Category Archives: FACE + EYES

Don’t Even Think About Self Extractions (But If You Do, Candace Marino Walks You Through It)

May 4, 2020

Spoiler Alert -celebrity esthetician- Candace Marino, aka the LA Facialist is not an advocate of self extractions. According to Candace” It’s the equivalent of giving free condoms to teens – not encouraging it, but if they’re going to do it, let’s make it safe!”

Seeing too many horror stories as clients were sucked into the rabbit hole of the 10X magnifying mirror, Candace believes in saving it for the experts.
That being said, trapped at home with a next facial [potentially] months away, it’s peak pick time so she is breaking down the safest way to self-extract and care for your poor pores!

Here is a basic breakdown of her at home “Pore Protocol”

Cleanse
  • Gentle Cleanser with light acids for mild exfoliation
  • Product Recco: SkinBetter Oxygen Infusion wash/oxygenating acid complex to help prevent/treat breakouts
Heat / DIY Steam [Note: NOT recommended for anyone with melasma or hyperpigmentation.]
  • Favorite/most cost effective way to steam is by boiling hot water
  • Throw some tea in there to give off spa vibes
  • Hover over the pot with a towel over your head to trap in steam for 5 minutes to allow your skin to soften
  • No longer or it can cause TEWL [transepidermal water loss and dehydration]
Direction for Extract but first – PUT down the knife – use clean fingers only – leave digging devices to the professionals to avoid potential permanent scarring or pigmentation issues and injury.
  • Wrap finger in tissue or cotton, gently pinch the skin together and press upward
  • Press only the direction you want the congestion to go. If you’re pressing down into the skin you’re making things worse, and potentially spreading bacteria under the skin.
  • Be gentle and give pores a break in between & minimize nails
  • Leave aggravated or super stubborn acne alone – hard angry or underground is no go
Cleanserepeat same as above
Ice Roller Product Recco: Stacked ideal for immediate for inflammation reduction and pain
Tone Product Recco: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W with AHA/BHA to micro-exfoliate and balance skin
Mask Biologique Recherche Vivant or Masque VIP02

“Pores are not doors – they don’t open or close – but we can improve their appearance”Candace Marino

TOP TEN PORE IMPROVING TIPS
  1. Extract with caution and care
  2. Keep face free from cellular build up and environmental sludge — triple cleanse
  3. Clean pores will always appear smaller so exfoliate daily [Salicylic Acid is your friend – use it!]
  4. Strengthen collagen and elastin with peptides
  5. Support balance using humectants and moisture binders like hyaluronic acid
  6. Don’t overly dry – limit Benzoyl Peroxide it can create a rebound effect of more production of sebum
  7. Incorporate BHA in skincare daily – add it!
  8. Use hydrating, calming and soothing serum after extractions iS Clinical HydraCool Serum
  9. Retinol for turnover without trauma Better Skin AlphaRet overnight combo of AHA and Retinol
  10. Go for the big guns weekly with a peel AlphaRet Peel Pads with the starring role of Retinoic Acid
FINAL NOTE: little dots on your nose most likely aren’t blackheads, they’re sebaceous filaments.
Blackheads will be raised, textured, truly black, thick and waxy. The skin oils solidify, forming plugs that can dilate the pore further leading to enlarged pores. Sebaceous filaments are the normal function of the follicle. Narrow, lighter in color under the skin — they do not fully obstruct the pore and are not meant for extractions.
top LA facialist Candace Moreno

According to Dr. Ava: It’s The Right Time To Ramp Up Retinoids At Home

April 29, 2020

Retinoids are the A-List of all Vitamin-A derivatives. The gold standard for over 2 decades in wrinkle reduction, pore refining, texture softening, dimming discoloration and fighting acne can however, be highly reactionary.
Not all created equally with some less potent and some a harsher as they essentially work to trick the skin into thinking and acting like its younger self.

“Retinol transition can be outright treacherous with dermal downtime but,
worth every flake in the end”
– Dr. Ava Shamban

A bright side Benjamin Buttons skin scenario is the “Qua-Routine” can power through the “rough stuff” red, flaking, raw, irritation and inflammation. Come June, emerge fully “filtered” with visible improvements and glowing reviews.
WHY NOW
  • NEVER too early or too late
  • Best to start when there is limited to sun exposure / outdoor activities [and not a chemical peel, laser or other contraindications in sight]
  • Minimum 1-month commitment to breakthrough the transitional side effects and dermal downtime
HOW THEY WORK
  • Engages skin cell turnover — replacing old with new, fresh cells
  • Thickens skin from inside out
  • Stimulates production of new blood vessels
  • Removes dead skin cells keeping pores clear
  • Eliminates dry rough patches
  • Dims discoloration and smooths scarring
  • Increases collagen and elastin
RETINOID RANGE — NOT ALL A’S ARE EQUAL
  • Retinyl palmitate – lowest strength / converts with enzymes but at 20-25% % less potent than Retinol
  • Retinol Most tolerable middle strength OTC product
  • Retinaldehyde High strength product converts 10 times faster into Retinoic Acid in skin therefore considerably stronger than Retinol
  • Adapalene Strongest OTC option but a little different than the others. It slows process of hyperkeratinization in the pores making it a beneficial acne treatment. Can be used with Benzoyl Peroxide without contraindications.
RX versions include: Retin-A, Tretinoin or Tazarotene, which work faster, no conversion and most effective, but also extra irritating to the skin/sun sensitive. Tretinoin can be less effective if used with Benzoyl Peroxide products.
THE RETINOL RULES:
  • Start at night pea sized amount twice weekly
  • Building up to 3X and then nightly over 4 weeks
  • Another 2-4 weeks of nightly usage will yield real results
  • Add neck/décolleté
  • Use calming moisturizer or serum to hydrate and sooth skin at night
  • Add a hydrating spray by day helps to keep from itching/touching face
  • Wear sunscreen daily SPF 30 – [preferably mineral]
THE REWARD
  • After 2 months of consistent nightly usage peeling redness and all irritations will be gone
  • Game-changing reduction in fine lines, dark spots, pores, texture, tone and acne
Here is a list of Dr. A’s fave  Retinols
Instytutum:
ADVANCED RETINOL TONER
X-STRENGTH RETINOL SERUM
POWERFUL RETIN-OIL
All formulas are developed by our Swiss R&D laboratory and scientists with over 30 years of experience in the skincare industry; they are famous for their cutting-edge innovation, outstanding quality, and high performance-driven actives.
Skinbetter:   
ALPHARET OVERNIGHT CREAM
Evening application. Unretouched clinical photography. Data on file, skinbetter science. Individual results may vary. *Twice-daily application of Even Tone Correcting Serum and evening application of AlphaRet Overnight Cream.
U.SK Underskin: 
ADVANCED RETINOL RESTORER
RETINOL ANTIOX DEFENSE
Experience radiant skin as enchanting as the purest of precious stones! This is the premise of U.SK UNDER SKIN, a brand that relies on excellence and a partnership with renowned Italian laboratory, Monteresearch.


