Recently, I treated myself to a series of 3 professional peels at a local spa.  I've always heard that purchasing a series of treatments was much more effective than sporadic visits. The treatments themselves were fairly mild. My skin only peeled lightly for the most part.  Overall, I did experience some acne scar fading. But what was really interesting is what happened on my last visit.

As I laid on the little bed awaiting the application of the peel, I took the opportunity to ask a few questions.  The esthetician and I got on the topic of acne scars.  That's when she gave me possibly the best advice on treating discoloration that I've ever heard.  "You have to do something every day to fade your acne."  She went on to explain how she used the "do something every day" method to successfully create her flawless skin.
Summer's coming y'all.  The signature look of summer skin is superb flawlessness.  Most of us will sport hair styles that keep our hair off our shoulders.  Your skin will become the center of attention.  That's why we gotta start working now! Let's adopt this daily acne scar elimination strategy pronto.

Ok, to keep it simple, we'll the actions to 3 main categories: Exfoliation, Protection & Treatment.

Protection comes down to one thing, wearing sunscreen everyday...no excuses.  The sun basically acts as an instigator, causing your skin to hyperpigment.  Without the aid of sunscreen, you're leaving your skin vulnerable to the short term & long effects of the sun.  If you aren't committed to wearing sunscreen daily, how can you be serious about wanting even toned skin? Let's make this priority #1.

Once we have protection down pact, it's time to address current discoloration.  Everyone we've ever studied with perfect skin all profess to following a regular practice of exfoliation. We've seen it over, and over, and over again.  Regular exfoliation and a glowing complexion go hand in hand.  Keep in mind that there a levels to this.  You can exfoliate daily using the gentlest of products like Cure Exfoliating Gel or you can opt to facial scrubs and fading serums.  Maybe daily exfoliation isn't your thing, if not, you can try regular enzyme peels like Beyonce does.  I mean, if it's good enough to create Beyonce's perfect glow, it's good enough for us too.

Lastly, we must actively fight discoloration with a product meant to dissolve pigment. That's one area that I've been lacking in.  One thing the aesthetician stressed is using a product daily that will break down the extra pigment.  There are lots of products on the market that have the power to fade surface level scars.  You can opt for a skin brightening serum or a targeted fade cream.  That's next on my shopping list.  Currently I have my eye on Murad's Lightening Gel but I'm open to suggestions if any of you have a recommendation that worked well for you.

If you've got stubborn scars like me, you may have to take a more direct route, like indulging in professional treatments or employing facial tools that directly target dark spots.

Let's implement this daily practice of fading our acne scars today so by summer you'll have the skin of your dreams.







Recently, I treated myself to a series of 3 professional peels at a local spa.  I've always heard that purchasing a series of treatments was much more effective than sporadic visits. The treatments themselves were fairly mild. My skin only peeled lightly for the most part.  Overall, I did experience some acne scar fading. But what was really interesting is what happened on my last visit.

As I laid on the little bed awaiting the application of the peel, I took the opportunity to ask a few questions.  The esthetician and I got on the topic of acne scars.  That's when she gave me possibly the best advice on treating discoloration that I've ever heard.  "You have to do something every day to fade your acne."  She went on to explain how she used the "do something every day" method to successfully create her flawless skin.
Summer's coming y'all.  The signature look of summer skin is superb flawlessness.  Most of us will sport hair styles that keep our hair off our shoulders.  Your skin will become the center of attention.  That's why we gotta start working now! Let's adopt this daily acne scar elimination strategy pronto.

Ok, to keep it simple, we'll the actions to 3 main categories: Exfoliation, Protection & Treatment.

Protection comes down to one thing, wearing sunscreen everyday...no excuses.  The sun basically acts as an instigator, causing your skin to hyperpigment.  Without the aid of sunscreen, you're leaving your skin vulnerable to the short term & long effects of the sun.  If you aren't committed to wearing sunscreen daily, how can you be serious about wanting even toned skin? Let's make this priority #1.

