Love is in the Air

What is the true meaning of Valentines Day. Well, there is a beautiful, true story as to why it's a holiday I'll share with you. So, the legend contends that St. Valentine was a priest who served during the third Century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. And he was killed on February 14 on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome. So it's a holiday to honor his passion and acceptance of love in such a difficult and "duty-filled" time. On this day we're supposed to acknowledge the love we have in our own lives as a tribute to him, for St. Valentine's ultimate sacrifice for love all those years ago ❤
Happy Valentine's Day! Spread LOVE!

Regimens Rule

Why Regimens Rule


This one comes to you from a page in my very own lessons-learned book.  It’s all about why regimens rule, as the title demonstrates, but I’ve also personally liked to call it: “you bought that product for a reason, use it!” or “why laziness leads to lack luster skin”. 


If you’re blessed to have found a skin care therapist you trust, then chances are you’ve come to find the perfect balance of regular professional treatments and daily at-home regime that lead to your healthiest, clearest, glow-iest, most beautiful skin. 


Trouble arises only when you falter or take risks with your well laid out plan. 


Monthly treatments (at least!) are like regular trips to the dentist.  You can wash, exfoliate, and moisturize every day, but that regular deep cleaning you receive during your monthly facial is necessary for ultimate skin health and your complexion’s glow. 


At-home regime.  When your skin is glowing and clear, my best advice is don’t rush the regimen and don't press your luck!  There’s a reason you double cleanse every time you wash, sunscreen cannot be skipped during daytime, and if you run out of your prized exfoliant, do not wait to stock up! 


When we skimp, and rush, we set ourselves back.  Good thing is, you can always return to those that helped you get there to get back on track.  But believe me, only regret comes from deviating from the recommendations of those you trust.  Oh, and let’s not forget about our water and nutrition intake.  Yes, staying hydrated and nutritious is likely also part of your discussion with your skin care therapist, and it really matters.


Love your clear, glow-y, healthy skin? Stay dedicated, my friends!!

to Masque or not to Mask

Charcoal, clay, ‘pore-eliminating’, sheet masques are literally everywhere right now! How in the world do you navigate and find a quality product that won’t set your skin a-fire? (We have seen this first-hand!)


Obviously, professional recommendations are your best bet – but maybe you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new…and now! We’ve all been there.  Ingredients matter, and reviewing what is actually in your products is another way to inspect for quality before you indulge.  So what should you go for, and what should you avoid? Here are some tips from the pros, happy hunting!


·         Ingredients

Avoid products if you can’t read what is in them!  Some products may not provide their ingredient list at all, or they may be in another language – pass on these. 

·         Cost

Impossibly low-priced products are likely low quality as well.  This is a rule of thumb, and there may be some exceptions out there.  If you can’t believe the price, you may also be unsatisfied with the lack of results.

·         Skin Type

Skin type and ingredients go hand-in-hand!  Here are some helpful pointers.

Charcoal.   With quality charcoal masques, you can expect immediate results. Go for it - charcoal clears pores for those with oily, congested skin. 

Skip it – charcoal is a strong exfoliant, pass if you have severe acne, sensitive skin, or rosacea.

Clay. Helps with inflammation.  Best for congested and acneic skin.  Clears and prevents breakouts!

Sheet masks. You’ll hit or miss with sheet masks.  Quality sheet masks may even be used in the treatment room.  Low quality sheet masks will yield little-to-no results, or cause a reaction you’ll regret.  Be cautious!

Peel-Off.  NOT for everyone.  Drying masques that you peel off are helpful if you have texturized skin, and give back to those with undernourished skin.


While we’re at it, here are some masque pro favorites recommended by The Brow and Skin Studio.


Buy it anywhere (and here)! Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque by Dermalogica.  This masque will never let you down.  You can even sleep with it on for super nourishment!  When used on a consistent basis, the overall health of your skin will shine.


Buy it here (only)! Purifying Comfort Masque by Ultradermacine. We recommend this masque to so many of our clients because of it’s unique formula and the fact that almost all skin types will benefit.  Best for dry, dehydrated, congested and acneic skin.  (Chances are that’s most of us at any given point!)




Fall Skin is in.

Pumpkin spice, and everything nice, that’s what fall is made of!  Since fall began, I have been dying to write about fall skin and all the wonderful changes the new season brings us!  Here in sunny Southern California, however, the heat has kept our summer vibes going well into October. 


