Veronica Opens Second Location In Malibu!

Malibu Beach Inn

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The Veronica Spa offers exclusive treatments provided by our team of beauty therapists extraordinaire.

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We’re happy to announce that we now have two locations in Malibu!

The Malibu Beach Inn asked us to be their exclusive spa and we had our grand opening on the first day of Spring March 21st!

Our beautiful Spa Suite has a private balcony and a breathtaking view with magical sunsets that you’ll enjoy while having your spa treatments.

Enjoy your facial and experience the most prestigious skin care products to cleanse, protect and rejuvenate your skin.

SkinCeuticals, Epicuren, Intraceuticals and the Veronica Malibu Skin Care Products will be our exclusive lines, also available for purchase in the lobby.

All the collections use proprietary ingredients, antioxidants and aromatic essential oils blended from herbs and plants chosen for their scent and specific properties.

Lulled by the sound of the sea on the rocks below, the Veronica Spa creates a gentle nurturing environment for body treatments that include the Malibu Hot Stone Treatment, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Mother-To-Be Massage and Couples Massage.

You’re just steps away from Malibu landmarks and the Malibu Pier. Hiking trails, paddle boarding, surfing lessons, restaurants (Nobu anyone) and exclusive boutiques are just steps away from our location.

Hotel guests and outside guests can book a Spa Treatment 7 days a week in our beautiful ocean front suite, or in the privacy of your own guest room if you’re staying at the Malibu Beach Inn.

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Come experience regenerating treatments in our newly renovated spa suite and revive your skin, body and senses provided by our beauty therapists.

Happy Spring!
Veronica

“The sea, once it casts it’s spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

How Pollution Harms Your Skin

We know how pollution harms our environment, but research shows that it also harms your skin.

Pollution can cause uneven skin tone, accelerated aging, and even skin cancer. A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology compared women living in urban environments over 24 years and found that those exposed to increased pollution had more dark spots and wrinkling. The sun and smoking isn’t the only bad guy, now we know how damaging pollution really is.

When pollution comes in contact with your skin, it doesn’t just stay on the surface. Small microscopic particles (car exhaust, smog, dust, smoke, soot, construction sites, power plants) are released into the atmosphere. Sometimes these tiny particles are 20 times smaller than pores, allows them to infiltrate deeper layers of the epidermis. This not only causes inflammation and dehydration, but also a cellular -level reaction that leads to the loss of elasticity. The good news is you can help prevent this with simple changes to your beauty routine, such as proper cleansing and using antioxidants every day. This makes a big difference in how your skin ages.

Three simple steps that have a big impact on your skin:

Cleansing

Cleansing

At night you need to cleanse deeper to remove the film of harmful pollutants, not to mention makeup and everyday dirt and sweat. The goal is to get everything off without too much scrubbing, which can exacerbate skin conditions like acne. In the morning wash in order to prep skin for radiance boosting products and protection. Your final step should always be a toner for your skin type. It lifts off any debris that can be left behind.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants

When pollution gets into your skin , it creates free radicals. Free radicals increase inflammation, which makes acne and rosacea worse. They can cause DNA damage and breakdown collagen and elasticity. To help protect skin, layer on a serum and moisturizer with antioxidants after classing in the AM and PM. Also, eat antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, leafy greens, beans, and take Omega-3 fish oil. They play a powerful role in our body’s ability to repair itself, especially the skin.

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Your probably already using sunscreen when it’s sunny, but put it on every morning, even if it’s overcast. Pollution not only damages skin directly, but also contributes to the erosion of the ozone layer, which shields us from the sun’s harmful rays. The UV rays accelerate hyper- pigmentation and inflammation, which causes more damage to skin. Protect yourself and your children outside with UV clothing and hats. Also protect eyes with UVA and UVB sunglasses.

Utilize sunscreen, antioxidants and proper cleansing, and your skin will look younger than your years.

To your good health,
Veronica

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who
keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka

The Secret To Aging Gracefully

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I’ve had a lifelong passion for skincare and nutrition.

Having beautiful, healthy skin is a way of life. When a person is young, it’s easy to have clear, translucent skin. Keeping skin that way and aging gracefully is a lifelong commitment, and a way of life.

What benefits skin the most is eliminating sugar and white flour from your diet, increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and drinking plenty of water. Water is absolutely vital for every process in the body, including your skin.

