Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA’s Favored Skincare Guru

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur The first time I ever encountered Adina Diaz, owner & sole esthetician of Natural Feeling Spa a complete stranger told me “she will change your life, she is magic”. As a superstitious, omen-seeking, Los Angeleno I took this as The Universe speaking through said stranger to guide me towards the light — the infrared, pore tightening light of Adina’s spa that is. The wise passerby was not wrong, and Adina has become not only my skin guru, but it seems all of L.A’s. She is bright and warm like the first rays of summer, and she is willing to educate any and all that share her passion for green beauty — check out her addicting Youtube channel where she seeds out her expert tips. She is the ultimate #VERITEWOMAN: a self-made entrepreneur, creative, intellect, and clean product fanatic, and she’s here today to open the doors of her spa and share her story.

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Vérité Woman: You have built your skincare haven on the principles of clean natural ingredients, but it seems you were ahead of the curve — what drove you to clean beauty even before it was trending?

Adina Diaz: I was blessed to be raised in an environment and household that acknowledge the importance of water and plants around us. Without even realizing it my family used natural remedies in our everyday life.

VW: Tell me what drew you to plant-based, clean beauty products as a way of life — when did you find your love for botanicals as a cure?

AD: Looking back at my childhood, aloe, prickly pear, mesquite tree, yucca, blue corn, and sage were regular plants in my everyday life. My family would use these plants for not only medicinal purposes but consumption as well. One of the fondest memories I have is when I was a little girl, playing in my family’s backyard with my sister squishing desert flowers to make blush. I would say my love for botanicals bloomed from there.   

VW: That is such a beautiful visual, I can totally see it now. You are a well-known name here in L.A. — every time I talk about you at least three girls say “I love Adina!” How did you get your start with your spa in L.A. and spread your message of clean, green beauty? 

AD: It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been hard work, passion, and love to get me where I am. I have been in the beauty industry for over 13 years and although I haven’t always worked for myself I have always carried my holistic beliefs and purpose with me. I have been truly blessed that when people to come to see me they want to talk about the experience and naturally spread the word.   

VW: You’re so young and have created such an amazing space — what have been some trials you’ve faced in your progress to get to where you are now?

AD: As a female, I felt many times underestimated and not valued. As a young female business owner, I felt alone and not supported. Finding my voice, my strength and my tribe was a trial but I never gave up.

VW: If you could give any female entrepreneur a golden nugget of wisdom what would it be?

AD: Get out of your head, you are enough. You are 1 in a million. There is no one on this planet like you. Have passion, love, and hustle but never compare.

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VW: Your spa is so much more than a spa, and you have spoken of your spa as a safe haven and a space of love — what do you mean by this?

AD: When opening my spa, I knew it was going to serve more than one purpose. Without a doubt, it was going offer eco-beauty and eco-friendly products and services but more importantly it was going to be a positive space. A space that all races, all genders, all sexual preferences and all religions could be seen. Absolutely no hate is welcomed.

VW: Living in a city like Los Angeles it’s practically impossible to stay out of the way of chemicals even if we are switching our skincare products, cleaning products etc. How do you deal with balancing these two polarities in your everyday life?

AD: On top of having clean skincare products (Lotus Moon Beauty), it’s a balance of hot yoga ( Modo Yoga LA), mineralized alkaline water (Santevia Gravity Water System), regular detoxing (DetoxRx), dry brushing and a well-balanced diet.  

VW: Is there a no-no product you can’t live without?

AD: There isn’t a no-no product I can’t live without but there definitely is a yes-yes product I can’t live without. Cherry Blossom Healing Soothe Balm from Lotus Moon Skincare. I can’t even imagine ever running out of it. It’s my go-to night balm and my natural alternative to hydrocortisone and petroleum. I can’t live without!

VW: What do hydrocortisone and petroleum do for our skin?

 

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur

VW: If there could just be three — what are the skin rules every girl should abide by?

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize and girl you gonna make it in this world.  

VW: Lastly, if you could give a facial to any woman on Earth (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

AD: There are two women in this lifetime I would be honored to give a holistic facial too. First would be Frida Kahlo and second Oprah Winfrey. Both women have stayed true to themselves, are extremely resilient through incredibly difficult times and broke stereotypes in every way possible. I look up to these women and the tremendous strength they possess.

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Actor and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture.

Actor Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks Ending The Love Affair with Selfies.
Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Caitlin Stasey has mastered the art of the eloquent Instagram rant. Between her comfort on camera (she’s an actress by trade) and her deep passion for human and animal rights, she can easily rally a virtual crowd — and often does — combating views often battling it out in her comment section. After a few years of avidly being a leading voice in matters of women’s rights to bare bodies as they please and breaking down the corrupt corners of our culture, Caitlin is almost radio silent about her views on a public front. So much so that she’s wiped her Instagram of all previous posts. Not in what could feel like a dramatic stance, but the effort towards a clean slate.
In the effort to capture some of Caitlin’s candid digestions of modern life that so often make us do a double take on how we’ve been conducting ourselves, we sat down with her to get some words on her views on the newest wave of feminism, finding boundaries in Hollywood, and her very personal work to come.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Vérité Woman:
In a time that is so contextually “woke” it feels like one can’t be apart of the conversation on social media without stating opinions and stance on everything to prove our own mental capacity, awareness, or status as a human in this modern society. As someone who has used her platform to be so vocal for so long, can you share where you are at now with the conversation?

