Breaking Out From Your Mask? Here’s How to Stop Maskne

I don’t have to tell you that masks are a must these days. Medical experts say wearing a paper or cloth mask in public spaces is one of the most import things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19.

What’s not fun is the telltale pimples on your cheeks and chin caused by all that mask wearing. Mask induced breakouts have become a fairly common phenomenon, cleverly named “maskne”. In addition to blemishes, you may also experience redness and irritation after a day of mask wearing. I’ll explain why maskne happens, how you can make it stop, and how to keep yourself and your skin healthier.

Why does maskne happen?

The name took off during the COVID-19 pandemic, but doctors have long known the condition by a different, more medical term: Acne Mechanica. This type of acne breakout is caused by friction, pressure or rubbing against the skin. It’s often seen in athletes who wear chin straps. In the case of maskne, it’s the friction of the fabric or paper mask against your skin. This traps moisture, sweat, oil and makeup which can all wind up lodged in your pores, triggering an inflammatory response. Acne causing bacteria, excess oil and inflammation are the three culprits for breakouts and acne. Even if you’re not one to typically breakout, you still may be seeing pimples after all the mask wearing.

How can you avoid maskne?

1. Add an acne treatment to your skincare routine.

Products that are formulated to fight acne without irritating or drying your skin will help keep pores clean, even when they’re covered with a mask.

Veronica’s Fresh Mint Cleanser, Vitamin B Blemish Cream, Bio Drying Lotion and Mint & Carrot Masque will help keep skin in balance. These products help reduce tissue redness, irritation and helps to prevent growth of the bacteria.

Fresh Mint Wash

The Veronica Fresh Mint Wash is a mild pH-balnced facial cleanser that instantly softens hard tap water, dissolves oil and contaminated sebum from the skin’s surface. Beneficial to the skin because of its selective blend of natural botanical extracts of Aloe Vera, Horsetail Extract, Sage, Peppermint and Spearmint. Unclogs pores and helps control oily skin without over drying.

Vitamin B Blemish Cream

The Veronica Vitamin-B Cream is a highly effective, yet very light day cream. It is recommended for normal to oily, blemished and problem skin. A complex blend of natural botanical extracts, vitamins and amino acids, help to moisturize and balance the skin. Vitamin-B (Yeast Extract) helps to regulate oil gland secretion to reduce the possibility of clogged pores, inflammations and breakouts. This helps keep skin in balance by working with your skin’s natural microbiome, a name that refers to all the microorganisms that live on the surface of skin, keeping it healthy and happy. When the skin’s microbiome is out of balance, bad bacteria (also known as P. acnes) can take over, contributing to pimples. Keeps the skin hydrated while controlling oil overproduction. Aloe Vera helps soothe problem skin. Blackcurrent, Tamarind, and Apple Extracts help to balance the skin’s pH and control bacteria. Vitamin-B Cream goes after bacteria that causes acne, without drying out your skin.

Blemish Drying Lotion

The Blemish Drying Lotion is an effective spot treatment for blemished skin. It helps dry up blemishes, reduces tissue redness, irritation and helps to prevent growth of the blemish. While other acne spot treatments are harsh and can irritate a dry or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types. The combination of ingredients, including Propolis and Tea Tree Oil make this one of Veronica’s top sellers for clear skin. The Veronica Blemish Drying Lotion also takes the redness and itch out of mosquito bites! Sulphur clears comedones and inhibits new ones from forming, Salicylic Acid encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells, Propolis works as a anti-inflammatory, and Tea Tree Oil fights off bacteria and is a anti-fungal. You can wear it under your mask during the day, and it will not dry out your skin.

Mint & Carrot Masque

To round out your acne regimen, you can add a weekly detoxifying mask.
The Veronica Mint & Carrot Masque purifies the skin with chlorophyll that helps draw out impurities. It calms irritations, and tightens and refines pores. If your skin is super oily, bump it up to twice a week on non-consecutive days.

