Erika Dellatorre

Ask Leah: The Essential Skincare Steps

leah chavie essential skincare

My mother encourage proper hygiene and skincare ever since I could remember. She had an extreme case of rosacea and so did my brother Noel, causing them to make frequent visits to the Mayo Clinic.

My first department store visit was to the Clinque counter when I was 10 years old . My mother wanted to teach me prevention and ensure I was educated on the how to use the skincare line recommend for me. I was so excited to take home all the steps in the skincare line and for the free gift. From that moment on I was a skincare junkie!

Here are the essential skincare steps I swear by:

  1. Cleanse: clearing the pores of debris prevents buildup and decreases chances of breakouts.
  2. Tone: toning helps soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring the pH. pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and is a scale used to rank acidity and the amount of hydrogen in the skin.
  3. Treat, correct & prevent.
  4. Hydrate and protect.

I have so much to say about each step that I am thinking of doing a dedicated blog post for each! Leave us a comment below if you’re interested and we’ll make it happen!

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Ask Leah: Laser Hair Reduction

The laser hair reduction process takes time and patience. From head to toe we can reduce your returning hair growth with each visit by 20% .

The laser is attracted to the pigment (color) in the hair follicle. The laser energy targets the follicle to illuminate or slow the growth of the hair. The darker and coarser the hair the better the result.

Her are some commonly asked questions…

Does it hurt?

It is not fluff n’ love but it is quick and efficient! My Cutera Laser has a cool glide tip to protect and pre-chill the skin.

How long does the benefit last?

The more you are compliant with your specific guidelines the better .

Are there any side effects?


It is usually quick, effective with minimal discomfort. The lip does hurt so numbing or ice is always and option. With any elective service you can have a reaction, that’s why it is important you do a consultation with us prior.

Do hormones (menstrual cycle) effect pain and hair growth ?
Yes! Our estrogen and progesterone fluctuate during our cycle this can increase the pain and hormones can effect the growth of hair .

Can laser hair removal increase hair growth initially? 

Yes I can I can bring up dormant hairs and hair follicles. This is good as it will aid in reduction all around.

What type of laser do you use?

I use Cutera an American-made laser and I was certified in 2004 at MN Vascular Center . This laser is a 1064 Yag wavelength which means I can do laser hair reduction on any ethnicity from Fitzpatrick 1-6 (a scale used to measure skin color and tone).

What is the best time of year to start your reduction:
Now !

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