Caitlin Stasey: I’ve sort of reached an impasse, as a white/cis/able-bodied woman I’m realizing it’s my turn to listen — I still feel that women like me are subjugated and dismissed but not with the same violence, vitriol and undermining that is designated to women of color, women with disabilities or trans women.

VW: How do you feel about the feminist movement on social media, do you feel like we are getting somewhere or is it an echo chamber dividing different understandings of the notion?

CS: I think it’s both, I’ve come to really loathe social media and it’s beating drum but at the same time I implore those who use it to shed light on some murkier and difficult truths — without social media and the dissemination of information through it you wouldn’t have these great surging movements like Me Too or Black Lives Matter – of course, civil rights movements are born on the ground but the internet has helped project them into everyone’s field of vision.

Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: I’ve been thinking a lot about how women unintentionally affect one another via social outlets. It’s that whole “her life looks perfect, I wish mine was like that”. What would you like other women who may think you “have it all” to know about Caitlin Stasey?

CS: I don’t and dissatisfaction is a state anyone can occupy, I’m super duper lucky and by every metric I live a privileged existence but I still feel lonely, scared, helpless and frustrated — I’ve spent a lot of time working to overcome my own negativity and sadness only to discover that they’re as much a part of me as anything else.

VW: Has there been a time when you’ve struggled with your place as a woman in terms of work boundaries, the opposite sex, finding your voice? Explain how you grew out of those or solved them.

CS: I’ve felt undermined a lot, I’ve been asked to do things at work purely because I’m a woman. Because I’m an actor people often don’t take me seriously and expect that I’m just there for show, ornamental — but acting is my job just as being a lawyer or teacher or architect might be yours. It’s work, it’s great to work when you can get it but it still works and I’ve often been treated like a dumb child in my working environments. I’ve learned to be more diplomatic but to also take myself and my time seriously, you don’t get to call me “darling” “sweetie” or “beautiful” just because I’m a young woman, I’m your fucking coworker.

VW: You recently wrote a TV show with your husband, what was that collaborative process like?

CS: It was difficult at first, I’m hypercritical and have super high expectations — I love what I love and hate what I hate which often renders me stagnant if something can’t be perfect then why do it at all? It’s a ridiculous mindset that has cost me years, years lost to inactivity but he’s the opposite — a workaholic — and just commits to finishing things, he’s really smart and talented but also not afraid to fail which is something I lack.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: You and I have talked before about one of my personal favorite quotes by John Berger:
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting vanity thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you depicted”.  In terms of our modern ability to share, selfie and comment, how do you feel this quote pertains to our lives as women?

CS: I think women loving themselves is so important but as our collective love affair with “selfie culture” is ending I’m beginning to question the means by which we love ourselves, by how I have loved myself — I think we are expanding our tastes and expectations of beauty but there is a consistent through line of self-expression that is quite “Instagrammable” our beauty standards haven’t stretched nearly far enough.

 

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Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You!

Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Anti Aging, Preventative Beauty, Preventative Skincare, Beverly Hills, MD, Botox, Laser Treatments, Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon, LA, Hollywood, Skin Secrets.
Skin can be so damn confusing, why? Because each of our exteriors are tailor made just for us. Sounds chic, but what it really means is there’s no one right answer for everyone when it comes to its mysteries and maintenance. There are however a few proven guidelines, that if followed can extensively aid in caring for yourself, and in slowing the aging process even just a little. We got ahold of Ursula Diaz, Beverly Hills Beauty Expert, and Co-Founder of Honor MD — a three step skincare regime crafted to make you radiate — to ask her all those beauty questions we know you want answers to!

VÉRITÉ: How can women in their early twenties begin preventative aging in their skincare regimes?

URSULA DIAZ: The best thing women in their twenties can do to prevent signs of premature aging is to add sunscreen and antioxidants to their daily skin care regimen. Studies have shown that the sun’s damaging UV rays are responsible for approximately 80% of visible signs of aging on the face. i.e. wrinkles, uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation (brown spots). Applying sunscreen to your face, neck, and chest daily will not only prevent signs of aging, but it will also prevent skin cancer. By applying topical antioxidants to the skin like vitamin c protects the skin from free radical damage caused by pollution and they also add an extra layer of UV protection.
My two favorites are Protect SPF 45 and Renew vitamin C serum by Honor MD.  Protect is great physical sunscreen that is good for all skin types and contains hydrating hyaluronic acid. Renew is a powerful antioxidant serum that contains 15% vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid. Renew not only prevents premature signs of aging it also helps to reverse any existing lines and dark spots. 