Essential Fatty Acids are nutritional cornerstones of human health. Two major families of fats are comprised of omega-3’s (cold water fish) and omega-6’s (seeds, nuts and their oils).

They are deemed ‘essential’ because we need them for proper health, much like certain vitamins and minerals, but cannot produce them on our own. We must therefore consume these fats through diet or supplementation. Most associate omega 3’s with cardiovascular health, but their benefits go far beyond the heart. Omega 3’s also benefits a healthy brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health, pregnancy and lactation, healthy skin and hair, and a normally functioning immune response.

While I could go on about the benefits for the whole body, I’ll talk about Omega 3’s for the skin. Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and is often the first visual indicator of an essential fatty acid deficiency.

The essential fatty acids in fish oil are crucial nutrients for skin health and function. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) reside in the membranes that surround skin cells, where they regulate a large number of cellular processes that directly impact skin health.

The research-backed benefits of fish oil include:

  • Nourishes skin, hair, and nails
  • Protects against age-related damage
  • Hydrates skin by retaining natural moisture
  • Protects against free radicals
  • Stimulates production of healthy skin cells
  • Supports a clear and healthy complexion
  • Is natural and safe for long-term use

Good food sources of Omega-3’s include:

  • Wild cold water fish
  • Seaweed
  • Algae
  • Omega-3 eggs
  • Walnuts

My favorite brand is Nordic Naturals. The Norwegian government quota system represents one of the most comprehensive and stringent monitoring systems for fishing in existence today.

Nordic Naturals

Nordic Naturals adheres to the highest standards that guarantees quality products, free of heavy metals, and environmental toxins. To read more about their product go to: www.nordicnaturals.com

The American Health Association (AHA) recommends that people eat fish at least twice a week to increase their intake of omega-3’s.

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My skin looks better and I feel better when I take my Omega-3’s, we even give them to Bernie!

To your good health,
Veronica

”Every 28 days, your skin replaces itself. Your liver, 5 months. Your bones, 10 years.
Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you.”

A Little Help From Our Friends…

Thank you for the great response on my last appearance on Extra and thanks to all that came out!

Several audience participants asked about their acne problems, I wish I could have helped all of you.

I could go on for hours about acne, but the truth is there is not one answer. Everyone is individual and there are different causes and different treatments to help sufferers of acne.

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Having had acne as a young girl, I’ve always been sensitive to my clients who battle with managing their acne with topical products. Most tend to dry their skin out and cause sensitivity. The Veronica Blemish Drying Lotion is an effective spot treatment for blemished skin. It reduces tissue redness, irritation and stops the growth of bacteria.

While other acne spot treatments are harsh and can irritate the skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types. The combination of Propolis and Tea Tree Oil calms the skin naturally and effectively.

Propolis (also known as bee glue) is a substance collected by honeybees to seal gaps and holes in their hives. Ir promotes healing and prevents scaring.

Tea Tree Oil disinfects the pores, and has natural soothing properties. The Veronica Blemish Drying Lotion even stops the itching in bug bites!

Blemish Drying Lotion

Sometimes we need a little help covering the discoloration and marks left behind from acne.

Pro Palette Concealer

The Pro Palette Concealer has three shades to perfectly match and completely camouflage imperfections.

Each shade can be used alone or blended to perfectly match your complexion, hide blemishes, pigmentation and dark under eye circles.
I believe skin should look as natural as possible, which is why I created this lightweight, hydrating, three-shade system.

My goal is to give everyone the clear skin we all deserve plus the healthy, glowing, radiant complexion we all want.

With Love,
Veronica

”Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

Extra TV Giveaway

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Doing beauty segments on Extra TV is fun and always a wonderful experience. The producers, Mario Lopez, Maria Menounos and the crew could not be nicer, they are always so welcoming.

They ask me to talk about the latest and greatest in skincare, health and beauty. They’ve come to Malibu several times to film us demonstrating different facial treatments, Tai chi and Endermologie.

When I go to the studio, I’ve noticed that people aren’t just interested in the great give-a-ways, but the audience really wants to learn about good skin care and what really works. It gives me great satisfaction to help them with their issues, as it does at the spa with our clients in Malibu.

On my last visit to Extra I introduced and talked about my new Sea System; the Marine Comfort Cleanser, Clarifying Toner and V Peptide Eye Cream.

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I am excited to offer these high performance products that deliver extraordinary results, formulated with the newest technology in cosmeceutical skin care.