2. Wash it daily

Fabric cloth masks need to be washed everyday. Fabric masks can become a haven for bacteria and wearing one without washing it can upset skin’s natural microbiome. Launder your fabric masks with a fragrance-free, gentle detergent. Fragrance can sometime trigger skin irritation in sensitive, and acne prone skin. You can spritz the liner of your mask with an antibacterial spray to keep it clean between washings.

3. Wear the right type

After months and months of mask wearing, you’ve probably realized they’re not all created equal. So, what’s the best mask if you’re struggling with maskne? Experts say you want one that’s snug, but not supper tight. Make sure it’s designed with at least two layers of a soft, comfortable fabric. Cotton is especially breathable and skin-friendly. Synthetic fabrics such as nylon or polyester can feel too heavy and lead to more moisture, irritation and potential breakouts on your skin.

Lisa

Lisa Jenelle Deleau (Veronica’s daughter)

4. Rethink your makeup

You have to tweak your regular look, especially if you’re already experiencing maskne. Avoid foundation if your going to be masked up for most of the day. Otherwise, it will mix with your skin“s oils and settle into your pores. Instead, use a makeup concealer with an SPF to spot treat areas under your eyes and where you need it on your face and neck. Play up your eyes, after all, your eyes are the first things everyone sees when half of your face is covered by a mask.

5. Give your skin a break

The American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) suggest giving your skin a breather at least every four hours for 15 minutes at a time. This is also a great time to remove excess oils by blotting and switching out your mask for a clean one.

Masks may be part of our reality for the foreseeable future, but maskne doesn’t have to be. Using the right products, treatments, makeup changes and hygiene tweaks, you can keep your skin calm and comfortable while you protect yourself and everyone else around you. Apply healing and nourishing products at night. Your skin works hard at night to try to heal itself. It’s therefore, essential to provide skin-nourishing ingredients before hitting the sheets.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season filled with hope and joy.

With love & gratitude,
Veronica

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

Happy Mother’s Day Mom♥️ Here’s to 40 years in business… Inspired by your work ethics🌹

This Mother’s Day means more to me than I can express in words.
May 24th will be 40 years since I opened my spa in Malibu. But more importantly, it’s the first Mother’s Day without my Mother. It’s also my daughter’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, and our wedding anniversary.

How do I begin…

Going into the spa industry in a way was like coming home, it was what I was called to do in this world, so I work hard to do it to the best of my ability. Starting a business at the age of 30 was a passion for me. I had a vision that put clients at the heart and center of my work. I am grateful for all the estheticians, yoga instructors, tai chi master, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, massage therapists and team members who joined me in my journey over the years.

I feel fortunate to be in the spa and wellness industry, where I can explore and research new products, treatments, and their impact on our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

Veronica Barton Schwartz

I am grateful and humbled each and every day by the constant love and loyalty shown by my clients and team members who have stood by me and helped me during my 40 years in business.

Over the last 40 years, Veronica Skin and Body Care has undergone many changes, and has become stronger and more successful than ever before. My deepest appreciation to all of my dear employees, clients, friends and my daughter Lisa, who have made these past 40 years possible. I would have never been able to imagine this journey without all of you! It is said that it doesn’t matter where you go in life, but what matters is whom you have beside you.

My mother passed away 6 months ago on Thanksgiving, and in that time I have found myself looking for answers, searching for anything that will help me figure out the loss of a mother. I lost my father at 3, so being raised by a single mother makes them your whole universe as a young child, which she was for me.

Renee

One of the last memories I have is watching, and listening to my mother tell my children how much she loved them and watching my daughter gently feeding her one of her last meals. The shutdown of our world was terrible, but I got to spend more time with my mother. The last few months of her life were especially hard, because she was getting weaker. She died 4 months shy of her 100th birthday. I miss her smile and spending time with her, and I always will.

Even now I wish we could make new memories together, but the memories of the times we spent together bring me happiness every day. One of the last trips I took her on was a cruise to Alaska. We would sit on the deck at midnight, and because it was summer the sun was still shining. I remember she loved watching the Bald Eagles fly above us.

