Category Archives: Skin Care

Spend Versus Save: Skincare

Woman exfoliating face with cleansing product

Choosing good quality skincare can be an expensive proposition, but it doesn’t have to be.  You can economize on certain parts of your regimen and splurge on others. Spend – Yes, there are certainly expensive options for anything.  But here are a few of the highlights where it usually pays to spend. Especially if I […]

Korean Makeup Brands to Try

Etude house

Being a beauty enthusiast and all, I have no bigger goals in life than to have a flawless face. With all the beauty products around, it is not impossible at all to achieve a perfect, or at least perfect-looking, skin. I know that by investing in the right skin care and beauty products, I would […]

Beauty 101: Chemical Versus Physical Exfoliation (Peels Versus Scrubs)

Women getting a chemical peel treatment

There are literally thousands of facial exfoliators available, from glycolic peels to apricot shell scrubs. It can be overwhelming to pick one. There are several criteria including cost, personal preference, scent, texture, active ingredients, and the degree of user-friendliness. If something requires nine steps just to exfoliate, I will be honest and say that I […]

Pre-wedding skin preparation

Bride with her bridesmaid.s

Getting your skin ready to glow is always in the best interest of the bride and her entire bridal party. Here are a few tips to making sure that you look your best on the big day, no matter which part you are playing! Any major skin treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion should […]

Do It Yourself Masks And Scrubs

Woman applying a face mask

Did you know that the secret to a better complexion might be hiding in your kitchen? If you are fed up with the lack of results from commercial products, try mixing your own! The Sunny Avocado Mask-  from Annmarie Gianni is wonderful for skin that needs extra moisture. It combines half of an avocado, a […]

Beauty 101: Professional Facials

Women enjoying facial massage

If you’ve never had a professional facial, I highly recommend them! When you choose the right professional, the facial can be a healthy and relaxing treat for you and your skin. Some of the Advantages Deeper exfoliation can be offered by a professional, whether they offer physical or chemical. Manual extractions are also better when […]

Incorporating Retinol into Your Skin Care Regimen

Woman looking in the mirror

Essentially, retinol (retinoid) is the Vitamin A molecule which is one of the best vitamins for your skin.  Not only is it a powerful antioxidant but it also stimulates cell growth, helps to repair injured or damaged cells, and encourages new cell turnover.  The molecule itself is small enough to penetrate to the lower layers […]

Is Petrolatum or Petroleum Jelly Bad for Your Skin?

Woman applying a serum on her skin

There are mixed reviews about using petroleum jelly (aka petrolatum or Vaseline) topically.  Petroleum jelly itself is essentially a byproduct of the oil refining process and was discovered inside the oil rigs around the mid-1800s.  Many makeup artists and skincare experts recommend it for everything from dry lips to diaper rash. But just how eco-friendly and […]

What is the Deal with Sheet Masks?

Woman wearing a sheet mask

Sheet masks seem to have stormed the skin care stage recently.  If you are not familiar with these just yet, they are a cloth mask that has been saturated in a serum.  You remove the face-shaped cloth from the packet, peel off any films or barrier layers, and lay the cloth over your face.  They […]

Better Food Choices for Better Skin

Woman drinking green tea

Did you know you can eat your way to a better complexion?  This isn’t a substitute for good skin care or sunscreen, however, there are certain foods that have been reported as good for your skin.  Here are just a few of the recommendations. Chocolate – I know, my favorite too! Cocoa can hydrate the […]