Monday, April 22, 2024

April News!

I hope everyone is well! It's been beautiful this week in the city. Despite the never-ending Union Square "doom loop", dare I say it's been bustling out there? It's really nice to see. All the updates below including my book launch, a podcast, and more UCLA education! (Phew!) As of this writing, there are only a handful of appts. left in May, so grab a spot if you've been putting it off.

With affection & sunscreen,

UCLA Out-Of-Office Dates

  • I'll be down in LA for part 2 of the phenomenal Skin Care Ingredients course with Rebecca Gadbury from Friday 4/26 until 5/1.
  • Be sure to place any product orders by noon PST on Wednesday 4/24 to ensure they ship before I leave. Orders placed in my absence will be fulfilled on May 1.

Thinking about a Membership?
A membership is a great way to keep yourself consistent with your skin care treatments and save a little money! There are currently only 4 more memberships slots available. Why? I want to ensure that appointments are available for members on peak days and timesSo if you've been mulling it over, now's the time to sign up! Read all the details here. 

Book Launch and the iwish Podcast!
Just a reminder, both the book and podcast are industry-facing for licensed estheticians, but I know some of you have expressed interest so I've included the links below. Thank you so much for all the kind words in support of this project, it means the world to me!!

Skinthesis: The Esthetician's Guide to Mastering Client Experience and Management is out now!
You'll find the link at, or on Amazon.

Hear me on the iwish Podcast on April 26th!
I'm thrilled to share I was invited to join David Valenzuela, host, and WISH Skin Health founder, for an hour-long discussion. The iwish podcast is dedicated to fostering esthetic confidence and showcasing success within the esthetic industry. This platform peels back the layers of the esthetic world, offering exclusive interviews with industry leaders and delivering the latest news. During the interview, we'll dive into my background in esthetics and introduce Skinthesis. The episode will be available on April 26th on your favorite podcast platform.

Tizo Closeout - Only A Few Bottles Left!
Grab one of the remaining Tizo sunscreens at a great price before they're gone!

The last layout review before finalizing Skinthesis!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

March News!

 I feel like I blinked and February was over! I hope everyone has recovered from losing that hour of sleep and is enjoying a wee bit more daylight in the evening. I had an amazing time taxing my brain down at UCLA last month, and I'll be returning for Part II at the end of April. Besides the honor of learning from industry-legend Rebecca Gadberry, I had the opportunity to meet some great people and like-minded, education-focused estheticians. Very motivating! Updates below and the announcement I was teasing in the last newsletter!

With affection & sunscreen,

Skinthesis: The Esthetician's Guide to Mastering Client Experience and Management
I wrote a book! An industry-facing read for licensed estheticians, it's all my tips, tricks, and systems for both a better client experience and preserving the sanity of the practitioner. For the last year, I've been writing mornings, nights, and weekends and running my business Tuesday through Saturday. Honestly? I think it's the hardest thing I've ever done. The book is currently in my editor's capable hands, and we're looking at a late-April launch date. After the release, I'll be doing classes and consulting to support the material so things will get a little crazy (er?) in the coming months. While it's a book for pros in the skincare space, and not aimed at consumers, I am really proud of it and had to share the news with you!

Client Profile Refreshes
In the coming months (if it's been a while), you may get an email from me with a link to a quick consultation form. It's simply to ensure I have all the most up-to-date information so we can tailor your treatments and home care for the best results. It's not spam, lol, so please fill it out if one arrives in your inbox.

New Product Highlights
I have sold out of these additions twice since the launch in January! As promised, I've listed some ingredient highlights for these new products.

Lip Renewing Hydrator - a natural solution that firms, plumps, and hydrates lips.
  • MAXI-LIP SEDERMA- A natural peptide that moisturizes, firms, smoothes, and defines lips.
  • HYALURONIC FILLING SPHERES -These small spheres, made from a hygroscopic material, plump up lips when applied by absorbing moisture from within. Their moisture-retaining capacity increases their volume, giving lips a fuller appearance.
  • SEPILIFT DPHP - A powerful anti-aging ingredient derived from the Aminovector™ tree. It contains hydroxyproline, a key component of collagen, and is known for its ability to address wrinkles on the lips. 
  • CRANBERRY SEED OIL- Cranberry seed oil offers numerous benefits for the lips, including antioxidant protection, deep hydration, nourishment, softening, smoothing, soothing, and enhancing the lips' natural shine and color.

