Advice From a Skin Expert on How to Look Fresh

Breezy Mama’s Queen of the Caboodle Kelly did some field research and got great advice from a skin expert on how to look awake, er, um, fresh.

From Kelly:

This month I was allowed to go on assignment (I know, is this job cool or what?!?) to do an interview with one of the most naturally beautiful (inside and out) women I know, Allison Marks, who just happens to be a skin care expert at the cutting edge holistic skin care studio Arcona located in Los Angeles, CA. to get her take on how she stays looking so young, what she thinks of celebrities who have every procedure, skin treatment and regimen at their fingertips, and her true feelings on cosmetic surgery and Botox:

I have known you for almost 15 years. How is it that you look better now than when I first met you?!

That is nonsense, Kelly! But I have been working in the skincare business as an esthetician for about eleven years now and truthfully, my secret weapon is staying out of the sun.

You work in an area of LA, namely Santa Monica, and your studio is RIGHT NEXT to Fred Segal which is known to be a celebrity shopping mecca. I know a lot of celebs come into your studio, so YOU get to see them up close and personal. Do you think celebrities have advantages over the average girl to look as good as possible?

Celebrities often can look just like any other woman in LA. The extra advantage they have is financial, but I also think there are a lot of good products out there that can give good results without being expensive. Celebrities also have access to the best of the best simply because of living in or visiting Los Angeles. And most of the reasons why a woman is beautiful has nothing to do with a dermatologist’s office or a skin studio.

Who is your favorite celebrity?

Jamie-Lynn Siegler. She seems pleasant, authentic, sweet, not overly skinny. She is beautiful- a true beauty.

What do you think is women’s number one beauty mistake?

Not enough sleep…and wearing too much makeup!

Oh no! Have you SEEN all of my makeup! I am known as the “Queen of the Caboodle!” And I haven’t slept since before my daughter was born in 2002!!!
Well, if you had to pick a favorite beauty product out of your makeup bag, what would it be?

Hands down my Shu Uemura eyelash curler (click here!) is my can’t live without it-desert island pick!

Tell me a little bit about Arcona.

Arcona is really a perfect fit for me. It was established in 1989 by a woman named Arcona. She was a chemist and a pioneer in holistic skin care before it became trendy. She created a skincare line that would forestall the effects of aging without using harsh chemicals and cosmetic procedures. The key to Arcona’s effectiveness is the use of active ingredients and the way they are processed.

Speaking of cosmetic procedures, what’s your take on Botox and fillers?

I do believe they can make a difference in one’s appearance. The problem lies when a woman is trying to make herself look younger. If a woman is trying to enhance what she already has and is not doing it out of a fear of getting older then I have no problem with it. It is a very personal choice.

I can’t help but think that part of the reason you look so great is because you are a vegetarian.

You know, I have just never liked meat even as a child. Then I read the book Skinny Bitch (click here) and it just reinforced my vegetarian choice out of a love for animals. Now it is also more of a “green” choice for me. I highly recommend watching the DVD Food Inc. (click here). It is eye-opening. Also, your skin is the last to get the nutrients that you eat. So if you are lacking in vitamin C, for instance, your skin will show it. Also, fruits and veggies provide important antioxidants which help keep your skin looking young.

So, you were so nice to give me some Arcona products to try and I must tell you, the raspberry resurfacing peel and the wine mask are to die for! I also use Retin-A and have been layering over it the Hydrating Serum. I am HOOKED! Tell me your favorite Arcona products.

We have tons of great ones. For moms who are busy and don’t have a lot of time, the Triad Pads are awesome. They cleanse, tone and hydrate in one fell swoop! Perfect for when you are too exhausted to take your makeup off. We also have a wonderful youth serum with vitamin C. I also love our lightening drops for hyper pigmentation. But I think the number one tip I can give is that what comes in a bottle helps… but to take care of and nourish yourself spiritually, physically and emotionally should be a primary focus. I think that a woman’s glow should really come from within and it will naturally show on the outside.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Our Queen of the Caboodle Kelly on the left and Allison on the right at the wedding where Kelly needed to know about Allison's skin.

About Allison:

I grew up in Southern California (in a bikini on the beach from a very early age) hence all the sun protecion now. My first job in high school was at a hair salon in San Clemente, CA. I devoured beauty magazines and beauty tips from Cindy, Linda, and Christy and of course from all of the women I worked with. I then decided to go to a holistic “beauty school” in Seattle, WA. From there, I began my career as a professional skin therapist working in day spa’s, resorts, medi-spa’s, and in education for a large corporate skin care company. All leading to today where I am working for the most fitting and amazing skin care company, ARCONA. I love beauty and health and truly enjoy helping women, men, and teens put their “best face forward”. I am so grateful I have found my bliss and am able to do something I am passionate about everyday.

To learn more about Arcona, click here.

About Kelly:

Kelly is mother to Abigail, Marcus and Eli and lives with her husband Thadd in Long Beach, California. Although she is a beauty product junkie, you will most likely find her on any given day wearing no makeup, in her favorite pair of gray sweats, and yes, sporting a ponytail.

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  1. Was great to find out that upping my vitamin c intake could help my so tired skin! with four kids an aviation business and a disabled husband I need all the help I can get! Please enter me to win this great product from Arcona!

  2. Love the all natural beauty products!

  3. Unfortunatly I am going through a divorce right now and with refinding myself comes new clothes, new attitude and new products to fall in love with. I am on the look out for a new skin care regiem too! Tried Olay Pro X and almost out…now I am thinking which line is next? Maybe Arcona!

  4. great article. i am going to buy the book skinny bitch and consider becoming vegetarian again. meats are packed with so many hormones and chemicals these days and its not always possible to eat organic so veggie might be the way to go!! thanks for that reminder. and i also have the eye lash curler mentioned above…works like a charm!!! i might try some of the Arcona products. i’ve been hearing more about them lately. thanks for this article!

  5. Thanks again for another great article!

  6. This is a very interesting product! Would love to try it except I really don’t know what skin type I have, I used to have normal skin before having kids now I feel like my skin is SO dry! Just looked on their website and would like to try their “basic five”. Gotta save up!! If you read the ingredients in these products, they sounds so yummy and good for u.

  7. I wish I was at Arcona right now! Always love reading about the products Kelly finds. Great work Breezy Mamas!

  8. Great information Kelly. Thanks! I second Allison’s “can’t live without” item Shu-Uemura’s lash curler….. Love it!

  9. Jacqueline says

    Lately I’ve been obsessed with skin care. I’m 31, and have 2 kids, and suddenly feel like my skin is aging. We’re so busy to think about something important until it’s a physically showing! Anyway, would love to try these products!

  10. Thank you for sharing everyone! I’m off to draw the winner!


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