My no make-up, make-up routine

posted on: March 4, 2017

Dior Lip Glow: here  Colorescience Tint du Soleil: here Colorescience Sunscreen Powder: here  Tan Towels: here Lash Extensions: here

When speaking to patients about their skin, the number one request I hear day in and day out is “I want to be able to wear no make-up and feel comfortable”. During my evaluation I examine the skin closely, determining the cause of imperfections. It may be active acne, leftover red or brown spots from acne, sun spots, redness from sun damage or rosacea, enlarged pores and the list goes on and on. Once we determine the cause of the uneven complexion I tailor a custom treatment regiment to suit my patient’s needs. Once we have accomplished these goals my patients feel much more comfortable to ditch that thick liquid foundation and heavy concealer.

While I appreciate the beauty and art of make-up, I am personally more of a make-up minimalist. On my no make-up days there are still a few go-to products that I always have in my arsenal.

  1. Sunscreen– Duh. Always Sunscreen. I have been a huge fan of Colorescience for years (see this post from 2014). I always layer my sunscreen. I first choose a moisturizer with sunscreen then top with a sunscreen power. The Tint du Soliel is amazing, it goes on so smooth and feels like bare skin. I then layer their sunscreen powder for extra protection. I literally have like 4 tubes of this stuff at all times: one in my car, my purse, my bathroom and in the diaper bag. You need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day as it wears off after a few hours and this is the easiest way to do so.
  2. Self Tanner– Real deal tanning in the sun is a big no-no, but a little glow to your skin does look nice. I love these Tan Towels. They are so easy to use, not streaky at all and give the perfect amount of tan to your skin. I typically use one once a week or more often if I have an event.
  3. Lip Balm– My lips tend to run on the dry side and I like to keep them moisturized. Dior Lip Glow is the perfect mix of moisturizer plus the slightest hint of color.
  4. Eyelash Extensions– I’ve been wearing lash extensions for about 5 months now. It’s amazing how enhanced eyelashes can dramatically change your look. When I first got them I saw my mother-in-law and she commented, “I love your make-up”. I wasn’t wearing any, just my lashes. I thought that was the biggest complement. You can ready all about my lash experience in this post. I get my lashes done at Amazing Lash Studio in Eastvale.

No matter what your make-up routine is, your skin should be your #1 concern. If you find your make-up is causing you problems like break-outs or irritation make sure you have an evaluation by your dermatology expert to discuss what products are best for your skin.

Valentine’s Baking Date

posted on: February 5, 2017

Elle’s Apron: here (size large) My Apron (similar): here

As a working mom I am constantly trying to do my best to find fun and simple activities to do with my kids. I may not be able to be room mom or be at every after school function, but I try to make our time together as special as possible. Having 3 kids I try to carve out a little time for them individually for some one-on-one time. Elle loves to bake. While she is fortunate enough to have a family full of amazing chefs and bakers (I am not one of them). That didn’t stop us from having a fun cookie decorating afternoon. Pillsbury to the rescue! They make the cutest cut-out heart cookies that are perfect for decorating. Just add a little frosting and sprinkles and you’re in business.

I think Ryan and the boys enjoyed our baking date just as much as we did as they ate most of the cookies 🙂

Photos: Grow Lovely

Perfect Pout: What type of filler is best for you lips

posted on: February 4, 2017

Minor cosmetic procedures like botox and filler have skyrocketed in the past few year. With Kylie Jenner putting lip enhancement on everyone’s radar, filling those lips has never been more popular. What you need to understand is there is no one size fits all when it comes to lip fillers. There are about 10 different fillers on the market you can use in the lips. All of the products are different. In this post we are going to break down the different types of filler so you can educate yourself and discuss with your injector which filler would be the best for you.

While there are many different fillers that can be placed in the lips, for simplicity sake let’s discuss the Juvederm family of products made by Allergan. They have a broad range of fillers we can compare. When it comes to Filler and Botox in general there can be this stigma that if you have these treatments you will look frozen, fake or over done. That may have been the case with the first generation of fillers but that is not the case these days. If you go to the right injector, fillers and botox have the ability to make you look rested and refreshed while not changing your look. The most reassuring thing about most fillers is they can be dissolved if you don’t like the results.

Lips are one area in particular where people have a fear of looking over done. Not everyone wants lips as big as Kylie, and the great thing is you don’t have to. There is a filler type out there for everyone’s needs and desires. Let’s break them down so you can figure out what filler is best for you.

