My Love/Hate Relationship with Yelp

I will start with why I love Yelp.

It has helped me build my business. Many of my clients have found me on there based on the reviews my amazing clients have written. It is a great way for people to learn about me and what I do and get objective opinions of my services. People are also able to search for me based on services they are looking for that they may not regularly be able to find.

Now I will tell you why I hate (probably too strong of a word but better for the title) Yelp. 

It filters my reviews. I encourage my clients to write on Yelp and even offer incentives for their time and Yelp hides some of their comments. Now they say it is random or whatever but I am not convinced. It seems to happen when the person has only reviewed 1 place. It also seems to happen to businesses that don’t advertise with Yelp (I’ve heard about this from numerous people). This is disappointing. Now people are starting to say that they don’t want to bother writing a review because they assume their review will get filtered. One of my clients wrote an email to Yelp about her review and she never heard back. I also wrote to them with no response. I tried calling them but could not get to a live person. They do not want to talk to you…unless they call you to get your money to advertise! Very frustrating.

That all being said, I am still thankful for the site. I am happy that clients are able to find me and my business it able to grow. I only wish that Yelp wouldn’t filter the reviews. You are still able to read them, by the way, you just have to enter one of those “I’m not a robot” computer codes to do it (yes, it’s easy but I have found most people don’t take the time to do it).

Go to YELP to read my reviews…I have 12 reviews but 4 are filtered

(click on “filtered reviews” at the bottom to read all of them)


Lack of Sleep and Your Skin

As an Esthetician, my face is a direct reflection of my work. Luckily I have always had pretty good skin. It’s dry and very sensitive but as long as I’m careful with what I use, I generally don’t have any issues. I learned in my early 20’s how to properly care for my skin and that has helped me in the aging department. I’m in my 30’s but have often been told that I don’t look it. Thank goodness! That also helps my business. 🙂

I’ve had insomnia for about 12 years now. It comes and goes and the last couple of years, it has gotten better. Until recently. I don’t know what is causing it but I’ve tried everything to fix it except for sleeping pills. Not that I don’t take them every once in a while but I am extremely careful because I do not want to become addicted. Anyway, this is not just about my sleeping problems, this is more about my skin.

 This is how I feel…and probably look!


I started experimenting on my face because I want to be able to try new products for clients. This did not go well. My face reacted pretty strongly and I had to stop. I brought my skin care routine back to the basics and finally got my skin back to where to where it looked presentable. Now I’m having problems again and I have a feeling it is directly related to my lack of sleep. After getting 4 hours of sleep last night, my face looks awful! The less sleep I get, the more rashy my skin gets. It kind of looks like pimples on my face but they never turn into anything (and sometimes only last a few hours) so it seems to be more than a rash. I have done a lot of research and tried a bunch of things, even talked to my mentor (an Esthetician who has been in the business for 20+ years) and nothing is helping.

I’ve read that a lack of sleep can cut into the crucial restorative process our skin goes through at night. This means that our skin can’t properly heal or rejuvenate itself and that products we apply won’t be able to effectively do their job. This all makes a difference.

I’m not 100% convinced that my sleeping problems are directly related but the evidence is sure pointing that way. If any of you have experienced similar problems, I would love to hear about it!

Age Spots

Age Spots or Liver Spots as they are sometimes called are not really caused by aging. Though they do show up as we get older, they are actually caused by sun damage which is why they show up on areas that tend to get more sun like our hands, chest and face. Bleaching creams, peels and lightening treatments may lessen their appearance but to rule out more serious problems, check with your dermatologist first.

A Cold and Your Skin

I am nearing the end of a cold/flu. There was no way to get around this one when I live with 4 other people who were also sick. I think my nephew got it first and even though I knew he was a little sick, I couldn’t stay away from him. 🙂 This got me thinking though. Just because we are sick, doesn’t mean we have to look it, right? Here are some tips to stay looking fresh and healthy.

1. Drink lots of fluids- That’s an easy one. Water is your best bet. Staying hydrated is most important. And while water is the least efficient way to hydrate your skin, it is still important for the body.

