LED light treatments helped save my skin

  Since I was in junior high I’ve struggled with acne and hyper-pigmentation. I never wanted to leave the house without full makeup on and would always be sure to not go under water when I was swimming and wake up before anyone else at a sleepover to make sure that my makeup was still on from the night before. If you’re thinking “well that's going to make you break out even more” you’re totally right. Because it did. More breakouts which meant more scaring which meant more makeup.. you get it, it’s a cycle. I had tried so many things to clean my skin but nothing seemed to last long enough and would only fade the scars partially. Our esthetician wanted to try LED light after each of my monthly, sometimes biweekly, treatments and a few times in-between. At first I didn’t think it did much of anything besides feeling like a face massage until I finally decided to look at my skin, really look, before just loading up with camouflage.

My skin felt smoother and less red, my cystic acne was flatter, and my scars were disappearing! I honestly couldn’t believe that all of that was happening from some light that felt like nothing. I finally decided to have her explain to me what this was actually doing for me. There are red and blue lights, we alternated depending on how my skin looked, that penetrate deep into the skin to help stimulate cell and collagen reproduction which is great for anti-aging and reducing hyper-pigmentation/sun damage while the blue light is antibacterial to reduce acne. These treatments in combination with my daily skin care routine and monthly more intensive treatments were AUH-MAZING. Now days, I still wear makeup when I go to work or am heading out with my friends but I can actually leave the house to run errands or wakeup next to my boyfriend with a clean face!




It’s about to be summer in Chicago and it's getting effing hotttt. Whether you’ve lived here your entire life or just moved to town you already know what I’m talking about. Hot, sticky, glorious summer in the city! While we all love enjoying the beach, Michigan Ave, and all the street fests that follow our skin might not. Summer time for me means sweat, oil, and breakouts. What do we do about that? SKIN CARE YALL. Most people worry more about a good skin care routine in the winter when your skin gets all dry and flaky. Skin care is so much more than just moisturizer in the winter. Summer skin care is so important, and fun!

We should always be double cleansing but during warmer months for me its KEY. I always take my makeup off first with a micellar water, Bioderma H20 is my go to. It’s sensitive enough for any skin type and everyday use. Once my presentable face has been removed, I use a light and airy foaming cleanser from Reviderm. This cleaner is great for someone with troubled or reactive skin and leaves you feeling squeaky clean. If your skin is typically a bit drier Reviderm has an amazing milky cleaner made with peach extract that is heaven. Next I use a toner to help shrink my pores and restore my skins pH balance. Environmental and physical factors can cause your skins pH to get out of wack which means it works overtime to balance itself out. For me that means more oil, which trust me I don’t need. Reviderm Gentle pH Balancer is my favorite toner to keep my skin smooth and balanced. It also leaves me with this slight tingly feeling that I love.

So I’ve double cleansed and toned, now comes my favorite part, exfoliating. IT FEELS SO GOOD! I love exfoliating in general but after a full day wearing makeup running all over the city in 90 degree heat nothing, and I mean nothing, feels better than getting off all those dead skin cells and letting your face breathe. Right now I’m using Reviderm Enzyme Liquid and Enzyme Paste. This is a two step exfoliator that starts with a liquid that gets deep down using sugar enzymes to loosen the dead skin cells followed by a paste, also with sugar enzymes and kaolin, to lift them away and soothe. My skin never feels softer AND these products improve your skins ability to absorb other products.

My final step is either a moisturizer or serum. It’s summer and I already have oily skin, I don’t need both. If I go serum I use a purifying serum by Cinq Mondes which is light enough for even my skin type.It has black cumin seed oil which is calming, anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate oil production, hemp oil which is rich in omega 3 and 6 to repair damage, and rosemary for its antibacterial properties. If I decide on a cream moisturizer, in the summer I use Bioderma Sebium Mat Control. This is a super light, obviously mattifying, moisturizer that doesn’t clog my pores. THE END. If you’re someone who isn’t really into skin care I know it seems like a lot but keeping my skin in good shape means I’m less likely to wear a full face of makeup thats just going to melt half off by midday anyway. 



What do you know about exfoliation? 