The Marine Comfort Cleanser – Derived from beneficial Seaweed, Coconut Oil, and Wheat Germ Oil. This natural, nourishing cleanser lifts dirt, oil and impurities as it softens and rejuvenates the skin.

The Clarifying Toner – Helps purify and refine the skin with a soothing blend of eleven herbs that tones the skin without drying it out.

The V Peptide Eye Cream – Reduces under-eye puffiness and crow’s feet, while helping with dark circles. This combination of peptides and cucumber extract helps rejuvenate the eye area.

The question I get asked the most is, “What is the best cleanser with no sulfates, parabens or fragrance, and what eye cream should i use for lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness?”
Now we have The Sea System.

Veronica Sea System

I’ll be on Extra TV July 4th, talking about my new products with Maria Menounos, and Extra’s Website will be giving away 5 sets of The Sea System Trio ($171 each).

Hope you win and Happy 4th of July!

With Love,
Veronica

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

Maintaining Healthy, Beautiful Skin

When we hear the word hydration, we immediately think of water. While water is key to hydration, drinking water isn’t enough to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. Limiting our skincare regimen to topical solutions is not the only secret to youthful looking skin, you need to incorporate other practices in your daily routine.

Our skin works constantly as an outer protective barrier to the potentially hostile environment around us by regulating the body’s temperature and hydration, and protecting it from the outside air (central heating and air-conditioning included). Just like every other part of the body, our skin needs a good balance of nutrients to help it stay in peak condition.

The surface layer of the skin (epidermis) is formed from layers of flattened cells packed with a substance called keratin. This outer keratin layer needs to be well hydrated to keep their structure intact and work effectively. Oils produced by the skin help to trap water in this layer, and if this fails, the skin can rapidly dry out. As the body ages, the sebaceous glands in the skin, which produces the oils, become less efficient. Skin becomes thinner and the oil glands become less active, which leaves the skin susceptible to lines and wrinkles.

Always maintaning a hydrated skin is important. This not only delays aging and helps prevent wrinkles, but it also keeps the skin healthy and functional. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin hydrated.

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1. Eat foods that nourish the body

Eat a balanced diet, rich in antioxidants as those found in fruits and vegetables. Juicing is a good way to get more fruits and vegetable into your daily diet. Eating avocados and fish can keep your skin hydrated, making it smooth and soft. Omega 3’s (Nordic Naturals) fish oil helps with the moisture level of your skin, and enhances hormonal balance while improving your mood.

2. Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids not only plumps up the skin, but it helps your immune system. Limit consumption of fluids with diuretic properties like coffee and alcohol. Smoking damages skin and can make the blood vessels narrow, depletes the skin of nutrients, oxygen, and decreases blood flow to the skin. This condition damages collagen and elastin, which are responsible for the skin’s elasticity and strength.

3. Sun exposure and environment

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most important thing a person can do to keep skin looking youthful is to protect it from the sun. Too much sun exposure causes damage to the skin and increases the risk of developing cancer. When exposed to the sun, always wear sunscreen, a four inch brimmed hat, and UV sunglasses.

4. Limit use of dehydrating products

Overuse of soaps and harsh perfumes, or bathing in very hot water too frequently can remove the skin’s natural lubrication, leading to a drying and damaging effect on the skin.

5. Cleanse and exfoliate

The best beauty ritual begins with effective cleansing. Only when there is no trace of dirt particles or makeup on the skin can skin care ingredients deliver their full effect and help the skin. Use cleansers that deep cleanse without stripping skin’s natural oils.

6. Regenerate and revitalize

Choosing the right skin care line is important in maintaining healthy skin. Selecting the right age prevention or anti-aging skincare is critical to achieving the best results. Once you have established your beauty goals, take the time to research the products and ingredients.

Getting a proper skin analysis from a licensed esthetician or dermatologist can helps you to determine what kind of skin you have.

I hope this helps you embrace you skincare routine and stay hydrated!

With Love,
Veronica

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing of years.” – Audrey Hepburn

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There will be a GIVEAWAY and a chance to win these exclusive skin care products (worth $171) on ExtraTV.com after the airing.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

I love Mother’s Day.

