All Waters Are Not Created Equally – Here’s Why

You’ve most likely heard about the benefits of water for your skin, hair, and overall physical health. Water does so much more than simply hydrate your system. It has the amazing ability to increase your energy, flush toxins out of your body, and help you get and keep a healthy, glowing complexion. Did you know there are different varieties of water and they all have varying skincare and beauty benefits? Check out these four waters and what they can do for you.

  1. Alkaline Water
    Alkaline water is less acidic than ordinary tap water and helps create a healthy pH balance. Because it helps neutralize the acid in your body, its health benefits include helping you maintain clear skin and a beautiful complexion. Alkaline water helps reduce telltale signs of aging and even helps maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Tap Water
    In addition to being convenient and environmentally friendly, tap water can hold its own against bottled waters in some respects. It provides a fluoride boost that staves off cavities and tooth decay and also promotes healthy teeth and a winning smile.
  3. Spring Water
    Spring water has minerals, salts, and other trace elements that act on your skin like toners and antioxidants. Spring water has been used in beauty treatments and spa applications for centuries and can help your skin maintain its elasticity and firmness. 
  4. Micellar Water
    Highly purified water mixed with clusters of fatty acid known as micelles, this water is famous for its ability to rid your skin of impurities. Simply spritz a cotton ball with this amazing water and apply it all over your face. Don’t rinse it off! Your face will look and feel more supple and smooth.

Water has many skincare, health, and beauty benefits. Its many varieties even have different properties. Check out our blog for more information and for additional, ideas, resources, and products that help you look and feel your beautiful best.


How Can My Skin Be Oily And Dry?

This is a great question!  The answer has multiple layers.  The skin's oil, also called sebum, comes from the sebaceous glands which reside down within the pores.  Each person's skin produces different amounts of oil.  If you notice throughout the day that your skin has a shiny or greasy appearance, chances are you may have oily skin.  This is typically inherited through our genes.  However, hormones play a major role in the skin's oil production.

Here's a little experiment you can try at home to confirm what skin type you actually have.  Start by washing your face, rinse, then don't apply anything to the skin.  Wait 2-3 hours, then use a few pieces of tissue paper and blot each section of your face with a separate piece of tissue paper.  Start with the forehead, then the nose, the chin, the left cheek, and, finally, the right cheek.  If all 5 areas have oil stains, then you, most likely, have oily skin.  The benefits are fewer chances of fine lines and wrinkles.  But the drawbacks include clogged pores.  Nevertheless, there are ways to manage oily skin, which we can discuss during another Q & A Wednesday blog post.

If you notice that only certain areas of your skin have oil spots on the tissue paper, it sounds like you may have combination skin, which is very common.  The center of the face tends to have more oil production.  For all skin types, the pores typically get larger toward the center of the face.  For those with an oily t-zone or overall oily skin, the pores in the middle of the face are larger, hence creating a greater propensity for clogged pores, such as blackheads, also called comedones.  

Now, when it comes to skin dryness, there are two types of dry skin.  There is skin that lacks oil.  Then, there is skin that lacks water.  So, if you have oily areas on your face, and not so oily areas, then you probably have combination skin.  Combination skin can also lack water, meaning it is dehydrated.  If you have oily skin and your skin is lacking water, then you simply have oily, dehydrated skin.  Dehydrated skin takes a trained and keen eye to distinguish.  Up close, the very top layer of the skin looks crinkly and has a dry, shiny, tight appearance.  Drinking lots of water doesn't usually completely resolve dehydrated skin, especially when the air in our environment is dry, and sucks the moisture from our skin.  A more efficient solution, in addition to drinking plenty of water, is using a skin-type/condition-specific topical moisturizer with humectants, like hyaluronic acid, sodium pca, and glycerin, which draw moisture to the skin.

Some professionals theorize that the skin has a feedback loop, which increases oil production in order to balance the water hydration levels in the skin, which does not resolve the dehydration, but instead makes the skin more oily.  Using an oil-control treatment product on oily areas, then following with a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer should bring more balance to the skin.  If you need suggestions on the best products to use to address these concerns, feel free to call (202) 642-9414, or send emails to  I'm always happy to help!

What Does Your Face Say About You? Unlock the Secrets to Your Internal Health From Subtle Clues On Your Face

Chinese facial mapping is an ancient method of analyzing the face to determine internal health conditions.  It is still being used centuries later across the globe, especially in Eastern-based therapies and alternative or naturopathic medicine.  By assessing different regions of the face and recognizing the changes, one can address minor imbalances before they become major health concerns, just by paying attention to the clues your body is giving you.  Each area of the face corresponds with an organ and each organ when imbalanced may show signs of distress on the skin.  