  Everyone knows about exfoliating right? Wrong. The extent of most people’s knowledge is that it’s the scrubby stuff you use on your face because that skin lady told you to. Exfoliating is a crucial step in skin care, one that most people skip because they don’t think that their skin needs it. But it does. Do you use face masks? Who doesn't! But guess what, you need to exfoliate before otherwise it probably isn’t actually doing much for your skin. Exfoliation lifts away the dead skin cell, dirt, and oil to allow new cell production. So when you’re using all of your cleansers, masks and serums that should make your skin all glowy and smooth it’s now sitting onto of dead cells that don’t need it…because they're dead. Gently lifting away dead skin cells before applying your products will allow them to penetrate deeper into your skin for a more noticeable and  long lasting difference. Are you supposed to exfoliate every day? No, let’s not scrub off ALL of our skin. Two to three times a week should do it.

Here’s an example of how important exfoliation is. I have combination, highly reactive skin, that hyper-pigmentates. What that means is I have kinda oily kinda flakey skin that gets reallllllly mad if I don’t give it what it needs or try to use something new, then leaves dark spots that are a pain in the butt to get rid of. So what do I do? I use a gentle cleaner, an exfoliator three times a week, a toner, a lightening serum, and a purifying serum (that doubles as my moisturizer). For some people, I know that sounds like a lot but if it means that I can be confident on days that I don’t wear makeup, and I don’t have to be afraid of it not lasting the days I do, then I'm all in! Using the lightening serum, I just dab on a little where I need it making sure that the only thing I'm lightening are the dark spots. Putting lighteners all over will lighten all over, duh right? So by only putting it on the areas that have darkened I can lighten them to match the rest of my skin. While using lighteners is a great way to inhibit pigmentation, you also want to get rid of the skin that hyper pigmented in the first place.

This is where exfoliation comes in. As the serum is working to make sure that the skin doesn’t darken, the exfoliator is helping to slowly, and gently, remove the problem areas. It is also removing excess dirt and oil helping to prevent future problems. By using an exfoliator three times a week and the lightening serum twice a day I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference is my skin whereas a family member, who is also using the lightening serum, with only once monthly exfoliation has not experienced the same level of progress. Just remember, gentle exfoliation is key. Find something with finely milled granules so that it won’t be too abrasive on your skin causing more harm than good.



What You Do Daily Really Matters

Recently, I have had experiences in Che Sguardo which prompts me to post this.


The importance of a skincare routine.  I have come to believe that people think that their cleansers and moisturizers are magical.  This is far from the truth!!!  A customer came in the other day and complained about her moisturizer not working, but she doesn't exfoliate AT ALL. It doesn't work that way.  You need to pay attention daily to the needs of your skin.  These needs can change daily.

You have spent gobs of money on very important ingredients for yourself.  Some of you spend more than $250.00 on moisturizing routines.  

For most of you this is going on top of dry, dead skin.  I'm sorry to say that. The epidermis(the outermost layers of cells compacted upon each other) is the boundary between our living cells and the external environment.  This layer must be kept healthy and smooth which is not accomplished by a moisturizer alone, but by your exfoliation(very gentle) and cleansing routine along with diet, water intake, exercise, etc.

Reviderm Skintelligence is definitely intelligent in the way you care for your skin day to day.  Cleansing gently, but thoroughly.  Exfoliating gently, but thoroughly.  Exercising your skin with a cinnamon-based mask, and using serums to deeply work on issues that you have with your skin.  THEN, and only then, comes the moisturizer.  AND, will work!!!!!!!!!  If you stop in, I will gladly give you samples to try out a real plan for younger and healthier skin.  


A Kiss from Che Sguardo/makeupstudio

The Kissing Kit

I must admit to an obsession


Let's agree, the creator of lips should be immensely commended, a pat on the back for a job well done.

So in honor of all the kissing that is destined to be done,

May we proudly announce Che Sguardo's "KISSING KIT".

included in this kit are 5 lip pencils to play, color, and enhance your lips/3 lip glosses including nude, pink, and a fun shimmer for each part of every day/1 RED lipstick that every girl needs and a lip brush

To round out these must haves, ladies, my new lip necessities-THE SMOOTHERS

Apply LIPJAO by Jao after a first kiss to keep those lips plump, moist, beautiful, and begging for more!  You may even wish to apply twice after a Valentines Day that you and he, will never forget.  But please, don't stop there.  Right before closing dreary eyes if wearing nothing else, don't forget your HYDRASTICK by Mustela.  Filled with moisturizing conditioners it's the perfect finale for flawlessly kissable lips after sunrise.  Every week take special care with Reviderm's Enzyme products to keep dry skin totally away.

These items are available in our beautiful HOLD ME bag for $170.00.  Everything you need for your lip wardrobe!