QUESTION: How do I make my skin lighter? I have caramel skin and I’m not satisfied with the way it looks. I would like to lighten it if possible. Do you know of any homemade remedies instead of store bought products?

Tara Daniele
OK, here’s the problem with “Home Remedies” you’re talking about your FACE here and lightening it no less!!! Let me stop you right there and be brutally honest. Never…Ever…when it comes to your skin especially your face under any circumstance should you take chances! Now that being said you have options that won’t break the bank but will safely even out your skin tone and lighten area that may have Hyper-pigmentation (brown spots) or Hypo-pigmentation (light spots) Skin Rx Clinic has two products that are ideal for evening out pigment and skin tone and I believe that is what you are looking for. If you are looking to take a mild approach you can try a skin lightener. You will want to make sure it contains Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid or you are wasting your time and money. Skin Rx Clinic has a Skin lightener that works really well as a maintenance product and has 2% Hydroquinone (which is the highest you want to use without a prescription) and Kojic Acid. If you are looking for a more drastic approach you will want to look into a Lactic Acid At Home Peel. It is Pharmaceutical Grade Lactic Acid that you can use “At Home” to light the skin and pigment. It is safe and extremely effective and inexpensive. They have an Esthetician you can contact with any questions or concerns via e-mail or phone. Please look into this before you start putting “Home Made” concoctions on your face! Go to www.SkinRxClinic.com search “lightener” for the Skin Lightener with the Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid, and search “lactic” to get the information about the Lactic Acid “At Home” Peel.

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QUESTION: What is a good daily beauty routine?

Tara Daniele
Your beauty regime depends strongly on your age. A basic skincare regime would be Cleans, Tone, and Moisturize. This is just your basics and if you have no real signs of aging this would a good place to start. SkinRxClinic has a 3 step Clinical Skincare System containing: Arnica Cleanser- a mild, non-sensitizing, low foaming facial wash easily removes makeup and other residue. Hydra Essence Toner- Free from alcohols and chemicals, this soothing "drink of water" for your skin will hydrate, plump and tone. Skin Recovery Crème- a lightweight, non-greasy, hydrating moisturizer is saturated with ingredients to hydrate, moisturize and repair your skin. This is your very basic 3 step AM & PM regime. If you are looking for something a little more preventive you can add an eye cream & serum. A 5 step regime AM & PM is all you need. SkinRxClinic has a great eye cream called Eyebright Intensive eye cream and the Face Firming Complex is a great serum loaded with anti-oxidant to fight free radicals, DMAE to lift and tight, Ester C to Bright and lighten and ALA which refines and resurfaces the skin. It is a great all in one anti-aging serum. If you are ready to get serious about your skincare regime www.SkinRxClinic.com is worth looking into.

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QUESTION: I tend to get really bad dry skin around my t-zone and nose so my skin always looks ruff and uneven. I've tried moisturizer but it always seems to comes back during the day...Any ideas or suggestions?

Tara Daniele
This is tough because most of the time the t-zone is oily and the main concern is reducing oil production. Your situation is reverse. You say you are moisturizing but getting no results...this is because the moisturizer can not penetrate the dead dry skin. I suggest using an exfoliating product. I have had great results with SkinRxClinic Microdermabrasion Peel. It contains Corundum Crystals (same crystals that are used in the machines at a Doctor's office or Salon) and it is enriched with natural hydrators, Vitamins A, C, E and other anti-oxidants, best of all it is all natural without harsh chemicals, fragrances, oils or drugs! You would just need a little bit, maybe a pea size and you would lightly rub the micro crystals over the areas where you have dead skin build up and it will polish the dead skin away allowing your moisturizer to penetrate and as a result hydrating the skin. It is inexpensive and lasts a long time.They also have a Skin Recovery Creme that is lightweight and hydrating. It is worth checking out...go to www.SkinRxClinic.com reference "micro" in the search box and the product and information will come up.

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QUESTION: I am currently using the Skin Recovery Crème which I love. I am 40 years old and fighting mild acne and wrinkles...please help, not sure which issue I should be focusing on and would like a remedy for both. Thank you in advance for your help.