Volbella XC- This is the newest filler in Allergan’s arsenal. This filler is intended for subtle results. This filler works best if:

  • You are a first time lip filler with thin lips
  • You suffer from “smokers lines”, the little fine lines that makes your lipstick bleed that you want improved but don’t necessarily want your lips bigger.
  • You are nervous about having your looks look too big
  • You simply want your lips to look hydrated vs much larger.

Volbella currently comes in a 0.55cc syringe which is smaller compared to other fillers. Keep this in mind when making your decision.

Juvederm Ultra XC- A great in-between filler. Juvederm Ultra comes in a 1.0cc syringe giving us more filler to work with. This filler would be great for you if:

  • It is your first time getting lip filler, but fear looking too big.
  • You have thin/medium lips.
  • You want your lips to look enhanced, but want a very soft feeling lip.
  • You have “smokers lines” plus you want to enhance your lips too.

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC– A more robust filler in the Juvederm family. This filler also comes in a 1.0cc syringe. This filler would be great for you if:

  • Your end lip goals are a very full look. (this may require more than one syringe)
  • You’ve had filler done before and liked the results, but wouldn’t mind more fullness.
  • You desire to spread the filler around and use in multiple areas (i.e. nasolabila folds or marionette lines).
  • You have fuller lips to start with.
  • You have deeper “smokers lines” and have lost a lot of volume in the lips.

The thickest filler in the Juvederm family is Voluma, while injectors will put Voluma in the lips, I do not recommend this as the results risk the area becoming hard and bumpy. There are other great Juverderm products available for lips and as Voluma is more expensive and more risky, I do not recommend it.

Fillers in the lips can last anywhere from 3-12 months. After your treatments wears off you can discuss with your injector your experience and determine if another type of filler would be better for your next treatment. This is intended to be educational, however you should take the time to discuss your enhancement goals with your provider and together determine which type of filler is best for you.

Chronically Chapped Lips: Is there really a solution?

posted on: February 2, 2017

Chapped lips are an issue I see very often in my practice. For many people, liberal use of a lubricant will help ease the discomfort. But there are people who have tried every chapstick and lip scrub out there with no relief. Some people are prone to just having dry lips, but there is another condition you should consider.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

This condition occurs when an allergen causes a reaction and irritation to the skin. The lips are a very common area to see this type of reaction as the skin on the lip is thin and it reacts easily to allergens. Scaly skin or itchiness can occur directly on the lips or around the lip area. Figuring out what is causing this reaction is easier said than done. This rash could be caused by an allergy to one of the countless products, ingredients and chemicals we are exposed to every day. From shampoos, make-up and perfumes to metals such as nickel, gold and cobalt, allergic contact dermatitis will continue until the allergen is no longer coming in contact with the skin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to get to the bottom of this annoying condition.

Be You Own Detective

Your lips come in contact with hundreds of ingredients per day. Take the time to be aware of what you are using directly on your lips and what is in your environment. Make a journal of things you came in contact with on the days your lips are worse. Think beyond what you are putting directly on your lips. Remember that indirect application can occur from an allergen transmitted via the hands.

Avoid certain products

Stop wearing jewelry that contains nickel as this is a common allergen. Remove your nail polish/gel polish. Even if you’ve been doing your nails for years, nail polish is a very common allergen. Stop all lipsticks, lip gloss, sunscreen or metal-containing products, such as a dental tools that have direct contact to the lips. Indirect application can occur from an allergen transmitted via the hands

Beef up your treatment

At this point chapstick or vaseline may not be cutting it. Pick up some 1% hydrocortisone ointment at the drug store and apply 2-3 times a day for more relief. Feel free to use vaseline or aquaphor in-between the application of hydrocortisone as needed.

If all else fails, see a Dermatologist. We have the ability to preform an examination of your lips, prescribe prescription medications or preform allergy tests to try to determine the cause of your chapped lips.

DIY Lip Scrub: The perfect solution for dry flaky lips. 

posted on: February 1, 2017

Valentines day is right around the corner and nobody wants crusty dusty lips, right? Winter weather and especially wind can be harsh on your lips. While you’ve heard me talk about the best things to moisturize your lips.  There are times when your lips need a little extra TLC in the hydration department. If you’ve ever tried to put on lipstick on dry and peeling lips, you know it’s a recipe for disaster. There is a simple, fun and inexpensive way to get your lips kissably soft again in no time.

Check out my recipe for DIY lips scrub. Takes less than 5 minutes to make and would be an great Valentines gift for someone you think is pretty awesome.