Being a mother of two beautiful children—Anthony and Lisa—I love taking the time to pause, reflect and celebrate the most important job there is—motherhood. My children have taught me more than I have taught them. They have taught me a depth of love and understanding I never imagined possible. To me motherhood is a spiritual journey. Now my children are grown and have their own children. I’m amazed and grateful for every moment I get to be with them.

My father died when I was very young, so I was brought up without a father. My mother (Renee) pulled double duty to make sure we had everything she could possibly give us. Part of my fascination with skincare was inspired by my mother. Renee taught me about good grooming at a very young age. My mother is 93, and I’m still amazed how she puts herself together everyday.

Veronica and Renee

I was a sun worshiper from the age of 12. I loved the sun and the ocean, and those were the early days of surfing and Bain de Soliel. My mother tried to tell me about the harmful rays of the sun back then, but the beach was calling me. Renee couldn’t believe how tanned I got, and cringed when she saw me. I was proud of my tan…what did I know, I was young and a surfer girl! She’s the one that started my love affair with hats, lotions and french perfumes. Her dresser was always displayed with beautiful perfume bottles and her favorite creams.

After getting my license in skincare and becoming certified in aromatherapy, I tried to reverse the damage of sun exposure to my own skin. Because of the advanced technology in skincare, we’re lucky to have active ingredients in products that really work. These products can help strengthen skin. In my next blog I’ll share with you tips on helping repair sun damage and maintaining healthy skin.

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

And more importantly, how fortunate we are to be mothers, have mothers, or have figures in our lives to inspire us and gently guide us.

Happy Mother’s Day!

With Love,
Veronica

The most beautiful necklace a mother can wear is not pearls or gems, but her child’s arms around her neck.

April in Paris – Part 3

I couldn’t wait to show Kendall the Guinot Skin Care headquarters in Paris. I studied and visited with Rene Guinot in the beginning of my career in skin care.

The founder of Rene Guinot was a chemical engineer, and a well known chemist who began working with skin care products in the late 1920’s.

Guinot’s chemistry background allowed him to approach the skin and beauty care market from a scientific viewpoint. In 1930, Guinot achieved his first breakthrough by recognizing that deep cleansing the skin allowed the active ingredients in skin care products to penetrate more deeply. He was one of the first pioneers in skincare to add active ingredients in his products. Over the next several decades, Guinot built up a list of more than 55 biologically active ingredients that could be used to treat various skin types. Guinot also began experimenting with the use of electricity as a means of stimulating the action of the different substances incorporated into his gels and creams.

These innovations were supplied to his wife, who was an esthetician. She used them in her own Parisian SkinCare Salon. By the early 1960’s Guinot’s formulas had begun to attract interest from other spas in Paris.

Rene Guinot

The Rene Guinot Company was started with 22 salons in France. In 1965, Guinot had succeeded in his first breakthrough treatment, which he called “Hydradermie”. The use of special gels applied with the aid of roller electrodes. This is the same treatment used today all over the world at exclusive spas. I’ve been doing this special treatment for 35 years, and it’s still one of the most gentle, thorough, hydrating and effective treatments in the world. It is the most popular treatment before plane travel or vacations.

Of course, we couldn’t leave France without visiting Eperney, Reims and the Champagne Region. I wanted Kendall to see Chagall’s beautiful stained glass windows, and show her how Champagne was made. Remembering my experience on visiting this region in the 80’s was fascinating and I wanted her to see that part of France. I also wanted to give her that first sip of champagne. One of my favorite artists is Chagall and in Reims, France is the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral. In 1974, Marc Chagall created three stained glass windows for the axial chapel of the Cathedral, they are beautiful. Those windows inspired me to learn the art of stained glass and it became a hobby of mine.

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We toured Verve Clicquot. We learned about the fascinating blend of winemaking, and biography of the remarkable woman, Madame Clicquot Ponsardin, who transformed champagne into a global industry back in the 19th century.

We toured Moet & Chandon, and Kendall’s first sip of Champagne was Don Perignon! Even with one week, we barely scratched the surface of Paris. It’s a huge city that takes a lifetime to really see. Our trip ended with lunch at Laduree, a bakery that opened in 1862 by Louis Ernest Laduree. The Parisian cafe and pastry shop was one of the first tea rooms in Paris. After looking at all the beautiful colors of the macaroons, we scooped up a few dozen for our trip home.

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Oh, and a quick stop at Reppetto, to pick out a pair of french ballet slippers for my girl…she chose red!

