By: Annie Paschal

I’m usually a minimalist when it comes to all things beauty. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and my hair dries naturally straight. I’m blessed to have skin that is not usually acne-prone but I do struggle with balancing over drying and oiliness. Here are my quick tips and go-to products for healthy, beautiful skin.


Take care of your face in the shower.

Why create an extra step? I like to use a face scrub while I’m in the shower. Thanks to the hot water, my pores are open and it’s easier to wash off the scrub. My favorite is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub (blemish control). The brand has different variations for what your skin might need.

Wash your body with an exfoliating brush.

I like to use any Dr. Teal’s shower gels because they smell amazing and contain Epsom salt, which helps soothe muscles. Once you have exfoliated and all of the dead skin is gone, your skin will be prepped for lotion when you get out of the shower. I love the Hempz Vanilla Plum Herbal Body Lotion.

Use a night cream.

I’m only 24 so it may seem early for me to even be thinking about this but one of the best ways to avoid looking aged is to keep your skin moisturized. A night cream helps seal in moisture while you sleep so you look refreshed in the morning.

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Hollywood Facial - Spa SydellBy: David Leonard

I have to say, the Hollywood Facial at Spa Sydell was the most convenient facial I’ve ever had. I was in and out in practically 30 minutes.

The facial began with my face being cleansed followed by the application of a black carbon mask. Once the mask was applied, a laser was used to activate the carbon and bind it to any blackheads, whiteheads, and dead skin on my face. My esthetician was so nice and talked me through the entire thing. The laser warmed my face and the only sensitive area was around a blemish I had. As I’m writing this the day after, I can honestly say that this facial really helped to clear up that blemish quickly.

I truly enjoyed how my skin felt afterward and the fact that it glowed for the rest of the day. I can see why our friends on the West Coast use this procedure a lot and why some Spa Sydell regulars get one every week. I definitely plan on doing this again! Plus, repeat treatments will help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, help with acne, improve skin texture and provide great exfoliation. Not to mention, there’s no downtime associated with it, making it the perfect procedure before a big night out.

For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Spa Sydell.



Details: 404.255.7727. 4520 Olde Perimeter Way Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30346.

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By: Halen Adair


The SkinPen was recently approved by the FDA and is one of the best tools for microneedling treatments to get rid of those tough acne scars. Sharilyn Berg, a licensed medical aesthetician, explained the many benefits of this simple procedure while keeping me calm during the entire process. SkinPen works not only with acne scars, but also wrinkles, stretch marks, and much more.


The SkinPen administers a series of small needle pricks all over the skin. The slight abrasions against the skin initiate the natural healing process in the body. Therefore, the skin starts to produce more collagen and elastin. Numbing cream was applied before the quick and easy in-office procedure so the needles from the SkinPen didn’t hurt me at all.

I cannot wait to see the results in four weeks! My skin already feels smoother, fresher, tighter and the acne scars on my face are slowly but surely fading. I would recommend SkinPen to anyone who has problem areas on their face, neck, chest, hands, etc. Sharilyn is an expert on skin rejuvenation and is one of the go-to people for this procedure.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring Nirvana MedSpa and Laser Centre’s Sharilyn Berg.


Details: 678.256.6320. 4380 Kimball Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, Georgia 30022.


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By: Dawn DiSantis


Fillers are a great option for someone wanting to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles without having to go under the knife. Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco explained to me that Juvederm® products are great because they come in a variety of consistency so the doctor can essentially make a custom plan for each patient for different areas. For me, I wanted to add volume to my upper cheeks and decrease fine vertical lines above my mouth. I was a little nervous before, but only because I’ve never had any type of procedure before. I didn’t really know what to expect regarding results and I didn’t want to look too “done.”


Dr. D explained everything before the treatment and as she injected the fillers, she continued to explain which Juvaderm® product she was using (Voluma XC for my cheeks versus Volbella for my lips). There was no pain in the cheeks at all because numbing cream was applied 30 minutes before the treatment started. The lips were more sensitive but it just felt like a quick pinch. Nothing too bad at all. It made a big difference in the fine lines above my lips where my lipstick would often bleed. My cheeks looked higher and more youthful instantly. I would recommend having the treatment about two weeks before a big event because I did have some slight bruising afterward.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco.


Details: 404.377.3474. 1800 Howell Mill Rd. NW. Ste. 400 Atlanta, GA 30318.



