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Welcome Onekind !

October 10, 2019

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The new, inclusive and shockingly affordable skincare line fighting the pink tax is THAT GOOD.

ONEKIND

They recently launched online and at all Heyday locations. Loving this brand that set out to rewrite the rules of skincare – particularly when it comes to traditional (read: inflated) pricing. 

BACKSTORY:

Onekind is the brainchild of brother-sister duo Matthew and Madison Ruggieri who – along with their business partner, actor Darren Criss – have been players in the men’s grooming category for close to a decade. Now they have taken all they know about fair pricing and top shelf ingredients to create this clean, accessible new brand which is “Every bit as luxe as le crème, but at a much fairer price.”

Onekind was originally designed to tackle the pink tax (products marketed at women are priced much higher than similar formulations aimed at men) but Onekind is unisex – ingredients are ingredients/skin is skin after all – and Darren uses the products every night in his skincare routine. Onekind is the brainchild of brother-sister duo Madison and Matthew Ruggieri who founded the popular men’s grooming site The Motley as well as their own successful brands, Buckler’s and Port Products.

During this time, they learned a lot of good and bad things about the beauty industry including how unnecessarily marked up products for women can be (for example, they had experts tell them to price their men’s products lower “as men won’t pay enough as women”). This infuriated Madison but  she just looked in her own medicine cabinet and knew she was being ripped off…just for buying skincare marketed towards women. 

Their debut products for nighttime are heavenly – Dream Cream Moisturizer ($38) and Midnight Magic Serum ($42) – 

We are loving them both!!!

Scenes from the opening party at Heydey!

The Original Korean American Skincare Behind All Those Big Brands

August 30, 2019

The brand behind the brands: DERMAESTHETICS.

The first and only mainstream Korean-American skincare line in the U.S. and a leading force in producing results-driven products for more than three decades.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say. After a month of using only this brand, I can stand behind its performance. Next level incredible skin.

WHAT: Melding Korea’s holistic roots with western chemistry and technology, DERMAESTHETICS has produced the finest high-performance clinically tested and scientifically proven formulations employing the purest and most highly concentrated actives and extracts. These elements coupled with the latest advances in biotechnology unveil healthier, vibrant skin. In addition to its own namesake line, DERMAESTHETICS, invents, produces and spearheads safe and effective new technologies for some of the most elite beauty brands around the world.

It also doesn’t hurt that DERMAESTHETICS actively participates in the economic, social and humanitarian development of communities wishing to live in harmony with their environment. Packaging made from glass and recycled materials, paper from well managed forests. Their products are non-GMO and free of parabens*, sulfates and preservatives.

*sunscreens excluded.

Behind the brand:  DERMAESTHETICS is a visionary and forward-thinking skincare brand created by PhD cosmetic chemist Dr. Ann Lee, who set out to alter the perception of corrective skincare. Dr. Lee launched the company in 1988 to develop the safest and highest-quality products without compromising on luxurious texture, image and packaging. To this day, the company is privately owned by her family.

PRODUCTS           

  • DBH DX Microneedling Kit is an affordable way of preforming at-home microneedling treatment. The facial-like results are achieved from a mini roller with titanium spikes that are rolled over the face vertically, horizontally and diagonally for no more than three minutes.

The DBH DX Microneedling Kit will come with two serums, both of which will be available for purchase separately later in 2019:

Collagen Serum & FGF Serum are two new serums designed and formulated to provide and enhance college and add tissue growth factor. The purpose is to aid in supple production of college in matrix’s 3 and 4, better known as the skin soft tissue collagen.

The FGF (growth factor) serum is an epidermal growth factor combined with the fibroblast growth factor. Epidermal growth factors are utilized to speed our natural cell turnover cycle of 28 days and to stimulate collagen synthesis. Additionally, the fibroblast growth factor is formulated to enhance the natural production of our skin cells.

PRODUCTS

Clinical Cleansing

  • The Premium Cleansing Oil, a macadamia nut and jojoba seed oil-based cleanser suitable for all skin types.
  • Natural Jojoba Scrub, a non-abrasive enzymatic exfoliator using the naturally dissolving anti-bacterial jojoba seed oil.

