Every morning as I peek out the window, I find myself playing a guessing game with the season. ‘Will it be hot, cold, sunny, or rainy today?’ I ask. Spring, ever the unpredictable character, simply answers, ‘Yes.’ Despite its fickle nature, spring remains my favorite season. It’s a time when flowering trees and shrubs burst into life, and the landscape transforms into a vibrant tapestry of yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, blue, and every shade of green you can imagine. The air fills with intoxicating scents, reminding me of nature’s magical renewal.


But did you know that the same flowers painting our landscapes with vibrant hues also harbor secrets to youthful, glowing skin?

As nature awakens, it offers us not just beauty to behold but potent botanical benefits to rejuvenate our skin. Let’s delve into the garden of youth and uncover how these spring flowers can transform our skincare routines.

Antioxidants Galore

  1. Crocus: This eye-catching bloom isn’t just a pretty face in the garden; it’s a skincare powerhouse, loaded with antioxidants that ward off free radicals and brighten your skin.
  2. Pansy: Tough yet tender, pansies act as a natural shield against pollution and temperamental spring weather, keeping your skin serene and soothed.
  3. Primrose: Rich in soothing fatty acids, these flowers are like a soft lullaby for your skin, perfect for calming and nurturing.

Hydration Heroes

  1. Tulips: Especially the red and pink ones, they do more than just beautify your garden; they’re hydration heroes, plumping your skin with amino acids and locking in moisture.
  2. Snowdrops: These delicate wonders boost hydration, enhancing your skin’s elasticity and ushering in that coveted springtime glow.
  3. Jasmine: Known for restoring compromised skin, jasmine supports elasticity and nourishes your skin’s protective barrier against dry spells.

Pigmentation, Acne, and Scarring Solutions

  1. Lilac: This fragrant blossom is a natural acne fighter, clearing up blemishes with its purifying properties.
  2. Daffodil: Bright and beautiful, daffodils help lighten pigmentation and reduce the appearance of scars.
  3. Saffron: Derived from the crocus flower, saffron is a luxury spice with profound healing properties, particularly effective for acne-prone skin.
  4. Lily of the Valley: Known for its delicate appearance and potent healing effects, Lily of the Valley excels at repairing skin. It’s particularly effective in healing wounds and reducing scarring, making it a valuable addition for those looking to enhance skin recovery.

Anti-inflammatory and Barrier Support

  1. Peony: Beautiful and beneficial, peonies provide powerful anti-inflammatory support and fortify your skin’s natural defenses.

The Spring Bouquet of Benefits

Each bloom in our spring bouquet offers more than just aesthetic delight—they provide a full spectrum of skin benefits, making them perfect for even the most sensitive of complexions. So next time you’re strolling through a meadow or admiring a flower-filled vista, remember these plants are not just sights to behold—they are nature’s gift to your skincare regime.

Craving more floral-infused skincare secrets? Visit us at SkinSense Wellness, where we blend the best of nature with expert care to keep your skin blooming beautifully all season long!

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Embrace the season of renewal with natural, flower-powered skincare that celebrates the strength and beauty of spring.

In the heart of Women’s History Month, we’re not just tipping our hats to the awe-inspiring achievements of women who’ve blazed trails for equity, diversity, and inclusion. We’re also turning the spotlight on a daily ritual that’s as empowering as it is essential – our skincare routine. This isn’t just about slathering on creams and serums; it’s a testament to our inner resilience, beauty, and the strength we share with the formidable women who’ve championed change throughout history. So, grab your favorite moisturizer and let’s dive into a world where skincare meets empowerment.

Personality Quiz: What Does Your Skincare Routine Say About You?

Buckle up for a delightful and insightful journey into the heart of your skincare routine and what it unveils about your dazzling personality. Are you ready to see which trailblazing woman you mirror with your skincare choices? Let’s embark on this exploration together!

Question 1: When do you typically perform your skincare routine?

A. Morning, to wake up and invigorate my skin.
B. Night, to cleanse the day away and relax.
C. Throughout the day, whenever my skin needs a pick-me-up.
D. I don’t have a specific routine.

Question 2: How many steps are in your skincare routine?

A. Just the basics: cleanse, moisturize, SPF.
B. A full regimen: toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF.
C. It varies; I like to switch things up based on how my skin feels.
D. Steps? Does splashing water on my face count?

Question 3: What’s your go-to skincare product?

A. A trusty moisturizer.
B. The latest serum with active ingredients.
C. Anything with natural or organic components.
D. Soap and water.

Question 4: How do you choose your skincare products?

