New Year…New Skin

friends-315_2016_03A mom’s schedule can be complicated. Taking care of the kids, and the house, doctor appointments, sports practice, maybe a job too, all these can lead to having no time left for yourself. Sometimes you are just so tired at night that, you fall asleep with your makeup and clothes on. In the morning you don’t know how to get out of the house faster to take the kids to school and make it to work, and you barely have time to wash your face and put on whatever cream you find handy on the bathroom counter. But, there is no greater mistake than not washing your face and not removing your makeup at night. Sleeping with your makeup on will age your skin 7 times faster! And of course, no one wants that!

Because I know how busy moms can be, and because I also know a thing or two about skin care, I’ve decided to try to help you in the New Year. New Year, new skin resolution! That’s right! I’ve put together a very simple general skin regimen with some active ingredients, some being preventive some being corrective, and no matter how busy you are or what your skin type is, you can do it! Unless of course you have a special skin condition that you’re seeing a skin care therapist or a doctor for. Take a look!



  1. Always wash your face. You need a gentle cleanser for mornings. Something that won’t strip off and dry out your skin. A couple of cleansers that I love and are super accessible are: Toleriane Dermo Cleanser from La Roche Posay and Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. After washing the skin, dab the skin dry and follow withIMG_34292. 5-6 drops of a very good Anti-oxidant complex. We hear this word a few times a day, so by now we know that anti-oxidant rich foods and products are working only in our benefit. More specifically, they help neutralize free radicals which occur in our skin due to sun damage, pollution, smoking (even passive smoking), alcohol, not enough rest, etc. Free radicals are the damaging factors responsible for collagen and elastin breakage, leading to premature aging of the skin. This is why a very good quality anti-oxidant product in a stable formulation is essential for preventing this kind of damage and premature aging. My favorite one for many years by far has been CE Ferulic- for drier skin types, and Phloretin CF– for oily skin types, both from Skin Ceuticals.IMG_34252. And a mineral sunscreen, applied religiously to your face, neck, chest and the back of your hands. This will protect your skin throughout the day from the damaging UVAs and UVBs, responsible for the aging of your skin as well as the increased risk of skin cancers. I recommend PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 as well as Mineral Tinted Cream SPF 30 from MDSolarSciences.


  1. Remove all your makeup thoroughly. And only after that you start cleansing your face. At night you can use a more exfoliating cleanser, in order to remove a lot of the debris, oils and makeup accumulated throughout the day. My favorite cleanser for night time is Effaclar Creme Moussante Desincrustante from La Roche Posay. IMG_3428 (1)
  2. Every other night apply a Retinol/RetinA product on clean dry skin. This is your one corrective for night time. If you don’t have time for anything else, this is going to help regenerate your skin over night. I personally use medical grade RetinA or Tretinoin, but sometimes I also like to use the PCA Skin Retinol, which is one of the  best on the market. And it comes in a few versions, depending on your skin’s needs.IMG_34263. On the nights when I do not apply the Vitamin A product (#2), I like to use a Glycolic Acid Gel. My go to lately is Glicoisdin from the Spanish company ISDIN. Glycolic acid is known to help brighten and resurface sun damaged and aging skin, while it also helps increase your skin’s elasticity. This product in particular is also somewhat hydrating, having a very light weight gel consistency.

And this is all if your time does not permit you to do more. I promise you that if you follow these very simple steps every morning and night, your skin will change within a couple of months.

And no more excuses like “I don’t have time for me” or “I don’t have time for a skin care regimen”. You will wear your skin for the rest of your life, so help it look and feel its best!

                                                                                                                                      xoxo, Bianca


You too can be a 10 again!

“Getting back in shape”…

May sound like a cliché or stereotypical statement, but hey no one can stop us from thinking of it or saying it out loud. One can hope!

At the beginning of each year, most likely a huge percentage of us set this goal and we are/seem very determined to lose weight, to get back in shape, to lose inches off our waists. In a word to get a better body. Some of us want/need more results, some of us less, it depends on how we currently look and how determined we are to getting that “banging” body we have been dreaming about.


You know you want your body back! You know you don’t want to undergo surgery! You know you want to stay away from general anesthesia! You know you’ll work towards exercising more, not gaining more weight, eating healthy and having a healthy life style! You know you can take some pain (procedures are NOT pain free, on the contrary)!

Well, it is time you learn about CoolSculpting! I am currently working in a plastic surgery office in Miami and I was introduced to this device, which I also tried on my own body. I was so impressed I thought you all should know about it, if you haven’t tried it yet!

This revolutionary device which is going to help you lose inches mainly from your waist area (mid section), was developed at Harvard University by scientists like: Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD.


A non surgical contouring treatment that freezes/crystalizes stubborn fat (fat cells). These cells die and are flushed away by the body through the urinary system as well as the lymphatic system. There is no downtime and no surgery involved and it is FDA approved.



The truth is that majority of us have stubborn fat that we can’t get rid of no matter how much we try! Dieting and exercising work up to a certain point, but sometimes no matter what we do we can’t get rid of that muffin top!

Thank God that the fat, which generally bulges in the mid section ( in women especially after they have one or two babies) is not resistant to CoolSculpting.

In the next 3 months following the treatment(s), the remaining fat cells condense, and this way the fat layer in the treated area(s) becomes considerably smaller. 25% thinner after the first treatment and 50% thinner after the second treatment.


In doctor’s offices. Generally dermatologists and plastic surgeons.


1 Hour only! However some of us have more than one area to be treated so it can take up to several hours, depending on your budget and the results you are looking for. Prices can be slightly different depending on the area where you live. But generally one treatment is several hundred USD and typically you’ll need more than one treatment.


In 3 to 4 months after the treatment you should be able to see the best results. But you’ll start seeing some changes in your body as soon as 3-4 weeks after the treatment.



This will not help you lose weight! It’s only going to tone your body and help you diminish stubborn fat mass.


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