There are a few common areas where people with skin of color may, more often than others, notice changes.  They include the skin of the under eye area, the neck, and the space between the brow, called the glabella.  Women in particular may notices skin concerns on the forehead, upper lip, and the jawline.  Some of the contributing factors precipitate the occurrence of these undesirable skin changes include genetic pre-disposition to certain health conditions, alcohol intake, dietary and water intake, elimination habits (that's right... I'm referring to your boo boo and I don't mean your sweetheart), hormones, and medication side effects, just to name a few.

The forehead can show imbalances linked to digestive problems, irregular sleep patterns, poor diet, and insufficient water intake.  Wrinkles across the forehead typically show worry and anxiety.  You may notice dehydrated skin, breakouts, and horizontal lines. 

The glabella (space between the brows) corresponds with the liver.  when the diet is too rich in fat and sugar, or when alcohol is consumed in excess, skin issues may appear here.  You may notice clogged pores, flakiness, redness, and vertical lines between the brows which represent concern, anger, and stress.  A horizontal line across the nose between the eyes can show a pre-disposition toward diabetes, since excess fat and sugar are stored in the liver.  This is especially noticeable in African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians, who more often are afflicted by diabetes.

The eyes may show milia (tiny, hard, white bumps), fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, sensitized skin and irritation.  The eyes correspond with the kidneys and allergies.  These changes may be occurring due to poor water intake, dietary deficiencies, kidney stress, allergies, and poor elimination.

The nose and upper lip represent the heart.  You may notice dark pigmentation on the upper lip, hair growth on the lip, broken capillaries on and around the nose, clogged pores and blackheads.  The pigmentation and hair growth on the lip may be due to hormonal imbalance.  Redness and broken capillaries on and around the nose may be due to high blood pressure.  People with severe allergies may even develop a dark line across the nose due to inflammation cause by chronic allergic rhinitis.

The cheeks are divided into upper and lower sections.  The upper cheek area corresponds with the lungs and may show lung stress from pollution, smoking, or asthma.  The lower cheek represents the teeth and gums and may show skin changes due to dental problems.  You may observe vertical lines from long term lung stress, redness, broken capillaries, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation or dark spots, and breakouts may also occur on the cheeks.

The center of the chin is linked to the small intestines and may show signs of digestive problems, poor diet, or food allergies when breakouts and clogged pores are present. The left and right sides of the chin represent the ovaries.  Women may notice breakouts prior to menstruation in this area when there is a dramatic shift in hormones.  This area may also indicate an imbalance or overactivity of the hormones, such as with polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS.

The neck corresponds with the pancreas as well as the adrenal glands.  Dark discoloration of the neck may show signs of long term increased blood sugar, which can indicate a person being pre-diabetic.  This is most often seen in individuals who are overweight.  While overeating in general and consuming too much of certain foods can make a person overweight, so can the stress hormones created in the adrenal glands.  Breakouts on the neck and chest can be a direct result of a long term stress response.

 While there may also be traditional rationale for the occurrence of skin changes, it would be foolish to ignore the fact that our body is connected both inside and outside.  Taking note of these observations and making the necessary adjustments, through both Eastern and Western approaches, can lead to healthier skin, a healthier mind, and a more balanced body.



How can I make my pores smaller?

How can I make my pores smaller?


Having invisible pores is something that most men and women want, but many never achieve, especially if your skin is thick and oily.  But there is hope!  Being sure that your pores are not clogged with dead skin, blackheads, etc. can make large pores look less visible.  Keeping the oily shine to a minimum, helps as well.  But this doesn’t actually change your inherited skin type or pore size, it simply minimizes the appearance.  


If your pores have increased in size over time, this could be a sign of aging.  As the skin loses elasticity, the opening of the pores, called the os, begins to change making pores look larger.  Increasing the elasticity in the skin is a great way to reverse the enlargement of pores, and reverse signs of aging overall.  An amazing treatment that is may sound strange, but is super popular and incredibly effective for increasing collagen and elastin in the skin is called micro needling.  It is also called Collagen Induction Therapy, or CID.  