Once we have protection down pact, it's time to address current discoloration.  Everyone we've ever studied with perfect skin all profess to following a regular practice of exfoliation. We've seen it over, and over, and over again.  Regular exfoliation and a glowing complexion go hand in hand.  Keep in mind that there a levels to this.  You can exfoliate daily using the gentlest of products like Cure Exfoliating Gel or you can opt to facial scrubs and fading serums.  Maybe daily exfoliation isn't your thing, if not, you can try regular enzyme peels like Beyonce does.  I mean, if it's good enough to create Beyonce's perfect glow, it's good enough for us too.

Lastly, we must actively fight discoloration with a product meant to dissolve pigment. That's one area that I've been lacking in.  One thing the aesthetician stressed is using a product daily that will break down the extra pigment.  There are lots of products on the market that have the power to fade surface level scars.  You can opt for a skin brightening serum or a targeted fade cream.  That's next on my shopping list.  Currently I have my eye on Murad's Lightening Gel but I'm open to suggestions if any of you have a recommendation that worked well for you.

If you've got stubborn scars like me, you may have to take a more direct route, like indulging in professional treatments or employing facial tools that directly target dark spots.

Let's implement this daily practice of fading our acne scars today so by summer you'll have the skin of your dreams.







When I was younger, a brand called Stridex filled the airwaves with commercials depicting acne ridden teens wiping their faces clean with medicated pads.  A teen smiles directly into the camera as she moves the damp pad in circular motions.  When finished, she flips the pad towards the screen revealing visible dirt instantly lifted off her skin.

Of course, I immediately ran to the drug store and grabbed several boxes. Those medicated pads took the place of a toner after washing.  This may not have been a good idea because, with daily use, it dried out my skin.  Eventually, I transitioned to using apple cider vinegar on soft cotton pads as a toner.

But then, Dr. Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta Peels came into my life.  I fell in love with the idea of giving myself a mini-chemical exfoliation with just a swipe of a pad. While convenient, Alpha Beta Peels are a bit pricey.  And since I've been in a DIY mood lately, I asked myself, "is there a way to create these mini-peel pads myself?"

The answer is yes!  All I had to do is get a hold of a gentle acid.  In my case, I use Mandelic Acid because it's effective, yet gentle enough for pigmented skin.  Prior to my DIY experiment, I applied the Mandelic Acid using a cotton pad.  I quickly figured out that this method was highly ineffective.  Cotton absorbs too much product.  I needed a plain "Stridex pad" like Dr. Dennis Gross uses.  
Immediately, my search began.  A short while later, I stumbled on a brand called Theraderm that offers dry exfoliation pads!  That's right.  You apply your own exfoliant or toner for a fraction of the cost. 

These DIY pads make it so easy to exfoliate on the regular.  It's as simple as moistening a cotton round.  Because these pads have somewhat of a rough texture, I still experience physical exfoliation even when I saturate them with toner instead of an acid.  I noticed the Mandelic Acid seemed much more effective when used with Theraderm pads versus with a cotton round application.  What I love most about these exfoliation pads, is that they seem to have the ability to easily draw out additional dirt and oil.  They are going to be a must have during the summer when oil production goes haywire.  And since the pads are dry, there's barely any waste.  You use as much product as you need. No more no less.  
If you've always liked the idea of giving yourself a mini-facial peel with little effort, these Theraderm pads are a dream come true.  

(p.s. If you're exfoliating more often with these convenient pads, make sure you stay consistent with daily sunscreen).  

Now go get your glow.



When I was younger, a brand called Stridex filled the airwaves with commercials depicting acne ridden teens wiping their faces clean with medicated pads.  A teen smiles directly into the camera as she moves the damp pad in circular motions.  When finished, she flips the pad towards the screen revealing visible dirt instantly lifted off her skin.

