Just research the ingredients carefully and be sure to always wear sunscreen, because serums do not contain it. Otherwise, enjoy! If you're cleaning your face and spot a blemish, you might be tempted to pop it. It's just as hard not to scrape off the almost-healed scab that's the result of a pimple you squeezed last week. But when you pick, scrape, or pop anything on your face, you disrupt the skin's protective barrier, which allows harmful germs to invade. Popping a pimple also spreads P. acnes, the bacterium inside your pores, across the surrounding area, which in turn may cause more blemishes to form. Further, if you cause yourself to bleed or make any kind of damaging, long-lasting mark on your face, you might develop a scar. If you have a deep, cystic pimple--an infection under the skin that refuses to come to a head--and you are desperate to do away with it, the first thing to remember is never try to extract it yourself. This will only make it worse, as it will irritate the skin and cause it to become more inflamed. Instead, you can apply an ice cube gently to the affected area, which will constrict the blood vessels to reduce redness and swelling. Using a great cleanser that contains salicylic acid and anti-inflammatory ingredients like galactoarabinan will also calm it down and start the healing process. I remember doing an in-store event some years ago, where I was giving mini facials to the shoppers. A girl walked in with a face full of cystic acne. It was clear she needed immediate relief, so I simply spent ten minutes gently massaging my Vitamin C Face Wash into her skin, being careful not to push on her cysts. After we rinsed her face off, her skin was transformed. While she still had the cysts, they were markedly less noticeable, and her skin was even more toned. Often with cysts, keeping it simple is the best solution! I also love treating persistent cystic acne with LED light therapy, which you can get in a salon. But under no circumstances should you pick at your face!

A pimple lasts for a few days . . . but scarring can last a lifetime. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum: My dear friend Alicia Yoon, the founder of Peach & Lily, trusted me with her face for her wedding day. And the truth is, I would trust her with my face any day! Her formulas are impeccable and innovative and offer real results. All of them are good, but her Glass Skin Refining Serum is next level. Full of peptides, soothing fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and many anti-inflammatories, this serum is a great go-to for all skin types. Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Facial Serum: Jordan Samuel is one of my favorite aestheticians in the beauty universe. A former ballet dancer and all-around rock star, he makes formulas that are simple and easy to love. His Hydrate Facial Serum is light and brightening because it contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, peptides (protein parts that help build up collagen, keratin, and elastin), and soothing cucumber. My own Daily Serum is what I call a green juice for the skin. It contains oat grass juice and chlorophyll to de-puff and oxygenate, and hyaluronic acid to super-hydrate. It's light and never too heavy, and it's balanced. I had found a tool for striking balance in my life. I rebounded before a date, before a big work assignment and even before I embarked on a creative project. I found myself smiling more, and I felt more relaxed and at peace! I felt more balanced and it began to play out in my decision-making. As a result, my life began to run more smoothly.

Instead of constant dramas and mini-meltdowns, life was becoming serene, and I felt happier. I kept on jumping. I spent a minimum of ten minutes a day on the trampoline, reciting my affirmation, "I love myself and I am balanced." This daily commitment to balance informed all areas of my life. Whenever my addictive ego would pressure me to pick up a drink, eat too much or call a guy who was wrong for me, I would turn to this particular remedy. I'd recite my affirmation, jump on the trampoline, and in ten minutes bounce back to serenity. Moreover, through daily repetition of this Balanc ing Equation, I began to perceive my life differently. I no longer saw myself as an over-eater, a co-dependent or an addictive, out-of-control person. I saw myself as grounded, balanced and at ease. My life had finally become manageable. I witnessed my relationships strengthen and my extreme behavior melt away. Another big side-effect was that I became much more cool and fun. As a result, I noticed that my friends wanted to hang with me more. I had become the "easygoing friend" instead of the "drama queen." In addition, I became more creative, which led me to revisit my childhood passion, painting. I set up an easel in my apartment and got to work. I liked the way it felt to honor my creative capacities and let my right brain do her thing. This transformation was truly a miracle. Rebound ing has become a daily practice for me. My rebound ing adventure has led me to a more balanced life where I no longer need to seek outside stimuli to fill voids inside of me. And the truth is, once I began to live a more balanced life, I found that achieving balance leads to a life that is more satisfying and full. As a result, it's been a long time since I felt the sense of having a void that needed tending to.

