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Essential Oils and Pregnancy: Which ones are safe, How to use them and Which ones to Avoid

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Disclaimer: SkinScience Clinic has always taken a conservative stand when it comes to pregnancy, breastfeeding and skin care. Essential oils contain powerful actives, and we recommend that you consult with your doctor first, before using any type of essential oils. Clinical studies addressing the safety of essential oils in pregnancy are scarce, due to the ethical problems with testing substances on pregnant women and their fetuses. For this reason, scientific literature primarily relies on history of safe use, recognizing that some pregnant women will be more sensitive to essential oils than others, based on their genetic differences. If you are pregnant or lactating, please consult with your doctor before using any product containing essential oils.

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ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

Many women seek out natural remedies during pregnancy because they want to avoid taking medications or using anything that is toxic on their skin or in their diet. Essential oils (EO) can help with certain pregnancy symptoms, aches, even with severe discomfort in some cases, but some of them shouldn’t be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.  Before you use your favorite essential oil, get informed on which EOs are safe for your little one.

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Essential oils have become a very popular choice with women looking for alternative ways to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy (nausea, morning sickness, muscle aches, back ache, stuffy nose, sleep problems, etc.). The latest report by Value Market Research claims the Global Essential Oil Market was valued $7,200M USD in 2017 and is likely to reach at $12,745.02 MN USD by 2024. 

The EO trend is here to stay, so better get informed – knowledge is power when it comes to EOs!

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WHEN CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

When it comes to using essential oils during pregnancy:

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Skip the First Trimester Altogether – no EOs

Second + Third Trimester, Breastfeeding – pick your EOs carefully

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Just like EOs’ actives can pass through the layers of skin, some essential oil components may pass into the bloodstream all the way to the placenta (or breastmilk while breastfeeding) where they could affect the growing baby and its development. There is still a lot to learn on how essential oils might impact pregnancy. There is very little scientific data about the specific (cellular and molecular) mechanisms of EOs, so better safe than sorry.

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THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR PREGNANCY

As long as your pregnancy is going well, the following essential oils are regarded as generally safe by the scientific community when used as recommended, during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters:

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  • Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile – Chamomilla recutita, Chamaemelum nobile
  • Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
  • Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
  • Ginger Root – Zingiber officinale
  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Rose – Rosa damascena
  • Spearmint
  • Sandalwood – Santalum album
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata genuina

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HOW TO USE TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS WHEN PREGNANT

The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists has created guidelines on using essential oils safely when pregnant. They recommend limiting EO use to two most common way of administration: inhalation and topical.

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It is best to AVOID INGESTING essential oils until you are done breastfeeding.

Source: WebMD

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Inhalation

Pregnancy brings on many side effects, and a common one is a heightened sense of smell. You may love some scents and absolutely hate others, so choose an oil that is not only safe, but isn’t overbearing for you. Inhalation using a diffuser can be especially effective for pregnant women suffering from nausea and sleep issues. If you have a diffuser, make sure you’re following safe diffusion guidelines, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE ESSENTIAL OILS + OPTIMAL USES

Essential Oils for nausea and morning sickness:

  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint 
  • Lavender

Essential Oils for calmness and to reduce anxiety

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon

Essential Oils to reduce Swelling and Water Retention

  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Geranium

Essential Oils for Heartburn

  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger

Essential Oils for Energizing

  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Orange

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Topical

Your skin may be even more sensitive when you’re pregnant, so diluting EOs is especially important to avoid irritation. Never apply pure essential oils directly on the skin while pregnant. Use 3-4 drops of essential oil for every ounce (30ml) of your favorite base (oil, lotion or moisturizer). 

Essential Oils to prevent Stretch marks: 

  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Chamomile

Essential Oils to promote Sleep: 

  • Lavender 
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang

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ESSENTIAL OILS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY

Essential oils are highly concentrated, and have various levels of toxicity when not used properly. Don’t assume it’s safe because it’s natural, and be aware that not all essential oil companies test their oils for quality. 

The medical literature reports that some essential oils appear to interfere with hormone behavior in the cells, and scientists suspect that some EOs may work as endocrine disruptors. Some EOs can also interact with medications, or cause an allergic or toxic reaction. Others can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, provoke skin rashes, allergies, racing heart, vomiting, seizure and even contractions. Essential oils can be powerful, so it’s better to be extra-uber-ultra safe than sorry.