A. Recommendations from friends and family.
B. After extensive research and reading reviews.
C. Based on the ingredient list and ethical practices of the brand.
D. Whatever’s on sale or convenient.

Question 5: How do you react to a sudden skincare flare-up (e.g., a pimple)?

A. Stick to my routine and wait it out.
B. Immediately apply a targeted treatment.
C. Use a home remedy or natural solution.
D. Ignore it; it’ll go away on its own.

Question 6: How often do you switch up your skincare routine?

A. Rarely; I stick to what works.
B. Often; I love trying new products and trends.
C. Occasionally, especially when I find a new ethical brand.
D. Switch up? I barely have a routine to change.

Quiz Results: A Mirror to Your Soul

Mostly A’s: The Practical Planner

Just like the women who meticulously plan revolutions and lead with unwavering determination, your no-nonsense skincare regimen reflects a life guided by reliability and consistency. Your approach? A testament to the power of staying the course.

Mostly B’s: The Skincare Savant

Your deep dive into the world of skincare is reminiscent of women who’ve mastered their crafts, pushing boundaries, and embracing self-care as their form of rebellion. You’re not just applying products; you’re advocating for a personal revolution.

Mostly C’s: The Conscious Consumer

In every drop of your ethically sourced serum lies a connection to women who strive for a sustainable world. Your choices paint a broader stroke, advocating for the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants.

Mostly D’s: The Low-Maintenance Laidback

Simplicity is your mantra, echoing the grace with which countless women navigate their multifaceted lives. You remind us that sometimes, the most profound impacts are made without fanfare, in the quiet confidence of being authentically you.

Empower Through Self-Care: A Call to Action

This Women’s History Month let’s celebrate the legacy of women’s empowerment by embracing one of the most personal forms of activism – taking care of ourselves. At SkinSense, we’re more than a sanctuary for skincare; we’re a community uplifting every woman on her journey to self-love and radiant health.

Share your quiz results and join us in honoring the incredible women in our lives with self-care rituals that rejuvenate body and soul. Together, at SkinSense, we support each woman’s unique journey, illuminating the path with the glow that comes from within.

Connect and Celebrate with Us

In the spirit of women supporting women, we invite you to join our community at SkinSense. Let’s continue to empower each other through every facet of our lives, starting with the skin we’re in.

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This Women’s History Month, let’s pledge to embrace our skincare routines as acts of empowerment, reflecting the indomitable spirit of women past, present, and future.

Every year as the chill sets in, I find myself joking about beginning my training for what I call my favorite winter sport – extreme hibernating. But let’s be honest, winter blues are a real thing for many of us.

As we cozy up in our hibernation dens, these blues can often sneak in alongside the chill. However, hibernation doesn’t have to be a dreary time. Why not transform our winter hideaway into a sanctuary of wellness and positivity with the help of essential oils?

The Aromatic Allies of Winter

Essential oils are more than just pleasant scents; they’re powerful mood-lifters and wellness enhancers. Their unique molecules stimulate the brain’s limbic system, influencing emotions and memories, and even crossing the blood-brain barrier to provide health benefits when applied topically. These tiny droplets are potent enough to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and, importantly, uplift our spirits.

Our Winter Wellness Warriors

Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Basil and Bay Laurel Leaf: Combat low energy and somber moods with these vibrant oils. They’re also great for immunity and respiratory health. (Note: Not recommended during pregnancy.)
  2. Eucalyptus Lemon: This oil’s fresh fragrance brings optimism and hope, perfect for when life feels overwhelming.
  3. Ginger: Ginger boosts energy, aids in maintaining weight, and settles the stomach — all much needed during the winter months.
  4. Peppermint: Feeling cooped up? Peppermint oil is your solution for stress relief and increased focus.
  5. Spruce: The essence of winter in a bottle, Spruce oil revives and rejuvenates your spirit.
  6. Wild Orange: Known as the “happy oil,” Wild Orange lifts your mood while bolstering your immune system.
  7. Frankincense: Ideal for immune support, Frankincense brings a sense of strength and peace.
  8. Lemongrass: With its uplifting and refreshing aroma, lemongrass is perfect for clearing the mind and invigorating the senses on those long winter days.
  9. Jasmine: This exotic and sweet-scented oil is known for its uplifting and soothing properties, perfect for enhancing mood and combating seasonal blues.
  10. Rose: Often associated with love and passion, Rose essential oil is excellent for promoting emotional well-being, reducing stress, and bringing a sense of calm.
  11. Ylang Ylang: Its rich, floral scent is great for balancing emotions and promoting a positive mood, making it a wonderful choice for those dreary winter days.
  12. Lemon: Bright and invigorating, Lemon essential oil is a natural energizer, helping to lift spirits and enhance alertness.