Plus, I have found a way to access serenity at will. Serenity is no longer a new-age buzzword for me; it is now my reality. Unbalanced by Perfectionism While there are many forces that can come into play and cause life to be out of balance, in my own life and throughout my coaching experiences, I've noticed a common and frequent culprit: perfectionism. For a variety of reasons, our generation seems to be particularly susceptible to this trait. Many psychologists attribute the higher incidence of anxiety and alcoholism in Gen Y as compared to previous generations to this fact. Take my coaching client, Carolyn. At the age of eleven, Carolyn was diagnosed with diabetes. From that day forward, Carolyn felt an overwhelming fear of being imperfect due to her diagnosis. As a result, she spent the next twelve years avoiding the feeling of imperfection by striving to be perfect in all the areas of her life that she could "control." Chasing after perfection became her downfall. Anyone who's ever woken up after a night of restless sleep or dragged themselves out of bed wondering why they had that last stiff drink--or three--knows how much of a beating the eye area takes. It has the thinnest skin on the body and doesn't contain any oil glands, so it's no wonder that puffiness, dark circles, and crow's-feet are an issue for many women. In fact, your eyes are one of the first places on your face to show visible signs of aging, starting as soon as your early twenties. The puffiness around your eyes is due, in part, to inflammation. When you drink too much--either in the long term or over the course of just one night--or eat too many sugary foods, your body becomes inflamed, and that inflammation shows up right away under and around your eyes. Lack of sleep and a diet too high in salt are also major culprits behind puffiness, because our bodies retain water if we're not getting enough rest or are eating too much sodium. While a bad case of raccoon eyes is often due to genetics, dark circles also show up when we don't sleep enough. And they're a telltale sign of aging; as we grow older, we produce less collagen and elastin, so the thin skin in our eye area becomes even more fragile and prone to sagging. As for fine lines? They really can't be avoided. We blink, on average, ten thousand times a day, and that puts our eye area under enormous strain!

Eye cream can work wonders on tired, puffy, wrinkly, or sallow eyes, so when people question whether they really need it--or whether they can just use their regular moisturizer--I always insist that eye cream is a must. Eye cream is thicker than regular moisturizer because it contains more oil, and that gives a major boost to dry, dehydrated eyes. Eye creams also contain more targeted ingredients than regular moisturizers. I love products with cucumber because it de-puffs and tightens; lactic acid, which promotes cell turnover; and peptides, which support elasticity. Retinol can also help cell turnover, and caffeine constricts blood vessels, which decreases puffiness. A lot of people love to refrigerate their eye cream because cold also helps restrict blood flow (and it feels great on your skin). Just don't put your eye cream--or any product--in the freezer, because extreme cold can damage the layers of the skin. You should use eye cream in the morning and at night, after serum and before moisturizer. Using your fourth finger--the weakest digit, so you won't press too hard--pat cream lightly onto your eye area, working from the inside out. Resist the urge to rub it in; this part of your face is just too delicate for that. Don't forget the corners of your eyes, either. I promise you that within two weeks of regular use, eye cream will make you appear years younger. Couple that with enough sleep, a good diet, and not too much alcohol, and you'll look like you've traveled back in time! Put acid on my skin? You gotta be kidding me! The startled reaction many of my clients have when I mention the word "acid" is no surprise, because it conjures up images of burning, searing, blistered flesh. Ouch! But that is not what acids are all about. It's quite the opposite: acids are vital ingredients in many of the beauty products I recommend, including creams, serums, toners, and more. In scientific terms, an acid is a chemical substance made up of molecules that neutralize alkaline substances.