Tara Daniele
I am so glad you emailed me because there is a solution that will address these issues! The Skin Recovery Crème is great product...so you are on the right path. I recommend adding the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser it is AHA cleanser that will help refine the skin and combat the signs of aging. Glycolic Acid will help with large pores as well as the breakouts. I would also incorporate the Face Firming Complex into your regime. It has DMAE which helps strengthen the muscle structure of the skin, ALA-(Alpha Lapoic Acid) which refines and resurfaces the skin, C-ester which Brightens, Lightens and Tightens the skin and CoQ10 which boosts skin ability to repair and regenerate and reduces free radical damage. So that pretty much covers it. You have your 3 step regime...Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser, Face Firming Complex, Skin Recovery Crème! The last product you would need to complete the regime is an eye cream...I like Visible Lift Eye Gel (but I prefer a gel) if you are looking for a cream the Eyebright Intensive Eye Cream is a good choice. Hope this help, please let me know if I can answer any other questions you may have.

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QUESTION: I'm just wondering...can you put eyeliner on your water line?

Tara Daniele
Yes...just avoid the tear duct and your good to go! I would recommend holding down the lid for a second or two just to let it completely dry!

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QUESTION: What do you think about Obagi Clenziderm?

Tara Daniele
Here's the deal with Obagi...it is a fabulous product. It is also however, extremely strong and can be harsh and damaging to the skin. That being said...I believe it is more of a reparative skincare product then a maintenance skincare product. If you are past the point of preventive and have entered the world of reparative, Obagi is a good place to start. If you do decide to go with an Obagi regime, pick a 6 month program (they have different options) finish the program then stop! Being an Esthetician I have seen quite a few people who have been on a Obagi regime for extended periods of time and their skin looks transparent! After you have finished your 6 month regime and have repaired the skin it is up to you to maintain it. I suggest using an "At Home" Pharmaceutical Grade Chemical Peel! Glycolic Acid along with high quality professional skincare products, will not only save you money, it will also save your skin! Try SkinRxClinic's "At Home" Glycolic Acid Peel. If you are looking for a way to kick your skin into high gear this is another option for you. It is worth looking into go to www.SkinRxClinic.com type "glycolic" in the search box the product and all the information will come up!

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QUESTION: Is it important to use toner after you wash your face? I'm doing it right now but I just want to be sure that I'm supposed to.

Tara Daniele
Yes toner is an essential step in your skincare regime. You have some options...toner that is designed to hydrate and is most beneficial for irritated sensitive skin SkinRxClinic has a Hydra Essence Toner that is soothing and mild and has gentle plant extract. Then there are toners made for corrective reasons such as controlling acne and pore size as well as lifting and tightening the skin. SkinRxClinic has a Glyco-Lactic Toner that is formulated with AHA's which gently exfoliate, clarify and rejuvenate the skin. These toners are most beneficial for aging, acne prone and uneven skin tone. You can find these toners at www.SkinRxClinic.com just reference "toner" in the search box and the product and information will come up.

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QUESTION: I have a problem with acne what can I do? I have acne but it’s not bad its blackheads and pimples and I can’t seem to get rid of them.

Tara Daniele
Glycolic Acid will be your best friend! SkinRxClinic has a 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel that is formulated specifically for acne, blackheads and large pores. It is one of my favorite products and inexpensive! Go to www.SkinRxClinic.com reference "smoothing" in the search box and the product and description will come up. This is worth looking into...you will love this product!

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QUESTION: Is it normal for girls to have under eye bags? I have them, but I never see other girls with them.

Tara Daniele
Yes this is normal but you are right it is not very common. Your best bet is a good eye treatment. The best I have found so far is SkinRxClinic's Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee...it is great. At good tip is put it in the fridge so it is cool when you apply it, this will also help combat the puffiness! Go to www.SkinRxClinic.com type "gelee" in the search box and the product and information will pull up. It is worth looking into!

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QUESTION: Is it bad for your skin to put toner on before you wash your face? If I'm busy can I just apply toner and lotion as a subsitute for my cleanser?

Tara Daniele
It is not necessarily bad to apply toner as a substitute to cleansing but I would not recommend it. There is reasoning behind cleansing before toning. I would have to say it far more important to wash your face then it is to use toner, so if you would like to omit a step in your regime the toner should be the first to go. Cleanser and moisturizer are your most important products. Washing your face removes dirt, oils and impurities that accumulate through out the day and your moisturizer is designed to hydrate the skin. Try something lightweight thats fragrance-free & paraben-free like SkinRxClinics Skin Recovery Creme just go to www.SkinRxClinic.com and type "recovery" in the search box it will pull up. You should browse the website they have great prices and tons of products to choose from. You might also want to check out the Glyco-Lactic cleanser, you will get the benefits of a cleanser and toner in one! Just type "glyco-lactic" in the search box and you can read all about it!

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