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By Laura Janelle Downey

Photography by Artemus Jenkins

Photography by Artemus Jenkins


The other night when I was having dinner at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, a young lady was getting up from her table (located directly next to mine) to leave with her male friend. As they were walking away, I noticed her turn around and walk back toward her table. But when she got closer, she didn’t return to her table, she walked up to mine and said, “I couldn’t leave without telling you that your skin is so pretty. What do you use on your face?” I smiled and told her it’s all in the genes! My mom is Indian and my dad is African-American—a combo I most certainly lucked out with. But while there, I also mentioned a few of the key products that I use.


If you’re in need of a glow, below is a list of my top five go-tos.


  1. Drink plenty of water and say no to sodas, juices, alcohol, and most sweets.
  2. Don’t cake makeup on your face. Let your face breathe.
  3. Wash your face with Dove’s gentle exfoliating “beauty bar for renewed skin.” It has a moisturizing cream component, which helps make my face feel nice and soft.
  4. Use OXY’s cleansing pads. It works daily to prevent acne. Each morning, I use one to wipe off my face. If you could only see the gunk that settles on it! It’s gross. Take care of it with one swipe of the pad!
  5. Moisturize with Estée Lauder’s DayWear. I massage a few dabs of the multiprotection antioxidant creme into my face and I’m good to go for the day. The luxe product also comes with SPF 15. It’s perfect for daily protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
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By: Bryan M.

I just recently started noticing a thinner patch of hair at the crown of my head. It was hard for me to accept this because my hair has always been so full. But Dr. Anna Paré assured me this was a normal occurrence for men my age and really helped put me at ease.


Before starting the procedure, Dr. Paré numbed up my scalp and drew blood from my arm to create the platelet rich plasma they would be using for the treatment. The blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge, which helps to create a liquid gold plasma. The plasma aids with stimulating hair growth in the designated areas. Although the actual needle sticks were a little uncomfortable, the speed of the procedure and the idea of using my own platelets to encourage growth was appealing.

I felt comfortable during the entire process. The doctor and assistants were very approachable and answered any questions I had. At each step they let me know what to expect and I felt good in their hands. I have received one out of three treatments and I am still in the “after” part, but there is no discomfort and I am hopeful to see results.


For more on this treatment, check out this Facebook LIVE video with Dr. Anna Paré of Dermatology Consultants.


Details for Dermatology Consultant’s three office locations: 404.351.7546,

2045 Peachtree Rd., Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30309

4151 Hospital Dr. Covington, GA 30014

4800 Olde Towne Pkwy. Ste. 250, Marietta, GA 30068


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By: Wyndi Kappes


Whether you’ve thought about lash extensions but never got on the train or are addicted to this ready-to-go look, I guarantee that Amoré Beauty Studio will change the way you look at lashes.

This is not a typical lash and dash experience. You are greeted by Ava B. at the door of her beautiful boutique studio. Instantly all the stress of the day melts away thanks to the calming beige and pink hues that saturate the décor. The ambiance (think plush couches and gold accents throughout) will have you feeling extra glamorous and pampered from the start.

Screen Shot 2018-03-06 at 12.27.28 PMWhisked away to a relaxing room, lay back while Ava gives you different lash options and customizes a look that not only fits your eye shape but also your style. If you are looking for day-to-day lashes or ones to show off at events, she can help you. My makeup-free 10-minute morning routine called for something a little more natural, but even toned-down lashes made a stunning difference.

Instead of a sheet of bulky lashes or even a standard by number and size approach, Ava took the time to craft my eyelashes like a work of art piece by piece and layer by layer. The process took around two hours for a full set but it didn’t seem as long because we chatted and I also took a short nap. The added time and meticulous placement made all the difference. When I opened my eyes I couldn’t even tell the lashes were on. They were weightless and placed perfectly, my vision was unobstructed, and my blue eyes appeared brighter and twice as wide.

Showing off my lashes later that day several people commented that my eyes looked beautiful and that I looked better rested, and overall, happier. I loved that my small eyes took center stage, and overall, I enjoyed the boost of confidence.

Screen Shot 2018-03-06 at 12.27.06 PMLater that day I went for a run and showered and they stayed on flawlessly. When it was time for my nightly routine, Ava sent me home with a goodie bag of lash cleanser, which was ideal for rinsing off the day but keeping my lashes intact. The best part—I woke up the next morning with ready-to-go lashes.





For more on this lash styling experience, check out this Facebook LIVE video with Ava Brodersen of Amoré Beauty Studio.

Details: 678.620.9333,, 280 South Atlanta St. Ste. 300, Roswell, GA 30075

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3 Tips for Combating Oily Skin

By: Alex McCray

While our skin type isn’t something we can change, there are ways we can make the most of what we’ve got. Here are a few things I do regularly as a part of my beauty routine to combat my oily skin.

