Common Skincare Mistakes
September 22, 2022
You've probably made great effort to master a proper skincare routine that works for you ... or so you think. The truth is, you might be unintentionally implementing some bad habits into your routine — even if you seemingly have all the right skincare products. Making skincare mistakes can be detrimental to skin health. It can cause accelerated aging and damage to skin barrier.
Starting My Teenage Son on Anti-Acne Skincare ...
September 1, 2022
... and having so much fun! I have seen my fair share of teen acne at my practice. The difficulty with teenagers is that they are sometimes (or most of the time), not very compliant when it comes to sticking with a regimen. They may not understand the destructive long-term effect that acne can cause to their skin. Usually, my time with these teens turn into sit-down sessions where I had to explain to them what happens with men I see whose skins were impacted and textured from teenage acne. Another problem with these teenagers is that some of them are in a rush to clear the acne and the scars ... in a rush for prom, in a rush so that they don't feel so embarrassed ... I've seen it all....
Skin Under Stress
June 28, 2022
Are you stressed? In a society where unsustainable stress is not only the norm, but sometimes a celebrated sign of success, what better way for the subconscious to cry out than “stress skin”? Patchy spots. An eczema outbreak. A psoriasis flare-up. A bout of rosacea. A dehydrated, dull, oily or even — gasp — older-looking appearance. General blah-ness, if you will. It is the chronic, continuing stress, the kind that every sentient being is likely experiencing right now, that takes a toll on the skin ......
Alcohol in Skincare Can Accelerate Aging &
Worsen Skin Health
June 7, 2022
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our skin, the proteins that basically hold our skin together keeping it tight and smooth. That is inevitable. Getting wrinkles, fine lines, and eye bags are all a part of aging. However, did you know that some retail anti-aging skincare products may have this one ingredient that can accelerate this aging process? What is a skincare ingredient or skincare product that aging women should avoid, especially if they have sagging skin?
Dangerous Tik Tok Beauty Hacks to Never Try
June 6, 2022
Every once in a while a legit hack comes along on Tik Tok, like DIY sugar body scrub which we love. But unfortunately we feel it is important enough to bring somethings to light ... many of these influencers and even celebrities are not certified dermal experts, aestheticians or physicians ... and some of these hacks are not only not great, but can be dangerous. Read on to see why you should never, ever try these.
Love Will Make the World Go Around
June 2, 2022
June is Pride Month! This month is all about showing our love and support for everyone. Whether you identify as LGBTQIA+ or are an ally, everyone can join in the celebration of love. The mission of equality and inclusion for all is a cause that is important to us at VivreSKINLabs. Love is love, and it deserves celebration.
June 1, 2022
Washington D.C is our nation’s capital, the hub of our country, and our political center. But there’s a lot more to Washington DC than just vessels of one ideology to another, halls of power and striking marble slabs ... like cherry blossoms, eclectic food, amazing art, museums ... lots of them, containing all the lessons we need to be reminded of histories we shall not repeat. And history itself. DC is a living history book of American history, the ground where so many stories of presidents and their wives ... and girlfriends and family dramas were told. It is quite an eccentric state, or district I should say. Never a bad time to visit DC ... take a mini tour of D.C. with Mina and go to one of the best kept secrets ... shhh ...
Your Skin's Armor: Vitamin C
May 31, 2022
While we have retinol as our night time holy grail ... Vitamin C, is our skin's day time armor. Like retinol, vitamin C should be used by everyone. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant nutrient that plays an important role in skin health. Topical vitamin C is absorbed directly into the topmost layers of the skin, giving multiple benefits to the appearance and function of skin. Read on to see what are some of the major benefits of having vitamin C as part of skincare regimen.
May 26, 2022
May, being Mental Health Awareness Month, it is only appropriate to introduce our next VivreMUSE, Anna. Anna has dedicated her life to helping people communicate with love. Far exceeding her arena of work, Anna has honed both respect and life changing responsibilities in the mental health community including being the designated bearer of end of life decision making at local hospitals.
