Introducing SKINCERITY, handmade products blended in-house at Skincere Wax Lab + Aesthetics

Utilizing ancient cold-press technique, Skincerity is blended with only the finest quality essential oils + ingredients to cater to each individual's special skincare needs based on those that are both in-season and// or preserved naturally. The cold-press technique keeps in-tact the quality// potency// effectiveness of each product and reduces the carbon footprint of Skincere Wax Lab + Aesthetics, promoting a safe// green skincare haven. All products are stored in recycled packaging to conserve the environment// natural resources.

I am so proud to announce Skincerity's premiere product, The Foams.

       SkinMint Hydrating Foam         

         Peppermint            
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          Aloe Juice {cold-pressed}          
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Almond Oil {cold-pressed}
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Licorice Extract
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Marshmallow Root
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Spearmint {cold-pressed}

 

SkinBlossom Hydrating Foam

Rose
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Rose Water
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Grapeseed Oil {cold-pressed}
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Evening Primrose {cold-pressed}
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Marshmallow Root
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Geranium {cold-pressed}

The Gift of Sensitivity

This past Sunday I was faced with a spiritual inquire about 'my gift' and whether or not I've found / am using my gift(s). The bible says in 1 Corinthians 12: 6 - There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Throughout my life I've strived toward compassion and empathy in not only my work but in my personal affairs, often times to an extreme degree of self-sacrifice. When I try to pinpoint the times I've felt most useful and like I was in the element of flow at work and at home it was when I was giving the most I could possibly give; without the expectation of something in return.

There have been many times when I've not received even a fraction of what was given and in some cases my warmth has even (temporarily) backfired. The thing I've recently come to terms with is that I've always had the capacity to endure the negative outcomes, if for no other reason than the positive outcomes weighing in much heavier, more frequent, and in a much more permanent sense. Even the times when I've actually been to the point of questioning every last belief I've ever had about life, God, relationships and people in general - there has been some not so distant lesson in the forefront just waiting to creep up and give me that "a-ha" moment of clarity and sense of worthwhile. 

For the duration of my entire career in the beauty world I've listened to and felt for my dearest clients and friends who've experienced tremendous heartbreak, trauma and guilt and for that same amount of time I've been able to share with them the joy, happiness and pride that eventually breaks through. I've shared with them my heartbreak, my accomplishments, my inner battles and life experiences in hopes of connecting, relating -- but more often times than not, in hopes of making them feel more normal. This is a gift in itself, but wouldn't be possible if not for sensitivity. The gift of sensitivity is immeasurable and it's something I never want to lose, take for granted, or try to drown out in order to avoid pain. 

Developing a backbone and adding a layer of emotional 'teflon', as my sweet Dad puts it, is certainly something that's necessary some of the time - especially when dealing with the (occasional harsh and unforgiving) public. More importantly though, developing sensitivity, awareness and compassion has never not been worthwhile in some way or another. The bigger question too, as always is: what's the alternative? What truly satisfying and happy life can you live without sensitivity? Without vulnerability? It is so much more difficult to look back and regret not being open when you're still closed and the opportunity for love, for happiness and growth - has passed. 

In conclusion, I encourage you, whoever may be reading this,... to practice sensitivity. Practice kindness. Practice frequent application of SPF.

6 Tips to Go and Glow!

As the warmer months approach, I am reminded by my clients (and the condition of their skin when they come in for a treatment) the importance of protection as we indulge in the sweet sunshine. 

Assuming that you have been endlessly lectured about SPF throughout the duration of your life, I would like to spare that and share a few simple facts, tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout my career in regards to properly protecting the largest and most precious, delicate organ; your skin! 

1.) If you have sensitive skin, even if you don’t, and are in the market for a new SPF - always opt for physical(mineral) properties. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are the two mineral properties should be listed first in the ingredients on your label. Once applied, these properties become immediately effective and deflect the rays rather than absorb them. Chemical properties, Oxybenzone being the worst, penetrate the skin and act as a sponge to absorb the harmless rays (causing break-outs) along with being hormonally disruptive, they can take up to 20 minutes after applied to be effective, and can sometimes contain cancer - causing free radicals (errr, isn’t that what we’re trying to avoid here?).

2.) You absolutely need a separate layer of sunscreen. The SPF claimed to be present in your moisturizer and/ or make-up is not enough, because it is diluted. For example - if the label says SPF 30, it is usually diluted down to an SPF of 10-15, etc. and the properties have a likeliness to be compromised by other ingredients. SPF should always be applied after moisturizer. It can also be applied before AND after make-up. 

3.) Re-apply, re-apply, re-apply! I cannot stress this enough. Every 2-3 hours. 4 hours is too long. Grab a few travel-sized containers, fill them up and place them in your purse, the glove compartment in your car, your office (apply before going out to lunch), and your backpack. Be sure not to store in extreme temperatures and replace every 5-6 months.