As you explore the world of essential oils, remember they’re just one part of a holistic approach to wellness. At SkinSense, we believe in nurturing both the mind and skin. A visit to our salon spa can be a perfect complement to your at-home aromatherapy, setting you up for healthy, glowing skin, and a winter free of blues.

Transform Your Winter Wellness Routine

Looking for a facial that rejuvenates both your skin and spirit?
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Come in for a facial, leave with a glow that lasts all winter long – let’s make this season about wellness, positivity, and radiant skin!

Last Christmas, as I shut myself in my room with a firm “Don’t come in here!”, my family outside assumed I was wrapping presents with festive zeal. Little did they know, I was actually escaping the holiday hustle for a moment of self-care serenity. It was then, amidst my peaceful solitude, that it struck me: why not extend this sense of care and rejuvenation to my loved ones through thoughtful skincare gifts?

The holidays are not just about the razzle-dazzle of lights and the clinking of glasses; they’re about showing care and thoughtfulness. And what better way to do so than by giving the gift of glowing skin?

At SkinSense, we’ve curated a list of eight skincare treasures that promise to delight and pamper your loved ones:

  1. 302 Essentials Gift Bag: Perfect for teenagers, this travel-sized kit includes a calming mist, cleanser, and lip balm – a simple yet effective routine to set them on the path of lifelong skin wellness.
  2. 302 Moisturizing Gift Bag: Winter can leave skin feeling less than merry. This organic gift set, complete with a cleanser, moisturizer, and body treatment, is a skin-loving present for anyone on your list.
  3. Guinot Travel Size Set: Hydration is the song of the season, and this Guinot set hits all the right notes with an Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask, Face Mask, Hydrazone Moisturizer, and more.
  4. SilcSkin Hand & Body Treatment: A dream for those who seek hydration without the heaviness. The Dimethicone-based formula is light, oil-free, and designed to leave skin silky and moisturized.
  5. BioRepublic Sheet Masks: For the busy bees, these masks are a skincare symphony – quick, effective, and perfect for a glow on the go.
  6. Tara Silicone Facial Brush & 302 Cleanser: A fantastic addition for teens, this combo gently combats blackheads and keeps skin clear and happy.
  7. RevitaBrow: Elevate someone’s brow game with this nourishing conditioner, a unique gift for those who adore a well-groomed arch.
  8. SkinSense Gift Certificate:Give the gift of choice with a SkinSense Gift Certificate. It’s the perfect present for anyone who loves skincare or deserves a special pampering session. Let your loved ones select their favorite products or treatments, ensuring a gift that’s both personal and luxurious.

This holiday season, as we navigate the maze of gift-giving, let’s turn towards presents that pamper, nurture, and celebrate the skin. After all, a gift for the skin is a gift that keeps on glowing.

Still wondering what to pick? Let us guide you to the perfect skincare choices for your loved ones!

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Wrap up a dose of glow and care this festive season, because nothing says ‘I cherish you’ like the gift of beautiful skin.

“If wisdom comes with age, then I don’t have wrinkles, they’re just wise cracks.”

November brings with it a cool breeze, a season of gratitude, and yes, National Healthy Skin Month! It’s a time when we’re not just giving thanks for our blessings but also celebrating the very skin we’re in. In a world where flawlessness is often glorified, it’s high time we shift our focus to skin positivity and gratitude.

Like many of you, my journey to self-love – embracing my mind, body, and soul – has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding adventures. There are days when the mirror reflects back not just my face but also a tide of self-doubt. Learning to quiet those whispers of criticism and replace them with words of appreciation is a continuous process, but one that nurtures not just my skin, but my entire being.

Skin Positivity: Embracing Every Line and Spot

Skin positivity, a blossoming idea, is about flipping the script. Instead of scrutinizing our reflections for every fine line and age spot, it’s about finding beauty in these marks of life. They aren’t just wrinkles or sagging; they’re a testament to the laughter, wisdom, and experiences we’ve accumulated over the years.

This month let’s challenge the norm. Rather than masking our skin’s stories under layers of makeup, why not celebrate them? Let those sunspots, wrinkles, and unique imperfections shine! By embracing our skin as it is, we free ourselves from the clutches of perfectionism and learn to love the natural process of aging.

The Science of Skin Gratitude

There’s more to skin gratitude than just feeling good. It’s backed by science! Practicing self-affirmations and embracing those laugh lines can actually reduce cortisol levels. High cortisol levels accelerate aging by breaking down collagen – so less stress equals healthier skin.

