as she could.
Whitney St. Clair from Blown Away Blow Out Bar in Laguna Niguel sent two of her gorgeous stylists Casey & Rachel to come do hair. The curls, braids and styles these girls did was nothing short of beautiful.
Beauty is pain right? Well on that note, we invited Lunch Box Waxing to come on over and assist with the less than glamorous part of our routines and the ladies left with the most perfectly shaped brows.
And last but not least, ET Chiropractic’s. Because who has ever said no to a massage?
Thank you to all of our vendors who contributed their services and to our wonderful staff who helped run the event!