Category Archives: Facial Skin Care

The Eyelash Edition

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”  Audrey Hepburn

You’re not fully dressed without mascara…or some other eyelash enhancing product!  Here’s is a primer on accentuating your eyelashes for eyes that pop:

  1. MASCARA – There is no denying that a good mascara can make all the difference.  I recently visited a Sephora store when I was shopping at the mall with my daughter.  I must admit that I was totally and completely overwhelmed by the vast array of mascara selections (among other things!).  Waterproof, regular wear, washable, length, fullness, fiber, etc.
  2. FALSE – These come in strips or individuals.  Some already have glue at the base, others require a line of glue to be placed on the lids prior to application.  Recently, I learned of magnetic eyelashes that sounded great.  My daughter and I tried to use them and it was a disaster!  The lashes got stuck to each other, we couldn’t separate them and they ended up dangling off the corner of our eyelids.  It was great fun and we looked ridiculous, so we returned them for a refund.
  3. EXTENSIONS – These are really popular right now, and they look fabulous when done correctly.  As long as you don’t have allergies or sensitivities, you should be fine with special occasion applications.  They do require periodic fill-ins.  Also, you must be extremely careful when cleansing off your eye makeup so that you don’t end up pulling out the extensions along with your own natural lashes.
  4. SERUMS – These advanced serums contain vitamins and peptides which work to strengthen and lengthen your existing eyelashes.  They really work and yield amazing results!  The key here is to use the product as directed…which typically means one/twice a day consistently for several weeks.  Once your eyelashes respond, you can reduce usage to just a few times a week.  Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.
  5. LIFTING/PERMING – Remember back in the 80s woman when used to get their hair permed?  (I was one of them!)  Well, a lash lift is basically a perm for the eyelashes.  A chemical is used to set the shape of your natural lashes so that they curl upward.  Similar to the look that results when you use an eyelash curler.
  6. TINTING – Your natural eyelashes can be tinted a darker shade to make them stand out. Obviously, the lighter your hair color the more dramatic the change will look.

Although I don’t offer eyelash services, I can recommend several eyelash serums that are effective, high quality products.  In my opinion, Rapidlash is the best and the one that I’ve had personal experience with.  The runners up are: Grande Lash-MD serum and RevitaLash.  (Stay away from Rodan & Fields Lash Boost as they are under investigation.)

Please share your personal experience (by commenting below) with any of the above eyelash services – whether good or bad – so that all readers can benefit.  Thank you in advance!


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products, results-driven treatments and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

The Acne / Dairy Connection

Did you know that the skin is the body’s largest organ?  Not only does it act as a protective shield, it also functions to assist our bodies in eliminating and expelling toxins.

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that is exacerbated by the food we consume. Dairy, particularly milk, increases the severity and frequency of acne breakout activity.

How do milk and diary products relate to acne? 

Firstly, it is worth acknowledging, that dairy is not an essential part of the human diet.  Female mammals nourish their young with their own milk until their babies are weaned and begin eating solid foods. Humans are the only mammals who continue to consume milk into adulthood.

A mother cow produces milk for approximately ten months after giving birth. In order to maximize milk production, the dairy industry may inject the cow with a bovine growth hormone to increase their milk output. Additionally, the milk of pregnant cows is also being pumped for bottling purposes. Elevated hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, will therefore be present in the extracted milk.

Acne breakout typically develop at puberty. That is the time that the bloodstream is flooded with hormones. By drinking milk, more inflammation and eruptions will occur.  The consumption of milk also causes the body to increase the production of insulin, which in turn, sparks the levels of androgen and testosterone.

Consuming a diet high in diary, as well as sugar, put the body under a constant state of stress and inflammation. Stress has a huge impact on acne since it triggers an increase in insulin production.

For those of you who are dealing with acne issues, it would be advisable to limit — or even completely remove — milk and dairy products from your diet.  Try doing this for a month and evaluate your skin condition after this time frame.  I am confident that you will see a major improvement in the reduction of breakout activity.


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

Your Skin Remembers

MEMORY – the process of retaining and recalling previous experiences

Your skin remembers…

  • How many sunburns it has endured
  • The times it suffered from aggressive and invasive treatments
  • When an acid peel caused it to become hot and inflamed
  • Etc.

As an esthetician, I have learned that it is essential to treat the skin with kindness and respect. Our skin is so much smarter than we give it credit for.  Advances in science have proven that our skin cells are continually gathering information which is stored in the cell’s DNA. This concept relates to genetic theory of “survival of the fittest” which insures that our bodies adapt to the environment. That is why our skin remembers… so it can adapt in order to protect itself from future assaults.

Today’s women are convinced, by the media, that they must choose aggressive treatments and use harsh products.  They mistakenly believe that causing the skin to be red, raw and uncomfortable with enable them to get results faster.  Unknowingly, they are actually accelerating the aging process.  Think of it this way…a wound is a scar.  The longer the skin stays irritated, the more tissue inflammation and free radical damage that is occurring.

Past history of skin damage begins to show up during menopause when a woman’s estrogen levels are declining.  Prior to this time, our skin “appears” healthy on the surface.  Yet, if you were to view your face under a Wood’s Lamp (a magnifier with a black light), you would be able to see the invisible signs of sun damage and pigmentation.

