Skin Care Routines with Ice and Jade Rollers

Since 5000 BC, Chinese society has considered the green gemstone, Jade, to be a symbol of beauty and immortality and is thought to have healing properties. Ancient medical treatments utilized this stone to massage the muscles of the face and neck, stimulate acupuncture energy points, and promote lymphatic drainage.    How a Jade Roller Improves … More Skin Care Routines with Ice and Jade Rollers

Get the Hottest and Healthiest Makeup Trends

Every day we are inundated with the “latest and greatest” makeup looks and techniques. What’s often not mentioned often is the quality of the makeup. The colorful palettes and rich textures are either healthy… or not so much. After years of washing, squeezing and buffing my clients’ skin to perfection, I opt for healthy, natural … More Get the Hottest and Healthiest Makeup Trends

A for Effort: How Vitamin A Benefits Acne, Wrinkles and Collagen

Can Eating Mangos Make You Look Younger? Yes! It works like this: UV radiation damages skin by triggering the breakdown of dermal collagen and fibrillin (fiber in the skin that holds everything together – connective tissue). Clinical signs of photo-aging include fine lines and deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (sun spots), roughness, spider veins, and sallowness. Vitamin … More A for Effort: How Vitamin A Benefits Acne, Wrinkles and Collagen

Open Your Eyes to the World of Puffiness and Other Irritations

“Eyes are the windows to the soul” — Peng Liyuan The eyes are also a snapshot of your overall health and well-being. Fatigue, anemia, aging, medications, genetics, and other factors can cause various eye irritations. The skin around the eye area is the thinnest and most delicate region of your face. Lack of sleep, high … More Open Your Eyes to the World of Puffiness and Other Irritations

Brighten Up Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Essentially, dark circles are caused by having excess blood pools under the eye. Fatigue, anemia, aging, medications, genetics and other factors affect the appearance of periorbital (eye area) dark circles. The skin under your eye is thin and delicate. Because of this, increased blood flow can be easily seen in this area. The fragile capillaries under … More Brighten Up Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Pimples, Diet, Skin Problems? Let’s Ask an Expert!

When writing these posts, I refer to the expertise of Dr. David Cunningham from Santa Barbara. Our conversations and fact-finding missions are thoroughly enjoyable and educational. Here is the latest collection of questions from my skin care clients. What are the most common habits people shouldn’t do to their skin? Let your skin heal: Picking … More Pimples, Diet, Skin Problems? Let’s Ask an Expert!

Black Friday Sale

Happy Thanksgiving!   I hope you enjoyed a beautiful day with friends and family. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog each week. As you may know, my product line is S4 Skincare and we have just announced our Black Friday Sale. We’re offering 25% off the entire website. Simply use the code ‘S4BLACKFRIDAY’ … More Black Friday Sale

A Packaging Dilemma. An Inside Look into Your Skin Care Jars

Prior to launching our line, my partner and I performed market research by canvassing the downtown San Francisco area. We asked people to spend several minutes of their time answering questions about their likes and dislikes about skin care and packaging. The vast majority felt that heavy-bottomed glass jars were a sign of luxury, and … More A Packaging Dilemma. An Inside Look into Your Skin Care Jars

What is the Difference Between “Natural,” “Organic,” and Other Terms Used in Beauty Products

More than half of U.S. women say it is important their skin care products are all natural. The exact meaning of “natural” remains unclear. What does it mean to be natural? How does this compare to being organic? Natural Natural is the least regulated and defined term, while organic has strict criteria that need to … More What is the Difference Between “Natural,” “Organic,” and Other Terms Used in Beauty Products