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The following ESSENTIAL OILS are believed to be UNSAFE for use during pregnancy:

  • Arnica
  • Basil
  • Birch (sweet)
  • Bitter almond
  • Boldo leaf
  • Broom
  • Buchu
  • Calamus
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem)
  • Coriander
  • Costus
  • Deertongue
  • Elecampane
  • Fennel
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop
  • Jaborandi leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Melilotus
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Origanum
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine (dwarf)
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Savory (summer)
  • Tansy
  • Thyme red (large doses)
  • Tonka
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

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SKINSCIENCE’S GUIDELINES FOR USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Do not use EOs during your the 1st trimester of your pregnancy.
  2. Some EOs can be used during the 2nd and 3rd trimester. 
  3. Never ingest EOs (even diluted) during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding)
  4. The best ways to use EOs during pregnancy and lactation is topically and by using a diffuser.
  5. When using a diffuser, only use it for 10-15 minutes at a time, for a maximum of 3 times per day.
  6. When used topically – less is more when it comes to EOs. Always dilute a few drops (3-4) in a carrier oil (30ml of grapeseed, coconut, olive or almond oil).
  7. Avoid using absolutes.
  8. NEVER add essential oils to the birthing pool.
  9. Only use EOs that are approved by your doctor.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE SKIN CARE + ESSENTIAL OILS

Here are a few skin care products (as well as Canadian-made essential oils) that are safe to use during pregnancy (and recommended by Marie):

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, where a healthy diet, lifestyle and skin care can contribute to a healthy pregnancy. It’s also a time where we can experience skin changes (unfortunately, not everyone gets that coveted pregnancy glow), including sensitive skin, itchy skin,  stretch marks, increased oiliness and more acne breakouts than usual. That’s normal for most pregnant women, and SkinScience can help you find healthy, non-prescription options to help you out.

Do you have questions about your skin care products? We would be happy to help you find the best skin care routine that is safe for you and your baby!

Our popular 1-hour “Skin Care Consultation” is only a phone call away: 403-287-1477. 

We look forward to meeting you (and your future baby) soon!

Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Veronique Coulombe, CEO of Medical Blossom.

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Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry. 

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The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are. 

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Veronique Coulombe is the CEO of Medical Blossom Society. Veronique’s approach is based on seven years of consulting experience working directly with healthcare professionals to help them develop profitable practices. Veronique has had the opportunity to support physicians in developing their practices and marketing various products and services. 

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Instagram: @V.Coulombe and @MedicalBlossom 

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Veronique Coulombe answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

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1.What is your current state of mind?

Grateful. 

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2. Which talent would you most like to have? 

To read people’s minds or predict the future. 😉 

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3. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would you choose to come back as? 

Me! And I would probably do few things differently. 😉 

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4. Where would you most like to live?

In Barbados. 

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5. What is your most treasured possession? 

Symbolic jewelry. 

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6. What do you most value in your friends?

Integrity.

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7. What is your favorite skincare product?

Sunday Riley – Good Genes.

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8. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Audiobooks, hiking, or watching the sunset with a cup of tea and Lola (my little puppy).

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9. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Creative minds – authentic personalities and people driven to succeed. I’ve quoted Peter Schutz many times: “Hire character. Train skill.”

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10. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Trust your vision and don’t try to “fit in”. 

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In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?Patients’ lack of education towards their condition/s and the treatments and technologies available to them on the market.

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12. What is your favorite part about being the president at Medical Blossom? 

I am able to fuse my passions with my career and I get to work both strategically and creatively.

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13. Describe yourself in one word.

Feisty. 

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14. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now? 

Retired, seriously. 

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15. When have you felt the most proud?

At 17 back then I was coordinating a festival managing half a million dollar budget. I was walking alone on the site the night before the festivities and was watching all the carousels and the stages going up. It made me really proud and still does actually.

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16. What is your most distinctive characteristic? 

My mind. 

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17. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?  

I wish I had learned to forgive myself and others faster so that I could move forward. 

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18. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

The day you stop looking for happiness outside of yourself (most people look for it in their career and relationships). 

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19. What leadership lessons have you learned?

Everyone has something to teach you.  Everyone! 

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20. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I realllly do enjoy my alone time.  

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21. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  

I would focus more on the progress that has been made instead of trying to reach “perfection”. I’m working on it every day.

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22. What excites you about your career?

Everything there is to learn. How much this career has changed me personally and professionally – and still does. There are so many opportunities around it. 

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23. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

As cheesy as it sounds, the woman I have become. 

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Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michael Kassardjian

 

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

 

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Michael Kassardjian specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology and is a supporter of humanitarian causes. He has personally traveled extensively to various parts of the world on medical missions to provide aid to individuals who do not have access to healthcare.