Advanced Color Correction/Pigmentation

  • The C-Lester Topical Vitamin C20 Serum carries two different types of pure Vitamin C, intended to stimulate natural collagen synthesis. This restores suppleness and prevents premature aging, causing it to be highly- demanded by dermatologists around the world.
  • Colorlite Plus is the brands signature lightening and brightening cream enhanced with high grade Arbutin and DERMAESTHETICS’ exclusive Lightening Plus Formula. Colorlite’s effectiveness can be seen within just 28 days, the length of a normal skin cycle).
  • White Cotton Cream is a hydrating cream designed to control excess melanin production to prevent brown spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation. Licorice Root and Arbutin deliver a more even skin tone and brighter complexion as essential Panthenol provides hydration for soft, healthy skin.
  • Brite Eye Cream not only lightens the dark circles around the lower and upper region of the eye, but also works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Highly concentrated and technically formulated for mature skin, Brite Eye Cream contains Arbutin and Witch Hazel Extract which work together to reduce weary skin and brighten the sensitive eye area.

Advanced Age Defiance/ Prevention

  • Advance Collagen Formula is a treatment booster intended to help build and fortify areas of the skin where firmness of the skin has been lost. The Soluble Collagen aims to bind cells and promote cellular growth at a rapid rate as the Pumpkin Seed Oil, Olive Oil, and Lecithin works to smooth and treat the skin. Vitamins A & E encourage cellular turnover and moisture.
  • Age Defiance Cream is an essential moisturizer for mature skin types in need of fine line and wrinkle reduction. An exclusive DERMAESTHETICS PowerBlend with nourishing and hydrating Squalene and Vitamin E, skin feels softer and conditioned. Essential peptides assist in collagen and elastin synthesis for firming and lifting while repairing damaged cells. Smoother skin is unveiled for a healthy and youthful complexion.
  • DNA Serum is a star product for all skin types made specifically for prevention and is highly effective in cell rejuvenation and assisting the skin cells to reproduce in a healthy manner. Phytic Acid within the DNA serum provides a hydrated, glowing, even-toned complexion, while Ergothioneine fights and protects DNA from free radicals and MMP’s that breakdown the extracellular matrix of the skin. The concentrated blend of Glycosaminoglycans protect the skin’s connective tissues and control healthy cellular functions. Sodium Hyaluronate draws moisture into the skin while helping to retain the skin’s natural hydration levels. Made for all skin types.
  • Caviar Eye Repair Gel treats the softer skin around the eye area, flushing out color and dark spots beneath the eyes. The Caviar extract, a potent antioxidant, is known to eliminate free radicals and repair damaged cells. Vitamin C also aids in eliminating pigmentation, and Vitamin E provides deep moisture during the cellular renewal process. Vitamin K aids in building up collagen and enhances skin texture.

Clinical Acne Solution

  • Clear Complex Purity PM Gel resolves, aids and moisturizes as an exclusive oil fighting gel for oilier, troubled skin. The gel is made with natural extracts such as Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract that as a treatment to resolve the appearance of unwanted blemishes and improve the feeling of skin health. Key ingredients are plantlago and niacinimide.
  • BPO 5%, an extremely effective spot treatment is a powerful medical-grade Benzoyl Peroxide gel sold in two strengths.
  • Clear Complex Sulfur Masque for oily and acne-prone skin, is a deeply penetrating and clarifying treatment masque using Zinc Oxide and Sulfur to absorb oil and sterilize pores along with the Triclosan that fights bacteria and regulates sebum production.

 DERMAESTHETICSusa.com

#GlowUp with Kardashian Favorites from The Spa Doctor

August 22, 2019

Check out this celebrity-favorite skincare line from Dr. Trevor Cates, author of Clean Skin from Within. In Clean Skin from Within, Dr. Trevor Cates presents guidelines and recipes to transform your skin from the inside out. Her 2-week program will help you clear your mind and energize your body naturally.

 

“Because skin acts as an external barrier, it is directly exposed to environmental stress, such as sunlight and pollutants. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV radiation generates free radicals in the skin, and when their levels exceed the organ’s natural anti- oxidant defenses, oxidative damage occurs,” states Dr. Cates. “That effect can present as premature aging, so to counteract this, we should use skin care products with high levels of skin-loving antioxidants.”

Kim Kardashian was thrilled to include and even shared with her audience on Instagram so naturally we were as well! We had a moment to chat with Dr. Trevor Cates to discuss her top tips for achieving clean skin from within!

