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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.


Pressed Juicery Delivered: All The Greens Now At Your Doorstep

April 23, 2020

You guys – Pressed Juicery has you covered. Your greens. Your roots. Your Apple Cider Vinegar!!!  And – all delivered to your door. I have been stocking up since the get go. And now I grabbed a 10% off discount for you guys when you use my link HERE. No promo code necessary. Head over to the site – tons of bundles and specials going right now.

What Makes PJ Different

Cold-Pressed Juice

Whole fruits and vegetables –  cold-press process to extract every last drop of goodness – no heat keeps your nutrients intact.

High-Density Health

Make high nutrition a realistic option for all – each bottle of juice contains 1-4 lbs. of fresh vitamin- and mineral-rich produce.

Just-Picked Freshness

They juice ingredients almost immediately for superior taste and the highest amount of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.

My personal fave right now is this:

Can’t stop won’t stop.  SHOP HERE.

 

Smarty Pants – Wellness For Kids

March 28, 2020

With our ever-changing lives flipped upside down, we are home and focusing on our wellness more than ever. At-home workouts, recipes and more are inundating our inbox and I was excited to learn about SmartyPants a leader in whole family wellness, led by fellow mom Courtney Nichols Gould who launched the brand while on a mission to simplify health without sacrificing quality.

The product line currently consists of toddler, kids, teens, prenatal, women’s, men’s and 50+ with baby launching soon. As part of their commitment to the consumer’s health and best interest in mind, SmartyPants bases their formulas on the daily recommended intakes of nutrients as advised by the latest scientific research, their scientific advisory board and the most up-to-date recommendations by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

The brand just announced their expansion with the launch of their newest product – Baby Multi & DHA—the first baby multivitamin with omega-3 DHA and lutein, designed to focus on cognitive development and healthy growth for the first years of life. The new product completes the company’s extensive vision to provide cutting-edge, science-backed supplements for all stages of life, from pre-natal through 50+.

The pediatrician-designed liquid supplement (naturally flavored) is made for children 6 – 24 months and includes 13 premium nutrients including omega-3 DHA essential fatty acids (from algal oil) for brain and eye health, vitamin D3 for bone health, vitamin C for immunity, and lutein, choline and iodine for cognitive development — all in one delicious serving without any artificial colors and flavors. SmartyPants designed its Baby Multi & DHA to help in the critical transition from breast milk and formula to a diet that emphasizes solid foods. SmartyPants focused on developing its product so it included important nutrients such as DHA, lutein, and choline as these nutrients become less prevalent in their primary food sources.

In our current climate, it is always important to give back, and SmartyPants isn’t short of that philosophy. For every bottle sold, a 1•for•1 nutrient grant is made to Vitamin Angels to help get life-changing nutrients to mothers, children and babies in need around the world. To-date, SmartyPants has made over 12 million grants, making it Vitamin Angels’ largest brand contributor.

SmartyPants Baby Multi & DHA will be available on Amazon and in the vitamin aisle of Target and other retailers early April.

For more information, please visit www.smartypantsvitamins.com.

Halo Sport And Hydration in Isolation 101

March 25, 2020

Today HALO Sport launched an initiative whereby with every purchase you will get a free case AND we will donate a case to BronxCare hospital or Langone hospital.

This incredible brand is supporting hospital staff and patients as best they can while re-directing our efforts to online sales.  Fortunately, they make a drink that actually boosts your immune system and hydrates better than water.

Buy any case of HALO TODAY and we’ll throw in another case for FREE
Plus, with every case purchased today, we will donate a case to Bronx Care or NYU Langone to support doctors, nurses and patients in NYC during the pandemic.

TEXT ‘MAGNESIUM’ TO ORDER

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halo sport

HALO is a powerful, all-natural, mineral and electrolyte blend that hydrates better than water while boosting your immune system. How? With Magnesium.

WHAT IS MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium is a key electrolyte that keeps body fluid levels tightly regulated to increase hydration.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM?

Boosts Immunity

Fights Anxiety

Reduces Stress

Supports Sleep

WHY DO YOU NEED MAGNESIUM?

Nearly half of all American do not meet their daily magnesium needs.  When we are dehydrated, we lose electrolytes and become more susceptible to illness.  Each bottle of HALO contains 70mg of magnesium to restore and replenish the body of essential nutrients to keep you hydrated and healthy.

Buy any case of HALO TODAY and they will throw in another case for FREE

Plus, with every case purchased today, they donate a case to Bronx Care or NYU Langone to support doctors, nurses and patients in NYC during the pandemic.

TEXT ‘MAGNESIUM’ TO ORDER
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