Dr. Kassardjian is passionate in the advocacy for early detection of skin cancer and treatment and is dedicated to the importance of maintaining and improving healthy skin, and utilizes various techniques ranging from injectables, peels and cosmetics to meet his patient’s needs. He is always striving for each patient to have a great experience.

 

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Dr. Kassardjian answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

 

1.What leadership lessons have you learned?

To include everyone and to work together – you’ll always accomplish more that way.

 

2. Name one thing on your bucket list?

To do a medical mission to Armenia.

 

3. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

I hope to be doing what I’m doing today. Helping people in all aspects of their skin. Hopefully I’ll have done more outreach and medical missions by then.

 

4. When have you felt the most proud?

The first time I saw my son.  

 

5. What is your greatest extravagance?

Vinyl, scotch and travel.

 

6. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

Those are marks of wisdom (when referring to age spots).

 

7. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Not to worry so much about the future, to live in the moment and to know that things will all work out the way they are meant to be. Actually, I still need this advice…

 

8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with my family unplugged from all technology.

 

9. Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Nelson Mandela, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mohammed Ali.

 

10. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

The price of prescription medications.

 

11. Where would you most like to live?

I would like to split time between Los Angeles, Barcelona, Montreal and Cannes.  

 

12. What do you most value in your friends?

The people I can always laugh with, no matter what’s going on.

 

13. What is your motto?

A great attitude becomes a great mood. A great mood becomes a great day. A great day becomes a great year. A great year becomes a great life.

 

14. Describe yourself in one word.

Persistent.

 

15. What excites you about your career?

The variety – I can be removing a skin cancer, a minute later doing Botox, and then seeing a baby. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with great people and to get to know my patients personally.

 

16. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Bond, James Bond.

 

17. What is your greatest fear?

Not living my life to its fullest.

 

18. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Playing basketball, boxing or working out or listening to old vinyls.

 

19. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Armenian and Spanish.

 

20. How does your background shape your outlook?

I grew up in a big close knit family and played sports all my life. That has helped me work with others and work together. I grew up in a family of very caring people (always volunteering in local hospitals, etc). This helps me care for others and be involved in volunteer work.

 

21. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

Skin is the largest organ of your body and when you look carefully at it, you can diagnose internal disease, and assess nutrition and lifestyle. It’s a window to the inside. Also the variety as mentioned – medicine, surgery and cosmetics – technology is always evolving.  

 

22. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?

People who are not trained in the field properly and doing procedures they are not qualified to do.

 

23. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Team players – the office works together and everyone is important and needs to come together for an office to be successful.

 

 

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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

 

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Jason Emer is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon behind some of Beverly Hill’s most defined bodies, impeccable skin, and chiseled facial features. He is an aesthetic visionary that dares to be different.

 

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Dr. Jason Emer answers Marie’s 23 Questions

 

  1. Describe yourself in one word.

Authentic.

 

  1. What does authenticity mean to you?

I’m a younger guy, working in a competitive industry and moved to LA from San Francisco with the goal to start my business and stand out as a successful dermatologist. I’ve been here now for four years, and in October, we will have an 8,000 sq. ft. building and over 30 employees.

 

This is because of persistence, drive, honesty, attention to detail, but ultimately, I think people come to me because they think I’m authentic. I always say, I’m a mid-west guy in a 90210 zip code. Maybe I don’t fit in here, but that’s perhaps one of the reasons people choose me. Being honest, truthful and caring is how I can stand out and be authentic.

 

  1. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a foodie and an excellent cook. People often see me either working out or at work; they don’t often see me eating. The two things I post online that get the most attention are my love for dogs (my Docksens), and when I go out to really nice restaurants.

 

  1. Which living person do you most admire?

Currently I would say it’s The Rock. He’s become super successful and a lot of it is because of his authenticity. He’s always giving back and is appreciative of his success. Persistence and drive got him to where he is now. [When asked in the interview, Dr. Jason Emer admits he has met The Rock.]

 

The other person would be Sylvester Stallone. He’s ahead of the game in film and cinematography and has always driven forward, despite any setbacks.

 

“We are in the selfie-era where social media filters and editing tools impact how people perceive each other. In the past, this was magazines airbrushing models. Now, it’s Instagram giving people a false sense of what we look like and providing unrealistic expectations.

 

When people come to us, we go above and beyond to explain what’s realistic, affordable and practical. It will become much more challenging, but fun at the same time.”