4.) Your safest bet against the sun is to wear naturally sun-resistant clothing (hold it up to the sun to see how much light gets through), hats, and sunglasses, in combination with a sunscreen that offers UVA and UVB protection. Bring an umbrella to the beach / park and find shade during peak hours. 

5.) “I’m just going to the office today.”, “I’m only going home after this.”, “I’ll be in the car driving most of the day and my car has tinted windows.”, “It’s almost dark and I’m going straight home.”, “Sunscreen makes me break out.”; these are a few cleverly concocted excuses against SPF I have heard over the years and before applying sunscreen to my clients after treatment. Rays cannot be avoided, my friends! They sneak into your offices (sometimes the UV lights / lamps in your offices can even be harmful!), your houses, your cars, and sometimes the strongest rays emit just before sunset! The most common complaint is that SPF causes break out, which most CHEMICAL properties tend to do. Try to find a physical sunscreen that works for you, and don’t stop trying until you do. 

6.) SPF diet? Did you know that what you eat can also help shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays? Adding these healthy foods to your diet may help lessen your chances of burning and developing skin cancer. 

•Tomatoes, Watermelon and Berries - antioxidant lycopene reduces your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Lycopene also increases with cooking. Tomato paste has much more lycopene than fresh tomatoes.

•Spinach - vitamins in raw spinach give you effective natural sun protection along with slowing your skin’s aging process. Those antioxidants that are loaded in dark greens disperse in your body and destroy free radicals from the sun. Try lightly cooking spinach to maximize the absorption of antioxidant vitamin E and phyto-antioxidants like beta-carotene.

•Sweet Potatoes & Carrots - beta-carotene is a carotenoid that protects skin from sunburn by increasing the strength in pigment. Sweet potatoes are also full of vitamin C, which adds to their effectiveness as an antioxidant. The darker the color of a sweet potato, the higher in concentration it is with beta-carotene.

•Salmon, Trout, Herring and Mackerel - Omega-3’s raise skin’s natural protection while reducing inflammation in the case of too much sun. Overall, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish lower your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. 

•Green Tea, Black Tea and Coffee - antioxidants called polyphenols which can offer skin protection by working from the inside, out. Research shows that drinking two or more cups of black or green tea a day may decrease the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 30 percent. Green tea is known to be the more powerful of the two, because it fights damaging rays from the sun to prevent pre-cancerous skin lesions. And for you coffee drinkers—drinking two to five cups a day is said to lower your risk for non-melanomas by up to 17 percent.

•Dark Chocolate derived from real Cocoa - Flavanol protects your skin from burning, this strong antioxidant can reduce reddening after UV exposure and make skin more moist and less scaly. Consuming two ounces of dark chocolate each day is a healthy way to obtain its benefits. Studies have shown that cocoa can make skin up to 25 percent less sun sensitive.

-AC

My Story

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I grew up watching my already angelic looking Mother spend hours in front of the mirror primping. Her skin was just like her Mother's - flawlessly porcelain. Still, a drawer full of ake-up would make it's way out in the boudoir each day. She embodies the definition of a refined beauty in every way possible, even to this day. The women in my family are exquisite. They are solely responsible for the moral compass of my career's foundation. Without their constant display of inner beauty and compassion shining out for a duration of my entire life, I would not have the strong and unyielding ambition to help other's achieve their own beauty from the inside out. My Mother's forbearing heart and my Grandmother's benevolent spirit particularly have much more to do with my journey than any other variable that has lead me to where I am today.

In 2006 I began my career as a skin care professional in a medical spa performing treatments such as chemical peels, laser hair removal, photo-rejuvenation, etc. . Anti-aging became a strong interest as I helped women, like my Mother, refine their beauty and extend a youthful appearance for as long as possible. For the following five years I worked in medical spas and clinical settings learning "that" end of correcting and beautifying. Something that left me in a single word, unsatisfied.

I lived in a desert climate where dehydration and lifestyle are the primary reasons why women age. I was ready for a change, so in 2011 I moved to San Francisco, CA where my real journey began. A more holistic approach to skin care lead me to leaving a final client base of 150+ at the medical spa where my fundamental understanding of results oriented treatments developed. I was eager to explore another avenue and ready to begin in a new direction on the opposite end of the skincare spectrum.

Serendipitously, I was quickly offered the opportunity to work in various bay area renowned wellness settings before landing at an elite health club where I maintained a clientele of 55+ in my first year and lead a team of 4 other skin care professionals. From there, I began my journey as an educator while still maintaining a hefty clientele performing custom facials, waxing, etc.

Now specializing in customized skin care, full body waxing, cosmeceutical ingredient knowledge, eyebrow design, eyelash extensions, & wellness education -- this website is intended to serve as a beauty Q&A, product & services review, portfolio display & educational record.