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1.     Keep It Clean

Having a clean base is a great starting point no matter what type of skin you have, but especially for those of us who are oily (and acne-prone).


I’ve been a diehard fan of Proactiv since high school. There’s something about the pimple-fighting Benzoyl Peroxide in the cleanser and moisturizer, along with the gentle but deep exfoliating power of the Glycolic Acid toner that makes me feel like I’m really getting that grease off without stripping my skin.


2.     Keep Layers Minimal

I find that when I keep my makeup layers minimal my skin can breathe and tends to produce less oil. Instead of going for a super full-coverage look every day, try to stick to your makeup basics. Do what makes you feel like you look “put together” while leaving as much off your skin as possible.


3.     Go Bare

I also like to let my skin be au naturel. I think letting my skin do its thing every now and then actually encourages it to produce less oil. And sometimes we just have to succumb to the skin we’re born with it.


Hopefully, these ideas will make your relationship with your oily skin a tad less tumultuous.


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By: Josh J.


Varicose veins, spider veins, and blue reticular veins aren’t just a cosmetic problem. They can also cause you to suffer physically with aching, tired, and heavy legs. You may also experience burning or itching. Louis G. Prevosti, MD, FACS, of VEINatlanta sat down with me to talk about my symptoms and the next steps for improving the health of my legs.

Louis G. Prevosti, MD, FACS

Louis G. Prevosti, MD, FACS

I consider myself to be a relatively active person. I work as an engineer but I’m also an avid ballroom dancer so I’m no stranger to being on my feet. One of the problems with the bulging veins in my legs is that they make my legs feel much heavier than they really are. Dr. Prevosti explained that it could be due to the blood pooling in my veins caused to poor circulation.


VEINatlanta offers a free consultation for anyone wondering if their veins could be a problem. Also, if more extensive treatment is needed, most insurance companies cover the cost. After assessing my needs, the next step was to be fitted for compression stockings. This is a noninvasive treatment that helps keep the blood from pooling and potentially creating clots. Dr. Prevosti was very knowledgeable and made me feel incredibly comfortable discussing something I’m honestly a little self-conscious about.



For more on this consultation, check out this Facebook LIVE video featuring VEINatlanta’s Dr. Louis G. Prevosti.


Details for VEINatlanta’s three office locations: 404.446.2800,

1100 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE. Ste. 165, Atlanta, GA 30342

601 Professional Dr., Ste. 170, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

3886 Princeton Lakes Way Ste. 140, Atlanta, GA 30331


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Best Self staffer: Alex McCray

To me, facials fall into one of two categories—relaxing or beautifying. What I loved about the 75-minute Deluxe Supreme Bliss Facial at Pure Bliss Med Spa was that it was both. The facial includes a deep cleanse, skin analysis, cream exfoliation, extractions, and a customized mask with microdermabrasion or dermaplaning and a chemical peel. My esthetician, Amy Lam, truly cleared out all the gunk in my face and catered to the needs of my oily and acne-prone skin. And throughout the facial, head, neck, shoulder and hot stone massages made the experience truly calming.


Right off the bat, I loved that Amy asked me detailed questions about my skin, my skin care, and the issues I have with it. She used that information to tailor parts of the facial to my specific concerns. The facial began with Amy double-cleansing my skin with alcohol. Even though I didn’t wear makeup that day, she told me she always likes to start with a clean base and to get rid of any natural build-up on the skin that could have accumulated throughout the day. Then she went to town performing the necessary evil of extractions.

From there, she used microdermabrasion to help lighten the hyperpigmentation I have on my forehead and to help my skin be smoother. I’d never had microdermabrasion before but it didn’t hurt at all and was very quick. At most it felt like a light scratch or something slightly rough sliding across your skin. She then applied a layer of enzymes, which she said would tingle but I honestly felt nothing (I’ve worn my fair share of plumping lip glosses so I know what “tingly” feels like and this did not feel like that at all). The enzymes helped to aid the microdermabrasion and eat any dead skin.

Next were two masks, a clay mask to detox my skin and unclog my pores and a hydrating mask. Because my skin is acne-prone, she also used a blue LED light to increase the penetration of the masks and to kill any leftover bacteria.

image2 My facial concluded with an amazing massage of my head, neck, shoulders, and face along with a hot stone massage. Amy topped my skin with a moisturizing gel by Skinceuticals to help continue to lighten the pigment, eye cream, and SPF 50 sunscreen. She advised me that my skin may be a little “angry” over the next three days but to be gentle and avoid exfoliation until day four.

Details: $195. 678.515.3653. 6309 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs.

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