 

  1. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Not getting started on my own sooner. When I moved to LA, I joined a practice where my philosophies differed by my forward-thinking and thinking outside the box.

 

People started to include me in lectures and speaking opportunities, however, I didn’t conform to their conservative ideas. I’m also very forward on social media and in developing new techniques and technologies. Through this realization, I started my own practice.  I’ve been on my own since May; we’ve been escalating the new practice to be one of the most comprehensive cosmetic sites in the world for plastic surgery, dermatology, skincare, aftercare facilities, and anything someone might need in this regard.

 

  1. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Be careful who you confide in. You never know what people’s motives are, even though people say they love you for who you are. If you become more successful, you never know what could happen.

 

  1. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

Everybody says this, and it’s kind of crazy, but I have large nipples for a man. I’m always told this on social media when I post a picture of myself without a shirt.

 

  1. What is your motto?

My work philosophy is beauty without boundaries. I love making people happy and being able to fix things they haven’t been able to in the past, or with previous technologies. Sometimes people have tried everything and need to try something new. If all else has failed, I encourage them to visit me as I always try to figure out a solution, no matter what.

 

  1. What do you like most about your appearance?

My skin. I have really good clear skin and I inherited it from my dad. In fact, people sometimes think my dad is my brother. I never sit in the sun and use a multitude of skin products.

 

  1. What excites you about your career?

The biggest thing that excites me is that I do transformations and come up with combinations that nobody else does. We are always testing new waters and new boundaries and I’m always on the cusp of something new and cutting edge. It’s an incredibly exciting time where cosmetics are so rapidly changing.

 

For example, one year it’s the year of the lips (Kylie Jenner), the next year, it’s the year of the butt because of Nicki Minaj, and this year it’s the year of the jaw line because of celebs like Sandra Bullock and J-Lo. We are focused on what’s next to get ahead of the curve. Beauty is always changing and how people might feel about themselves is never going to change. People will want to have treatments done by someone who they can trust and someone who can help them change the way they feel about themselves.

 

  1. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Loyalty, skill, honesty, education and dedication. Friendship is also important. People want a steady team in this industry.

 

  1. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

If someone must be told more than once to do something right. Bad work ethic or people that don’t learn from their mistakes. I have to be on the ball; people come to me when they have had mistakes happen like botched surgeries or burns, and I’m often the one to fix these mistakes. Ultimately my pet peeve is people who are not detail oriented.  

 

  1. How do you relax after a stressful day?

The gym and working out. I enjoy boxing. I also like getting massages.

 

  1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing this industry?

The expectations are so unrealistic in today’s world. It has to do with the selfie-era and the filter-era where everything is so exaggerated such as a jaw line or smooth skin. Reality is distorted today with social media. Our image of perfection is now unrealistic, in my opinion. We are now doing work on people with higher expectations.

 

  1. What leadership lessons have you learned?

The biggest thing is to pay people compliments more and always be challenging, but not demeaning.

 

  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Cars and watches. Specifically McLaren’s and Aston Martin’s. In terms of watches, my favorites are Hublot and Audemars Piguet (AP).

 

  1. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologic surgeon?

Seeing the happiness that I can give patients when we see improvements with their treatments. Our treatments are so diverse where we can provide many solutions: fillers, surgery and lasers. We have over 63 devices that can fix scars, tighten skin, remove fat, you name it.

 

  1. What is your favorite skincare product?

That’s a tough. Right now, I have two. One is called a Liquid Gold Serum by Restorsea, made with fish enzymes, and a silver moisturizer which is an anti-bacterial.

 

  1. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

My best friend is extremely successful… money is nothing to him because he has so much. He is also the most giving person I have ever met. He gifted me a watch from his father’s collection and told me that all doctors who go to have a lecture must have a nice watch.

 

  1. When have you felt the most proud?

When we first started construction of the new office two months ago, I went to the site one night at the end of the day and did an Instagram live video.

 

I looked through the camera on the screen and was talking about the space, all the employees and everything we have accomplished.

 

I told my friends four years ago that I was moving from San Fran to LA, at the time, I had never been to LA in my life,  I had no idea what it was about, but felt in my heart they need a young vibrant, reputable dermatologist that pushes the limits and challenges everybody.

 

I came from having nothing. I had a 2003 Saturn Ion. Now I’m changing lives with over 30 employees and over 8,000 square feet. I literally started to cry because of what we accomplished in such a short amount of time.

 

  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think the biggest thing is the practice and building a reputation in such a short time period. I have everyone from housewives to acne patients to successful celebrities come in.