Part of my fascination with skincare was inspired by my mother. I watched how she took care of her skin. I was a sun worshiper from the age of 12 and loved the ocean, and laying on the beach with my girlfriends every chance I could. She tried to tell me about the harmful rays of the sun back then, but my love affair with the ocean was too strong. I loved being sun tanned, and we would have contests on who could get the darkest. She’s the one that started my love affair with hats, lotions and French perfumes. Her dresser was always displayed with beautiful crystal perfume bottles, and her favorite creams.

On this Mother’s Day I am celebrating women and being a woman daily. I was brought up by a strict and hardworking mother. Whenever I am faced with difficulties, I think about my mother, and those powerful women who support each other and give encouragement to uplift one another, regardless of their current saturation. Their extraordinary strength keeps them going. I witnessed this when I traveled to Malawi in Africa. I met and watched how the widows in the village took care of the orphans. These amazing women formed their own support group and sew mosquito nets to support and feed the children. They are truly the definition of beautiful!. Their energy and kindness shine and lift other people’s spirits. I can’t wait to go back to Malawi to visit them!

Veronica with widows of Lilongwe, Malawi taking care of The Children Of The Nations.

How fortunate we are to be mothers, have mothers, or have figures in our lives to inspire us and gently guide us. I thank all of you for every hug, word of encouragement, and acts of love you have given me. I will never forget everyone’s kindness.

Happy Mother’s Day!

With Love,
Veronica

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” – Thomas Campbell

The Beauty Industry’s Freshest Trend

CBD skincare products are everywhere these days.

The hemp derived extract first popped up in everything from gummy bears to oral tinctures, but now it’s quickly emerging as the new ingredient in the skincare industry. I have been a passionate student of the science of skin care and an esthetician for over 40 years. I’ve learned the true secret to effective skin care lies in reducing inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of aging, dull skin, and most skin conditions. That’s why inflammation is the most talked about subject in skincare. I’ve been researching CBD skincare for many years and I am excited to talk to you about AmericanVanity BioAdvance CBD Skincare.

So what exactly is CBD?

Despite its very recent arrival in skincare products, cannabidiol is not new. in fact, its use dates back to ancient civilizations. CBD is short for cannabidiol. The plant-based extract is what is known as a phytocannabinoid, a molecule found in the hemp plant. Unlike another well-known phytocannabinoid, THC (found in marijuana), CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get you high in any application.

CBD

How does it work?

The plant based CBD supports the body’s own endocannabinoid system. We make our own naturally occurring cannabinoids, which is responsible for keeping your body (including your skin) in a healthy and balanced state. If the body’s endocannabinoid system is out of balance, so is your complexion. It can get irritated, oily, red, dry, blemish-prone or even itchy as a result. Topical CBD helps reduce the appearance of redness and irritation, and works to calm the skin down. It’s these soothing benefits that make CBD especially good for sensitive and problem skin types. Topical CBD also helps support skin’s moisture barrier ( the outermost layer), helping skin hold onto its hydration. When your moisture barrier is healthy and intact, your skin may be less sensitive as irritants can’t easily seep through the surface layer, and your complexion appears plumper and smoother.

Is all CBD created equally?

It’s not, which means that CBD skincare products aren’t equal, either. There are some differences that I want everyone to be aware of when looking for a CBD skincare product.

First, there are three different types of CBD used in skincare products: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD Isolate.

With full-spectrum CBD, you’re not just getting cannabidiol, you’re getting other phytocannabinoid, including THC. It is unfiltered CBD. It is not known what exactly CBD and THC do for the skin.

With broad-spectrum CBD, the extract has gone through one filtration process. Most of the THC has been removed, but there may still be traces (even if the label claims otherwise), so that’s something to consider if you’d rather not apply a psychoactive substance on your skin.

It’s only with CBD Isolate that you’re getting pure CBD.