To take Kendall to Paris and watch her skip from one Parisian sight to another, and see the city through her innocent eyes was a dream come true, and one I will cherish forever. Our week in Paris was sunny and perfect, an hour before we left it started raining. It was magical.

Avec Amour,
Veronica

True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. – Audrey Hepburn

This is the spirit that I always follow and hope that you nurture your beauty within.
Love, Veronica

April in Paris – Part 2

Paris in the month of April dances with fragrance and flowers. The glorious colors of tulips, daffodils, cherry and apple blossoms among other varieties of flowers are everywhere.

All we wanted to do was relax and enjoy each fleeting moment, holding on to the unique ambiance for as long as it would last, but we had too much to do and see.

On our first morning we walked down the Champs-Elysees and through the Jardin Des Tuileries. We visited Notre Dame and its Bell Tower.

We had so much to do in such a short time, and we could feel the energy of Paris combined with our excitement.

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First on our list was showing Kendall the Louvre Museum, the central landmark of Paris, France.

It’s one of the worlds largest museums and a historic monument. Showing her the Louvre, watching her admiring the masters and sharing which ones she liked the most was wonderful.

With over a million pieces of art, you could spend a month in the Louvre and still not see everything.

We had a wonderful tour guide who showed us the main works of art, such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Davids’s Coronation of Napoleon, and much more. We saw the Louvres’s incredible collection of Egyptian art and Greek Sculpture.

A tour of Napoleon lll’s private apartments was a perfect way to end our tour. It gave us a rare insight itno the privileged lives of the emperor and empresses who ruled France over a period of 23 years.

We visited the Musee D’Orsay and she loved the great artists Degas, Monet, Manet, and Van Gogh.

A trip to the Palace of Versailles, located outside the city was something I certainly wanted Kendall to experience. We spent a whole day exploring the palace, learning about the gardens and Marie Antoinettes’s Estate.

Versailles is probably the most famous example of architectural bling in history, and the elaborate gardens that surround the palace are masterpieces of design: flowerbeds with precision cut hedges in the form of flor-de-lys, manicured lawns, trees pruned and contorted into seamless geometrical shapes, and golden cascading fountains. These are just a fraction of the startling things to be seen at the Palace of Versailles.

I’ll share with you my love of french skin care (and champagne) in my next blog.

Avec amour,
Veronica

April in Paris puts the spirit of youth in everything

April in Paris

My love of Paris started as a young girl.

My maternal great-grandmother was born there, my first facial was by a French esthetician (Bernadette), who cleared my skin with one treatment, after battling with acne for years.

The first skincare line that I choose to retail and incorporate into my business was the French skin care line of Rene Guinot from France. In the 70’s it was the most respected and complete skincare line used in the top spas around the world. At that time the market wasn’t saturated with skin care products the way it is today.

My love of French fashion, music, art, food, skincare and the city of lights, has had a big influence in my life.

When Carl (my husband) and I made the decision to take each of our grandchildren somewhere special in the world when they turned 13, we took our first grandchild (Kendall) to Paris.

April in Paris was a song I remember my mother singing, and now I know why. We took Kendall to Paris in April, and spent a week celebrating her 13th birthday.

I couldn’t wait to show Kendall Paris, and take her to some of the places that I had visited as a young girl. There are a few things I always noticed about Paris: there’s a boulagerie on just about every block, great pharmacies on every other block, and upscale boutiques displaying beautiful unique wares as commonly as a baguette.

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We choose the George V Hotel, and I must say it is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. It is just steps away from the Champs-Elysees, and we had our own private terrace overlooking all of Paris. The hotel and spa, if you have never been, is truly a must.

The staff is warm, and friendly, and the atmosphere so very elegant. The attention to detail is exquisite. We walked into the hotel and Kendall was given one of the most beautiful Easter Baskets I’ve ever seen with french chocolate eggs and colorful Laduree macaroons.

Being a spa girl, I was enthralled with our hotel’s incredible spa. Kendall and I visited the spa almost every morning. One morning I noticed that Kendall had been in the gym for 45 minutes, we were supposed to meet in the jacuzzi in 30 minutes. I put my robe on to go and check on her, she was on the treadmill having an in-depth conversion with Hugh Jackman… no wonder she forgot about me in the jacuzzi!

I’ll write more about our adventure in beautiful Paris in my next blog!

Avec amour,
Veronica

When you look through the eyes of a child, the world becomes a better place.