 

People trust me and come to me from all walks of life and I feel very proud that I can quickly determine what someone wants and that I’m caring and honest and I don’t pushing anything on people. I actually don’t think people need anything when it comes to cosmetics; it’s about them. I love technology and if someone can benefit from that, I want to help them.

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list 

To visit both Fiji and Bali without having to be on my cell phone. Also, I think to have my own private jet one day.

 

  1. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

My idea is to be the next motivational speaker, similar to Tony Robbins, but to focus on helping other people who want to build their own businesses and become successful in this industry.

I want to have a trusted global brand where I teach practices and philosophies for the best skincare, aftercare, surgery, and the best in marketing in cosmetics and doctors.

 

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Interviews with Marie

Dr. Julie Russak, MD Answers Marie’s 23 Questions

 

 

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Julie Russak MD is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and founder of the Russak Dermatology Clinic in New York. Dr. Russak has received numerous honors and recognition of her clinical excellence, including being selected as a “New York Super Doctor” by The New York Times.

 

She has created a state-of-the art practice providing comprehensive care in medical and cosmetic dermatology and is a main resource to the media, including beauty editors, research analysts and journalists.

 

 

1. Which talent would you most like to have?

 

Not to dwell on the past.

 

 

2. Name one thing on your bucket list:

 

I’ve never been to Japan. I’d like to go there to ski, be in the presence of sacred trees and sit under a cherry blossom.

 

 

3. What does authenticity mean to you?

 

Being true to myself. I think we can unfortunately lose sight of who we are when we try and convey to others who we are not. We cannot please anyone if we are not pleased with ourselves first.

 

 

4. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

 

Living in Sardinia, or spending most of my time there.

 

 

5. When have you felt the most proud?

 

When I graduated from Medical School and when I held my first born in my hands. There are choices and sacrifices you make to have a career and especially as a woman. There were times in my life I worried if I’d ever have children.

 

 

6. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

 

You may be surprised to know that I am of this stature and can hunt. I grew up in Siberia and my father took me hunting. I may not always have the time to do so, but I can grill a mean whole fish too!

 

 

7. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

 

The best gift I’ve ever received is from my husband – and it is always travel. We don’t exchange material gifts, only travel. He took me to Tuscany recently, late in the fall when the tourists were gone and it was quieter. The waiter at the hotel we were staying in, guided us to chairs just outside overlooking nothing.

He brought drinks back and said, “this is the most beautiful view,” but we looked at him puzzled. It was no spectacular view. He then said something I will never forget, which is, “it’s the most beautiful view of nothing and everything.”

 

 

8. What is your greatest extravagance?

 

Shoes!

 

 

9. What do you like most about your appearance?

 

As women, it is very hard to hone in on the things we actually like about ourselves, isn’t it? I’d have to say my posture. As a gymnast, I worked very hard to get it and work even harder now to keep it.

 

 

10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

 

You’d have to ask my nurses.

Nurses: “Older and wiser” and “You are so cute.” She uses these phrases a lot.

 

 

11. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

 

Perfect happiness to me is being in the presence of my loved ones, with a good book, and a view of nothing and everything.

 

 

12. What is your greatest fear?

 

Not having enough time. There’s still so much I want to do.

 

 

13. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

 

Unfinished anything, traffic, and lacking a good skincare regimen.

 

 

14. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would you choose to come back as?

 

A Bonsai tree. They are so peaceful.

 

 

15. What is your most treasured possession?

 

My passport.

 

 

16. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

 

The girls (my staff) say my blonde hair.

 

 

17. Describe yourself in one word.

 

Can I cheat and say three? Driven, compassionate and attentive.

 

 

18. What is your favorite skincare product?

 

Revision’s DEJ eye cream. I don’t travel without it- not even to and from work.

 

 

19. What excites you about your career?

 

I often see patients who see faults in themselves. So there’s a special moment after treatment when, they look at themselves in the mirror and feel beautiful. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life in a positive way is deeply rewarding.

 

 

20. How do you relax after a stressful day?

 

A glass of Hourglass Cabernet and a good book.

 

 

21. How does your background shape your outlook?

 

It is easier to see what you want in life when you’ve never had it.

 

 

22. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

 

Talking with my patients. They are some of the most fascinating people.

 

 

23. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing your industry?

 

Commercialization of patient-doctor relationships. I still strive to preserve what patient-doctor relationship used to be. Quality over quantity is my highest priority.

 

Follow Dr. Julie Russak MD:

Instagram: @RussakDerm

Visit Dr. Russak’s  Website 

 

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