AmericanVanity Skincare uses CBD isolate to ensure you’re getting nothing but the benefits of topical CBD. AmericanVanity’s patent pending BioAdvance CBD, is a water-based CBD with 30x the penetration of regular CBD oil. Most CBD infused skincare products today are oil-based .The problem with oil based products is the CBD’s topical bioavailability is very low-very little CBD makes it past the very topmost layer of skin to where it can actually do some good.

American Vanity

The collection of AmericanVanity Skincare is designed to soothe even the most sensitive complexions. Each of the products contain pure Isolate BioAdvance CBD. The collection is not only ideal for sensitive skin types, but also those who want a truly clean skincare line that incorporates CBD. Plus, it’s a calming skincare line that doesn’t skimp on efficacy. It can be used on any type of skin.

If you’re looking for skincare products that are made with the purest, highest-quality organic CBD, AmericanVanity will deliver visible results. And, it’s packed in glass with refills!

Please visit us on AmericanVanity.com to see the complete ingredient listing. And, I can’t wait to give you an AmericanVanity Facial at the spa!

Stay well my friends.

Love,
Veronica

“Filters are great, but great skin is better.”

Stay Well My Friends

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are all confronted with the fragility of our lives.

I am reminded that everyone in this world are our brothers and sisters, we are one family.

People will be struggling to make ends meet. We need to help each other. I’m donating soap to shelters and whoever needs it at this time. My heart aches for the world, those that are ill, and those that have passed. I have a feeling that we will all end up knowing someone who gets this terrible disease. I know we’ll get through this, and be stronger than before.

Like me, I know you’ve recently been bombarded with messages offering you new ways to enhance our health and well-being.

There are many ways to nurture our wellness, but it seems a bit overwhelming, knowing what everyone is going through at this time.

How do you decide what’s best for you, and what’s right?

Since I founded Veronica Skin & Body Care, my aim has always been to take a holistic, but above all an individual approach.

Our bodies and minds are unique to each of us, and makes perfect sense that the way we take care of them is also personal. What works for one may not work for another. This is a crazy, and stressful world and I believe we need to balance this time to care for ourselves, without worrying if we’re doing it right.

I hope you can find a path that’s right for you.

  Here are a few of my tips  

sleep

Adequate sleep is critical for health

Try to get 7 or more hours in a quiet and dark room. Studies show that people who don’t get quality or enough sleep are more likely to age faster, and lower your immune system. During sleep, our immune system releases proteins called cytokines, which promote sleep. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. Cell division happens throughout the day, but peaks around 2 a.m. This is literally the time you have cell renewal and rejuvenation during your sleep. There’s a reason it’s call ‘Beauty Sleep’.

stay hydrated

Avoid inflammatory foods and stay hydrated

Try to remove sugar, gluten and dairy from your diet. It’s incredibly important to stay hydrated to ensure your respiratory system remains in full strength.

Drinking enough water helps your body fight infection and makes you feel better. Drink a glass before bedtime, and first thing in the morning. It will make you feel better, really!

meditate

Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day

Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day, or more if you can. Focus on your breathing, and allow your body to slowly unwind. I love meditating when I bathe, it’s something I look forward to.

bath tub

Take warm baths with epsom salts and essential oils.

Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfates, which ultimately helps the body to relax and allow you to drift off into tranquility. Aromatherapy baths help calm the mind and body. Add a few drops of organic essential oils of lavender, orange blossom or chamomile. These are my favorites. Lavender is stress-riding, orange blossom is calming and reduces anxiety, and chamomile relaxes and promotes sleep. There are many you can choose from.

yoga

Practice yoga

Only a few minutes a day will have a dramatic and positive effect. It helps ease your mind. Yoga straightens and stretches your muscles, and ligaments to keep you limber. The mental and physical wellbeing are entirely connected, and yoga is an amazing practice for both our physical and mental health.

yoga

Take supplements to boost your immune system

Zinc is so important at this time. I’ve been taking chelated zinc since I was in my early 20’s. It was partly responsible for helping me get rid of my acne. It’s an anti-inflamatory mineral that our body needs. I love Dr. Mark Hyman for his knowledge and expertise on functional medicine. I took a few of his classes when he was the director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts and have read all his books. His website is www.drhyman.com. He has informative podcasts about health and longevity.

yoga

Wash your hands often

but use a moisturizing, sulfate-free hand wash when you can. Sulfates help create a lather and produce foam, but breaks down oil and grime on your hands The problem is the sulfates strip away your skin’s natural, protective oils and pull water out of the skin. Try to wash your hands with glycerin and lanolin soaps. Use gloves when you can.

