you need this: Kate Somerville D-Scar Diminishing Serum

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I don’t really consider myself to be too much of a clutz, but THIS IS AN INSTAGRAM photo after my 30th birthday.  Yep. I totally stepped out of the cab the wrong way and went down HARD on the sidewalk.  Not only was it scary, but I got into my apartment, looked down and said “oh my god…I just skinned my knee like a four-year-old.”  Sure, it healed up after a few days but I was left with a dark scar that I still have, six months later.  Awesome.  I started doing some research into good scar diminishing serums and creams and decided to test out Kate Somerville D-Scar Diminishing Serum.  Obviously, I love all things Kate Somerville, so I was pretty sure I’d be happy with the results of D-Scar and yes, I really am.  They actually did an independent clinical study that had AMAZING results:

In 4 weeks:

  • 100% of users had a significantly improved scar texture and smoothness
  • 92% of users had decreased scar thickness

Sold.  Basically the product uses the brand’s DS-7™, a microencapsulated Peptide essential to the skin renewal process. It’s  formula encourages more normalized, smoother, softer skin.  This unique “messenger” Peptide delivers a large amount of essential renewal information to cells.  I’ve been using the product for about 4 weeks now, as per the clinical study, and I’ve seen REALLY good results.  I still have a way to go, but things are looking good.



Reader Question: do I really need toner?

Do I really need toner

 Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free TonerBiore Blemish Treating Astringent | Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner | Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion | Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic


Hey Jamie!

I have a question…what is the purpose of toner? Is it necessary? AND, after I take off my makeup (using Queen of the Quarter Life Crisis-approved Neutrogena makeup removing wipes) and wash my face, when I put the toner on should there be dirt or some kind of grey to brown on the cotton ball or does that mean that my face wash isn’t working well enough?




Hey “E”!

That’s a great (and really common) question.  My first experience with toner was when I did PR for Sea Breeze back in the day…that stuff was hard core, let me tell you, but it had a cult-like following.  Here’s the story: toners are greatly misunderstood.

What are they? Toners are traditionally used to balance the skin’s pH and remove anything that your cleanser missed (hence why you see color on your cotton ball after you use it).  Newer toners actually can be really hydrating and have added benefits with good-for-you ingredients, depending on the product.

Should I use one?  Since there are so many different kinds, you just have to do some research to see which toner is best for your skin (my favorites are above).  Some contain alcohol, which removes excess oil and helps prevent breakouts but can also dry out skin.  However, most derms say that anyone with eczema or rosacea (ahem, me!) should avoid them due to sensitivity.

  • If you have oily skin, look for toners with salicylic acid, sulfur, or tea tree oil
  • If you have dry skin, grab ones with panthenol, hyaluronic acid, aloe, and glycerin

Good luck!



Reader Question: How do I simplify my skincare regimen?

Simplify your skincare regimen

One of the most common reader questions that I get is on the topic of simplifying your skincare regimen. What do you REALLY need to use? How often?  In what order?  When?  These are all completely valid questions, especially given the fact that beauty brands come out with dozens of new products every year.  And, here’s a secret, a lot of the “new” products are really just the same formula with a new name and new product packaging!  It’s true.  So here, I break down exactly what you need: a simple skincare regimen with the fewest products possible.  Of course, you can always add treatments (based on your specific concerns) into your regimen but this list is the bare necessities, and a few product recommendations.  I’ve included high-end brands and drugstore brands, so you can decide where you want to splurge.

MORNING (in order of use):

EVENING (in order of use):