Facials aren't supposed to be depressing

I have nothing against my aesthetician Nina; she’s the best in town. Nina knows so much about our skin and what causes it to hate us, so I trust her implicitly. But man, what a depressing facial! The extracting of my clogged pores with a microscopic scalpel wasn’t nearly as painful as hearing no soda, no coke, no red bull, no sugar free red bull, no oil, no French fries, no sweet potato fries, no fried anything. As if I could just cut fried food out of my diet? That doesn’t exactly work for me. I’m half black–half of my diet is fried....more

From zits to wrinkles, freckles to fungus...REALLY?????

I'm All for Botox,wrinkle cremes and whatever else may or may not work to keep women looking ...more

BEAUTY RIDE WITH CARMINDY ON BECHIC

Free taxi ride and makeup consultation around Manhattan? Count us in! ...more

Adult Acne Diary: Day 2

If you read the previous ...more

The Familiar Bump

There are mornings I'm afraid to look at myself in the mirror because I expect my 15-year-old self looking back at me.Or my 18-year-old self.Even my 22-year-old self....more

I don't remember having acne in my teens (though recent photo-rummaging has proven this is ...more

Fun Fridays Should Definitely Involve Food on Your Face

  Photo Credit: Kim Bauer; 2010 All Rights Reserved   Homeschool in my house revolves around two pimply faced ‘tweens.  Honestly, they aren’t that pimply yet, but every day I can feel it coming....more

Body Acne

For many people acne is not just a problem on their face – they experience breakouts on their chest and back as well.   Of course, this can be as distressing as facial acne particularly as summer approaches and you want to wear a bathing suit or more revealing clothing. The above illustration does...more

Ingredient Spotlight: Benzoyl Peroxide

One of the most common and easy to find anti-acne ingredients is benzoyl peroxide.  There is a simple reason for benzoyl peroxide’s availability – it works well as an anti-acne treatment particularly in conjunction with alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic...more

13 Reasons To Get A Chemical Peel

I think chemical peels are great and not just because they are part of my repertoire as an esthetician.  I like to think of chemical peels as a “reboot” for your skin allowing healthy skin appear.  A series of chemical peels can help treat a myriad of skin issues.  There really is no reason not to try one.  This post addresses the issue of chemical peels performed by estheticians.  There are plenty of “peels” that are available for home use.  Peels that you use at home provide very superficial peeling, simply exfoliation, and can help you maintain ...more

All About Retinols

As far as anti-aging ingredients go retinol is a superstar.  And the great thing about retinol is that it not only fights the effects of aging it also helps clear acne and hyperpigmentation as well. Retinol refers to the entire Vitamin A molecule and were originally introduced in skincare products 1971 when Retin-A came on the market.  When applied topically retinol functions as both an antioxidant and as a cell-communicating ingredient.  Being a cell-communicating ingredient means that retinol helps speed up skin cell turnover and helps the skin create healthier...more