The Paradoxical Link Between the Gifted & Suicides:
The Science (Part 2 of 3 series)
May 24, 2022
In a previous article, we've addressed the urgency to accommodate gifted children in school. We've proposed why there is such an urgency as the brilliant often times falls into despair and suicide, hypothesizing because they were unaccommodated gifted children.
In Part 2 of this series, we explore the clinical science of why there is such an unexpected link between those that are gifted and the statistically high prevalence of suicides.
A Note from Mina ~ The Time is Now
May 24, 2022
This is our response to today's senseless shooting taking the lives of 18 elementary school children + 2 teachers ...
The 5 Minutes Professional Facial Hack
May 24, 2022
We've got a hack for you, and trust us, you will be obsessed!!!
We don't always have time to make a trip to the spa or to the medical esthetician ... this is a prograde facial hack that instantly delivers baby soft skin for days. The best part, all it takes is 5 minutes!! This is your new go-to-at-home facial retexturizing & brightening treatment.
My Journey & My Morning Routine
May 16, 2022
Mina talks about the two things she learned about skincare in her last 23 years in the skincare industry and shows you her morning routine with the Vivre's 4-Step Mantra.
Why Both Physical & Chemical Exfoliation are Important
May 15, 2022
We have all heard that we need to exfoliate, but is it part of your routine? Exfoliation isn't an option. Excess sweat and sebum can trap dead skin cells and suffocate skin, creating dullness and breakouts. Now that the weather is warmer, the more time spent outside, the skin is even more susceptible to extra dirt and grime. Exfoliation is an incredibly important part of a skincare regimen regardless of your skin concerns.
Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Robin Williams ~
The Paradoxical Link Between The Gifted & Suicides and a Dire Call to Action (Part 1 of 3 series)
May 15, 2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and while this isn't much talked about, but it is an important and personal enough of a topic for us to share here ...
Centuries ago we have that mad scientist Hans Berger. And there was that crazy artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Fast forward some time, we have that neurotic inventor, George Eastman and the unbalanced writer Sylvia Plath. And then we have Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams, amongst numerous others. What do they all have in common? Brilliant minds that fell into despair. Yes, they were all exceptionally talented. And yes, they all committed suicide. In fact, they were all not just exceptionally talented, they were "high ability adults" or "gifted adults". Why is there a paradoxical link between the gifted and suicide?
May 12, 2022
While we all know about Chicago deep-dish pizzas, the Chicago dog, Chicago blues and yes, the Chicago Bulls ... but what is the real Chicago? We asked world-renowned dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Hsu, to take us on a little tour of Chicago through the eyes of a local - His Chicago.
A Note From Mina ~
A Regulatory Issue You Need to Know About
May 11, 2022
Having been the in the medical aesthetics field and the beauty industry for almost two decades, I feel there is currently an important issue that should be brought to light, so that you, as an educated consumer, can understand the truths in beauty ...... You may be putting Formaldehyde on your face right now!!
You Could be Putting Embalming Fluid on Your Face
May 10, 2022
You may find this jaw dropping but did you know that the laws governing the retail skincare and cosmetics industry are very limited? Known cancer-causing, carcinogenic ingredients are allowed in skincare and beauty products and are frequently seen in popular brands of varying price points. It is 100% legal. To give you a better perspective, the US bans only 11 chemicals from use in beauty products. The E.U. bans over 1300 chemicals. Let that sink in for a moment, what are you putting on you and your family's faces and bodies everyday?
Spotlight on Ingredient:
May 8, 2022
Arginine is a powerful, duo action, anti-aging amino acid. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and works inside the skin to keep it plump by restoring hydration from within. Read on to see how this powerhouse amino acid helps revitalize our skin.
