Category Archives: HEALING

Vie Healing: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Innovation Converge for Holistic Wellness

February 12, 2024

In the labyrinthine world of wellness, where trends rise and fall like the ebb and flow of tides, there exists a sacred space nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, where the timeless wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine converges with the epitome of modern innovation. Welcome to Vie Healing, a sanctuary masterfully crafted by Mona Dan, a visionary adept in the art of healing and restoration.

Mona Dan, LAc., MTOM, the luminary behind Vie Healing, is not merely a practitioner; she is a custodian of ancient wisdom, a modern alchemist weaving threads of tradition with the fabric of contemporary wellness. With over a decade of hands-on experience, Mona’s journey has been one of relentless pursuit—of bridging the chasm between antiquity and modernity, of redefining the boundaries of healing itself.

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Central to the ethos of Vie Healing is Mona’s pioneering creation: the 24k Gold Ear Seeds. These tiny treasures, heralded by the most discerning voices in fashion and wellness, have transcended mere adornment to become beacons of holistic wellness. Coveted by the elite and adorned by the enlightened, Mona’s ear seeds have earned her the illustrious title of the “Queen of Ear Seeds,” a crown befitting her unrivaled mastery.

But Mona’s influence extends far beyond the confines of her sanctuary. Her bespoke techniques and premium tools grace the halls of luxury spas and hotels worldwide, elevating healing to an art form. From the opulence of the Ritz Carlton to the serenity of the Four Seasons, Mona’s touch transforms mere mortals into vessels of vitality and vigor.

Mona’s mission transcends the realm of exclusivity. With the launch of the Vie Healing Master Class, she invites seekers of wellness into the inner sanctum of her wisdom, offering a direct conduit to her unparalleled expertise. In Mona’s world, healing is not a privilege reserved for the few; it is a birthright to be reclaimed by all.

Step inside Vie Healing, and you’ll find yourself enveloped in a symphony of ancient traditions and modern marvels—a harmonious fusion of Eastern wisdom and Western ingenuity. And let’s talk style – it’s stunning. Here, the finest contemporary tools and proprietary products converge to create an oasis of serenity and rejuvenation.

At the heart of Vie Healing lies Vybra—the latest in vibration tech-therapy—a testament to Mona’s relentless pursuit of innovation. Crafted from luxuriously soft silicone and infused with the transformative power of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vybra transcends the ordinary to become a portal to profound healing and release.

As you surrender to Vybra’s gentle vibrations, acupuncture points harmonize and converge with the modern marvel of magnetic therapy. It’s a dance of energy and resonance—an intimate dialogue between body and soul—that leaves you transformed, renewed, and utterly revitalized.

In the illustrious repertoire of the Vybra collection, three standout gems reign supreme—each meticulously crafted to cater to the diverse needs of the modern wellness enthusiast.

First, we have The Enoki—an embodiment of precision and power. Designed to delve deep into those elusive release points, The Enoki effortlessly navigates the labyrinth of tension, targeting key areas with pin-point accuracy. From the stubborn knots nestled in the nape of the neck to the throbbing temples plagued by migraines, The Enoki offers respite with its gentle yet commanding touch. With three adjustable power settings at your disposal, you have the power to tailor the intensity to your liking, ensuring a bespoke journey to relaxation and relief.

Next in line is The Shroom—a testament to gentleness and grace. This delicately designed tool is a master of subtlety, expertly crafted to caress sensitive spots with exquisite care. Its soft contours stimulate lymphatic points with unparalleled precision, promoting optimal drainage and soothing relief. Whether gliding over the bottoms of the feet, tracing the underarms, or tenderly massaging the quads and groin, The Shroom envelops you in a cocoon of comfort, releasing tension and restoring harmony with each tender touch.

Completing the trifecta is The Fig—an embodiment of elegance and indulgence. Crafted to fit snugly in the palm of your hand, this luxurious vibrator is a symphony of sensuality and sophistication. Made from buttery-soft silicone, The Fig’s gentle yet potent vibrations awaken your innermost desires, inviting you to surrender to a realm of pure bliss. With its ideal size and pin-point accuracy, each interaction with The Fig is an intimate dance of pleasure, tailored to meet your every whim and fancy.