The procedure makes hundreds of tiny little needle sticks (from 0.2 mm to 2 mm deep) in the skin similar to a fractionated laser, but without the heat.  By causing a controlled injury to the skin,  the fibroblasts and keratinocytes in the skin must create new skin cells to heal the injury generating new and improved collagen and elastin.  This is an amazing anti aging treatment and is also good for uneven pigmentation and stretch marks.  


Needle sticks all over the skin… sounds scary and painful right?  Well, the shorter the length of the needles, the more comfortable it is.  I have personally done 0.5 mm without numbing my face and it wasn’t bad at all.  1.5 mm on the other hand, now that was a different story.  Ouch!!!  I managed to complete the whole face without numbing my skin as well, but it was not a stroll on the beach or a walk in the park of any sort.  Numbing cream can be used prior to the treatment to be sure it is comfortable and pleasant.  


Although this treatment isn't  the most relaxing, it does give insanely amazing results and decreasing the pore size is one of the benefits.  It also increases circulation and aids in product penetration.  You thought the after facial glow was great… The after micro needling glow is out this world!  I am serious.  After the treatments, I noticed that it had been the best my skin had ever looked after a facial… EVER!  Don’t just take my word for it.  Try it for yourself and see.  Not quite ready for this type of treatment?  Well, there are lots of tricks to give the illusion of smaller pores without the use of needles or lasers.  I’ll tell you all about it next week.  So make sure to come right back next week for more Q&A Wednesday.


What causes my skin to get pimples and clogged pores? What can I do to clear up my skin?

Surprisingly, acne is the #1 skin condition in the United States, which means it is extremely common.  It is so common, in fact, that approximately 80% of people in America experience acne at some point in their lifetime from birth to post-menopause.  

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all acne cure.  However, knowing what to avoid and what to incorporate into your lifestyle can help lead you to the clear complexion you desire.

Here are just 5 hidden causes of acne:

#1  Hormones - reproductive and stress hormones can contribute to many skin issues, acne in particular.  Progesterone, cortisol, and other hormones when in excess or imbalanced can cause breakouts, typically seen on the jaw area, chest, and/or back.  Medication management may be necessary for hormone-induced acne to bring balance to any underlying internal conditions.

#2  Excess Oil - When the skin produces lots of oil, which is naturally sticky on the skin, it can block the pores causing whiteheads and blackheads.  If the follicle ruptures, pimples occur. Using an oil-absorbing or oil-control product can be very beneficial for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin types.

#3  Bacteria - Unclean makeup brushes, contaminated makeup, dirty hands, phones, and pillow cases are very common culprits in causing acne breakouts.  Bacteria, basically, has a little fiesta down in your pores until the pore becomes inflamed in order to shut the party down.  Sleeping in makeup is also a no-no.  It is a breeding ground for all the daily dirt and grime to join in the pimple party.

#4  Dead Skin Build Up - Skin not only covers the surface, but it also lines each and every individual pore.  When dead skin blocks the pores, oil produced down in the pore's sebaceous glands can not leave the pore.  It instead gets backed up resulting in acne.

#5  Genetics - Yep, thanks mom and dad!  Acne that is inherited typically appears on the lower portion of the face, mainly the lower cheek area.  We can't pick our genes, but if the acne is so severe that it leaves deep scars, an oral medication like Accutane can work like a miracle.

Acne is very treatable.  However, it doesn't happen overnight and neither will clear skin.  I have experienced pretty bad adult acne myself.  It was embarrassing, frustrating, and  sometimes painful.  It all started when I began to wear makeup.  Then it was almost as if I couldn't stop wearing makeup, because I wanted to cover the acne and dark spots the acne left behind.  ALL of my pores were clogged and I didn't think my skin could ever be clear.


I finally went to see a Dermatologist who introduced me to his Esthetician.  Through my dedication of a little effort, a lot of patience, and some money, eventually I was able to achieve healthier-looking skin.  I should mention that it wasn't until I actually became an Esthetician myself that my skin truly improved.  

I learned that all acne is not created equal, therefore can not be treated the same.  I also learned that even acne treatment products can cause more acne!  I have tried hundreds of different brands, researched, and tested them for myself.  With this knowledge, I am thrilled to be able to assist people in attaining and maintaining skin they can be proud to show off.  And I am so happy to be able to pass the information I've learned over the last 10 years on to you.  Check out the list of acne-aggravating ingredients here.  If utilized, I'm sure, it can help to start to improve your skin as it has for many others. 

Is Your Current Makeup Your Friend or Foe?

Questions:  Does makeup clog your pores?  What’s a good foundation for daily use?