Of course, I immediately ran to the drug store and grabbed several boxes. Those medicated pads took the place of a toner after washing.  This may not have been a good idea because, with daily use, it dried out my skin.  Eventually, I transitioned to using apple cider vinegar on soft cotton pads as a toner.

But then, Dr. Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta Peels came into my life.  I fell in love with the idea of giving myself a mini-chemical exfoliation with just a swipe of a pad. While convenient, Alpha Beta Peels are a bit pricey.  And since I've been in a DIY mood lately, I asked myself, "is there a way to create these mini-peel pads myself?"

The answer is yes!  All I had to do is get a hold of a gentle acid.  In my case, I use Mandelic Acid because it's effective, yet gentle enough for pigmented skin.  Prior to my DIY experiment, I applied the Mandelic Acid using a cotton pad.  I quickly figured out that this method was highly ineffective.  Cotton absorbs too much product.  I needed a plain "Stridex pad" like Dr. Dennis Gross uses.  
Immediately, my search began.  A short while later, I stumbled on a brand called Theraderm that offers dry exfoliation pads!  That's right.  You apply your own exfoliant or toner for a fraction of the cost. 

These DIY pads make it so easy to exfoliate on the regular.  It's as simple as moistening a cotton round.  Because these pads have somewhat of a rough texture, I still experience physical exfoliation even when I saturate them with toner instead of an acid.  I noticed the Mandelic Acid seemed much more effective when used with Theraderm pads versus with a cotton round application.  What I love most about these exfoliation pads, is that they seem to have the ability to easily draw out additional dirt and oil.  They are going to be a must have during the summer when oil production goes haywire.  And since the pads are dry, there's barely any waste.  You use as much product as you need. No more no less.  
If you've always liked the idea of giving yourself a mini-facial peel with little effort, these Theraderm pads are a dream come true.  

(p.s. If you're exfoliating more often with these convenient pads, make sure you stay consistent with daily sunscreen).  

Now go get your glow.



Well, hello there. I see that you're back to uncover yet another of Beyonce's Flawless Skin secrets.  Let's see, so far we've discussed how the superstar follows the fundamental rule of healthy skin by drinking copious amounts of water daily.
Then we learned a special tip, from her makeup artist Sir John, of how using eye cream as skin moisturizer all over will provide even greater hydration.  I don't know about you, that tip alone made a huge difference with my skin.

Luckily for us, Sir John, is a man that loves to share the secrets.  In a recent Elle article, Sir John divulges the source of Beyonce's glowing skin.

His philosophy is that in the summer, our skin should radiate without the help of heavy makeup.  The key to this result is "monthly enzyme peels."  He goes on to tell us to incorporate regular fruit enzyme peels increase cell turnover.
What's so great about fruit enzyme peels?  Well for one thing, there's no down time.  Secondly, they only target the dead skin cells.  Live cells are left untouched.  They also diminish fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration, leaving behind, fresh youthful skin.

We understand the importance of regular exfoliation. I've talked about this topic incessantly in the past.  But, reading his words really made it clear how important it is to incorporate deep exfoliation into our routine on a regular basis.  Beyonce isn't the only one on the "monthly skin peel" bandwagon. I recall that Chilli once mentioned in a video interview that she also treats her skin to monthly peels. Is this part of secret to how she's pretty much managed to look the same for 20 years?

In an previous post, I mentioned that I'm currently experimenting with regular professional skin care treatments to see how much of a difference it makes.  So far, I've enjoyed two oxygen facials and one Sensi peel.  I have two more Sensi peel sessions to go then I'll share my thoughts.

To be honest, the idea of monthly enzyme peels makes perfect sense.  Those of you who use a pumice bar daily  know that even though you slough off dead skin regularly, it still accumulates like crazy.  Each year that you are alive, your cell turnover rate declines. Oh yeah, cell turnover also slows in the winter.  Essentially, if you do nothing, your skin gets duller as time passes.  No one wants that.

So if you haven't taken any action to create your winter glow, maybe it's time to take a lesson from the queen of healthy skin.