In the realm of Vybra, these three treasures stand as paragons of healing and rejuvenation. Whether seeking relief from chronic pain, promoting lymphatic flow, or indulging in moments of sensual delight, The Enoki, The Shroom, and The Fig offer a gateway to profound transformation—a testament to the boundless possibilities that await within the realm of holistic wellness.

In a world where wellness trends come and go, Vie Healing stands as a bastion of authenticity and efficacy.

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Art, Elevated At The Artist Tree: Saturday, January 20

January 17, 2024

Prepare to unleash your creativity and dive into a world of artistic inspiration fueled by the delightful effects of cannabis. This unique event invites you to join the festivities alongside KeeneVisions, a talented creative spirit from Seattle, for an afternoon filled with flower-themed painting and elevated vibes.

(Sharing some of my own ecstatic watercolors for mind expanding inspo!)

Emily Wagner, watercolor on paper

The venue, hosted by The Artist Tree, promises an unforgettable experience. The event kicks off with a chance to immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of the consumption lounge – the ideal prelude to your upcoming artistic adventure. Once you’re in the groove, ascend to the artist studio where a curated and elevated journey of artistic expression awaits.

Attendees are encouraged to bring an open mind and attire that can handle a bit of paint splatter. It’s an opportunity to let loose and embrace the artistic process in a welcoming environment.

Now, let’s delve into what this unique experience has in store for attendees:

Emily Wagner, watercolor on paper

The Experience

The organizers have you covered on all fronts – from art supplies to expert guidance and exclusive entry into The Studio Lounge. The event begins with a pre-painting session in the swanky cannabis consumption lounge, setting the tone for the creative journey ahead. As you move upstairs to the artist studio, you’ll be guided to craft your own masterpiece. The event is designed for participants of all skill levels to enjoy and appreciate the artistic process.

About The Studio Lounge

Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, The Studio Lounge at The Artist Tree is not your average venue. It’s a haven for smoking, entertainment, and igniting creative sparks. As the #1 licensed consumption lounge in Southern California, it offers indoor and outdoor seating, captivating art exhibits, food options, local entertainment, and wellness classes. Conveniently located next to The Artist Tree West Hollywood retail cannabis dispensary, it provides a holistic experience for attendees.

Emily Wagner, watercolor on paper

Food & Drinks

Satisfy your cravings with the mouthwatering menu of fresh California-style cuisine. From chopped salads to artisanal pizza, tacos, and freshly-baked cookies, there’s something for every palate. Whether you grab an espresso on the go or take a leisurely break, the dishes are crafted for an elevated state of mind. Additionally, the rotating menu of handcrafted cannabis cocktails adds an extra layer of excitement to the culinary offerings.

Mark your calendars, pack that open mind, and get ready for a paint-splattered, cannabis-infused journey into the world of art and good vibes. This event promises to be an experience like no other!

More Details

They do not allow onsite consumption of outside cannabis products or food and beverages.

To learn more about The Studio Lounge and follow us on instagram @theartisttree and @thestudiolounge_official

The Studio Lounge at The Artist Tree

8625 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069

Home Sweet Zen: Elevating Wellness with California Mobile Acupuncture’s Doorstep Delight

January 8, 2024

Imagine this: a knock on your door, and in walks the team member from California Mobile Acupuncture, ready to transform your living space into a haven of holistic wellness. No need to venture out; they bring their expertise to you. Picture yourself comfortably at home or in your office, as the seasoned professionals offer a range of services designed to cater to your well-being.

California Mobile Acupuncture goes beyond the typical healthcare experience. You’re not just a client; you’re someone they’re committed to nurturing. Whether you’re seeking stress reduction, increased energy, pain management, or simply a moment of relaxation, their services, including acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and more, are tailored to your needs.

During my in-home treatment with California Mobile Acupuncture, I discovered a personalized approach that extended even to cosmetic acupuncture. The licensed and experienced practitioner, led by Crystal Anderson, L.Ac., brought ancient healing arts directly to my doorstep. From the moment she arrived, I felt the commitment to excellence and personalized care that defines California Mobile Acupuncture.