2. Don’t lick your lips. Keep a lip balm close by so you grab that every time you feel your lips getting dry. (I recommend Burts Bees Lip Balm) The more you lick, the drier your lips get.

3. Use tissue that is unscented. The fragrances that are added can be irritating to your nose. Choose one with moisturizing properties for extra-softness but just make sure it is non-scented.

4. Wash Your Face- I know when you’re sick, the last thing you care about is your skin or showering but this is so important. Our skin gets so dry from all the medications and just from being sick, that washing your face, at least once a day (twice is better!), is vital. Keep it well moisturized too. You can skip exfoliation while you are sick. It can sometimes cause your skin to get more dry.

5. Grape Seed Oil- Keep this with you if you can. Apply it throughout the day on your nose. This will save your nose from dryness, irritation and flakiness.

6. To ease nostril irritation, apply vaseline. Using a Q-Tip, roll it around the inner part of your nostril. It will feel so much better and look less irritated.

7. If you must leave the house, and most of us have to these days when we are sick, use liquid foundation instead of powder. The powder can make your skin look super dry, especially around the nose area.

Meaningless Cosmetics Claims You Shouldn’t Believe Part 6


Specially Formulated for Mature Skin

Why it’s meaningless: We see this claim all the time, almost always on products designed to fight signs of aging. The problem is that skin-care companies always define mature skin as occurring at some arbitrary age, usually over the age of 50, where the skin all of a sudden becomes dry.
In reality, age is not a skin type. Many women over age 50 (or younger) have different skin types. Their concerns (wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sagging) are fairly consistent, but women of all ages can struggle with oily skin, dry skin, breakouts, redness, sensitivity, and on and on. “Mature skin” isn’t automatically dry skin, any more than acne-prone skin is only for teens. There are no special formulary standards that make products labeled “for mature skin” any better than products formulated for other skin types or concerns. More often than not, products designed for mature skin are just overly emollient moisturizers that do not provide a comprehensive approach to really fighting the signs of aging.

What to look for instead: It’s all about the ingredients and following a consistent skin-care routine that addresses the needs of your skin type AND your skin concerns, regardless of your age.

(Information by Paula Begoun)

Hopefully you read all 6 of the Meaningless Claims. It’s scary what information is put out there for us to believe.

Dry, Scaly Hands?

Keep your body scrub (or you can buy a hand scrub but why waste the money?!) by the bathroom sink. After you wash your hands, use the scrub. Follow with a hydrating moisturizer specifically made for the hands. You can even mix in a little oil for extra hydration. I like Jojoba Oil or Macadamia Nut Oil.

Try my Hand Creme…

Ageless Total Rejuvenating Hand Creme

A daily, super hydrating UVA/UVB broad spectrum moisturizer for the hands. Diminishes age spots with a blend of natural skin lightening agents, protects against harmful effects of the sun and builds up collagen to restore youthful skin. Contains coenzyme Q10 and other antioxidants to fight against free radicals and environmental damage.

Available for purchase. Contact me for details.

Meaningless Cosmetics Claims You Shouldn’t Believe Part 5


Dermatologist-Approved or Dermatologist-Tested

Why it’s meaningless: Here’s another popular claim that sounds official and professional but that isn’t supported by any agreed-on standards in the cosmetics or medical industries. “Dermatologist-approved” could mean something or it could mean nothing at all—more often than not, it means nothing. What you don’t know is whether or not the dermatologist is on the payroll of the cosmetics company (many are, so they’re expected to “approve” of products—when was the last time you saw a “dermatologist-rejected” product) or what standards he or she used to approve the product. For all we know, the dermatologist gave the formula a cursory glance, said it looked good, and that was it, or he or she designed a study to make sure the cosmetics company’s claim was substantiated.

What to look for instead: Forget dermatologist endorsements—instead, focus on finding products that contain ingredients research has proven to be effective (and safe) for your skin. Typically, that means looking for broad-spectrum sunscreens, antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, well-formulated exfoliants, and products with cell-communicating ingredients. Regardless of whether or not a “dermatologist-approved” claim is made, these are the types of ingredients that truly make a difference in the health and appearance of your skin—and any dermatologist worth listening to should know this!

(Information by Paula Begoun)

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