Moreover, stress can wreak havoc on our skin, leading to issues like oiliness, hair loss, and brittle nails. Managing stress not only alleviates these symptoms but also promotes faster healing and better overall skin health.

The Ripple Effects of Gratitude

Gratitude isn’t just skin-deep. Its effects permeate every facet of our lives. By cultivating gratitude, we enjoy better mental health, increased happiness, enhanced relationships, and even physical benefits like improved sleep, reduced aches, and lower blood pressure.

Pampering: A Gift of Gratitude to Your Skin

If expressing gratitude to loved ones often involves gifts, why not extend the same courtesy to your skin? Treat yourself to a spa day, either at a professional salon or a DIY session at home. Indulge in a deep cleanse, gentle exfoliation, and a hydrating mask. Set the mood with some soft music and take your time to savor the experience. This self-care ritual is not just beneficial for your skin but also a great way to de-stress.

Daily Doses of Gratitude for Your Skin

Here’s a challenge: before bed each night, write in a gratitude journal. Reflect on the day’s joys – maybe it was a delicious meal, a heartfelt interaction, or just the feeling of your favorite moisturizer on your skin. These moments of appreciation contribute to better sleep and a more positive outlook.

And to give your skin the daily love it deserves, here are some affirmations to include in your routine:

  1. I’m grateful to my skin for protecting me, and in turn, I will take care of it.
  2. My skin is beautiful and reflects my inner well-being.
  3. I trust my skin’s healing process.
  4. I treat my skin gently and with love.
  5. I eat food that nourishes my skin.
  6. My imperfections make me unique and beautiful.
  7. I am blessed with lines, wrinkles, and marks that tell my story.

In Conclusion: A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and works tirelessly to protect, regulate, and heal. Let’s honor it with gratitude, care, and positivity. After all, a little thankfulness doesn’t just make your skin glow; it brightens your entire being.

Whether you’re seeking personalized skincare advice, looking to pamper yourself with a facial, or simply want to chat about embracing every aspect of your skin, we’re here for you.

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Ever since I was a child, I’ve been utterly enchanted by pumpkins. I mean, which other vegetable can boast about transforming into a magnificent carriage fit for Cinderella’s grand ball? None, I tell you! As the leaves turn and the air crisps up, the magic of pumpkins isn’t just limited to fairy tales, or lattes.

Pumpkin: Nature’s Skincare Superhero!

One of our seasonal favorites is the pumpkin enzyme mask. Beyond their carriage and latte potentials, pumpkins are brimming with secrets for that enviable autumnal glow.

Vitamin-packed: Pumpkins, from their seeds to their radiant flesh, delve deep into the skin thanks to their small molecular structure. Loaded with nutrients, they hydrate and repair skin from within. Their repertoire boasts alpha hydroxy acids, Vitamin A & C, beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E, and even Omega-3 Fatty Acids!

Anti-aging Powerhouse: Armed with vitamins C and A, pumpkins defy age, battling lines & wrinkles and reinforcing skin immunity.

Acne Busters: With their unique blend of zinc, fatty acids, and vitamins, pumpkins target acne and regulate oil production. Zinc, alongside Vitamin E, manages oil, combats breakouts, and enhances skin tone, while Vitamin A gracefully diminishes acne scars.

Collagen Companion: That pumpkin’s vivid orange? It’s beta-carotene teaming up with collagen, ensuring skin remains taut and vibrant.

Bright and Beautiful: Thanks to alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes, pumpkins shoo away dullness, making way for radiant skin.

Nature’s Defender: Vitamin E-packed pumpkins stand guard against sun damage & free radicals, and they moisturize while they’re at it.

Skin Soother: Trust zinc to ensure your skin feels soothed and rejuvenated.

These are no ordinary vegetables; they’re a natural multi-vitamin for your skin!

Choosing Your Face Mask and Perfecting the Routine

Navigating the world of skincare can be as complex as picking the perfect pumpkin from a patch. While our beloved pumpkins hold a special place, there’s an entire universe of masks waiting to be explored.

  • Quality Over Popularity: That Instagram sensation might have great selfies, but their mask might not suit you. Buy from aestheticians or beauty specialists for knowledgeable choices.
  • Types of Masks:
  1. Overnight Masks: A dream for mature, dry, and dehydrated skin.
  2. Clay, Sulfur, or Mud Masks: Soak up oil and gently exfoliate.
  3. Sheet Masks: Antioxidants, hydration, and a cool touch from your fridge.
  4. Cream or Gel-based Masks: 15-20 minutes of pampering for an instant glow.
  • Frequency Matters: Mask up 1-2 times weekly. If sensitivity is a concern, patch-test a cream or gel mask first. Radiant skin, here we come!

