Opinion: Is Crème de la Mer worth it?

I often get asked about the famously ultra expensive Crème de le Mer “miracle” cream. I find clients want the truth and inside scoop from a professional skin therapist versus a sales person. Over the years this brand has built quite the reputation for itself and as one of the most talked about cult favorite face creams. It’s known for being super luxurious and the “goal” skin care product for many people. As a consumer, do I think the hefty $170 an ounce price tag is worth it? And as an esthetician and clean beauty blogger, do I think the ingredients are safe, effective or even beneficial for the skin? Let’s dive in and talk about some of the top ingredients in this face cream, shall we….

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Sensitive vs. Sensitized Skin

Over the years performing facials, I have found many people perceive their skin as sensitive and it’s an increasing concern, especially among women. The reality is there is a true sensitive skin type that is a genetic trait but also sensitized or reactive skin which is a skin condition and quite different. Often people see the slightest bit of redness or stinging and automatically assume they have sensitive skin. However, there is a good chance it's not actually sensitive skin, but sensitized skin which is totally treatable and preventable.

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Switching to Natural Deodorant

Let me tell you a story, once upon a time in 2012 I decided I wanted to make the switch to natural deodorant. I went to a health food store, picked one out that smelled good and started using it. The end. No, NOT the end. More like my pits were dripping like Niagara Falls, I had wet marks on my shirt and I smelled like onion soup on a hot day. Here is my journey to making the switch!

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Cleansing 101

Creams, gels, oils oh my! With so many different types of cleansers on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose one that is best for you.  So I thought, lets get back to basics and I will walk you through all the different types of cleansers, cleansing techniques, tools and skin tips!

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Glue + Charcoal Face Mask: Everything you need to know

Lately, all over the Internet, there are beauty YouTubers and bloggers posting instructional videos on a "Charcoal and Elmer's Glue blackhead mask." The concept is to mix together Elmer's glue with activated charcoal powder to make a cheap alternative of a pore strip. But, is this good for your skin, effective and even safe? This is the in-depth esthetician explanation!

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Types of Acids in Skin Care

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) are naturally occurring compounds found in food that have exfoliating properties for the skin. They work by "un-gluing" dead skin. They have small molecules so they are able to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. 

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Why rose hip oil should be your new BFF

Rose hip oil has been making some buzz in the beauty world lately. And with good reason! It is a truly remarkable naturally occurring oil with a slew of skin benefits! It can help heal acne, calm sensitive skin, lighten pigmentation and is a wonderful an anti-aging oil! Not to mention give the skin that glow we all crave!

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How to fix Winter skin woes

Dull winter skin in full effect! For many people, the cold air can bring more than a rosy glow. It can bring dryness, peeling, tightness and irritation. Not to mention your makeup may not look so amazing at the moment due to skin dullness. The air outdoors lacks humidity and indoor heat in your home can really dehydrate your skin. Plus, certain winter lifestyle habits like hot showers or hot tubs can really suck the moisture right out of your skin. However, there are some simple changes you can make to alleviate these winter skin woes.

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