What Are Skincare Toners and Why Do I Need Them?

Toners, Astringents, essences … What are these liquid potions and how badly do we need them? Well, let’s get into it. If you asked me (an esthetician) the difference between them is that a toner is full of hydrating, soothing ingredients, Astringents help purge oily and acne prone skin, and essence is basically a nonsensical marketing term invented to confuse you. 
June 20, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

How to pick the right sunscreen for your skin type

Imagine an absolutely stunning living room filled with priceless furniture, one of a kind art, and vintage finds. Blocking out the harsh direct light that would otherwise fade and discolor those priceless pieces are very ordinary, very dark drapes. Are you following me here? The living room is your skin, the one-of-one furniture and treasures are your serums and moisturizers and those drapes, well, they’re sunscreen. Just like those ugly drapes, sunblock is absolutely necessary but not that great at anything other than protection from harmful rays.
June 02, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

How to care for your skin on Accutane (Part 2)

First and foremost, throw away all of your over the counter acne products, you will no longer need any of them and you shouldn’t even think of using them while on Accutane. Check all of your skincare products and make sure that they don’t contain any acids. Go to your local drugstore or open up Amazon on your browser and add these things to your cart...
May 26, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

Let’s talk about Accutane - Does it really work? (Part 1)

For the past 25 years I have had hundreds of clients with light, moderate to severe acne come in to receive treatment. About 70% of them were successfully cured of their acne by me, but sometimes just a simple change to skin care routine would do. While sometimes a combination of products like prescription tretinoin and Spironolactone would do the trick for some clients, a synergetic combination of acids like BHA and AHA plus retinol works for others. Every once in a while, none of the above treatments work and after a few months of deceiving results and acne that would return with vengeance, I’d then know it’s time to bring Accutane into conversation. 
May 16, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

Should you change your skin care with the seasons?

While this can be a loaded question, I will try to give you some guidelines that can help your skin weather any storm, pun intended. If your skin care is currently on point, this means that you are exfoliating regularly, treating your skin to the right amounts of hydration, and using sun protection when necessary - amazing! This means that most likely, won’t need to change very much. Your skin is probably healthy and resilient to environmental changes. However, if you...
April 28, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

The secret to saving the planet is to stop buying shit beauty products.

Sustainability is the new buzzword in beauty, skincare, fashion and pretty much all areas of our lives. Of course it’s a huge topic, because it is a huge problem. Within the skincare and beauty industry, there’s hundreds of thousands of jars, bottles and compacts polluting landfills with seemingly no solution in sight. You may be surprised to hear this, but so-called “clean” beauty brands are also contributing to the growing pile of landfill, and it’s unfortunate that their marketing targets those who are actually interested in making a difference. 
April 22, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

Why are my skincare products not improving my skin?

After about a month of your “cult-favorite” skincare routine, you’ve noticed little to no changes, and your pricey products are already rearing their end. Is it you? Is it the brand? Could it just be the product? Well, here’s a hint: it could be all three. 
April 11, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

What are peptides and what do they do for the skin?

The buzz around peptides is strong and for good reason. Peptides are powerful short chains of amino acids that are basically building blocks of proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin. All naturally occurring and existing within the skin, these materials are crucial at upholding skin tightness, elasticity and plumpness. Through age, environmental factors and exposure to free radicals, these naturally occurring proteins break away, depriving the skin of its youthful luster...
March 23, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

A Letter to Mothers: International Women’s Day

This is a huge subject, but this year in particular I would love to shout out all women who have careers while being mothers, and caretakers. We often times just don't give them enough credit. My personal journey was the kind where I always had to work and I didn't have the opportunity to stay at home with my daughter when she was little. But for many brilliant women the decision to give up their careers to be caretakers is probably one of the most difficult decisions they have to make, especially when they love their careers. When I was a young esthetician and just starting my career, I often admired women whose big careers gave them very little or no time to spend with their children. I admired them without realizing things will always fall through the cracks. In a woman's career we always have to make this everyday choice…finishing all our work or spending time with our children. I hope to see some changes in this arena and see more support from companies by providing flexible hours and more understanding that a woman's career is much different than a man's. 

When my daughter was little, there was no opportunity for me to come home and take an hour to decompress from my work day. As I would walk in, the nanny would walk out and I was on. There was really no other way because at the time I owned a company with 42 employees and most of them were women. However, with just a little effort we can accommodate everyone. I created shifts in which nobody needed to work more than 6-7 hours. My business was extremely successful and never suffered while giving the women who worked for me flexibility to make their own hours and spend time with their families. 