Do a facial on your skin twice a week!

Now’s the time to quit wearing makeup and bathe your skin in healthy peptides and nutrients during the day. Take advantage of this time to have healthier skin. Learn how to do lymphatic drainage on your face and neck. Doing self massage will help drain toxins, and give you healthier skin. Do a cleansing mask and a hydrating mask twice a week.

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jade rollers

Apply your eye cream with a jade stone at night. This ancient beauty ritual from Japan is known to drain toxins from the eye area, increasing blood circulation and helps with puffiness.

Think of this time as being in your cocoon, and you’ll be a butterfly when it’s over.

One easy hydrating, anti-aging face mask you can make at home is so easy.

All you need is yogurt and honey.

  • Mix two tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt with one
  • tablespoon of raw honey in a small bowl and mix
  • Apply to the face and let the mask dry for 15 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water

Voila, you have healthier and brighter skin!

beach

And take a walk in nature when you can. We need to connect with the earth and breathe in those negative ions. Just 30 minute every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance.

It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Above all, stay strong and positive during this difficult time. One of my favorite quotes:

“We must accept infinite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King

Stay well my friends.

Love,
Veronica


Why To Invest In Professional Facials

With everything you see on the internet, YouTube and social media, you may think you can do it all yourself when it comes to skincare and beauty.

With the press of a button, you can browse how-to videos on everything from creating the ideal smoky eye to using advance skincare devices to lift sagging skin, and cure puffy eyes.

But what you can’t find online is the professional advice and hands on experience of a licensed, well trained esthetician. Our skin changes every few years, depending on age, stress, environment, hormones and lifestyle. At-home products you were using last year may not be the ideal product for you to use now. Knowing what products and skincare regimen can put you on the path to long term radiant skin.

Here are a few of my top reasons to get a pro on your self-care schedule:

Expert skin analysis

There is definitely a difference between skin type (oily, dry, normal, rosacea, sensitive, etc.). When an esthetician is working with you, she/he can examine your skin without makeup, under strong magnification and in different stages of cleansing and exfoliation. This helps to see what your skin is missing and what it needs in order for her/him to make recommendations to best meet your skincare goals. Screening and early detection are critical in treatment for more serious skincare issues. That is why we love having Talia Emery M.D. as our medical director to give free consultations to diagnose your skin if we see a problem.

Professional strength exfoliation

Having a consistent exfoliation in your weekly at home regimen is needed to keep your skin smooth and allow for the best product penetration. But nothing compares to the deeper results of a professional exfoliation or peel.

This can come in the form of a physical scrub, microdermabrasion, enzyme peel or multi-acid treatment. There are many different options available, depending on your skin type and condition, ensuring the right level and method to avoid irritation, but give you that spa glow.

Customized plan

There are so many choices of products, ingredients, at-home devices and in-spa treatments, it can be overwhelming. Being able to ask questions you have about your skin and how to care for it is a great benefit of having a trusted skincare professional on your side. No more guessing on the ideal products to get you the maximum results you desire. Consultation is key. Your lifestyle, skincare habits, products you use, and your immediate concerns are important to know for creating a future plan for good skin health, and a beautiful complexion. At Veronica Skin Care we believe it is not only important to what you apply to your skin, but overall good health, including clean eating, regular exercise and calming the mind to contribute to a radiant complexion. Care of the face and body is a must to keep your skin looking and operating its best, and periodic professional facials are a wonderful way to enhance the home care you give your skin to stay healthy. Looking beautiful is not about looking younger, it’s about looking your best at any age. Contact us for your customized facial treatment at one of our three locations; Veronica Skin & Body Care in Malibu, Veronica Skin Care on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Veronica Spa at the Malibu Beach Inn.