Circa-Shield Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - your go-to solution for digital pollution and UV defense. It looks and feels amazing on the skin.
  • LUE OLÉOACTIF® -Effectively protects cells from urban pollution and blue light and boosts their defense system.
  • MICAH® - Blocks the formation of light-induced oxidative stress. Proactive, not reactive, Micah prevents visible signs of aging. (Not to be confused w/Mica!)
  • ZANO® 20 PLUS- UVA/UVB Protection, Zinc Oxide that provides the highest levels of transparency.

Tizo Closeout!
I know change is hard. But the Circa-Shield will be replacing Tizo as my mineral brand. There's not a thing wrong with Tizo mind you, but I'm always focusing on the most current ingredient technology. If you want to get your hands on some Tizo, there's a great sale right now in my shop!

Cover mock-up! :)

Friday, January 19, 2024

Hi, Jill,

I can’t believe it!
25 years in the treatment room.
On January 19th, 1999, I passed my state boards in California. (Thank you to my friend and colleague Lisa @oilandwaterskincare for not only sitting next to me during said board exam but actually remembering the date.) I am so honored to have had such a long and wonderful career in an industry where the average career lifespan is 3 years. (And I only blew out one shoulder!!)

I have worked in just about every sector of our industry: a corporate-run spa, an independent salon & spa, a renter in a skin care clinic, a collective of independent wellness practitioners (which I also ran for 4 years), and finally on to my private practice in an office I adore in Union Square. There have been SO many changes, and so many advances in our industry during this time and so many more to come. If you know me, you know I thrive on education and staying on top of all things skin. I'm heading back to UCLA for more cosmetic chemistry with industry legend Rebecca Gadberry in a few weeks, and I cannot wait to share and apply what I learn.

This year promises to be a wild one, full of more education, new treatments, new products, and the completion of a project I have been working on for the last year. (More on that next month.) For now, I am simply full of gratitude for all of you who have trusted me for advice and with the care of your beautiful faces for all these years. You are my inspiration. Onward!! 

With affection & sunscreen,

New Additions!
2 brand new products to start 2024! I'll be highlighting ingredients on social media and in the next newsletter, but they're available now! Try them out at your next treatment.

Lip Renewing Hydrator - a natural solution that firms, plumps, and hydrates lips. With collagen-boosting peptides and plumping Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, it enhances lip fullness and elasticity. Enriched with antioxidant-rich Cranberry Seed Oil and nourishing extracts, it provides optimal care, leaving lips looking and feeling their best. Available in Vanilla Mint, Watermelon, and Naked (unscented).

Circa-Shield Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - powered by cutting-edge advanced ingredient technology, Circa-Shield takes a proactive stance against light-induced oxidative stress, preventing the formation of free radicals. But that’s not all—it’s your go-to solution for digital pollution defense, providing a barrier against the stressors of the modern world. I've never experienced a mineral formulation that feels this good on the skin!

Product Substitutions
There have been a lot of product changes in the last few months, so I'm highlighting some recommended substitutions. If you don't see something in the shop or need a little help deciding, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Emerge Biome Repair - replaces Pure & Simple Cleansing Lotion and Botanical Cleansing Oil (new oil-based cleanser in stock next month)
Confidently Clean - replaces Pore Clearing Cleanser for acne-prone skin
Citrus Herbal Cleanser - replaces Pore Clearing Cleanser for combination/"normal" skin
Mandelica 5% - replaces Alphaplex
MicroMoisture+ - replaces Hydrafluide
Conditioning Hydra-Mist - replaces Pollution Solution
Pore ReBalancing Toner - replaces Exfolitone

Cancelation/Late Arrival Policy Reminder
really do dislike charging fees for services you didn't receive! If you're not feeling well a few days before your treatment, please go ahead and reschedule. I'll do my very best to fit you in once you're well!
Cancelation policy: A 48-hour cancellation notice is required to avoid the cancellation fee (75% of services booked).
Late Arrivals: Late arrivals will change the starting time of your treatment, but not the ending time, to respect the next scheduled client. If a late arrival does not allow enough time for some or all of your booked services, you will still be charged the cancellation fee for any services we don't have time for.

A quarter century of skin care (and sunscreen and big glasses)!!

Monday, December 11, 2023

Happy Holidays!