In conclusion, while we revel in the magic of pumpkins and their fairy tale transformations, remember there’s a world of skincare magic ready to unveil itself. This Fall, and as Winter approaches, embrace the chance to shine, bask in your glow, and perhaps twirl in a ball of your own (even if it’s just in your living room).

For skincare tricks and treat(ments), contact us at (323) 653-4701, email us at skinsense@skinsensewellness.com, or visit us at 8448 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Let’s embark on a magical skincare journey together!

“I’m not old. I’ve just been young for a very long time.”

At the airport once, the customs officer looked from my passport to me and back again in disbelief. “You can’t be ** years old,” he exclaimed, “You’re joking, right?” I wish I could attribute my youthful looks to a passport typo or some mythical Fountain of Youth. But here’s the truth? It’s the potent power of retinoids. I’m not just young at heart; thanks to retinoids, my skin has stayed remarkably young too.

 Throughout my younger years, acne was an all-too-familiar foe. I felt my reflection mocked me daily. Then I discovered retinoids, and everything changed. Now, as fall breezes in, it might be the perfect moment for you to explore this skincare marvel.

Why Retinoids?

Derived from vitamin A, retinoids are not just integral in skincare but are also scientific marvels. Amidst the sea of anti-aging solutions, retinoids stand out. They are like the masons ensuring our skin’s foundational collagen bricks are firmly in place. From boosting immunity and preserving collagen to reducing inflammation, clearing pores, and regulating skin cell growth, retinoids are the comprehensive answer to skincare.

The Science Behind the Magic

Retinoids actively engage with our skin’s retinoic acid receptors, enhancing collagen strength and encouraging its production. My first experience with retinoids was Accutane, an acne solution. However, I soon recognized its broader potential. Whether combatting early signs of aging, addressing persistent wrinkles, or seeking a radiant glow, there’s a retinoid tailored for you.

Your Retinoid Roadmap

Prescription Strength – Think Tretinoin/Retin-A, Tazarotene/Tazorac, and yes, the all-familiar Isotretinoin/Accutane. Reserved for the more pressing skin concerns, ranging from stubborn acne to profound aging signs, these powerhouses are usually recommended by dermatologists. Though they promise results (trust me, they do!), they demand patience. Initial irritation is common but is usually a sign they’re getting to work. The results? Absolutely worth it.

Over-the-Counter Friends – Adapalene or Adalene as you might find in your local drug store is your go-to for mild to moderate acne, with the added perk of addressing scarring. While gentler than its prescription siblings, remember to couple it with a good moisturizer.

Cosmetic Staples – This is where you meet Retinol, Retinaldehyde/Retinal, and Retinyl Palmitate. If I had to pick a favorite? Retinol, hands down. While it’s a more stable choice, it demands respect. Start with a low-concentration, pea-sized dose 2-3 times a week to begin with to avoid the usual side effects: redness, stinging, and dryness. But hang in there, the benefits, like reduced pigmentation and wrinkling, are worth the initial hassle. Once the skin has adapted, you can step it up to every other night.

A Few Golden Rules

  1. Night Owl Rule: Use retinoids at night. These are nighttime allies, never day companions.
  2. Sun Protection: While they work their magic at night, ensure you protect your skin with SPF during the day.
  3. First-Timer Caution: Always, always consult your dermatologist before embracing retinoids, especially if it’s your first rendezvous.

My retinoid journey began as an acne solution but unveiled a realm of youthful, radiant skin. As fall arrives, perhaps it’s your turn to discover retinoid magic.

For tailored skincare product recommendations, contact us at (323) 653-4701, email us at skinsense@skinsensewellness.com, or visit SkinSense Wellness at 8448 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

My grandma? Oh, she was a knockout! Always put together, even if she was just pottering around at home. Watching her do her beauty routine was like getting front-row seats to a magic show. And oh boy, did she have some tricks up her sleeve!

The one that always gets me laughing is her go-to solution when she was out of blush. “Just tip your head upside down, darling,” she’d say with a twinkle in her eye, “a quick 15 seconds and you’ll have the rosiest cheeks in town!”

You see, beauty tricks and ‘secrets’ aren’t a new fad. Our great-great-great-oh-so-great grandmas were pros at it! Think 17th century and even earlier, and you have beauty routines that are the stuff of legend. Want to lose weight? They had a hack for that! Teeth not quite pearly enough? They knew what to do! Skin not smooth? Lice being a party pooper? They had solutions!