This is not just a service; it’s an experience designed for your convenience and comfort. Serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, and San Diego, their appointment hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. make it easy to incorporate wellness into your schedule. Learn more about natural pain relief and the company by visiting their website at or following @CaliforniaMobileAcupuncture on Instagram.

Led by Crystal Anderson, a practitioner with over 15 years of experience, California Mobile Acupuncture brings wellness to you. For a glimpse into their personalized care and the variety of services offered, follow @CaliforniaMobileAcupuncture on Instagram or schedule a virtual consultation at

Transform your space into a sanctuary of well-being with California Mobile Acupuncture – because your health deserves a home visit.

“It’s really an art. That’s why finding the right acupuncturist is important. Through examination of the tongue and pulse, we uncover the root cause of the problem,” says Crystal Anderson, owner of California Mobile Acupuncture. “It allows you not only to get better but thrive.”

As 2024 rolls in, millions will look for ways to be healthier. While some will start exercise and dieting programs that they often abandon within weeks, acupuncture stands out as a hidden gem that should be considered. Unlocking the healing power of acupuncture can take one’s health to a whole new level.


Embracing Holistic Healing With Dr. Heidi

December 5, 2023

Finding moments of tranquility and healing has become a necessity for me. A couple of weeks ago, I was styling a photo shoot and the model and I were discussing our insane jaw tension, clenching and teeth grinding.

She said YOU MUST MEET DR. HEIDI!!  And that is where this journey begins… because I met a truly modern medicine woman, Dr. Heidi from her recommendation.

First off, I have been dealing with two things. One, the jaw stuff. Yes, I have had Botox to release some tension but at night, the grinding won’t stop. Next, for the past year, I have battled a deep, ongoing pain in my upper back.

My transformative session with Dr. Heidi, a practitioner who seamlessly blends ancient healing practices with a modern understanding of the mind-body connection, relieved both in one session.

Dr. Heidi’s approach to holistic healing involves a combination of acupuncture, cupping,  facial massage and intuitive balancing – each contributing to not only physical but also emotional well-being. From the moment I entered her serene clinic, I knew this would be a unique journey towards healing.

Dr. Heidi’s gentle touch and deep understanding of the body’s meridians created an atmosphere of relaxation, allowing me to release tension and tap into a profound sense of inner calm. Beyond the physical benefits, Dr. Heidi’s work addressed my emotional imbalances, providing a holistic approach to healing.

Cupping, another traditional therapy, involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This technique promotes blood flow, reduces inflammation, and releases muscle tension. As Dr. Heidi expertly applied the cups to my back, I could feel the tension melting away. But what struck me the most was her emphasis on the emotional release that often accompanies this process. She explained how our bodies hold onto emotions, and cupping serves as a powerful tool to unlock and release these pent-up feelings.

The facial massage that followed was not just a luxurious add-on but a key component of the emotional, jaw-tension-release, healing process. I love this process so much – gloves on, jaw muscles, buccal massage – all of it. More of that in detail later…


(ok hair looks super weird because I took screenshots from video!)

One of the most enlightening moments of my session was when Dr. Heidi identified the source of my upper back pain as the pericardial muscle, which protects the heart. She encouraged me to explore how I might be holding back or blocking emotions, manifesting as physical pain. This revelation highlighted the profound connection between our emotional and physical well-being, underscoring the importance of addressing both aspects for true healing.


  • First, we did Acupuncture and cupping to align the spine, release tension around the organs (especially the heart and heart protector), and open the lymph nodes to flow between the head, neck, and body.
  • Starting with this treatment releases old emotional holding patterns associated with a guarded heart, and fear or intimacy, lack of support, or not being able to see all options in life’s path.
  • Cosmetic acupuncture & facial sculpting open the neck and face to release old emotions held in the muscles of the face and increase lymph drainage to reduce pain, improve circulation in the complexion, and support collagen and elastin production to provide a rejuvenated youthful appearance.
  • Buccal massage with sculpting facilitates the release of any residual emotions and memories held in the facial muscles to let go. This also reinforces muscle memory to tone and lift the face to provide a sculpted look and youthful appearance.
  • Sound healing, aromatherapy, and topical herbal and mineral products are used to enhance the results of this treatment.