Elle’s Dress (40% off!): here    My Dress: here

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub 

Sugar (regular, raw, or brown) 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil 1 tsp
Almond Oil 1 tsp
Food Coloring 1 drop (optional)
… or you can just eyeball it 🙂
Small glass containers like ones found here
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. If you like a more grainy consistency use more sugar. Apply a small amount to your lips and scrub until the sugar dissolves completely. Gently wipe off. Use 3 times a week or as needed. Make sure to moisturize your lips after you exfoliate them. This will get you the best results. While this stuff is not intended to be eaten, it is very safe and perfectly edible (I definitely caught Elle dipping her little finger in these jars a few times)

Do you have a favorite store bought lip scrub?  Let me know in the comments below!

Winter Skin Tips

posted on: January 14, 2017

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wrap: Pendleton
I spent New Years with my family in Whitefish, MT. This is a place we’ve visited every summer for the past few years, but this was the first time we decided to visit in the winter. It was absolutely magical. While I live in a desert climate the cold weather definitely took a toll on my skin. Heaters inside our homes are one of the biggest contributors to dry skin. While turing down the heater is probably not in the cards in freezing weather, follow these tips to give your skin some relief. 

1. Avoid Long Hot Showers– Hot water removes natural oils from your skin. Try to limit your showers to 5-10 minutes. Spending more time in the shower leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started. Choose a short warm shower for dry skin.

2. Apply your moisturizer right after your shower– To lock in the moisture from your shower apply your moisturizer when your skin is still slightly damp. For best results apply your moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower.

3. Soothe Chapped Lips: Choose a lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone for maximum relief.

4. Use a Humidifier– Keeping the air moist in your home with a humidifier will also keep you skin moisturized.

5. Choose Ointments and Creams– When choosing a moisturizer for dry skin it is best to choose a cream or an ointment as opposed to a lotion. Creams are oil based where lotions are water based. For even better moisturizing choose ointments like Vaseline or Aquaphor. While ointments are not practical all the time choose them when you have some down time like watching TV or sleeping. Apply a layer of the ointment and cover the area with cotton gloves or socks for event better penetration.

6. Reapply, Reapply, Reapply!– Applying moisturizers once a day is not enough for dry skin. Apply you moisturizers multiple times a day for better results.

7. Make an appointment with your Dermatologist– Is your dry skin painful, itchy or not responding to moisturizers alone? You may have eczema. Eczema often times requires a prescription strength cortisone ointment. Your Dermatologist or Derm PA will be able to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment.

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posted on: January 8, 2017

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Staycation at The Langham Pasadena

Today I turned 34, and it feels pretty good. I’ve always been a “middle-aged soul”. I remember being in junior high sitting on my porch, listening to Phantom of the Opera, thinking I can’t wait to be a “grown-up”. I was pretty nerdy growing up (looking back I’m so glad I was). Now being in my mid-thirties I guess you’d consider me a “grown-up”. I have a family I adore and a job I love. Life is FAR from perfect, but I always try to focus on the good and appreciate the positive in my life. 
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Lash Battle: Latisse vs Extensions

posted on: January 8, 2017

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 My lashes by Amazing Lash Studio in Eastvale (I ask for natural)

Eyelashes make such a difference to a women’s appearance, more than you even realize. Overall they feminize the face and compliment anyone’s complexion. Most women already incorporate mascara into their beauty regiment , but in recent years women have really stepped up their lash game. While there are tons of lash boosters and serums that claim to make your lashes grow, in my opinion there are 2 options that really get the job done: Latisse and Eyelash Extensions. They are both great options, but two very different options and everyone has a personal preference. Let’s break down the each one so you can see which one is best for you.

Lash Basics

The upper eyelid has approximately 90-150 eyelashes on it, while the bottom has between 70-80 eyelashes. Most eyelashes grow to be about 10mm long. Lashes are like other hairs found on the body. Every hair on your body has a growth cycle. It will grow to a specific length and eventually reach its full cycle, and then fall out. There are three phases to all hair growth cycles.

Anagen (Active Growth Phase)– This is when the hair is growing. About 40% of the upper eyelashes are actively growing at any given time. This phase lasts for about 4-6 weeks.

Catalan (Transitional Phase) During this phase the eyelash stops growing and prepares to fall out.

Telogen (Resting Phase)- During this period the eyelash falls out.

This information applies to how Latisse and eyelash extensions work. Let’s compare the two.


My personal results with Latisse:

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How does it work?: Latisse is a medication that is applied directly to the lash line. Latisse works by lengthening the anagen phase. While the normal phase is 4-6 weeks on Latisse it lengthens to 8-12 weeks. This means your lashes are growing for for a longer period of time which enables them to grow longer than normal. Latisse was originally designed as a glaucoma medication. Doctors observed that patients using the medication in one eye had really long lashes on that side, and that is how latisse was born.