Answer:  If you want to achieve and/or maintain clear, smooth, and even skin with or without makeup, the answer to this question is very important.  The simple answer to the 1st question is yes.  Certain ingredients in makeup can most certainly be pore-clogging, or “comedogenic”.  

This is why you always want to opt for non-comedogenic cosmetics.  But, don’t just take a product label’s “non-comedogenic” word for it.  Always check the acne-aggravating ingredient list I have put together just for you! 

But wait, before you do, understand that everything affects everyone differently.  So, what one person may be able to tolerate on their skin (which may be on this list), may not be tolerated well for others.  We all have different skin and different needs, which should always be taken into consideration when trying new cosmetics.

I don't try new foundation often at all.  When I find something that has a great color match, nice finish and texture, and doesn't give me a face full of zits, I stick with it.  I have absolutely loved Eminence Hungarian Organics’ Mineral Powder for years.  It’s expensive, but looks great and has sunscreen!  However, most recently I have been using Benefit Cosmetics’ Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation.  Check out the name of this stuff!  Need I say more?  

Well, since you asked… it gives your skin an amazingly luminous glow.  It also has sun protection, is hydrating, yet oil-free.  Most importantly, it doesn’t cause me any breakouts!!!  I can't get enough of this stuff!  When I'm not wearing makeup, I use PCA Skin's Sheer Tint - Tinted SPF.  It's like a BB cream that just gives skin a really nice, dewy, natural-looking glow.  It's a perfect all-in-one product for the au-naturale beauties.  It delivers antioxidants to the skin aaaannndd... doesn't clog pores.  I love this product!

Keep in mind that clogged pores are not solely caused by what you put or don’t put on your face.  For the full list of acne-aggravating ingredients to look out for, return to next Wednesday where I will go into detail about the many hidden causes of acne.

Until next time, beauties… Stay gorgeous and keep glowing.  

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Q & A Wednesday

Hey there, Beauties!  Our Q & A Wednesday question of the day comes from Tamara of District Heights, Maryland. It reads as follows:

Now that the summer is over, I just started back using my Retin-A. I hate it when my skin peels. What can I do to make my skin less dry and peely?

Tamara, this is a great question! I frequently encounter this concern about Retin-A/tretinoin and the like. Here's what I would recommend:

#1 Be consistent

Use your Retin-A all year long. That way, your skin doesn't have to adjust to the product repeatedly year-after-year. Although the sun as well as fluorescent light do break down the product, you should only be applying Retin-A at night. Retina-A can make you more sun-sensitive, but you should ALWAYS protect your skin with SPF 30 or higher daily.

#2 Skip a night or two

Don't start off using your Retin-A every night. You want to build your skin's tolerance to the product. First apply it every 3rd night for 2 weeks. Then every other night for two weeks. Then apply it every night to slowly allow your skin to adjust to the product.

#3 Apply a pea-sized amount to the entire face

After cleansing your skin with a mild, non-exfoliating cleanser, use just a pea-size of your product all over your skin after it has dried.

#4 Moisturize first

If the product is too sensitizing on your skin, you can apply your moisturizer before your Retin-A. This will help minimize any sensitivity the product may cause.

#5 Be patient

Retina-A and other similar retinoid products are some of the best tools available that are easy, relatively inexpensive, and extremely effective. They are great for controlling acne, anti-aging, and clearing and smoothing the skin. Hang in there and you will see a great difference in your skin. It's worth it!

Is Your Skin Malnourished?

When I was about 8 years old, I watched the episode of the Simpsons when Lisa Simpson visited a petting zoo and fell in love with a sweet baby lamb.  That night at dinner her mom served lamb chops.  She protested and refused to eat.  I had heard about this "vegetarian" diet before when I learned about herbivores in The Land Before Time movie and decided that being a meat-eater was no longer who I wanted to be.  I declared my decision to my Barbie dolls and proceeded to live a meat-free life.


Being a vegetarian was great!  That was until I got to school the very next day and saw that pepperoni pizza was on the lunch menu.  You remember, the rectangular slices with the little pepperoni cubes.  Ha ha!  Those were primo cafeteria eats back then!  "Well, I'll just have to start being a vegetarian tomorrow then!" Then the next day, corn dogs were on the lunch menu.  Siiiiggghhh! "Okay, then.  I can just start tomorrow."  I thought.  "But FOR REAL this time."  Nope.  Friday night sleepovers at Auntie's house meant pancakes, eggs, and maple sausage for breakfast in the morning.  Oh, no!  There's no way I'm going to miss out on that!  I decided.  