Each treatment is custom to each individual and focused on balancing internal health, regulating the nervous system, and facilitating the experience with healing touch guided by unconditional love.

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The Sculptural Face Lifting Technique activates the internal resources of the body to enhance natural facial rejuvenation. It supports tightening or relaxed muscles and strengthening weakened facial musculature, while addressing the emotions held in the face to release inner blocks, soothe the emotions, and melt away stress.

The face becomes more sculpted and this technique and trains the muscles to firm up where sagging, and relax where overly tightened.

Perhaps you notice words you have held back from saying, or emotions you have held back from feeling. The body remembers everything you have experienced, and sculpting facial massage has the ability to bring it up to the surface and flush it out of the body, mind, and spirit.

This method is performed without the use of surgery and injections – it is done manually by toning, strengthening and relaxing the basic facial muscles. As a result, facial muscles relax and muscle tone returns to normal; spasms are removed, which in turn restores the natural posture of the face. Appearance and elasticity of the skin improves via improved blood and lymph circulation, stimulating cell turnover and regeneration.


The procedure is performed first on the neck and face to open the lymph nodes and increase circulation in the neck, bringing more nutrients to the face that may be blocked due to tension in the spine.

With gloved hands, a tailored protocol will be performed usually involving external facial massage followed by internal facial massage.

Internal facial massage includes going into the mouth and massaging the muscles that support the structure of the face and realign the muscles that attach to bones in the skull, and hold the power to balance the cranial bones and hormones. For example, the lateral and medial pterygoid muscle attaches to the sphenoid bone holding the pituitary gland, the master CEO of your endocrine system. Although slightly uncomfortable for this part, each session will go slowly to release these structures and bring your body into balance at your own pace.

Acupressure is also performed, providing a deeper treatment to tone the muscles and release stuck energy.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Remember when your mother said: “Don’t make that face or it may stay with you forever?” Emotions and stress have been known to show up in the face as expressions get repeated, resulting in wrinkles and tension. As we age, bone loss and collagen matrix degrades, showing signs of sagging, hollowing, swelling, discolored, or dehydrated skin.

Are you seeing the signs of aging but don’t want to undergo painful and invasive procedures? Are you interested in working on your true health to prevent disease and release emotions that have been reflected in the face, along with enhancing your natural beauty and vibrancy?

Discover Cosmetic Acupuncture- a 4,000 year old secret to turning back the clock, addressing the pillars of health, and preventing disease. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a human hair and painless, making this option minimally invasive while working on internal health. You may even fall asleep or go into a trance state!

Cosmetic Acupuncture can enhance collagen and elastin production, smooth tension, lift muscles, and increase circulation in the complexion for a healthy glow. Cosmetic Acupuncture also addresses sleep, digestion, energy, mental health, hormones, and temperature regulation to balance the internal organs providing deep nutrition to the skin.

Have your friends and family members asking “whats different?… because you are glowing!”

These treatment programs are the perfect addition for confidence boosting and looking great for community events such as gatherings, weddings, family photos, social media posts, or new phases of life requiring inner reflection, or because you’re ready to feel like your most vibrant self!

Simply put, you deserve to feel beautiful and radiant naturally.


Cosmetic acupuncture is a beauty-focused form of acupuncture that targets the root cause of health imbalance that is reflected in the complexion of the face. Needles are gently inserted in the superficial levels of the epidermis of the face to stimulate collagen production, improve skin quality, encourage healing, promote blood flow to heal scars, and promote overall wellness to the body to treat the root cause imbalance. By creating a micro-trauma, the skin in turn begins to repair and use collagen and resources to tighten and renew the skin.

In Chinese Medicine, the skin complexion symbolizes circulation, hydration, and longevity. The skin is simply communicating what the body needs for extra support. When the signs of health imbalances are left untreated, over time the skin begins losing it’s elasticity and collagen, or hyper-pigmentation, pustules, or wrinkles begin to form. acupuncture corrects what the body needs and supports regeneration of tissue. With Facial Rejuvenation, the health of the individual is always the focus for the root treatment on the body.