Time Commitment: Latisse does not work overnight. It takes approximately 4 months to see the full results of thicker, longer and darker lashes. You apply Latisse to your upper lash line before you go to sleep. The medication from the upper lash line will spread to your bottom lash line so you don’t have to apply it there.

Side Effects: There is a lot of talk about Latisse’s side effects, so let me set the story straight. The most common side effect seen with latisse is eyelid irritation. Most of the time it goes away after using the product for a few weeks. If someone is really irritated I recommend backing off to using just 1/2 drop per eye every 2-3 days then building up to every day. Latisse also has the potential to darken your iris, the colored part of your eye. Now while this sounds scary, it’s not what it seems. When people were putting the drops directly into their eyes for glaucoma they only saw this side effect 0.1% of the time. It has never been reported when using Latisse as directed for eyelash growth.

Can you use while pregnant?: No, it is not recommended to use while pregnant.

Mascara?: Most people who use Latisse will still use an eyelash curler and mascara for a more dramatic effect.

Customizable?: Latisse will affect everyone differently. You cannot choose how long or thick Latisse will make your lashes.

Cost- Latisse runs about $120 for a small bottle. The average person will use 4-5 bottles per year.

Maintenance: Lashes enhanced by latisse are your own lashes. No special treatment is necessary.

Lash Extensions:

How does it work?: Lash Extensions have become extremely popular the past few years. Lash extensions are synthetic strands that are made to replicate a natural lash. When applied, eyelash extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural lashes. Single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. With proper application, lash extensions look and feel completely natural. When applied by a professional, lash extension will last as long as your hair’s growth cycle. Everyone’s body is different and depending on your daily activity you may need a refill every 2-4 weeks.

Time Commitment: The initial application of lash extensions take 1-2 hours. During the process they make everything as comfortable as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for an extra pillow or a bathroom break if necessary. Refills of lashes are typically 30 min-1 hour every 2-4 weeks depending on the amount of lashes needed.  

Side Effects: Rarely people can be allergic to the adhesive used to bond the extensions to your natural lashes. If you have a history of allergies to adhesives you should let your lash expert know before application.

Can you use while pregnant?: Yes, you can get lash extensions while pregnant.

Mascara?: Most people do not need mascara as the extensions give the illusion of mascara, but if you do make sure that you only use water-based mascara.

Customizable?: Yes! You can choose if you want a very natural look or something more dramatic and glamorous.

Cost: Depending on your area an initial set of lashes can run $100-$200 with refills running $30-$100.

Maintenance: You should take special care of your lashes for best results. You should not rub your eyes excessively, avoid steam or saunas, don’t use an eyelash curler and don’t pull on your lashes.

The Ultimate Question: Latisse or Lash Extensions

The question I get all the time is: Which one is better? Latisse or Lash Extensions? I really don’t have an answer to that question. They are both very different and what is good for one person may not be good for the next. I personally do a “double dip”, I have lash extensions and use Latisse simultaneously. The Latisse keeps my lashes thick and strong and extensions give me the dramatic look I desire. I used Latisse for years, but stopped using when I was pregnant. I wanted to give lash extensions a try and was so lucky to find Amazing Lash Studio in Eastvale. If you’re looking for a place, I highly recommend them. In summary, good lashes are universal to beauty. You just have to decide which option is best for you.

Boo Boo Basics (plus giveaway!)

posted on: October 27, 2016


We’ve all been there- you trip on a crack in the sidewalk or over a toy, or maybe you’re simply clumsy then BAM! Next thing you know you’re on your hands and knees fully loaded with new scrapes, bumps and bruises. What’s your next plan of attack? Hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment or water? Do you cover the scrape or let it dry out? Will you need stitches? In this post I’m going to give you the boo-boo basics and have you fixed up in no time.

Wounds generally fall into two basic categories:

  1. Seek medical attention
  2. Take care of it yourself at home

When to head to the ER

Yikes, You’ve got a cut and it looks pretty nasty. How do you know if you can just put a bandaid on it or if you need to head to the ER for stitches? Here are some basics to follow:

Might be time for a trip to the ER:

  • If you have anything stuck in the wound you can’t remove
  • If you can’t stop the bleeding
  • If you have a puncture wound- i.e. stepped on a nail
  • If you were bit by an animal or a human
  • if the cut is greater than 1/4″. If  you can see fatty tissue or bone you definitely need to go to the ER.
  • If the wound is wide enough for you to push together to close to cover underlying tissue.