1. Make DIY Skin Care. Here are a few of my favorite ingredients:

Avocado is hydrating and nourishing, with naturally occurring vitamins A and E—it’s great for masks.

Honey is healing, hydrating, clarifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and
pH balancing. It’s great in skin cleansers, masks, and exfoliants. Remember to use raw (unpasteurized) honey; you don’t want to kill this ingredient’s beneficial bacteria.

Oats have moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. They’re perfect in skin cleansers and masks.

2. Eat more vegetables.

Vegetables come straight from nature and are perfectly made to nurture our skin from within. Their high antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, and fiber contents make them one of the most important food groups for skin health. Most people don’t eat enough vegetables. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 14 percent of Americans consume the recommended amount of 2 to 3 cups (weight varies) of vegetables daily. Stop for a moment, and add up the number of vegetable servings you ate yesterday. Did you have six or more servings?

I recommend at least 3 cups of vegetables per day. You may be wondering how you’ll fit all that in. Here’s how: Eat at least 2 servings of veggies with each of your three meals, eat extras for snacks, and you’ve easily surpassed the recommended minimum.

“It’s important to know there are alternatives to toxic skin care ingredients that often prove healthier and less risky than those commonly used in commercial lines. So don’t think you have to toss everything you own and abandon your current hygiene routine completely,” explains Dr. Cates.

Achieving clean skin from within may seem overwhelming, but thanks to her book the process has never felt so easy! Click HERE to purchase! 

About Clean Skin from Within:

In Clean Skin from Within, Dr. Trevor Cates presents guidelines and recipes to transform your skin from the inside out. She explains the “why” of what’s happening, and how you can remedy problems. Dr. Cates opens by showing how to identify your skin type to reach the root cause of problems. From there you’ll learn how to create nourishing foods to create a clean mind, clear skin, and healthy body. Collagen-boosting bone broths, antioxidant-rich salads, and delicious smoothies are just a few things on the menu. You’ll also be able to whip up all-natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and masks! Within two weeks, both your skin and your whole being will be polished, perfect, and ready to glow.

Dr. Trevor Cates Bio: 

Dr. Trevor Cates is founder and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin. www.TheSpaDr.com 

 

We tried the Biologique Recherche Facial x Shutters on the Beach One Spa and It Gave Us Life

August 14, 2019

Biologique Recherche is nothing short of revelatory skincare. And the Biologique Recherche facial at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach is the facial for true obsessive skin care groupies. 

You may know the cult fave line already. I’m sure you do. Look what Refinery 29 has to say:

“Biologique Recherche’s P50 is now about as recognizable a name as it gets in the world of prestige beauty. It has been called “Jesus in a bottle,” “life-changing,” and “The Best Beauty Product in the World.” It smells like vinegar and the quart of milk you pushed to the back of the fridge and forgot about for three months. Its fans will still tell you it is the single best thing they have ever put on their face.”

I have met with and heard talks given by Dr. Allouche – Co-Owner and Head of Creation (his parents founded the brand) and when I tell you this skincare the top, top, top tier of brands, you’ll add a few more ‘tops’ to that after you’ve been on their very specific routine for a month.

Dijana Marjanovic is the lead esthetician at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach and her knowledge of skin blew me away, during my luxurious facial at this adorable luxury spa in Santa Monica’s classic Shutters. I was ga-ga over the whole nautical vibe. 


But this facial – oh my lord – and Dijana. There is nothing like being in the hands of an expert. Biologique Recherche has reigned as one of the most prominent international skincare lines, delivering the highest level of efficacy. Their formulas and treatments work together to rebuild skin and treat specific skin conditions.

I left with glowing skin and a serious regime, check it out:

1.Cleansing CareLait VIP O2 (every morning and evening) To clean your skin and prevent devitalized skins, apply a small amount of Lait VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Lightly massage for emulsification and then remove with damp cotton or rinse off with cold water. Repeat as required for complete removal of any impurities and makeup, then dry with tissue.