Invisible Skin Damage = Aging

Fluctuating hormones due to puberty, pregnancy, menopause and stress cause changes in the skin as we age.

You’ll lose about a third of your collagen within the first five years of menopause.  Moisture retention will also decrease, which is why lines become deeper and more visible.  The skin may also develop a transparency that allows capillaries and small surface veins to be seen.

THE GOOD NEWS:

We can slow down and, often times, reverse the damaging effects of skin aggression. Long-term skin health, requires an anti-inflammatory, skin repairing approach.  Best results are achieved with  patience, proper skin care as well as topical and internal nourishment.

I believe in fortifying the skin daily with topical nutrition in the form of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides. With the use of the chirally correct products — young skin will age more slowly — and older skin will begin the process of repair and rejuvenation.

Results DON’T happen overnight!  It’s like weight-loss and muscle toning; these changes demand consistency and dedication to change and improvement. Give your skin time, and the proper tools and ingredients, to correct itself.  It will reward you with a healthy, radiant glow.

RECIPE FOR RADIANT SKIN:

  • ONE PART – Quality skin care products containing vitamins (A, C, E) combined with antioxidants and peptides for daily home use.
  • ONE PART – Professionally administered holistic skin care treatments (such as Advanced Microcurrent and LED light therapy) that energize the skin cells to produce stronger collagen and elastin fibers.
  • ONE PART – Adequate sleep, plentiful water intake, physical exercise and adherence to a healthy diet of lean meats, fruits and vegetables

As always, I encourage you to reach out to me with your questions and concerns. I will be happy to help!


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

Eyebrow Tattooing

There’s a hot new eyebrow technique in town!

It is a form of permanent makeup called microblading.  It is used to create fuller eyebrows or to give definition to brows that have become sparse or virtually invisible due to loss of pigment and/or hairs.

Microblading has become today’s “must have” cosmetic enhancement procedure.  Even though I had briefly written about this in a previous blog post (All Things Micro), I’d like to discuss it further since it is receiving so much public attention lately on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Is it really new?

No.  In reality, tattooed eyebrows have been around for years.  Yet only a handful of permanent makeup artists were intent on creating a natural-looking eyebrow… most were just applying the pigment in a dense line that looked more like an application of eyebrow pencil or a colored-in stencil.

A newer tool, the microblade, was created to aid in the artistry of eyebrow tattooing.  The microblade refines the process of etching a dark colorant into the skin. When done properly, the technician uses feather-like strokes to create fine rows of lines that mimic the look of hairs, thus defining and thickening their client’s present brows.

The key to successful application is where the pigment is ultimately placed!

Long-term color retention requires that the pigment be implanted in the upper dermal layer of the skin.  No matter what you have heard about microblading, it is a form of advanced tattooing — that requires considerable time and practice to perfect.  Results vary according to the experience and expertise of the technician as well as their selection of a matching dye to  blend with the client’s natural eyebrows.

Microblading is sometimes referred to as a “semi-permanent tattoo.” The pigments used for eyebrows are different than body tattoo inks in that they are designed to fade over a much shorter life span since most women change their hair color and eyebrow style.  They are also not implanted as deeply into the layers of the skin.  But make no mistake, microblading is still tattooing! 

It is imperative to choose wisely when selecting a professional to perform this service.  Uneven positioning of the eyebrow tattooing or use of a dye that is too dark will create unsatisfactory results.  Do your research and get referrals before having this procedure done.  Microbladed eyebrows look amazing…when done correctly!

Although microblading is a wonderful service when performed correctly, it is not for everyone. An ethical practitioner will determine if you are a good candidate by asking you questions about your health, blood-thinning medications, chronic illness and if your skin has a tendency to form keloids or scar tissue .  This is because the skin is opened during the process in order to implant pigments into the upper layers of the skin.

Each state has its own laws and regulations with regard to the practice of permanent makeup. Additionally, education and training requirements also vary.  If possible, try to determine that the technician has been certified by either the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) or the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).  It would make sense to contact either the AAM or the SPCP to see if they have a list of qualifying practitioners to refer you to.

The more experience that a permanent makeup practitioner has, the more natural the final outcome.  Equally important is proficiency which means that it will take less time for the process to be completed.  It typically takes between one to two hours to finish a pair of eyebrows from start to finish.

When pigment is properly implanted into the upper level of the skin’s dermis, it should  last about 12 to 18 months.  A color boost will usually be required around the one-year anniversary of the procedure.  For this reason, I would strongly suggest that you hire a professional that rents a physical location so that you will be able to locate them when you need to return for the touch-up treatment.

Keep in mind, that there are several factors that affect the color retention of the microbladed brows.  Such as, your skin type, medications taken, sun exposure and the type of skin care products that you use.

Unfortunately, many new and/or improperly trained practitioners may just “scratch” the surface of the skin…instead of implanting the pigment in the upper dermal layer where it will be retained long-term.  In this case, the pigment will likely fade quickly and pretty much disappear during the healing phase of the skin when the cells are regenerating.