At home boo-boo basics

So your wound doesn’t meet any of the criteria above? Good! A simple scrape or minor cut (like a paper cut) are wounds that only affect the 2 most superficial layers of skin- the epidermis and the dermis. While these have a very low risk of becoming infected, it is still important that you practice proper wound care to ensure things heal properly. Typically simple antibacterial soap and water is sufficient to clean the area. After you have cleaned the area, apply a thin layer of  anti-bacterial ointment, like vaseline or Aquaphor to the area. The skin will heal better if you keep the area lubricated and covered. It may seem like it takes longer for the scrape or cut to heal, but the ultimate scar will look better if you don’t allow a thick scab to form. On the flip side don’t keep the area too gooey. Make sure you are changing any bandages that have become wet and you only need a very thin layer of the ointment. Most basic wounds heal within 1-2 weeks. If your wound is taking longer to heal or becomes more painful you should seek medical attention for an evaluation.

If you’re treating a kiddo, you know how scary getting a boo-boo can be for them. Having 3 kids of my own and seeing pediatric patients who require painful procedures I am not above a little bribery to make them feel better during their time of discomfort. Stickers and ice packs go a long way. I love these kits from Me4kidz. My mother-in-law picked up the big doctor Medibag  for my kids last year. While my kids love playing doctor with the bag it’s also a fully first aid kit with every boo-boo dressing you could need including the ever important stickers. In addition to the big kit Me4kidz makes these little medibuddies that are perfect to throw in your diaper bag or purse.

I’m hosting a giveaway for all the goodies seen in the picture below. You can enter the giveaway in one of two simple ways.

  1. Comment on this post saying what goodie you’d be most excited to receive
  2. Tag a friend on my instagram @thewhitecoattreatment who would love some me4kidz goodies too.

I’ll announce the winner on Oct 31st! Good luck!

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Beach Camping Trip in San Clemente

posted on: July 26, 2016

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If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you may have seen a glimpse of my family camping trip to The Holidays in San Clemente a couple weeks back! Last year I spotted these super-cute, retro trailers on Instagram and was determined to book all 4 of them for a fun getaway. These babies are so popular that we had to book them exactly six months prior to our trip at the precise time they opened up for reservations to ensure we could snag them all. 
The Holidays camping community was everything it advertised and so much more! Andy greeted us upon our arrival, toured us around, and even helped us unload our cars. In addition to being totally adorable, the trailers were stocked with all the essentials and the community had everything from outdoor games to s’more sticks, which all got a lot of use! Did I mention the killer location?  The community is on a bluff over San Clemente State Beach, with a convenient little trail which leads straight to the beautiful beach – which served as my only workouts for the weekend. 
We spent hours at the beach and in the sun around camp each day, so being the skin-obsessed Derm PA and Mom that I am, I was so thankful to have SwimZip swimsuits for the kids for the extra sun protection they really needed. Their tops are comfortable and easy to zip on and off, which makes my life so much easier since I don’t have to squeeze my squirmy kids into something uncomfortable after already lathering with sunscreen for minutes. 
I was also introduced to the brand Of One Sea that has the cutest kids stuff perfect for our beach weekend and they were kind enough to send over some awesome matching boardies and tees for my boys, and the sweetest kimono ever that Elle wore all weekend! No joke, I was stopped about 5 times from people asking where she got it. Drew also loved his Of One Sea poncho, which he wore while cruising the beach and campsite once he was over the sun. The kids loved them and so did I, so it was a win!
I will cherish those beach days forever… watching Dane playing in the sand (and sometimes eating it too) and seeing my older ones, Elle and Drew, run up and down in the surf for hours and building sand castles together are memories that I love to make with my family. By the end of the day, we were all ready for some good grub, a warm campfire, and of course, s’mores! While the guys enjoyed some cold Pizza Port Brewing Company beers from a local San Clemente brewery, the ladies in my family cooked up some cast-iron dishes to go along with them. It was fun to check-out a company local to where were staying and try something new.
I should mention that I don’t believe in camping without s’mores, and I don’t think anyone else should either. Our s’more game was really stepped up this trip thanks to Nineteen27 S’mores. They sent over some of their convenient s’mores kits in a couple different flavors and everyone in my family is now obsessed! I think the Raspberry was my favorite… I was skeptical at first since the tried-and-true s’more is so darn good, but the fluffy raspberry marshmallow between the homemade grahams mixed with the milk chocolate was a game changer! I need to have these stocked from now on!
Being a working mom with a busy schedule, I value the time I am able to spend with my family and hope my kids will have fond memories of trips like this, just like I do. I grew up taking trips with my parents, siblings, and cousins, just like this one, as a kid and we still tell stories of those fun times 20+ years later. In sum, this trip was trip was more than I could have asked for and knowing that my family enjoyed it just as much, if not more than I did, was the icing on the cake. 
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