Now brace yourselves, because some of their methods were… um, let’s say ‘interesting’. We’re talking everything from the toxic (yikes to belladonna extracts, lead, and mercury) to the pretty icky (hogs grease, bird droppings and urine – eew!), and then the more ‘oh-okay-that-sounds-normal’ kind like egg whites, vinegar, almond oil, rosewater, and lemon juice.

So, let’s buckle up and take a wild ride through the beauty rituals of yesteryears and see how they stack up against what we’re doing today. Remember, the aim of the game has always been the same – chasing after that fountain of youth and beauty. Ready to time travel? Here we go!

Journey Through the Wrinkle in Time: Face and Skin Care Chronicles

Once upon a time, the ladies crafted a face mask to die for – a concoction of egg white, chalk, lead, and vinegar. It promised a smooth, ethereal glow, but dear me, you couldn’t dare smile. Your skin might crack, and oh, the trifling matter of being poisoned. Meanwhile, urine, yes you heard it right, urine diluted with rosewater, lemon juice, and wine was a popular skin cleanser.

Cut to today, we’re rather fond of our lasers, peels, injectables, and the occasional zaps of electrotherapy.

Pout into the Past: Lip Care Through the Sands of Time

Luscious lips The red pout has been quite the rage for centuries, but who knew it was achieved with vermillion from mercuric sulfide? Its side effects included minor inconveniences like tooth loss, gum disease, and organ failure! Some even rubbed their lips with ear sweat to battle dryness – quite the beauty hack, huh?

Nowadays, our lips are pampered with balms, fillers, and sometimes a nip and tuck.

Glimpse into Yesteryears: Eye Care Across Ages

Eyes ah, the windows to the soul. Back then, ladies loved lining their eyes with malachite, soot, copper and other shiny things. Drops of belladonna were favored to achieve that desirable wide-eyed look. The catch? A bit of blindness.

Fast forward to now, and it’s all about the smoky eyeshadow and precision eyeliner for us.

Face Fashion Through Time’s Mirror

Face fashion beauty patches, or ‘mouches’, were the ‘it’ accessories, disguising smallpox scars and lead damage.

In our modern world, it’s silicone patches to iron out those pesky wrinkles and salicylic acid-infused patches to banish breakouts.

Brow Back to the Future: Eyebrow Trends Across Epochs

Brows from lead and burnt cork to mouse skin (yes, you read that right!) for the black brow look, the ladies of the past had their brow game on point.

Modern times see us turning to microblading, growth serums, and vegetable tints for the perfect arches.

Mane Moments in History: Hair Care Time Machine

Our ancestors had a bit of a hairy situation going on. Lacking the nutrition to grow luscious locks, they resorted to wigs constructed on wooden frames, glued with bear grease and beef lard. Yum!

Today, our hair care routine includes serums, nutritional supplements, and occasional extensions – no grease, lard, or rats involved.

Squeezing into the Past: The Hourglass Figure Frenzy

The quest for that dream figure is a tale as old as time. Once upon a time, women used to squeeze themselves into tight-lacing corsets to get the hourglass figure that was all the rage. I’m not talking about the lace-up, cute kind of corsets we occasionally don as fashion statements today. Nope, these were the ‘take-a-deep-breath-and-pray-you-don’t-faint’ kind. They cinched the waist down to dizzying (and organ-crushing) sizes. It wasn’t just uncomfortable; it was genuinely dangerous and could cause real harm to the internal organs. But all in the name of that petite waist, right?

Zap back to the present, and we’ve swapped corsets for more comfortable, less life-threatening options. Modern shapewear like Spanx and Skims has taken the fashion world by storm, offering a safer way to achieve that desired silhouette. And we haven’t stopped at that. We have gym memberships, fitness apps, a variety of diet plans, and even the latest fat-burning aids like Ozempic and Berberine at our disposal. For those looking for a more instant change, there’s the option of surgical nips and tucks.

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So, here we are, centuries later, chasing after the same beauty standards but with new gadgets and gizmos. But let’s not forget good looks may fade, but a good heart? That, my darlings, is a beauty that time can’t touch. That’s the kind of beauty that never withers and is truly forever.

While we love a good stroll through beauty history, the most important glow-up happens inside. Keep that heart of yours beautiful, and it’ll outshine any beauty trend, every single time.

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“Dear Mother Nature… Please check the thermostat. Someone has set it to hell!”

