Here are the most frequent questions I get asked.

Q: Why is my skin so dry?

A: There are a number of things the can cause it, including environmental factors such as sun and wind. Using products that strip the skin of its natural balance, particularly cleansers, soaps and alcohols. Hormonal imbalances can also be another source of dryness, particularly menopause which creates a drop in estrogen. And also lack or excess of exfoliation get the skin dry and sensitized.

Q: I had a facial before and the skin care therapist told me that my skin was dehydrated. What is the difference between dehydrated and dry skin?

A: Dehydrated skin is simply lacking moisture, but not oil. There are products the contain ingredients(humectants), such as Hyaluronic Acid, that are excellent moisturizers and moisture “magnets”. It is important to be sure to hydrate the BODY so that in turn, the face receives hydration.

Q: I have really sensitive skin, I seem to get redness or rashes from many of the products I use, what can I do?

A: This might be an allergic reaction or a skin irritation reaction. The two most common causes of reactions are fragrances and colorants. Even though a wonderful smelling products may trick you into thinking that it is somehow better for you, it is best to use products without fragrances, especially artificial fragrances and colorants. This is your first line of defense.

Q: What is the difference between Microdermabrasion & Chemical Peel?

A: They are both exfoliating treatments. Microdermabrasion is mechanical peel that uses a stream of crystals particles and suction. While the chemical peel evolves using a mild acid solution in order to exfoliate you skin’s upper layers. They are used to fade dark marks or blemishes, even skin tone, smooth the rough texture of the skin, lessen wrinkling, improve acne and razor bumps, exfoliate plugged pores, and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and smooth depressed scars. They are typically performed on the face, but are also appropriate for any area of the body that may need help in diminishing these imperfections.

Q: In your opinion, what would you say is the number one concern among women with brown skin?

A: Hyperpigmentation, hyperpigmentation and hyperpigmention.

Q: What is hyperpigmentation?

A: Melanin is a chemical that determines skin coloration. The more melanin you have the darker your skin will be. Melanin is made in cells called melanocytes. These cells, which are contained in the upper layer of the skin are very reactive in our skin. Hyperpigmentation is caused when the cells are inflamed or over stimulated. When this happens the cells begin to over produce melanin causing dark spots (hyperpigmentation).

Q: What are the possible causes of hyperpigmentation and how can it be treated?

A: Heredity factors, hormonal influence and stress. There are many ways to treat hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and skincare products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids that help cast off accumulated dead skin cells are excellent ways to fade hyperpigmentation.

Q: What causes Acne?

A: Acne is a condition caused by blockage of the hair follicles (tiny pores that cover the face) and over activity of oil glands called sebaceous glands many factors contribute to the development of acne. Two of the most important are the balance in the levels of hormones(which is why acne does not appear until puberty and the activity of a special kind of bacteria that live on areas of the body where acne occurs. The hormones also increase the production of oil(sebum). Because the opening to the follicle is blocked, the oil builds up inside the follicle, forming a PIMPLE! Bacteria in the follicle help to stimulate inflammation, which can make the pimples larger, redder or darker and sometimes painful.

Q: What kind of a skin care routine should I follow?

A: It is important no matter what your skin tape is, to Be Gentle. Too often people treat the skin, particularly on the face like a burned pot that needs a good scrubbing with Brillo pad. Use products with gentle and soothing ingredients. Use warm water, no extreme in temperature.