Whether you’re feeling the weather change or not, you’ve likely experienced a change in your routine, with kids going back to school, the sad end to summer vacations, and less time spent outdoors worshiping the sun.  If you’re lucky enough to still be in summer mode, soak up that vitamin D, and remember your sun block!


For those of us ready to welcome fall, embrace the opportunities it brings to modify your skin routine and transform that sun-beat skin!  Here are some of my favorite ‘opportunities’ fall brings this time each year:


Rejuvenate with a pumpkin enzyme peel.  Let the professional’s reveal your freshest skin after the havoc the summer month’s wreak on your face.  A pumpkin-based treatment will help with your skin’s texture and you will love the immediate brightness to your complexion!


Switch out that day cream to a moisturizer heavy with nutrients that really gives back.  Weather changes the amount of oil your skin will produce, and you may find a more emollient cream is just right for this time of year.


Consider body treatments!  Professional peels and at-home products for your body make all the difference this season.  Keep warm, and stay soft from head to toe.


Welcome the masque craze and try a new weekly treatment at home.  Vitamin rich, purifying, hydrating masques compliment your daily routine, and add to your overall glow.  Be cautious with inexpensive sheet masques, we have seen some horrible reactions to these, and instead pick up a professionally recommended masque.


Soon, it will be undeniable that fall is here and certain that winter is coming…


Here at The Brow and Skin Studio, we want to acknowledge that the transition from summer to fall this year has also brought tragedy to the United States, and the world.   Victims of the hurricane’s, fires, earthquakes, and shootings may be unable to join us in our joy for the fall season.  We stand with you, support you, and wish for the world’s speedy recovery from each travesty that has occurred recently.

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Fall into a Healthy Bath.


Kneipp® is a top European brand specializing in preservative-free, vegan, aromatheraputic products made from plant-based functional ingredients. The effective naturopathic studies of the health pioneer and “water doctor” Sebastian Kneipp laid the foundation in 1891 for the development of the Kneipp brand. 

Today, Kneipp continues its heritage by providing meticulously crafted body, bathing and skin products that nourish, beautify, and invigorate the skin from head to toe.



Is there hope for my thin- over tweezed BROWS?


Yes, there is hope for anyone who has very thin or over-tweezed eyebrows.  I’ve worked with the faces of Orange County for over 20 years and I’ve seen hundreds of cases like yours.  It takes time, patience, and the right guidance to fuller and more natural looking eyebrows.

I recommend that you put your tweezers down or hide them if it’s necessary, don’t use scissors to trim your brows (leave that to a professional) and just allow your brows to grow out completely.  My clients who need corrective work on their brows due to over-tweezing usually use products to assist them in the growing out process.  Using a product that helps stimulate hair growth and strengthen your existing hair is essential in the growing out process; it speeds up your chances to fuller eyebrows. 

Key steps to remember is- not to tweeze every day, you want your eyebrow hair to remain in the same stage of hair growth and don’t tweeze course gray hairs.  Tweezing grays can leave gaps. Trimming is a proper key to polished brows, but leave it to a professional, and lastly don’t be shy to use brow makeup to shade in eyebrows

My product of choice due to the results I’ve seen with my own eyes is Revitabrow is clinically proven to stimulate the natural growth of the brows.  For as long as the hair roots are not permanently damaged the hair will grow and attain their maximum length.  Some of the factors which may damage the hair roots are severe alopecia, burns, tattoo or severe plucking. It normally takes2- 4 weeks  to see the positive result of the products.  However, due to some reasons, it may take a longer period of time for others to notice the result.

Do I still need a moisturizer if my skin is OILY?


Yes. Your skin is oily because it produces too much oil and it isn’t balanced. You need to return your skin to a balanced state. Your skin naturally tries to stay balanced, but you need the right products to help it achieve that. If you use a product that overly dries your skin and strips it of its oils, then it will naturally start producing more oil in an attempt to restore the balance. Everyone, no matter how oily his or her skin, needs a daytime and night time moisturizer. Make sure to apply sun protection (SPF) on top of your daytime moisturizer everyday.