During the initial treatment, facial diagnosis will be recorded to note root imbalances of the skin and constitution. Before & after photos are taken for Electronic Medical Record progress reports during your course of treatment and to provide tracking proof of the changes your skin is undergoing with lifting and tightening. It is encouraged that only generally healthy individuals with no underlying health conditions focus on facial rejuvenation. By avoiding treatment for serious conditions, the body will fight harder to heal itself and mixed messages are given, resulting in mediocre results. This is why an initial treatment is important to discuss options.


During your cosmetic acupuncture sessions you will experience acupuncture for the body to communicate to the organs to send nutrients to the face, facial acupuncture to induce collagen and elastin production, neck and facial massage with clean beauty skincare products, and energy healing.


Fire cupping is one of the oldest forms of medicine recorded, loved by every ancient civilization and still providing pain relief after 6,000 years. Evidence of the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Chinese, Indian, and Latin Americans using cupping as a healing modality is very real millenia ago, and still to this day.

This ancient technique is based on a vaso-pneumatic suction system that uses “negative pressure” from fire to pull adhesions, aka knots in tissues apart. This mechanism quite literally vacuums the tissues, and detoxifies muscles and blood overwhelmed with lifelong toxin accumulation.

Tissue is suctioned up into the cup, and stretches the tissues that hold the muscles in place. Cupping relaxes muscles and if a muscle is tight, cupping can stretch and open up the muscle tissue for releasing and re-oxygenation. Cupping also helps with capillary permeability,  relief of muscle and fascia congestion and pain relief. Ultimately it benefits myofascial release,  muscle relaxation, and improved blood circulation.

When we are “toxic”, interstitial debris floats in the blood stream and saturates tissues, which over time creates inflammation and dehydrates the muscles, leading to pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

In studies, cupping has been found to promote the production of heme-oxygenase-1 and 2, which promotes the production of new blood in the body. Cupping also promotes vasodilation of tissues in the body, promoting circulation locally and systemically, creating space for interstitial fluid to move, helps pull toxins out to be metabolized, and removes knots (known as adhesions) and stagnation in the body. Cupping marks tend to disappear quicker the more frequent patients are seen.

Cupping’s effect on the digestive organs is to increase their digestive secretions and enhance their peristaltic movement.  Cupping can awaken the appetite, strengthen the stomach and digestion, improve the bile flow and metabolism, relieve constipation and promote regularity of the bowels.

Cupping has a dramatic detoxifying effect on the skin and circulatory system.  By increasing the flow of blood and plasma through the veins and arteries, cupping enhances the cleansing and removal of toxins.  This detoxification may not be observable after just one treatment, but after about three to five treatments, there will be a noticeable improvement in the color of one’s complexion.

Cupping is beneficial and indicated for multiple disorders affecting multiple organ systems:

  • Digestive system:  constipation, diarrhea, (IBS) irritable bowel syndrome.

  • Metabolic:  low energy, fatigue, anemia, atrophy of the tissues, cellulite, emaciation, weight gain – normalizes body weight.

  • Musculoskeletal:  Local application, as appropriate, for back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, lumbago, sciatica.

  • Respiratory & Circulatory:  asthma, bronchitis, common cold and flu, high blood pressure.  Increased blood flow to the skin is therapeutic for many different skin disorders.

  • Nervous system:  headaches, depression, emotional problems – balances the nervous system.

  • Gynecological:  menstrual pain, suppressed or irregular menses



Dr. Heidi Keating L.Ac., DACM is a Doctor of East Asian Medicine and Acupuncture, Visionary Medicine Woman, and leader in the field of Detoxing with Chinese Medicine.

She practices medicine with joy that is rooted in her own experience of acupuncture and East Asian Medicine and is informed by her over seventeen years of study and practice in the world of natural plant medicine.

Dr. Heidi specializes in healing mental-emotional-physical pain, detoxification, and dermatology.

Her style encompasses detaching from the parasite mindset, personal empowerment, and harmonizing the spirit, mind, and body by releasing emotions that no longer serve the person’s desire to transform and elevate.