 Happy Holidays! I hope you are all surviving and having a little fun during this predictably chaotic month. Some fun product news, holiday hours, and shipping deadlines are below. I've only got a couple of openings left in 2023, so if you need some TLC, jump on one of those open slots or add yourself to the waitlist!

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
With affection & sunscreen,

Shipping Reminders/Deadlines:
Just a reminder that shipping tends to slow down this time of year! The USPS is advising getting packages out by 12/16 to ensure delivery before 12/25. Since the USPS has switched out all the mailboxes to only accept letters, I can no longer just pop outside to mail your smaller orders. This means they will often not go out until the next day as the holidays are a break-free time for me! Thanks for your patience - I always ship as quickly as I can.

Gift Certificates
Online gift certificates are available to purchase here in whole dollar amounts. I do still have paper certificates available, just remember the shipping deadlines, or we can arrange a pickup for when I am in between clients.

Holiday Hours
I will be out of the office from 12/24 until 1/4, but my shop will still be available for online ordering during that time.

Award Winners!
So this was fun! One of my industry publications Skin Inc., does awards every year that we, the skin care professionals vote on. No "influencers" or paid endorsements here! Lo and behold, 2 of my favorite products from Circadia were among the winners!
  • Serum 71 - Best New Product
    If you haven't already heard me rave about this (or aren't using it already), where have you been?
    Serum 71 is an immune-boosting, nutrient-rich formulation with a powerful trio of tranexamic, mandelic, and azelaic acids. Also included is a second-generation Beta Glucan and Neodermyl®, the next-generation copper peptide that helps build back collagen and elastin.
  • Chrono-Calm - Best Sensitive Skin Product
    My go-to serum for all my sensitive and rosacea-prone clients.
    A lightweight water-based hydrating serum, Chrono-Calm soothes chronically irritated skin and improves the appearance of redness and dilated capillaries.
Ok, I'm kidding. But wow it's busy! :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

As I write this, the chaos of APEC has ensued! Thanks to all of you who gave yourself a little extra time to make it to your appointments with me downtown. As promised, I wanted to include the first of some deeper dives into my new WISH products, starting with the cleansers! I'm getting amazing feedback, so if one of your faves has been replaced, take the plunge and try the replacement - it'll be great, I promise!
A teaser for a holiday weekend sale, and my upcoming holiday hours are below.

Thank you again for trusting me with your lovely faces! As I approach a crazy milestone in the industry this January (more on that soon), I am so grateful to you all. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

With affection & a ton of gratitude,

New Cleansers
All the new cleansers are in airless, metered pump bottles (1 pump will do!). Let me know if you want a recommendation for your skin type & condition!

  • Emerge Biome Repair - An ultra-mild emollient cleanser for dry, sensitive, or compromised skin types. Emerge creamy cleanser is a game-changer, providing optimal support to the skin's barrier while delivering a luxurious cleansing experience. Emerge is specifically formulated with a biomimetic hydrating ester complex that works harmoniously with your skin. This unique blend gently dissolves and lifts away impurities, leaving the skin clean, refreshed, and hydrated. (Replacement for Pure & Simple Cleansing Lotion)
  • Calming Cleansing Gel - Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s barrier function. Delicately fortifies skin’s protective barrier without leaving any irritating residue. Mild enough to use every day, it also features organic Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, and Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) extracts to soothe and calm skin.
  • Confidently Clean - The ultimate hydrating cleansing elixir, gently deep cleans pores and reduces visible skin aging. Salicylic Acid (2%) a Beta Hydroxy Acid combined with Gluconolactone a Poly Hydroxy Acid stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles and gently smooth away dull dead surface cells that contribute to acne breakouts. (Replacement for Pore Clearing Cleanser)

New Retinol!
I will be switching everyone over to the Nighttime Repair Plus from the Retinol Resurfacing Complex.
The Nighttime Repair is an amazing updated formula -  I can't wait for you to try it!

Holiday Hours

  • Thanksgiving weekend - I'll be working through Wednesday, November 22nd, and return to the office on 11/29. All weekend orders will ship on the 29th.
  • I will be away from Christmas through the New Year - I'll return to work on 1/4/24.
  • I will send a reminder next month, so you can be sure to be all stocked up before the holidays.
  • Please be sure to use my waitlist when booking online if you can't find the time you want.

Holiday Sale!
Be sure to check out my stories on Instagram for special sale codes all weekend!