Category Archives for Skin Care

10 Rules for Healthy Skin

1. Never go to bed without cleansing your skin. 

2. Don't smoke

3. Practice safe sun exposure and do not use a tanning bed.

4. Use safe skincare products.

5. Visit a skin care professional regularly. 

6. Get a good night’s sleep. 

7. Gently exfoliate your skin 1-3 times a week. 

8. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, even if it’s just a fast-paced walk. 

9. Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet:

  • high quality protein such as lean meats and fish
  • colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
  • whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal, legumes such as beans and lentils
  • healthy fats (wild Alaskan salmon ,nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut and olive oil) 

10. Drink plenty of water and anti-oxidant rich teas such as green, white and rooibos.

My Skin Buddy

Have you seen this hashtag #breakupwithyourbrush ?

Honestly, cleansing brushes have never appealed to me and I have never personally used or promoted one. I even stopped using mask brushes in my facial treatments.

Brushes + bacteria = freak me out.

Instead of brush cleansing,  MYSKINBUDDY has a smooth metal surface that releases ions to gently, but deeply cleanse the skin. It also has skin aging benefits and can help calm redness and acne bacteria using LED light and thermal heat therapy.


MYSKINBUDDY is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a more clear complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance.

  • Deeply cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells
  • Enhance product penetration
  • Reduce redness and inflammation
  • Kills P. acnes bacteria that leads to acne formation⁣
  • Stimulate collagen renewal and skin rejuvenation⁣
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores⁣
How does MYSKINBUDDY work?
  • The ultrasonic vibration provides a mini massage while breaking up dead skin cells, lifting, firming and tightening the skin.
  • The beneficial wavelengths of LED light therapy have been proven and shown to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fight bacteria that leads to acne, reduce redness, promote brightening and even skin tone.
  • Gently, yet effectively, positively charged ions work to attract and
    pull impurities from the skin while negatively-charged ions enhance
    product penetration
  • The combination of heat with the deep cleansing ions aids in
    emulsifying dirt and oil so that it can easily be swept away. Thermal
    heat therapy has also been shown to improve with skin tightening,
    promoting more oxygen to the cells by improving blood circulation and
    the reducing appearance of pore size
Other reasons to invest in MYSKINBUDDY
  • Easy to clean
  • Safe and gentle for daily use⁣
  • Lifetime Warranty⁣
  • Happiness Guarantee⁣!

Stress and Your Skin

Stress runs deeper than your emotions.

You have heard it over and over how stress can kill you right? It's true, but let's not get so morbid in this article. Stress related conditions can range from headaches to heart disease and it is a serious matter that needs your attention. 

Good news though - you can always work towards lowering your stress level and health risks:)

Let's talk about acne breakouts since stress is the primary trigger in adult acne.

When your body stays in a constant, high level of stress, it over works the adrenal glands which can increase sebum production contributing to the development of acne.

When the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, the excess oil holds onto dead skin cells that are meant to be shed. The dead skin and oil clog the pores, preventing oxygen from entering and setting up a perfect environment for bacteria to grow, in turn causing the inflammation that is visible as redness and swelling.

Too much stress can be hard on the immune system, causing slower skin healing and potential for infection.  In psoriasis, new cells are produced rapidly leading to thick and scaly skin.

Stress also ages skin. Studies show that free radicals and shortened telomeres cause skin aging.

-A free radical is an atom with an unpaired electron. There are many things in our daily lives that cause free radicals, stress is just one of them.  Oxidation is free radical damage and causes cell and tissue damage.  

-A telomere is the  protective cap at the end of a DNA strand. Chronic stress has been linked to shorter telomeres.

Here are 5 Quick ways to de-stress

1. Sip Tea  L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness. 

2. Take a quick walk. Just changing the scenery and moving your body in a stressful time will help clear your head and boost endorphins.

3. Eat Chocolate.  Studies show dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone cortisol, as well as being rich in antioxidants

4. Sniff Essential Oils.  Use an aromatherapy inhaler or just place a drop of essential oil into the palm of your hands, cup your hands and breathe in. This type of aromatherapy is the most simple and quickest way to get to the brain. Citrus or lavender are great for calming.

5. Massage your Ears. Start at the lobe and work up to the top of ear, it is very relaxing.

Make an effort to find more ways to calm your stress for the sake of your health.

NYR Organic Facial Cleansers

Choosing a facial cleanser doesn't have to be so hard, but sometimes we just need a little guidance. As an esthetician who uses a variety of cleansers on many people with different skin type/condition combos, I am happy to give you a little direction before your next purchase.

First, let me say you do not need a crazy expensive facial cleanser by any means. You just need one that suits your skin type and conditions. I highly recommend choosing one that you enjoy using, so that you can create a nice self-love and self-care ritual that you look forward to every day.

There are a few things to factor into your purchase choice.  Some of these will be determined by whether you have problematic skin or not.

-Do you want a different cleanser for morning and night? As in one for the shower and one for over the sink?
-Do you want one that serves as a makeup remover also?
-How about a creamy wipe off one or foamy rinse off? 

In my experience, I have used Rose Facial Wash on more clients and myself than any other NYR cleanser. It's just a perfect match for normal, combination, dehydrated and sensitive skin. I keep this one in my shower at home. 

The NYR rose products are so LOVELY. Before I met NYR Products you would not have heard me talking nice about anything rose.  I am very sensitive to floral scents.  Once you experience REAL rose ingredients in skincare and not gaggy and toxic artifical fragrance, you will understand what I am saying.

Next runner up is the very creamy Calendula Cleanser. This one is suitable for mature, dry and sensitive skin, but I love using it as a nice oil based first cleanse on many clients except problematic acne skin. It has cocoa butter, coconut, olive , jojoba and sunflower oils. I apply it on dry skin, massage well and then wipe with a nice steam towel.  For home use it can be used as a daily cleanser, make-up and eye make-up remover. 

I do like the Frankincense Refining Cleanser for a night-time routine. It has a similiar creamy consistency as the calendula cleanser, but has the benefits of firming and toning from the frankincense and peptides. This cleanser also comes with a muslin cloth to be used to wipe away the product to create a smoothing effect. Great for dry, mature and normal skin. I wouldn't recommend it for sensitive because of the peptides or acne prone because of the cocoa butter.

The Orange Flower Facial  Wash is another good choice for dry skin even though I have been known to use it myself when I run out of the Rose Facial wash. My daughter with super sensitive skin is currently using this one for the winter months because she is more dry. Its a gentle foaming lotion type cleanser. 

If you are looking for a calming cleanser for sensitive types, the Soothing Starflower Cleansing Milk is perfect. It is formulated without any essential oils to be as mild as possible. 

The Palmarosa Facial Wash is great for those that have oily, combination or congested skin. It smells very fresh and herbally.

I do not use a separate eye-makeup remover in my treatment room or at home because I just use the facial cleansers or oils that can be applied on the eyes. I am a minimalist when it comes to my own routine. I know many people that use and love the Organic Eye Makeup Remover and I have tried it just for the sake of trying it and it was nice and effective.

I feel very comfortable suggesting NYR products because they are organic and safe. They are certified by Cruelty Free International.  Most of their items are vegan, fair-trade  and dermatologically tested.

If you need help choosing an NYR Organic cleanser, just contact me I am happy to help.

Happy Cleansing!