Indulge in Radiance: Ultaceutical’s Ultra BAM Facial Experience At The Fairmont Spa

November 20, 2023

Embark on a journey of indulgence and rejuvenation, prep your holiday skin, or get red-carpet ready with Fairmont Spa Ultra BAM Treatment for Radiance & Glow. Nestled within the luxurious confines of the Fairmont (more on this EPIC spa later!!), this oasis of serenity beckons you to unwind, relax, and treat your skin to the ultimate pampering.

Today, I experienced the Ultra BAM for Radiance & Glow Treatment facial! –  truly a skincare experience that unveiled a radiant and glowing complexion like never before. Let’s call it transformative as I left more than refreshed and revitalized, I am truly radiant!

The secret weapon is the legacy Australian brand used: Ultraceuticals.

The Ultraceuticals philosophy is a ‘progressive rather than aggressive’ approach to a consumer’s skin journey. They focus on formulations that are results-driven without compromising on texture and aroma, and that’s what makes them unique in the cosmeceutical skin arena.

Onto this HOLIDAY GLOW treatment!
  • Goals are to restore skin from premature aging or sun damage with high-strength Brightening Accelerator Mask featuring Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), Salicylic Acid (BHA) and Vitamin B3 combined with a powerful blend of brightening agents.  (YUM!!)
  • Onto, corrective cosmeceutical serums infused with UltraINFUSION work in synergy to diminish dark spots and hyperpigmentation to reveal a brighter, clearer complexion.

It was divine – and I am deeply in love with this line – (Also how am I just discovering it??). I also loved Ingrid, my aesthetician.

Can’t make it to the Fairmont?

Here are some great gift sets curated for this gift-giving season.

Limited Edition Holiday Skincare Kits:

The Luminous Skin Gift Set ($105)

The Optimal Hydration Gift Set ($145)

The Soothe and Calm Gift Set ($165). 

This legacy brand (started 25 years ago) uses only the highest quality active ingredients, innovative delivery systems like their trademarked Ultra-RETI™ and MicroElastin® technology, while focusing on repairing and maintaining a healthy skin barrier, resulting in the brand being the preferred cosmeceuticals skincare line in over 600 professional salon, clinics, and medi-spas around the globe.


Each Ultraceuticals product is carefully researched, formulated and tested in a variety of environments as well as extensive panel testing before going to market. An Ultraceuticals formulation focuses on innovating delivery system technology for optimum performance.


Absolutely. Before any product goes into market, extensive and strict panel test trials are conducted using a range of volunteers over 90 days to ensure the product’s efficacy and safety. Results are documented using an advanced professional skin scanning camera technology. Ultraceuticals stands behind all its products and claims.


Yes. Ultraceuticals is proudly certified cruelty-free with the Choose Cruelty Free (CFF) organization and PETA. This means that they do not test any of their products on animals and none of the ingredients used in their products are tested on animals. Ultraceuticals proudly conducts internal panel tests on willing and enthusiastic human participants.

A little back story about this storied Australian brand:

Started in 1998, Founder, Dr Geoffrey Heber and his highly skilled team of Australian and international formulators are dedicated to creating potent, effective products under the Ultraceuticals brand. Ultraceuticals is Australian-owned and use the latest and proven available ingredients and technologies to consistently release new products and improve existing ones. With a combination of sophisticated, patented delivery systems and potent renowned anti-aging stars like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), each product is formulated with safety and maximum effectiveness in mind, so you get results that you can actually see. By collaborating with renowned universities and leading researchers, Ultraceuticals crafts a simple regimen of products that deliver fast-acting and discernible results to reveal healthy, firm, glowing, beautiful skin.



Dr Geoffrey Heber is a Fellow of the Australian College of Cosmetic Medicine and also a Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia. He completed his medical degree at the University of NSW and has an MBA from the University of Sydney. He has spent well over twenty years as a cosmetic physician. His passion for innovation in the cosmeceutical skincare arena saw him launch the first Australian brand, Ultraceuticals, with a superior vitamin C skin serum in 1998.  Today, the Ultraceuticals founder and cosmetic physician, Dr Geoffrey Heber, is considered a pioneer in Australia for leading the way in effective skincare products that offer real visible results.