Again, this is a awesome service…when done safely and properly.  To protect yourself, seek out a licensed, insured and well-trained permanent makeup artist. 

NOTE:  Electrolysis is a great way to keep those newly microbladed eyebrows looking their best.  Any unwanted hairs that are growing out of the eyebrow line, can easily — and permanently — be eradicated by electrolysis.  Contact me with questions.


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

Why Use a Facial Masque?

facial-masking“Masque (noun): A cosmetic cream, gel, paste, or the like, that is applied to the face and allowed to remain on for a short time before being removed and is used for tightening, refreshing, lubricating or cleansing the skin.”

One of the most neglected areas of home skin care is the use of facial masques.  Masking can help to calm, soothe, brighten, hydrate, tighten, etc.  depending upon the desired result.

As part of my own personal skin care regimen, I apply a mask at least once a week.  Sunday evenings work best for me since I’m usually home relaxing after a busy weekend.  Here’s the basic routine that I follow:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serums
  4. Masque
  5. Moisturizer

I periodically use an anti-aging cream mask that contains lactic acid on my own skin, since it increases hydration and lightens pigmentation. Additionally, I also try to keep up with my LED light sessions and microcurrent treatments.  I must admit that it is a major effort for me to devote extensive time and attention to my own face.   It feels just like work to me … I wonder why, LOL!

Below are examples of a few of the many different types of masques that can be incorporated into your skin care regimen:

  • Clay Masques – These are very effective in drawing out excess oil in the skin as well as aiding in the treatment of acne and reducing pore size.  Clay masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
  • Cream Masques – These are the preferred choices for dry, dehydrated skin types due to their hydrating and soothing properties.  Cream masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
  • Sheet Masques These are individually packaged one-piece masques that have openings for the nose, mouth and eyes.  Choose an appropriate masque that contains ingredients for your specific skin type and condition.

You will love how your skin looks and feels after using a masque! 

I have a variety of wonderful masques available for purchase at the office with prices starting at $22 and up.  As always, I am happy to answer any questions that you may have with regard to your skin.


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

All Things Micro

Micro...In the evolving world of esthetics, things are always changing. There are so many new treatment options available for woman; many of them with similar sounding names. Clients often ask me to explain the various differences to them.

So here’s a short primer on esthetic treatments which begin with the prefix…micro.

Microblading – This is a form of permanent makeup tattooing that is used to create fuller eyebrows or to give more definition to brows that have become sparse or virtually invisible due to loss of pigment.   A tiny instrument is used to etch a dark colorant into the skin.  When done properly, the technician should be using feather-like strokes to create fine rows of lines that look like hairs.  Results varying according to the experience and expertise of the technician as well as their selection of a matching dye to  blend with the client’s natural eyebrows.  Choose wisely when selecting a professional to perform this service.  Uneven positioning of the eyebrow tattooing or use of a dye that is too dark will create unsatisfactory results.

Microcurrent – Also known as facial toning, microcurrent is an esthetic treatment that physically tones and tightens the skin through muscle education.  As we age, our body’s biological current and chemical energy slows down, cellular renewal takes longer and skin cells don’t perform as efficiently as they once did.  This can lead to loss of tone, elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles.  Microcurrent works to stimulate the facial muscles at traditional acupuncture points with tiny amounts of electricity to re-energize their biological currents and re-establish muscle memory.  This process also helps to restore the production of collagen and elastin. The effects are immediate and cumulative which makes microcurrent the ultimate anti-aging tool.  Contraindications to receiving treatment are epilepsy/history of seizures, implanted pacemaker, and facial skin cancers.  (For more information, I direct you to my earlier blog article:  Holistic Facial Rejuvenation)

Microdermabrasion – This is a form of exfoliation that mechanically sheds the surface of the skin.  Some forms of microdermabrasion use crystals (aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate) which are sprayed across the skin while being simultaneously sucked up by a vacuuming device.  Due to this dual action of stimulating the skin, clients often experience red or irritated faces immediately after treatment.  Other methods of microdermabrasion utilize a diamond head for particle-free sessions.  There has been some controversy over the crystals due to the possibility of inhalation or ingestion when they become airborne.  Vacuum strength, speed of application and the number of passes are important factors which should be considered when selecting a practitioner to perform this service.  Additionally, the technician should determine if your skin type can comfortably endure the process and if it is an appropriate procedure for your skin condition.  It should never be used on acne, rosacea, cancerous growths or broken capillaries.

Microneedling – Also known as collagen induction therapy, has recently become a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation.  While it can be an effective process for improving fine lines, wrinkles and reducing the appearance of scars…it is often being used inappropriately and incorrectly.  No one — other than a physician in a medical setting — should be using a device with needles that are longer than 0.3 mm.  The needles are typically mounted onto the head of a roller and move along the surface of the skin.  (For smaller areas, a stamp-like instrument is used to perform a similar function.)  The act of microneedling creates micro-preforations in the skin.  These resulting channels work to enable serums to penetrate deeper into the skin.  It is of utmost important that high-quality pure ingredients are used so that no bacteria is introduced into the skin.  This is a service where more harm can result than good.


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here.