V: How is pollution in our cities harmful to our skin and it’s aging process?

UD: Pollution breaks down collagen in the skin, causes inflammation and can impair healthy cell function. This process will eventually lead to wrinkles, skin laxity (the lose of elasticity) and discoloration.

V: Does pollution speed up the aging process?

UD: Yes, pollution does speed up the aging process by causing free radical damage to the skin. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that cause damage to cell membranes, lipids, proteins and DNA. This damage results in inflammation, wrinkles, brown spots and overall bad skin quality. If you live in a heavily polluted city like Los Angeles it is imperative to clean your skin everyday and protect it with antioxidants and sunscreen. The Honor System Anti-Aging by Honor MD is a simple and effective skin care regimen that prevents and treats signs of aging.

V: What can girls who don’t feel comfortable with / or ready for Botox do to prevent wrinkles and lines?

UD: The first line of defense for preventing wrinkles and lines should be skincare.  Sunscreen, antioxidants and retinol are musts and should be used in conjunction with any in-office treatments, even Botox.
Two excellent Botox alternative treatments are Microneedling and the Clear and Brilliant laser. Micro-needling rejuvenates the skin by creating “micro” punctures in the epidermis (top layer of the skin), which stimulates the skin’s self-repair or wound healing process. This natural process creates increased collagen and elastin production over time. Micro-needling not only reduces signs of aging, but it’s also great for correcting texture issues such as mild acne scarring.
The Clear and Brilliant is a non-ablative laser treatment that helps treat and prevent early signs of aging from the inside out. It uses laser energy to make focused stimulation sites to replace damaged cells with healthy younger looking skin. It is a great treatment for preventing and treating wrinkles and also helps to diminish the appearance of brown spots. I love both of these treatments because they are effective, have minimal downtime and leave the skin with a radiant glow. Both are available here at our practice in Beverly Hills.

Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Anti Aging, Preventative Beauty, Preventative Skincare, Beverly Hills, MD, Botox, Laser Treatments, Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon, LA, Hollywood, Skin Secrets.V: At what age would you suggest women begin Botox?

UD: According to expert injector and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Diaz, early 30s is a good time to start getting Botox treatments. However, there are other factors besides age, like the extent of visible signs of aging and skin quality that should be taken into consideration when deciding when to start getting Botox treatments.  Women who take great care of their skin and use sun protection daily can typically wait longer to get Botox or need much less of it, than women who have neglected their skin or who are sun worshipers.
Generally, if you have lines at rest (when you are not speaking or making a facial expression) then you would likely benefit from Botox injections. I think people misunderstand or misuse the term “preventative Botox.” Someone that does not have lines at rest does not need Botox. If you do have lines at rest, but they are not very deep it good to treat them before the wrinkles become very pronounced. This way you prevent them from becoming deep wrinkles and you will need less Botox over time. 

V: How do you feel about dermarollers?

UD: I think dermarollers can be extremely effective, but can do more harm than good if not used properly. They can improve skin texture (over time) and they can help skin care products penetrate the skin better, but if not used correctly they can tear the skin, which could lead to scarring. I would suggest having it done in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office with a skin care professional.  Alternatively, you could try microneedling treatments. Micro-needling is a much stronger version of this same treatment making it more effective.

V: What lifestyle shifts do you suggest on top of good skincare for preventative measures?

UD: Eating a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can do wonders for the skin. Adding skin boosting vitamin supplements like vitamins A, B C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for beautiful skin from the inside out. Exercising helps nourish skin cells and eliminate toxins from the body. Lastly, getting plenty sleep is imperative for beautiful, healthy skin. 

V: Let’s talk acne, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately about cystic pimples, what exactly are they?

UD: Acne develops when hair follicles or pores become clogged by oil and dead skin cells. Once the pore is clogged, and the bacteria that is present in the hair follicle begins to grow, the pore becomes enlarged and inflamed. These inflamed spots are called comedones or “pimples.” There are many types of comedones/pimples and cystic pimples are pus-filled bumps that form deep within the skin. 

V: How do we prevent them? 

Acne is caused by increased oil production and the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria within pores so it is very important to be consistent with a skin care regimen that helps regulate oil on the skin, kills bacteria and increases cell turn over. I recommend using a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid to clear away the build up of dead cells and unclog pores. Followed by a toner that contains lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids to chemically exfoliate the skin and help dissolve sebum (oil) with clogged pores. Using a product that contains between 2.5-5% of benzoyl peroxide on acne prone areas of your skin will kill bacteria causing acne helping to heal active acne breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Oil production can be increased by hormonal shifts and stress so incorporating stress-relieving activities (ie: yoga, meditation, bubble bath) is also very helpful. Exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep also help to prevent acne breakouts by reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.

V: How do we cure these pesky pimples?

UD: Cystic acne typically needs to be treated with topical or oral antibiotics, hormonal therapy or prescription strength retinoid (vitamin A). Do not attempt to extract cystic pimples because it can lead to severe scarring. If you have cystic acne it is important to seek medical attention from a skin care professional.

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