2.ExfoliatorLotion P50 PIGM 400 (every morning and evening) To gently exfoliate, purify, clean and regenerate the epidermis, apply a few drops of Lotion P50 PIGM 400 on a cotton pad (damp for the first two weeks only), and gently pat over your face, neck and décolleté. This multifunction lotion is the cornerstone of the Biologique Recherche methodology, it rebalances the pH of the skin for epidermal reconditioning and improves the efficacy of all Biologique Recherche products applied after it. Light redness and tingling sensation is expected if the skin pH is imbalanced – do not stop the use of the lotion, use it on damp cotton and the sensation will decrease after a few days. This product should not be combined with any other exfoliating product.

3.MasksMasque VIP O2 (once to twice a week) To revitalize the skin and brighten the complexion, apply Masque VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Masque Visolastine + (once to twice a week) To durably moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier to protect against dehydration, apply a thin layer of Masque Visolastine + all over your face, neck and décolleté. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask provides a sensation of comfort and softness.

4.SerumsSérum VG Tensil (every morning) To tone and firm the skin, as well as smoothe fine lines and wrinkles, apply a few drops of Sérum VG-Tensil all over your face, neck and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Collagène Natif (every morning, after the Sérum VG Tensil) To hydrate and restore the epidermis, as well as tighten the pores, apply a few drops of Sérum Collagène Natif on clean skin over the whole face, neck, and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Colostrum (every evening) For intense hydration, apply a few drops of Sérum Colostrum all over your face, neck and décolleté, lightly massaging it upwards until it has been entirely absorbed. This intensely moisturizing serum contains milk proteins which enhance the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and improve its elasticity.

5.CreamsCrème Biofixine (every morning) To smooth and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Crème Biofixine all over your face, neck and décolleté. This tensing first wrinkle cream will leave your skin soften and radiant. Crème MSR-H (every evening) To moisturize, firm and fight against signs of aging, apply a hazelnut amount of Crème MSR-H all over your face, neck and décolleté. Slowly massage from bottom to top, from the inside of the face moving outward until the cream is completely absorbed by your skin.

6.Finishing SerumSerum Grand Millésime (every morning and/or evening) To instantly brighten and rejuvenate the complexion, apply a few drops of Sérum Grand Millésime to your face, neck and décolleté, after using your morning cream. This serum is rich in revitalizing, antioxidant agents and Hyaluronic Acid. We would like you to follow the above instructions and your daily regimen as best as you can to ensure the success of this customized skincare program, created according to your skin needs. Yours in great skin, The Biologique Recherche Team.

Now that is a routine! I cannot WAIT.

When I posted my facial experience on my Insta-stories – immediately, all my true top tier skin care groupies wrote me – “But of course! “, “I only use Biologique Recherche!!” , “Duh!!”

I urge you to see Dijana Marjanovic to experience this for yourself. 

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This New Way To Use Restylane Filler Will Be The Next Big Thing

June 23, 2019

RESTYLANE LYFT FOR MIDFACE & CHEEK INJECTION VIA CANNULA  Restylane Lyft Now Joins Restylane Silk as the Only Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Approved for Use with Cannula1, 2. 

We are massive all-time fans of all things Restylane to soften lines and restore facial volume. We age. We lose volume. It’s that simple. The old expression, we need to choose between our asses or faces. I’d like to think to keep both going at full volume.

Forget the days of over-filling faces to look like puffer fish – that aesthetic is our biggest turn off and has never been something we even want to associate with. At Groomed LA, we simply want to share the best tools to make you look as awesome as you feel on the inside. We give you the best tools for inner work and the best for outer to reflect your awesomeness inside – that simple!

I have used fillers in the most delicate ways, to soften under eye circles and add some fullness in areas where the face started to thin out.

Restylane Refyne is FDA-approved for smile lines and now, Restylane® Lyft it is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler approved for use to restore age- related volume loss in the midface and cheek area with a blunt tip cannula.

I worked with The Master Injector, Bernice Cohen, RN, PHN ,BSN, CANS, at AVA MD, as she is the expert trainer in this and tops in the country. It’s always thrilling to work with Bernice as she is such a top level pro in the field, I always learn so much and leave with my mind blown (on top of looking excellent).

Bernice Cohen is a Registered Nurse, nurse injector and laser specialist, as well as a Public Health Nurse with a B.S. degree in Nursing. Having joined the Ava MD practice in March of 2010, she is now a Top Trainer in the US for Galderma Injectables, teaching other doctors and injectors how to use Sculptra, Restylane, Restylane Lyft and Dysport. Born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Burbank, California, Bernice worked as an international model doing runway, print and commercial modeling with Ford and Elite for 15 years before making her transition to dermatology.