Dermaclara Beauty

February 11, 2020

Dermaclara Beauty is a groundbreaking line of skincare that addresses both wrinkles and stretch marks using medical grade silicone patches and complementary skincare that smoothes, plumps, and prevents. Designed for both face and body, their clarafuse silicone patches utilize Silicone Fusion™ technology, and can be applied easily and discreetly. Clarafuse patches firm, plump, and erase wrinkles and stretch marks. Each patch is reusable up to 30 times.

Dermaclara Beauty’s youth scientists explain how the use of medical grade silicone on skin to create a microclimate (called occlusion) that works to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Not only that, they discovered that using clarafuse silicone patches, users could delay or even prevent getting wrinkles in the first place! Gentle on the skin, clarafuse encourages hydration and the skin’s natural healing mechanism to effectively smooth, plump, and rejuvenate itself. The process also stimulates natural collagen production, which helps maintain results over time.

The Better Skin Co.: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 27, 2019

The easiest way to get your teen into her skin is to make cute.The Better Skin Co. has this down in spades and they love the holidays so much that this year they curated 5 unique skincare gift sets at various price points ($32-$78) all housed in playful sequin bags. Stocking stuffer success but think the whole year through.

Most noted for their award-winning hero products Mirakle Cream, Lava Magik and Zit No More, The Better Skin Co. focuses on clean, multi-tasking formulations that mix natural and organic ingredients boosted with a bit of science. TBSCO products are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free and made in the USA. This holiday, TBSCO gift sets can be purchased on Thebetterskinco.com and Amazon.com.

Holiday “Must Have” Trio – Dry and Delicate – $74 (Value $104)

Lotion Kleanse – Treat your skin to a gentle, luxurious cleanse that removes impurities and assists in melting away makeup. Moisturizing shea butter complimented with aloe, seaweed and soothing green tea prep the skin for the perfect cleanse.

Epik C Serum – Containing a powerful blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C, this serum gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag

Holiday “Must Have” Trio – Normal to Oily – $74 (Value $104)

Gel Kleanse – This kleansing gel is boosted with charcoal to draw out impurities while French Lava sloughs away the nasties. Green Tea and Aloe soothe the skin and leave it feeling hydrated – not stripped.

Epik C Serum – Containing a powerful blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C, this serum gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag

Sparkling Zit Zapper Trio – $54 (Value $72)

ZNM Rollerball – This clear wonder potion includes tea tree oil combined with a powerful acne fighter, salicylic acid. Use day or night – leaves no residue. Dry up trouble spots with this travel-friendly rollerball. Great for Zits, Bug bites and Ingrown hair.

ZNM Klarify Moisturizer – A lightweight gel cream moisturizer formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. Loaded with acne fighting properties to clear up blemishes, penetrates pores to assist in preventing new pimples from forming and provide moisture to troubled skin.

ZNM Kleanse – This daily gel cleanser contains salicylic acid, kombucha, and tea tree oil to fight current blemishes and help protect against future blemishes. Removes grime while assisting in the treatment of problem skin. Perfect for those with acne prone skin.

Silver Sequin Bag
Holiday Hero – $34 (Value $44)

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag
Stocking Surprise – $32 (Value $42)

Warning this clay mask will have you addicted!

November 6, 2019

It’s officially fall, and what better way to keep the summer glow, but with an amazing vegan-friendly clay mask by Gleamin . This Vitamin C Clay Mask, banishes dark spots and hyperpigmentation, replacing them with a natural glow.  The product is formulated from 100% vegan, natural and ethically sourced ingredients including:

  • Yellow Clay

  • Aloe Vera

  • Turmeric 

  • Desert Lime

  • Kakadu Plum

  • Finger Lime Caviar

Reasons why you should try this clay mask:

  • it has sold out 4 months in a row!
  • women are really loving the mask and the benefits!
  • customers skin is ‘gleamin’ after just one use!
  • The social media buzz has been insane!

Gleamin is formulated for all skin types but is specifically designed for women with deep melanin skin. Gleamin beauties are already raving about the product. One customer summed up the overall appeal of the product. She said: “I used this product around five times now and my dark spots have faded. My skin looks and feels smoother and I like the tingle I get when I used the mask.”