Beyond Topical: Oral Health with Dr. Gerry Curatola

by Kristina Holey

For those of us involved in skincare, the implications of the role of the skin-oral microbiome connection are fascinating. In the latest edition of Beyond Topical, our series of interviews with experts on the various influencers of skin health, we talk with Dr. Gerry Curatola, the renowned biologic restorative dentist. 

Read on for a lively conversation that illuminates some of the surprising ways our oral health affects the health of the rest of our body – and especially our skin. 


How to Build a Skin Health Regimen

by Marie Veronique Skin Experts

Having healthy, beautiful skin means different things for each person, and requires a holistic approach that takes into consideration your skin and health history, as well as your current skin state and significant influences from your everyday life. As with anything health related, there’s a certain amount of self-discovery necessary if you want to make impactful changes that support healthy skin function and symptom-free skin.


Beyond Topical: Psychodermatology with Matt Traube

by Kristina Holey

At Marie Veronique we often think about the power of the mind in relation to the skin — while the mind-gut connection is pretty well established, the connection between skin health and mental health is much less so. However, as anyone who’s dealt with chronic breakouts or other daunting skin concerns can attest, the emotional aspects that accompany physical symptoms are their own challenge. Not only are they difficult to deal with, but they can actually be part of the problem.

This is one of the reasons we wanted to interview Matthew Traube, a psychotherapist who specializes in psychodermatology, a relatively new and growing field of treatment that addresses the interaction between the mind and the skin. Matt’s approach is informed by his father’s book, “Skin Deep,” in which he explores healing skin concerns from a therapist's point of view, as opposed to that of a dermatologist. 


Beyond Topical: Mindful Movement with Tiffany Cruikshank

by Kristina Holey

When most people think of exercise, they usually think about it in terms of the health of the body. However, it also is necessary for the health of the skin! Movement, exercise, and support for the nervous system all greatly influence skin health, so helping clients figure out how to safely and effectively incorporate these practices into their lives is critical. At the same time, it can also be challenging. The industry of exercise is often misleading and confusing; most sources of information consistently overlook the importance of mindfulness and awareness when working with the body in favor of focusing on the visible results. 

We’re pleased to share this interview with with international yoga teacher, author, and health and wellness expert, Tiffany Cruikshank, about her philosophy for mindfully and constructively incorporating movement into your life. 


Skin During Pregnancy and Postpartum: What’s Going On?

by Kristina Holey + Justine Wenger

Pregnancy and postpartum is a time of profound change within the body, and that certainly is true for skin function. Changes during this time are common, whether skin becomes symptomatic for the first time, underlying skin symptoms surface, or, more positively, the coveted ‘pregnancy glow’ reveals itself.We often hear from clients that they’re unsure, confused, and sometimes even fearful of skin symptoms arising during pregnancy and postpartum, especially if they’ve had issues in the past. We want to help alleviate that fear.By trusting and supporting your body’s innate intelligence (instead of constantly trying to “fix” it), you can appreciate this time as the truly phenomenal experience it is. After all, humans have evolved to do this over many millennia – the body rarely needs your brain’s interference.


Rethinking Exfoliation: the Most Misunderstood Practice in Skincare

by Kristina Holey

In our recent post about supporting your skin’s barrier function, we expressed some highly opinionated thoughts on exfoliation. (We called it a “disaster that disrupts your skin’s natural processes.”) We stand by those words! But it’s complicated, so we wanted to give a bit more context.


Skincare Must Be Strategic. And It Starts With Supporting Barrier Function.

by Marie Veronique + Kristina Holey

In this post, we clarify what “barrier function” actually means, how it works, and what you can do to not only support it, but actually improve it. Because here’s the thing – if you don’t have healthy barrier function, you don’t have healthy skin. Period. It won’t function well, and it certainly won’t look good.


Why Does Healthy Skin Matter?

by Marie Veronique Skin Experts

Having a glowing complexion is a wonderful thing! However, it’s important to realize that while beauty may be your primary motivator for adopting smart skin care practices, the reasons to take care of your skin go far beyond looking good. As part of our ongoing series of articles with basic information about the skin, in this post we’ll go over some of the reasons taking good care of it is critical to overall wellness.