Needless to say, being a vegetarian didn't last long at all.  In fact, it was over before it had even begun.  On the other hand, I have always loved fruits and vegetables... Well some vegetables.  As I've grown older, I have become a bit more adventurous in my food selections.  With the exception of mushrooms.  Those are off limits!  I won't even look at them!  However, I have my favorites, like red seedless grapes, spinach, strawberries, and cucumbers.  I can't imagine life without them, just as much as I can't imagine life without some good ol' pork bacon and sirloin steak.


If the thought of spending a lifetime without juicy, sweet oranges, crisp, tangy apples, and yummy sweet potatoes, or any other fruit or vegetable makes you feel weak, then we can agree that life without fresh food is not living at all.  Sure, we could survive, for a while at least.  But life is not about surviving!  It's about thriving!  Just because you look FINE, feel FINE, and are doing just FINE does not mean that you are well.  Don't you want to feel amazing, look gorgeous, and light up the room with your radiance, confidence, and positive energy?  Keep reading, and I'll show you how.


It is becoming common knowledge that we should "eat the rainbow," meaning eat a variety of foods with colors ranging from purple to green, red to yellow, and more.  But what good does a healthy diet do for the skin, if only a minimal amount of nutrients actually reaches the skin?  Of course, there are more advantages of eating a healthy diet than just having a clear, glowing complexion, but this is definitely a perk.  The point is that we need a well-balanced diet to be healthy and strong.  So as the saying goes, "you are what you eat."  Don't be cheap, fast, or easy!  


The same goes for your skin care.  Cheap skin care alternatives, more often than not are chemical-laden knock-offs that can potentially do more cellular damage than good.  Think of it as cranberry juice vs. cranberry juice cocktail.  One is full of antioxidants, the other is full of refined sugar.  One can help prevent urinary tract infections and certain types of cancers.  The other one can contribute to obesity and type 2 diabetes.  One can lower blood pressure, the other, well... doesn't.  Clearly, the benefits of the real deal far outweigh the cheap alternative.  Great health is an investment.  It takes conscious effort, and it takes the dedication of time.  It certainly does't have to take all day, but splashing your face and running out the door and surviving off of grab-and-go types of snacks will not fare well for your health.  


Since the demands of the internal organ systems take the vast majority of the nutrients before any can reach the skin, it is that much more important to take care of the skin on the outside as well.   Although it is worth noting that a healthy diet does certainly help the condition of the skin as opposed to a poor diet.  Topical antioxidants, sun block, and retinoids are skin care rock stars.  The results they provide are remarkable and irrefutable, as are the effects of not using them at all.


According to Western and Eastern Medicine, the internal health of the body can be seen on the face.  There are many different conditions that will manifest changes on the skin, like thyroid disorder, high cholesterol,  food allergies, anemia, diabetes, and more.  The consumption of milk products and excess sugar have been suspected to contribute to acne, but the research has not yet proven this theory.  You should be sure visit your doctor annually for your check-up and to address any health concerns.  However, for superficial, non life-threatening skin concerns skin care products and cosmetic procedures can help.


Dehydration, which is a chronic problem for most Americans, can be detected in the skin as well.  This is especially evident in chapped lips and when skin does not snapped back quickly when pinched.  Adequate hydration is of great importance when it comes to overall health, with our bodies being composed of 70% water.  For the skin, topical moisturizer is super important, since the water in the skin will likely evaporate when exposed to dry air.  Next on the scale of importance (in my opinion) would be antioxidant support.  Antioxidants have a crucial role in fighting against those naughty little free radicals that place undue stress on the body, accelerate the aging process, and may even lead to cancer.  Internal consumption and external application of vitamins like vitamins A, C, and E and other antioxidants like green tea are the perfect combo! 


If your diet is no bueno, then it should come as no surprise when I recommend you clean it up. In addition to that, using nourishing skin products to ensure the longevity of your good looks is well worth the time, effort, and investment, if it means your skin won't shrivel like some stale toast.  Start with a simple antioxidant serum in the daytime and some growth factor at night.  You will see a difference in your skin within 90 days, but really the effects are cumulative and are for long term support.