Wishing you Wellness!

Love,
Veronica

“Your skin is your best accessory. Take good care of it.” – Veronica

The Next Chapter / My Birthday Blog

Veronica's 70th Birthday

On turning 70, I can only tell you that I believe we can age gracefully, not fighting or denying the fact that your energy level does go down a bit.

It’s even more important remaining physically active and appreciating this stage of life as a new adventure. I appreciate the little girl that still lives in me, who always wants to know and see what’s beyond the bend in the road, and figure a way to get there.

I am deeply grateful that my younger self had the courage to do things that were not easy, or comfortable at times. I’m grateful for my friends, family, and those strong women who helped me stay on the path.

I’ve personally never thought of aging as beauty-related, even though I’m in the beauty business. I’ve always related aging to experience, lessons learned, and wisdom gained. When I look in the mirror as a 70 year old, I never think, ‘Wow, I look older and my skin doesn’t look like it did in my twenties’. I just see me at the current stage of who I am today. I reflect on what I’ve been able to accomplish over the years and what I still hope to accomplish over the next year. To me, aging is a beautiful part of life’s progression towards learning and becoming a better version of ourselves. It’s about being in good health, caring about your happiness, and staying fit.

Beauty products will help, but they are only a part of keeping the whole body and mind in shape. Fresh unprocessed food, a lot of movement, de-stressing rituals, spa treatments, a good night’s sleep, and good skin care products are the right combination for me. Aging is beauty, we should embrace it. My journey as a skin healer grew from having bad skin, so learning about self-love and care, to gravitating towards internal wellness of the mind and body brought me to where I am today. Beauty is not reflected by age, it’s reflected by the health of your energy from within, revealing your inner light.

Kendall (my granddaughter) and I will be going to Vietnam in April with Operation Smile. And congratulations to Kendall on her graduation from Auburn University, class of 2018! While I have never been on an Operation Smile medical mission before, I have always felt a deep connection to this group of doctors who travel to third world countries and provide life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries. These volunteers give babies around the world a chance to live normal lives that are healthier and more fulfilling.

Dr. William Magee and his team of surgeons

A child’s cleft lip or palate can be repaired for $240, and in as few as 45 minutes. Kendall is 22 and is pursuing a medical career. Nothing makes me happier than joining Dr. William Magee and his wife, Kathleen Magee (a nurse and clinical social worker) on this mission. They founded Operation Smile in1982, and have dedicated their lives to helping children with cleft palates. They saw a need and Operation Smile was born.

Kathleen Magee, Dr. Bill Magee, Veronica

Kendall and I are honored to be going on this mission. On my 70th we raised over $27,000 in our silent auction for Operation Smile. Thank you to everyone who donated to Operation Smile. A special thank you to Jennifer Naylor for her delicious food, Shamra and Brian Strange for the wine from Strange Family Vineyard, and Cindy Crawford for the Casimigos Tequila. Here’s to 70 candles!

With love & gratitude,
Veronica

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Khalil Gibran

Spring Clean Your Winter Routine

Spring

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to change your skin care routine. In the dry winter months our skin requires a heavier moisturizer.

Warmer temperatures causes the skin’s natural oil production to increase, this means using a lighter moisturizer and even more sun protection. To have the best skin this season, you’ll want to make some adjustments on how you treat your skin.

Here are 4 suggestions to spring clean your skincare regimen.

Exfoliate & Mask

Skin is less sensitive when the humidity is higher because there is more moisture in the air.
Use a scrub or light exfoliating peel to brighten and smooth the appearance of your skin. This will give you a smooth canvas for your makeup, and help your treatment products be more effective and do their job. Our new Charcoal Glow Mask is a scrub & mask all-in-one!