For all the moms who stay home, it's probably the hardest job one could possibly have. It is much easier going to work than staying home with small children. Somehow that doesn't seem as cool and one doesn't get as much credit. When I would go to work it was satisfying, I accomplished a lot, but the days I stayed home it seemed the most thankless and exhausting. While I celebrate all women and their plight, this year watching Ukrainian women and their children is the most heart wrenching thing for me to see, so here’s to all mothers and caretakers because at the end of the day you are the true heroes. And the queen maker of our children's future. Happy International Women’s Day! 🤍

March 08, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

Lactic Acid Can Do So Much For Your Skin - Here’s Your User Guide:


Have you been thinking of adding this brightening serum to your skincare routine? Lactic acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that multi-tasks to exfoliate and hydrate the skin at the same time. Sometimes organic, sometimes produced synthetically, when used correctly in skincare formulations, this acid can do wonders to the skin. Perfect for tightening things up and adding brightness where you need it most, incorporating Lactic Acid to your skincare is a game changer but the power (as always) lies in synergy. 


What does lactic acid do for skin?

Gently but diligently, this acid works hard refining texture, adding brightness, evening out discoloration and lightening dark spots. That’s not all - depending on the formula, it can minimize the appearance of even the largest pores. Upon immediate use, the benefits of lactic acid are improvement of brightness and smoother skin. But after keeping up with use for a couple of months, you’ll find that you now have a healthy, glowing complexion that appears deeply hydrated with an even skin tone.  


How does it work exactly?

This magical acid works by loosening the bonds that hold old, dull cells together on the top layer of the skin. By exfoliating the skin at a deep level, it allows newer, fresher cells to emerge. 


How do I use it?

Best for congested, combination and oily skin types, depending on the formula, lactic acid can be used daily or weekly. For a deeply exfoliating peel, you can visit an esthetician or dermatologist on occasion.


How much percentage should my lactic acid have?

The percentage of lactic acid doesn't tell you anything unless you know the pH level of the acid in the formula. For example, if you have 50% lactic acid in a serum at 7 pH, it only has around 0.04% free acid. The reason why the free acid even matters is because that is the percentage of acid that will actually penetrate your skin. If you’re unsure or inexperienced with using acids, start small and work your way up.


Are there any potential side effects?

Just like anything else, it’s all about how you use it. If the lactic acid is a high percentage with a low pH, overuse can cause redness and irritation. Because Lactic Acid is the most researched AHA, the majority of formulas out there ensure safe use. If you have sensitive skin, conduct a patch test to see how your skin may react.


What can I pair it with?

You can pair it with myriads of different moisturizers, serums, and other active ingredients. If you’re prone to dry skin, pair with hyaluronic acid for a boost of hydration. Don’t you dare leave your house or be too close to a window without applying a broad spectrum SPF (regardless if you’re using lactic acid or not). 


Is there anything I shouldn’t pair it with?

While lactic acid can be paired with many different skin care products, you should be extra careful when pairing it with active ingredients like retinol, salicylic acid, and azelaic acids. If you’re doing any laser resurfacing treatments, using prescription resorcinol or sulfur, proceed with caution as well. 


If you’ve been circling the ‘add to cart’ button of our new Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum but uncertainty has been holding you back, this is your sign. You’ve got the tools you need to proceed with confidence! Just remember - all you need for plump, glowing, even skin is a formula with balanced levels of pH, a good regimen of products to use in tandem and consistent use. 

March 04, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

20 Years of Lactic Acid

What a fun ride this was! On 2/22/22 we relaunched Lactic Acid after 20 years in existence. This is third-generation lactic acid and I could not be more proud of it. All the original principles and intention of this formula remains the same, but now we have incorporated the latest technology in order to make something good and iconic even better.

So what has changed since the very first introduction of lactic acid to the market 20 years ago? For starters, the quality of raw acid materials is better than ever. Lactic acid is the most researched alpha hydroxy acid on the market so now we get to use a super purified version. To the mix, we’ve introduced super hydrators, like tramela mushroom and hyaluronic acid and added other acids to tackle discoloration & congested skin. For the love of technological advancements, we’ve replaced botanicals that existed in our previous formula with Palmitoyl Tripeptide - 8 to reduce redness, irritation and for overall protection against puffy, inflamed skin. 

All other principles of Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum remain intact - While the hard-at-work acids refine the skin, you will only feel the luxurious hydrating and plumping benefits. We’ve created the perfect balance of acids where the PH is guaranteed to perform as a stand-alone supercharged serum, or it can be safely layered with retinols, other acids and vitamin C. I give credit for the evolution of this formula to the hundreds of clinic clients who have used this serum for the past 20 years! This love affair continues today. You’ve come a long way, baby!

February 25, 2022 — Olga Lorencin

How to Hydrate Your Skin From Inside Out

It’s no secret that high quality exfoliants, serums and moisturizers are essential in keeping your skin nourished, moisturized and dewy. However, there’s only so much a multi-step skincare regimen can do. A huge part of having skin that glows from within actually comes from...
February 14, 2022 — Olga Lorencin