fresh air for city skin

The city of Atlanta is no stranger to pollution. According to Forbes, we come in 14th on the top 25 most polluted cities for year around particle pollution. But did you know that it can all have a negative effect on your skin? Pollution, like the sun's UV rays, can age the skin. Have no fear, though. Our friends at Clarisonic have us covered (again). Pollution is particulate matter, which means that it's tiny – 20 times smaller than a pore kind of tiny. Because of this, it can get trapped in your skin, resulting in hyper pigmentation and deeper facial wrinkling. Clarisonic's Smart Profile combines all of the things we love about Clarisonic plus some pollution fighting super powers. It removes 30 times more pollutants than manual cleansing so that you can say no thanks to all of pollution's negative effects. Smart Profile also introduces head to communication, meaning that it automatically adjusts power and timing to fit your skin's needs.

Smart Profile is a professional exclusive so head over to Amy or Kelly with questions or to grab one for yourself. After all, city skin deserves some fresh air, too.

last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

clarisonic, now from face... to feet

While Georgia may have had a confusing transition from winter to spring this year, we feel like the warm and humid is now here to stay and with that comes bathing suits, tank tops, and those tiny shorts. Oh man. We're thankful that our friends over at Clarisonic have us covered and this time, not just our faces. We're talking Clarisonic Pro Face and Body.

What Clarisonic aims to address this month is Keratosis Pilaris. We know, it sounds scary. In simpler terms, though, it's just referring to those summertime "chicken skin" bumps. In more proper terms, it's a skin condition where protein in the skin (keratin) forms hard plugs within hair follicles. And guess what? Over 80% of the population has it. So, Clarisonic conducted a 12 week study in which they proved just how great the body brush is. 100% reported an overall improvement in skin texture, 92% said they had a reduction in redness, and 91% noticed an improvement in dryness. All of these things get a thumps up, especially during a Georgia summer.

We love the Clarisonic system, which we talked about here a few months ago, and we invite you to come check it out and talk with Amy about any questions because again, the Pro Face & Body is only available through (your favorite) esthetician. Bring on the summer!