I vividly remember my very first California summer many years ago. I had just moved to the heart of the sun-soaked state, where the Pacific Ocean’s soothing breeze often served as a solace from the relentless heat. However, that year, the summer intensity trailed well into the night, morphing my restful sanctuary into a sweltering cocoon.

Sleep was elusive, and I couldn’t help but notice the immediate impact on my skin. My once glowing visage turned dull, and the lack of rest was visibly etching itself onto my complexion. This led me to delve into the relationship between summer heat, sleep disruptions, and skin health.

The Sleep-Heat-Skin Triad

Sleep regulation is intertwined with two key processes: homeostatic sleep pressure and our internal circadian rhythm. Interestingly, both these mechanisms are significantly influenced by temperature.

Our bodies naturally cool down at night as part of the circadian rhythm, aiding the onset of sleep. Hot environments impede this cooling process, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. The extended daylight in summer can further disrupt our sleep patterns by delaying the production of melatonin, our sleep-inducing hormone.

From a facialist’s standpoint, the connection between sleep and skin health is undeniable. During deep sleep, the body goes into repair mode, releasing growth hormones that help regenerate cells, including skin cells. If you’re not getting enough sleep, these repair mechanisms are interrupted, leading to visible effects on the skin over time.

Here are some ways sleep disruption can affect the skin:

  • Dull Complexion & Lackluster Skin: Lack of sleep can lead to poor circulation, resulting in a dull complexion. Your skin may appear lackluster, tired, and less youthful.
  • Dark Circles: The blood vessels under your eyes may dilate when you don’t get enough sleep, leading to dark circles. Prolonged lack of sleep can exacerbate this issue.
  • Accelerated Aging: During sleep, your body produces growth hormones that help repair damaged cells. Without these hormones, daily small breakdowns can accumulate, resulting in signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and decreased elasticity.
  • Weakened Skin Barrier: The skin barrier function, which is responsible for keeping skin hydrated and protected from harmful external factors, can be compromised with inadequate sleep. This can lead to dry, dehydrated skin, and increase the risk of skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis.
  • Inflammation and Breakouts: Lack of sleep can cause stress and hormonal imbalances in the body, which can increase inflammation and exacerbate conditions like acne, psoriasis, and even allergic reactions. Inflammation can also contribute to aging, a concept known as “inflammaging.”
  • Reduced Immunity: Sleep plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of the immune system. Chronic sleep deprivation can lower immunity, making the skin more susceptible to infections and diseases. It can also cause flare-ups of immune-related skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.

In short, prioritizing sound sleep is an indispensable step toward maintaining a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Heatwave Effects on Skin Health

Heat also directly affects our skin by increasing transepidermal water loss, which can result in dehydration, dryness, and a compromised skin barrier. The overall result is tired-looking, lackluster skin that mirrors those restless summer nights.

Reclaiming Your Beauty Sleep: A Summer Guide

Despite the challenges, there are practical measures to mitigate sleep disruptions caused by summer heat and wake up to refreshed, radiant skin.

  1. Create a Cool Haven: Keep your bedroom cool by opening a window to let in a cool breeze. You can also use thermal insulating blackout curtains to reduce daytime heat.
  2. Embrace Breathable Bedding: Choose lightweight, breathable bedding and sleepwear. Cotton is excellent as it allows for better air circulation than synthetic materials.
  3. Freeze Your Sheets: A slightly unconventional tip, but effective. Put your sheets and pillowcases in a freezer for a few minutes to cool them down. Ensure they are in a plastic bag before freezing, to prevent moisture accumulation.
  4. Hydrate Inside Out: Ensure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day to combat heat-induced dehydration. However, limit your intake before bedtime to prevent nocturnal bathroom trips. And use a hydrating night-time skincare regimen to counter the increased transepidermal water loss.
  5. A Pre-bed Cooling Routine: Consider a cool shower or bath before sleep to lower your body temperature, signaling your body it’s time for sleep. A soothing skincare routine following this – a chilled face mask – can work wonders!
  6. Deep freeze: Ice packs and frozen wash cloths pressed against any pulse points like the wrists can help make you more comfortable. Apply them against the back of your neck or forehead to cool your body down. Using either one ninety minutes before sleep is enough to kickstart the body’s own cooling mechanisms and allow for a restful night.
  7. Manage Light Exposure: Use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block out excessive sunlight. Expose yourself to bright light in the morning to help regulate your circadian rhythm.
  8. Keep Your Blinds Closed: During the hottest parts of the day, consider keeping blinds and curtains closed to block any unwanted heat getting in. White or cream blinds are best for deflecting heat. Open blinds and windows during the early morning or late evening to provide airflow that cools the room before bedtime. A fan in the room can also help air to circulate and is less dehydrating for the skin than air conditioning.
  9. Find your ideal sleeping position: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the ideal sleeping position in summer as it varies from person to person, and it depends on various factors including personal comfort and health conditions. However, here are a few options for comfortable sleep:
  • Sleep on your back: This position can help prevent facial wrinkles and skin breakouts by keeping your face off the pillow, and it can also help your mattress absorb your body heat, thereby keeping you cooler.
  • Elevate your body: Use a few extra pillows to elevate your head and upper body. This can aid in heat exchange as heat rises and could potentially help with issues like snoring and acid reflux, which may worsen in the heat.
  • Starfish or spread out: The less your body touches itself, the cooler you’ll stay. Therefore, lying on your back or stomach with your arms and legs spread apart can be a good option.
  • Minimal contact with the mattress: Try to minimize the amount of your body surface in contact with the mattress, as it absorbs body heat. A side sleeping position could be beneficial in this case.