Healthy skin requires a delicate balance of both water and oil, hence the thought of having a healthy glow.  Even if your skin produces excess oil you still need to replenish the water in the skin and keep it hydrated.  A deficiency of water will typically lead to an over production of oil which will worsen your condition.  The last thing you want is for your skin to over produce oil because you will end up with even more oil on your face.  I advise my clients who have oily skin to wash there face twice a day with warm water and to use a light weight, oil- free moisturizer morning and night after cleansing their skin.  Choose a daytime moisturizer with SPF that is designed for oily skin, as well as non-oily or oil -free night moisturizer.


My product pick is Active Moist by Dermalogica, it is excellent for day and night. Active Moist is a lightweight, oil-free lotion for daily moisture protection that actively combats surface dehydration. However, if used during the day, apply a few drops of Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Block which contains an SPF 20 as well. I explain to my clients that using a moisturizer day and night leaves your skin hydrated and supple.  And all of us women are seeking a healthy looking glow in our complexion!

How to get rid of Dark Spots on your FACE?

The dark spots on your face (hyper pigmentation) occur when certain places of the skin are darker then surrounding areas.  Age spots, freckles, sun spots, acne scars, and other form of discoloration can all be classified as hyper pigmentation.  Many things can cause hyper pigmentation, such as sun exposure, hormonal issues, medication, acne, and aging.

Thankfully, there are many things you can do to fade areas of hyper pigmentation.  Most treatments promote an overall smoother and more even skin tone.  When my clients are consistent in their treatment regime they experience pleasing results.  The steps I advise my clients to take depend on the severity of their hypergimentation condition.  These steps include exfoliating the skin daily, treatment serums or creams that promote lightening of the skin, physical treatment such as Microdermabrasion, chemical treatment such as acid peels, and sun block.  Some clients may need 1-2 steps and others may need all 5 steps.

In order to see pleasing results at home, exfoliate your skin on a daily basis with a light scrub after cleansing your face.  Apply serums or creams that contain hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid.  Hydroxy acids encourage skin cell regeneration, thereby helping to lighten areas of hyper pigmentation.  Products containing Vitamin A also aid with cell turnover resulting in fresher looking skin.  Or use lightening creams or serums that contain hydroquinone or kojic acid.  Products containing these ingredients will fade the areas of hyper pigmentation until they blend with surrounding skin.  In a professional setting I perform numerous treatments on my clients to help reduce their hyper pigmentation and even out their skin tone.  I have gotten the best results from chemical peels and microdremabrasion.  The chemical peels I use will superficially burn away the top layers of your skin, revealing lighter skin below.  With repeated peels, your skin will be more even-toned and your hyper pigmentation less noticeable.  Microdermabrasion buffs away the top layers of your skin via a small devise that replicates a sandblaster.  Once your skin heals, it looks more even in tone.  When using a super-charge combo of microdermabrasion and a chemical peel the results are even, clear, and smooth skin within one treatment.  At The Brow and Skin Studio this super-charged combo is referred to as The OC Glow Treatment and is an essential for our clients.

Then make sure to apply sunscreen on every day before leaving your home.  As you undergo treatment for hyper pigmentation, your skin will become sensitive to the sun.  If exposed to the sun, the areas of hyper pigmentation may simply darken again.  Always wear sunscreen when you are outside that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

So, remember to exfoliate, treat, and protect at home.  And don’t forget your weekly or monthly chemical peel or microdermabrasion (depending on severity of the condition) in a professional setting.  I recommend Age Limit by Ultra-Dermacine (contains Glycolic Acid) a must have for anyone wanting even, fresh looking skin. At The Brow and Skin Studio with Apothecary I recommend any PCA Jessner or TCA Peel’s and of course a SPF 30 or higher.

Should I wear SUNSCREEN even if its over cast outside?

Yes, sunscreen should still be worn even if the sun is not shining. The damaging UVA and UVB rays that sun gives off are consistently the same all day long and all year round.

Wear sunscreen to block out UVA and UVB radiation when its sunny or over cast to protect yourself from the damage that these rays cause. UVA and UVB radiation can cause sunburns, wrinkles, lines and most of all skin cancer. Not only does sunscreen have its health advantaged but it has anti-aging benefits as well. Sunscreen used daily is your greatest weapon against your battle with wrinkles.

Wear a sunscreen of an SPF 30 of higher daily to maintain a healthy youthful complexion.

My product pick for your skin is Solar Protections Formula SPF 65. It’s great underneath make-up or alone. Its Paba- Free, Fragrance Free and Dries Clear.