New Skincare/Hair Favorites

Myth: You can buy skincare products anywhere online, and it will be the real deal.

Fact: Some websites don’t sell products directly from the brand, and thus you don’t really know what ingredients are used.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have made a lot of skincare mistakes ranging from the Clinque lotions I used in middle school to buying product off Amazon (although amazon is now an authorized seller for some brands and I check prior to purchasing) only to realize it was a knockoff. I was a rookie. I didn’t know medical grade from Loreal, but we all have to start somewhere, right?

Reading this blog is a good first step. In fact, this blog exists in order to provide you with information about an array of skincare products so you can make the best decisions for your skin type. I do the research and the product testing so that you don’t have to. I do it because I care. I care about you and your skin, which ultimately means I care about where you are buying your product from. 

After trial and error, I finally found a trustworthy place to purchase quality products. This place is called Dermstore. This online store was created by a dermatologist in 1999, which is also about the same time I started using this source to buy medical grade skincare. I like this store because it sells skincare that can be found at a dermatologists office. Dermstore also sells spa, hair,  makeup products and specialty brands from around the world.

Dermstore has recently introduced three new brands (Nuori, Image Skincare, HoliFrog) and I want to take some time to chat about them, because their mission is my mission: creating a safe, clean, natural product.


When I think of Nuori product, I think of the word “pure,” and how could I not? Nuori product is only made with ingredients from natural origin, and at times naturally occurring compounds rich in vitamins and amino acids. There are zero parabens, mineral oils, petrolatums, PEGs, PPGs, MEA, DEA, TEA, phthalates, silicones, and sulfates, preservatives, fragrances or colorants. Wowza. That was a mouthful of crap and exactly the kind of crap you don’t want on your skin. 

This shampoo is a highly concentrated, sulfate-free shampoo that carefully cleanses, while restoring resilience, moisture balance and a healthy luster. The shampoo gently exfoliates the scalp, removing build-up and combating irritation and itchiness. An innovative and protective complex shields against environmental stressors while conditioning agents help prevent flyaways and frizz and ensure hair is soft, smooth and manageable.

This is a leave-on spray that treats hair, adds texture and prevents flyaways while protecting against pollution, UV and heat. High performing and 100% natural, the formula comprises a unique blend of ingredients including an innovative, protective keraguard complex, moisturizing aloe vera and restorative argan oil.

This spray-on toner infuses the skin with highly potent and hydrating ingredients. Formulated with organic aloe vera and natural hyaluronic acid, the toner improves the skin’s moisture balance while a complex of white tea, licorice root and chamomile flower offer antioxidant protection and combat irritation.

This body oil leaves skin soft with a silky sheen. Organic rosehip oil regenerates while grape seed and avocado oils replenish moisture levels to restore a healthy glow. It easily absorbs without a greasy finish and has a delicate fresh scent.

This lip treatment made from sweet almond and apricot oils work together with avocado, shea and cocoa butter to nourish and soften dry, dehydrated lips. Berry and beeswax seal in moisture and keep lips protected.

Nuori Vital Hand Cream - $45

Nuori Vital Hand Cream - $45

This hand cream is specially formulated for hands constantly exposed to weather and environmental stress. With botanical oils and shea butter, the cream effectively restores the skin’s moisture levels, while a complex of antioxidants protects against exposure.


This brand was found by aesthetician, Jenna Ronert, who believed that you don’t have to choose between effective and natural product. You can have both. It is a brand that has evolved over 14 years and has continued to make product that uses smart botanical and safe ingredients. 

Transform your skin’s appearance as you sleep with overnight mask. This physician formulated breakthrough treatment masque continuously releases marine collagen microspheres and retinol into the skin to lock in moisture, thwart dryness and encourage a healthy glow.

This product supports a firmer and more lifted neck. Designed with a blend of green tea extract, peptides and plant stem cells, this formula diminishes the appearance of fine lines, crepey skin and dryness.


This name comes from two words: Holistic and Frog. For a long time, scientists have studied the skin on frogs in order to monitor pollution levels, because like human skin, frog skin absorbs the air (and thus the toxins) around them. Our skin is a little rougher than frogs, but we too live in toxic environments and our skin is most fragile when we wash it. Thus, cofounders Emily Parr and Majeed Hemmat, have dedicated their time to revamp the face washing industry.

Parr and Hemmat brought up a note-worthy point regarding buzzwords. We may hear words like safe, non-toxic, clean, or natural when we look at skin care products. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have scientific data to prove effectiveness and safety. Holifrog aims to use science to “cherry pick” the best ingredients and  “formulate responsibly.” 

Perhaps my favorite part about Holifrog is their name. Parr and Hemmat describe the play on words best: “Just as frogs are part of a larger ecosystem, your skin is part of a bigger picture, one that’s connected to your mind and body’s health and function.” Parr and Hemmat want their products to not only strengthen your skin, but uplift your overall well-being so you can be a more holistic you. 

Isn’t that the point of life? To do what we can to be holistic? To be whole? I for one want to take care of the biggest organ in my body (which is your skin by the way) by only letting nutritious products seep into it, because I know that healthy skin correlates to a healthy person. 

This blend of smoothing and brightening acids, the product works to penetrate your skin while you wash, gently cleansing to unclog pores, smooth rough texture, remove pimples and boost the overall appearance of the skin. Soothing, non-fragrant botanicals reduce irritation and keep skin hydrated, avoiding further inflammation.

Think of it like this: your body is your home and your skin is a gate. What you decide enters through those gates will either make your home feel more wholesome or more toxic. The best part? You have a choice. 

Shine on beauties. 

Shine on.