Welcome the Californian (or wherever you are in the world) summer armed with these strategies and you will definitely be able to reclaim your restful nights and revitalized complexion. Remember, radiant skin is a testament to quality sleep, no matter the season!

For more skincare tips, check out my other blogs, visit my website, or call us at (323) 653–4701. And for skincare services, please visit us at 8448 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. We will be happy to help you with your skincare needs.

One of my favorite things about winter is spending time next to a warm and cozy fireplace fire. For me, nothing is more relaxing during cold nights than a warm, crackling fire and a steaming cup of tea in my hands. Who knew that this is one of the surefire ways to join the Toasted Skin Syndrome Club? Luckily, I don’t stay in front of my fireplace too long. That or my sunscreen is just a miracle worker.

For those who are curious, this condition is a skin problem that causes a net-like, discolored, and sometimes itchy rash. The culprit? Prolonged exposure to heat sources, like hot water bottles, heating pads, and, in some cases, cozying up to a fireplace for too long.

When the syndrome was first discovered, wood-burning stoves, working with hot coals or simply sitting way too close to a fire were the culprits. Glass blowers and chefs who have prolonged exposure to heat sources can also develop this syndrome on their faces. But Toasted Skin Syndrome and its association with laptops gained significant attention around 2010 when case reports and news articles highlighted the risks of using laptops directly on the skin for extended periods.

Nowadays, the common culprits may include:

  1. Use of a laptop on the thighs.
  2. Seat heaters in cars.
  3. Heating pads, blankets, or hot water bottles.
  4. Space heaters.

According to Dr. Daniel Grove, pediatric dermatologist, toasted skin syndrome or scientifically known as Erythema Ab Igne (EAI) can lead to skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, itching, and burning. Extended exposure can even cause degeneration of elastic fibers and basal cells stimulating the release of melanin.

To keep skin safe when using personal heating devices, here are some tips:

  1. Use the lowest heat setting.
  2. Avoid prolonged exposure by setting timers on space heaters and heating pads so they automatically shut off, after a certain period of time.
  3. Keep space heaters at least 2 feet or more away from your skin and rotate where the heat hits your body.
  4. When using heating pads and blankets, make sure there is a clothing barrier between the heat source and your skin. Never place heat sources directly on bare skin.

Often, putting on an extra sweater is a better solution to staying warm. Maybe it’s time to invest in some cashmere.

Treating Toasted Skin Syndrome primarily involves identifying and eliminating the source of heat exposure that is causing the condition. Once the heat source has been removed, the skin will usually start to heal on its own.

However, there are some additional steps that can be taken to aid in the healing process and relieve any discomfort:

  1. Avoid exposing the affected skin to further heat and keep it cool and dry to promote healing.
  2. Topical treatments, such as hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion, may help soothe itchiness and reduce inflammation.
  3. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and promote healing.
  4. Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a minimum SPF of 30 to the affected area if it will be exposed to the sun. Sunburn could worsen the condition and delay the healing process.
  5. Avoid scratching as it may lead to further irritation or even infection.
  6. If the rash persists, worsens, or shows any signs of infection, consult a dermatologist.

Keep in mind that the healing process might take some time, as the pigmentation from the rash can take weeks or even months to fade completely. The key is to be patient and follow the recommended care steps to ensure proper healing of the skin.

For more skincare tips, check out my other blogs, visit my website, or call us at (323) 653-4701. And for skincare services, please visit us at 8448 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. We will be happy to help you with your skincare needs.