Glow Mask

Lighter Moisturizer

Warmer temperatures result in oiler skin, so switch to a lighter moisturizer in the Spring.
Use a lightweight moisturizer that provides hydration and nourishes your skin while your sleeping.

Hydrating Night Cream

Add an Antioxidant Serum

Everyone should incorporate a serum into their skin routine. Even when you use sunscreen, your skin is exposed to damaging free radicals. Air pollution, toxins and UV exposure all create free radicals that lead to environmental damage. An antioxidant serum will help counteract that damage and help keep your skin younger. A good serum will also boost clarity and brighten your skin.

Seaweed Peptide Serum

Spring Clean Your Pores with a Professional Facial

I recommend seeing an esthetician and getting a professional facial after the winter months.
It’s an excellent way to jump start your complexion after the winter months. Remember, Spring cleaning is not just for your house, your skincare regimen also needs an overhaul.

Facial

Wishing you a Bright & Happy Spring!

Love,
Veronica

“Elegance is the only beauty, that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn

Winter Skin Tips From Veronica

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to show your love – to your skin!!

Colder temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin, both on the face and body. It gets flaky, dry, and can be painful and itchy. Here are a few of my tips on keeping your body’s largest organ hydrated and healthy during the winter months.

Use products that are gentle on your face and body during the winter months. Without cleansing, your products can’t do their job. It’s important to use a cleanser that softens water and gently rids the skin of impurities without stripping the skin of it’s normal pH.

Fresh Mint Wash

Keep your environment from being too dry. Our skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of your body. When it is cold and dry, water evaporates off the surface of our skin faster. Use a humidifier to prevent dryness and drink extra water. Humidifiers are a good way to add moisture back into your home, especially if you use a fireplace or heater.

Exfoliate less than you would normally, your skin barrier is going to be compromised because of the cold air and dryness.

Twice a week is enough during the winter months.

Skin care

Avoid hot baths and showers. In the winter months, taking hot showers and not moisturizing can dry out your skin. If the skin is not moisturized immediately, the skin surface gets exposed to air, resulting in ‘winter itch’.

Hot water dehydrates our skin, so after you pat dry, moisturize your face and body. Use products that contain hyaluronic acid to keep the barrier of your skin from losing a lot of water. Don’t go outside in the cold with damp skin. If your skin is damp and you go out in the cold, it’s going to chap more. It’s just like when you lick your lips, it makes the problem worse.

Use your moisturizer often. Using a good moisturizer is crucial for keeping skin hydrated throughout the winter. I recommend using face and body oils for your skin type during the winter months. Use a cream moisturizer after to help trap in the hydration. There is a body oil for every skin type. My favorites are coconut or a light sesame seed oil.

Happy Valentine’s Day Beauties!

Love,
Veronica

Veronica and Carl

Veronica & Carl with Venus de Milo (the Greek Goddess of Beauty & Love)

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn

Happy Holidays!

Montana Ave

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!

I am thrilled to share that I have opened my third skincare spa on the beautiful Montana Avenue in Santa Monica! We will be offering customized facials, body treatments, and the latest technology in anti-gravity therapies, ultrasound, radio-frequency, and facial treatments. Our skincare boutique includes the latest in skincare products in the world.

Spa Suite

I have been fortunate to be in an industry that I am passionate about and love. I am grateful to all my mentors that encouraged me to embark on this great beauty journey.

I feel blessed to have created a concept that helps make your skin look it’s most youthful, by using the best technologies and products that are gentle and yet effective to deliver results.

I want to share four things I am incredibly thankful for;

  1. All of my employees and their passion, hard work, and dedication to me and Veronica Skin Care.
  2. My family, and great friends I have met in my life. They truly are my inspiration.
  3. Our clients from the last 38 years. Their continued dedication and loyalty fills my heart.
  4. Lastly, I am thankful for my health, and everyone who has inspired me to move forward in building my business. Having had terrible skin in my youth, I find it exceptional joyful in helping others with their skin care problems.

Thankful

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a new year filled with hope and joy.

With love,
Veronica

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gabran