Minimizing Scars in Wound Healing
May 4, 2022
We all have scars. Cuts, scrap on the knees, surgeries big or small ... they all leave scars. Scars on children are very much part of their childhood stories. But like many, minimizing scars is part of achieving that flawless skin. And the appearance of a scar is all dependent on how well the wound heals ...
Mina is named "Mover & Shaker" for the 2nd time by WYMK, a radio network for private jets
May 3, 2022
Thank you WYMK for your kindness & love for Mina. Click in to read WYMK generous write-up about Mina and a transcript of the interview.
Sweet Dreams are Made of These ~
LoveShackFancy Opens 14th Shop in Nashville
May 1, 2022
Hopelessly romantic, dancing on the beach during magic hour, twirling in pink dresses all day (yes, even during lockdown) ... Cake first?! Always. If I could, would I wear a pink tulle gown shopping at WholeFoods? Yes! Hosting brunch complete with linen napkins in all shades of pastel with peonies that blanket the table and candy served in heart shaped porcelain. Me.
14 shops. 14 magical dream destinations. Read on as Mina takes you into this dream world of LoveShackFancy.
WARNING: Content contains pink overload.
Sun's Out, Bum's Out ... Choose Your Sunscreen Wisely
April 27, 2022
We all know that sunscreen (for both face & body) is an essential. While we are all about sunscreen everyday, yes even in the winter, yes even when it's raining ... now that spring is upon us, that means longer days and more exposure to the sun. Long summer days with outdoor fun and pool & beach activities are just months away. We have been asked, how to properly choose a sunscreen?! Together with world-renowned dermatologist,
Dr. Jeffrey Hsu, we are going to give you the 411 to choosing your sunscreen this season.
Brunello Cucinelli & The $1860 Sweatpants in NYC
April 24, 2022
The son of a factory worker; The brand that began with a loan, and the allure of the $1860 sweatpants ...
Je t'aime, maman
April 20, 2022
Celebrate the moms in your life with our curated gift guide.
April 13, 2022
Flamenco dancers, siestas and tapas. Mina went on a quest to find the real Madrid, Spain ... follow her journey in getting lost in one of the most picturesque cities of eastern Europe.
The Holy Grail of Skincare ~ Retinol
April 11, 2022
Why is using a retinol essential to almost everyone's skincare regimen? With the hundreds of retinol products out there, which retinol is recommended to compliment a transformative skincare regimen?
New York, New York
April 4, 2022
Follow Mina's day in her city, NYC and see where the best kept secrets are!
March 29, 2022
You may recognize her from the television show, 'Shark Tank'. A mother of two, Lindsey, is the CEO and founder of a baby essential item empire, Totes Babies. Between her young children, taking meetings and calls and overseeing the sea of orders that flood in each day, it's all a balancing act for this serial entrepreneur.
Spotlight on Ingredient:
March 21, 2022
Happy Spring and may we celebrate with one of our most elegant ingredients: "What's in a name? That we call a Rose, by any other name would smell as sweet ......"
Why Do Vivre SkinLabs Products Not Have Boxes?
March 15, 2022
Vivre SkinLabs may be the only medical grade skincare company that does not carry a single-use packaging box for all its products, because we stand by our values, our commitment and our promise to our children. See what our founder, Mina has to say ...
March 8, 2022
Author and celebrity jewelry designer, Sarah Chung, is a human example of defying myths and breaking molds ...
Spotlight on Ingredient:
January 18, 2022
What is a precious gemstone doing in skincare?! A little know, and potently powerful ingredient, malachite, is truly as scientifically magical as legend has it.
Say NO to Conventional Moisturizers
January 10, 2022
This may come to be a shock to many, but a basic rule to restoring skin health is ditching that moisturizer that so many use and love ... Moisturizers were made as a retail item to sell for profit, but when you look at the skin as an organ, that moisturizer is doing more long term damage than good.
Spotlight on Ingredient:
January 7, 2022
Salicylic acid has become a buzzword in skincare. What exactly is it? Why do we love it so much?