Skincare | Defining Gel

Healthy skin is everything to me. So often, I see clients with the common issue of dehydrated skin. What does that mean? It means your skin is lacking moisture. When skin lacks moisture, it looks dry and can become damaged, ages faster, and has a dull appearance. In addition to drinking enough water to hydrate from the inside, out – you also need to hydrate from the outside. We have the PERFECT product – Defining Gel! It can be used as a regular body moisturizer, all over. Not only does it hydrate, but it tightens and firms the skin, giving it a smoother appearance. It reduces the appearance of cellulite and loose skin. Read all about it below, and be sure to visit for this amazing product and many others!



Importance of Keeping Makeup Brushes Clean


Many women tell me they don’t wear makeup because it makes them break out. While some makeup CAN cause breakouts if they are not a non-comedogenic or hypoallergenic formulation, the main reason people break out is due to one of the following: Not properly cleansing their face after wearing makeup for the day, or not cleaning their brushes on a regular basis. This post will cover the latter.

Why do you need to wash your brushes regularly? Not only does it keep your brushes in good condition so that they last longer, keeping them clean also prevents bacteria from breeding. Bacteria on your brushes can cause all kinds of issues from a acne breakouts to eye or other skin infections.

Wash your brushes with a brush shampoo (search Sephora or Target, many brands carry brush cleansers), or you can use a gentle facial cleanser. You should do this weekly or at least every 2 weeks. IN BETWEEN washing them, you also need to clean them daily using a brush spray. Brush sprays disinfect and clean the brushes in between washes – this is also very important. I currently use a Sephora brand daily brush cleaner spray, but many other brands carry this, as well.

You’ll notice less breakouts, better makeup application, and fluffier brushes! Keep them clean, ladies. 🙂

What to do about your uneven skin tone…

I’ve received requests to address the problem of uneven skin/complexion – what causes it and how can it be fixed?

Let’s start with what causes uneven skin tone, also known as hyperpigmentation (more common in darker skins).

An uneven skin tone is the result of an over-production of melanin. Melanin is what gives skin and hair its color, helps protect skin against damaging UV light and absorbs heat from the sun. However, an overproduction of melanin stimulated by excessive sun exposure, hormones, or scarring, leads to uneven skin tone.

1) Sun exposure: When skin is repeatedly exposed to UV light, sun damage occurs. Brown spots appear as a result of too much melanin being produced to help protect skin from UV light.

2) Hormones: Melasma is hormone-related hyperpigmentation caused by increased hormone stimulation. It is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (which is why it’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy”) or taking contraceptives, but can also be a reaction to cosmetics or medications.

3) Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: This is a darkening of skin that’s the result of scarring, which can be caused by acne lesions or skin injury. (So, don’t pick at those pimples! It leads to scarring and dark spots!)
(Source: Dermalogica)

What did I do to deal with hyperpigmentation? I’ve found that using a sunscreen EVERY DAY, regardless of whether the sun was out or not, helped my dark spots to fade faster. Here is the thing – the dark spots from acne scars, hormones, etc., WILL fade on their own BUT – the sun can cause them to darken and prolong the natural fading process. Using a sunscreen everyday helps with that. My fave: Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15 or Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ by Murad.

It helps to exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin cell buildup (see my previous post on exfoliation) and help products (like that sunscreen) to penetrate better. Don’t over do it!  You can use either a chemical exfoliant (contains enzymes to dissolve the dead skin cells and then you rinse off after 10-15 minutes) or manual/physical exfoliant (contains tiny granules that you rub on your skin – like a scrub – in circular motions, then rinse).

I can’t stress enough – don’t pick at blemishes. They will go away on their own (usually in 2-3 days) – picking them aggravates them and can lead to scarring and uneven skin. You don’t want that. If you want blemishes extracted, see a professional like an esthetician. They have techniques to extract them without causing scarring or dark marks.

A good skin care regimen is essential. I don’t generally like drugstore brands only because the best ingredients aren’t used due to the mass production, but if you must, Aveeno is a good brand. Other brands I like are the It Works! Skincare line, Murad, and GM Collin (do a google search on the last 2 for where to purchase).  I wear makeup almost everyday – but contrary to popular belief it doesn’t “mess up” your skin! Not taking care of your skin will do that. I always wash my face before bed. No exceptions. I also shampoo all makeup brushes weekly and in between washes I disinfect them using a brush spray from Sephora.

I hope this helps, but feel free to comment with additional questions and I’ll be sure to help where I can.

Why is Exfoliation Important?

The more I talk to others about their skin and their current regimen, the more I learn that exfoliation is something most people neglect. I understand that most people don’t understand the importance of it, so this post will clear some things up.

Whether your skin is dry, normal, oily, sensitive, or even (mildly) acneic, you should be exfoliating 1-3xs per week. How often depends on how much your skin can handle. For example, I have oily skin and it’s pretty resilient, so I exfoliate 2-3xs per week while someone with sensitive skin may only do so once per week.

There are different types of exfoliants and the effectiveness is about the same for all (unless we’re talking about chemical peels, which should only be done professionally).

  • Manual exfoliants: Cleansers/exfoliants that have very small “grains” that you can rub onto your skin. Think skin scrubs. Just be careful to not be too hard when scrubbing your skin.
  • Chemical exfoliants: These are usually creams that you can apply to your skin that contain an enzyme that will “eat away” at your dead skin. After a set amount of time (5-10 min, usually), it is rinsed or wiped off along with the dead skin.
  • Chemical peels: Done by a professional (esthetician, dermatologist) and is much stronger in strength. Great to have if you suffer from moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, etc.

So, why exfoliate? Removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin allows your products to penetrate the skin better, preventing clogged pores for overall clearer skin. Oily skin types appear less oily with regular exfoliation, dry skin types are more hydrated b/c the moisturizers can absorb better, etc. So, in addition to cleansing your skin morning and night, exfoliating on a regular basis can keep your skin at its best.