No one wakes up in the morning and says "I can't wait to be completely mediocre today,"  "I enjoy living a dull, and oh so boring life," or "I love feeling weak and unattractive!"  That's because it is in our nature to want to be healthy, vivacious, and vibrantly attractive.  These things lead to a long and happy life, and ultimately the survival of the human race.  It is important to know that the absence of disease is not what we should consider healthy.  Health is your overall well-being, with the emphasis on "well".  This means each day you wake up, you should feel great!  You should look your best and do your very best!  If that has not been your reality, then you can start today!  



Ingredient Alert: Common Skin Care Ingredient Linked to Breast Cancer

Did you know that parabens, a very common preservative, has been linked to breast cancer. In the body, parabens mimic estrogen which fuels certain types of breast cancer. Parabens can be found in most beauty and hygiene products, from make up, to moisturizers, deodorant, and more.  Parabens are even used as food preservatives.  


In 99% of breast cancer tumors, parabens are found.  Evidence shows that this is not directly linked the use of underarm deoderant/anti-perspirant specifically.  However, due to the fact that parabens are absorbed into the blood stream through topical application and internal consumption, any paraben-containing product can be potentially hazardous.  It is wise to avoid parabens and other ingredients which fuel hormonal changes within the body.


With the average woman putting over 500 chemicals on the body every day, it is increasingly important to eliminate the toxic cocktails we have blindly trusted and called our favorite beauty products. Check your product labels, Beauties! Then invest in high-quality skin care.


This is just another reason why Skincare by Nurse Leslie is proud to offer PCA Skin products. Paraben-free. Cruelty-Free.  Effective. Our products are kept fresh by using non-toxic, naturally-occurring preservatives, as well as air-tight packaging, which prevents air from depleting product potency and inhibits the introduction of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast, and mold, which can cause skin infections.  

It is certainly better to be safe than sorry.  Are you ready to make the switch to a healthier choice?  Click here.




1. Medscape Medical News, Oncology  

Link Between Parabens and Breast Cancer?, Roxanne Nelson, January 26, 2012

2.  Journal of Applied Toxicology:  Parabens can enable hallmarks and characteristics of cancer in human breast epithelial cells: a review of the literature with reference to new exposure data and regulatory status;  Philippa D. Darbre1, Philip W. Harvey, Article first published online: 22 JUL 2014,  DOI: 10.1002/jat.3027



Bonus! Skin Commandment 11: Give your neck, hands, and eyes some TLC.

Many people don’t know this until its too late, but the neck , hands, and eyes often show signs of aging more quickly and easily than the face will. Loss of skin elasticity and moisture, age spots, and loss of underlying support from fat and collagen make it very obvious that we aren't as young as we used to be. By being proactive in the battle against the clock, signs of aging can not only be minimized, but they can even be reversed. 

While cleansing the face, the neck and upper chest, or décolleté as we Estheticians call it, should always be included. Never rub or tug on skin when drying. The key is to gently pat skin dry with a soft cloth. Be super gentle around the eyes, since this is the thinnest skin on the body, and be sure to apply eye cream using the ring fingers with a light patting motion. Apply serums to these areas too, especially your antioxidants and retinol solutions, just as long as it is recommended by the manufacturer and the products aren't causing irritation. Finally, be sure to provide these areas with sun protection, since we know that 90% of extrinsic aging is caused by the sun.

We don't have to look 10 or 20 years younger than our age to look our best. And let's face it, most of us will have to do a bit of work to keep up our good looks as the years go by. However, we can certainly enjoy the process by getting monthly skin maintenance treatments and treating our faces kindly for representing us well every day. Have a wonderful day, Beauties!

Skin Commandment 10: Love your neighbor and love the skin that you are in.

It can be hard to accept the fact that perfection is impossible. While you may look at the next person and think he/she has beautiful features and is not plagued by the same skin or body image insecurities that you may deal with, know that everyone has flaws ands insecurities. The sooner we accept ourselves and stop comparing ourselves with others, the sooner we can see our own individual beauty. 

The standard of beauty that is perpetuated by the media is skewed and does not represent all types of beauty. Although I do think this is improving. We are still, however, constantly bombarded by images of air-brushed celebrities with layers of makeup and photo-shopped or even surgically-enhanced bodies. Don’t let them be the standard by which you measure yourself. Set your own bar. When you wake up in the morning, be the most beautiful person you can be. Tell yourself that you are beautiful and worthy of love, appreciation, and kind treatment. When you believe that you are worthy, taking good care of yourself comes much more naturally. Compliment someone else. You never know, it just might make their day! Be beautiful in your thoughts, your words, and your actions. It is contagious! Have a great week, Beauties!!!