Why a cannula?

The use of a cannula may be associated with less potential damage to blood vessels, and may help minimize patient bruising, help decrease swelling, and allow for minimized downtime.

Natural-looking results, restored volume and fullness to the cheeks.

Restylane® Lyft

  • Created with XpresHAn Technology™, to help smooth moderate lines and provide the right amount of support and flexibility through a range of facial expressions
  • Integrates with your skin and acts like your body’s own hyaluronic acid 
  • Gives the support you need while allowing a range of facial expressions

Restylane® Lyft is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler approved for use to restore age- related volume loss in the midface and cheek area with a blunt tip cannula.1,2 

What is a cannula? What are the benefits of injection with a cannula? 

A cannula is a small, thin, flexible, blunt tip needle with a small opening on the side that provides an effective means for injecting HA dermal fillers into the skin.3 

The use of a cannula may be associated with less potential damage to blood vessels, and may help minimize patient bruising, help decrease swelling, and allow for minimized downtime.4 

Bernice in action….

Precise implantation of HA fillers is important for patient safety and for achieving the best aesthetic outcome and using a cannula can result in a more precise injection as compared to a needle.

When injecting with a cannula, a single-entry point is used so the cannula can be inserted through the entire midface or cheek area.6 When using a needle, the sharp tip of the needle penetrates through the skin down to the depth in each point where the filler is injected. In contrast to this, a cannula has a blunt tip, and requires only one to two insertion points on either side of the entire injection area. 

Here’s what you can expect with Restylane Lyft for midface and cheek injection via cannula: 

Bernice made sure to enhance my natural bone structure, not change it. The goal is to leave looking the same only BETTER!

 Restored volume and fullness to the cheeks 

Natural-looking results 

 May be associated with less bruising and decreased swelling compared to injection via needle4 

 Results proven to last up to 12 months1 

Restylane Lyft is the only HA filler with three FDA-approved indications – the midface/cheek area, nasolabial folds, and back of the hands.1,2 

For more information about Restylane® visit www.RestylaneUSA.com 

Important Safety Information 

The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne

APPROVED USES 

Restylane® and RestylaneLyft® are for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane® and Restylane-L® are also indicated for injection into the lips in patients over the age of 21. 

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is for deep implantation into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for injection into the subcutaneous plane in the dorsal hand to correct volume deficit in patients over the age of 21. 

Restylane® Silk is for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral wrinkles in patients over the age of 21. 

Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21. 

Restylane® Defyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21. 

Are there any reasons why I should not use products within the Restylane® family? (Contraindications) 

To ensure a safe procedure, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. You should not use products within the Restylane family if: 

• You have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis) 

• You are allergic to lidocaine or to any of the gram-positive bacterial proteins used to make hyaluronic acid 

• You are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder 

Are there other precautions that I should discuss with my doctor? 

• Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. The safety of these products for use during pregnancy, or in women who are breastfeeding, has not been studied 

Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to treat facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane- L are also intended for lip enhancement. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also intended for injection in the dorsal hand to correct volume loss. Treatments in other areas of the face or body have not been evaluated in clinical studies. 

• The safety and effectiveness of Restylane® Silk for areas other than the lips and perioral area have not been evaluated in clinical studies. 

• Tell your doctor if you have any history of scarring, particularly thick and stiff scars, or any pigmentation (skin color) disorders. These side effects can occur with hyaluronic acid fillers in general. 

• Tell your doctor if you are planning other laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment 

• Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection with these products may be at a higher risk for side effects 

• Tell your doctor if you are on any medications to decrease your body’s immune response (immunosuppressive therapy). Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site. 

• Tell your doctor if you are using any “blood thinners” such as aspirin, warfarin, or any other medications that affect bleeding. Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site. 

• The use of these products on gel injection sites with skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infections should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of product in these areas could delay healing or make your skin problems worse. 

Tell your doctor if you have diseases, injuries, or disabilities of the hand. 

What are the possible side effects? 

The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. 

One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin. 

As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. 

*To report a side effect with any of the Restylane products, please call Galderma Laboratories, L.P at 1- 855-425-8722.