A previous sufferer of cystic acne, our guest, Amber Rose Johnson, The Skin Whisperer, shares the importance of taking a holistic and all-encompassing approach to skincare that looks at every factor of life that can affect the skin including diet, current beauty products, allergies, sensitivities, and lifestyle. Today, the founder of The Facial Lounge, Amber is an expert esthetician whose 25-plus years of in-depth industry experience are behind every innovative, organic treatment including her signature vegan custom facial.
- The importance of nutrition for good skin
- The best foods to nourish the skin (and the big no-no’s to avoid)
- Tips for everyday skincare
- The difference between exfoliating and stripping the skin
- The best drugstore products to fit any budget
- How some treatments can be too much of a good thing
- Why quality ingredients are essential
- How our gut is affected by the products we put on our skin
- **PLUS, she reveals why cold is great for your skin and her magical ‘wands’ that can help with lymphatic drainage and puffiness
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Ron Beres 00:49
As they say, love their skin you're in. But do you? I mean, can you honestly say that you love and are happy with your skin.
Lisa Beres 01:01
When I stumbled across a spa here in Orange County, California that boasted using natural and clean ingredients that are vegan, organic, gluten free and nontoxic. I was all ears. So, I dug in and experienced their vegan facial firsthand so I could share with you guys what the hype was all about. And if there really were any benefits to choosing, not just facials, but skincare. It's vegan, organic, gluten free and nontoxic. I asked myself Is this just folklore?
Ron Beres 01:36
To find out we must journey back to the humble beginnings once upon a time, in a not so far away land called Corona del Mar. Facial lounge was founded in 2000 by Amber Rose Johnson. Amber lived happily. And, one day in her teens, she began suffering from Stage Three cystic acne which affected her confidence, making her feel more like a troll and less like a princess. She set out on a journey to see a dermatologist and she began to spend time with him, learn and understand the science of skin and soon her skin nightmare turned fairy tale.
Lisa Beres 02:20
Amber's acne finally cleared up. She became her dermatologist's intern and learned how to chart skin and perform painless extractions that wouldn't damage the epidermis. After high school she set out on her magic carpet straight to aesthetics school and became certified in microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, and studied product ingredients at UCLA.
Ron Beres 02:45
Known today as the Skin Whisperer, Amber is an expert aesthetician and heart-centered mompreneur. Amber's 25 plus years of in-depth industry experience are behind every innovative organic treatment, including her signature vegan custom facial in a tranquil bungalow beachside setting that boasts a client list including Hollywood A-listers, Amber and her magical team uncovered their clients best complexion using holistic methods and help you to live happily ever after. Welcome to the show, Amber.
Amber Rose Johnson 03:24
Wow, thank you so much. This is probably the best introduction I've ever had. Right now, this is the coolest. You guys are amazing. Thank you so much.
Ron Beres 03:36
You inspired us Amber. We're so excited to have you on the show.
Lisa Beres 03:39
Yes, Amber. Welcome. And thank you so much for joining us today. I don't know I got the facial and at your beautiful location here in Corona del Mar. And I guess I was inspired by fairy and pixie dust. There was a little magic going on. So, I want to dive right in. I know our listeners are so excited about this episode and want to learn more. So, let's get started. So Amber, I know you're passionate about healing the skin through a holistic and all-encompassing approach that looks at every factor of life that can affect the skin, like we do as well, including diet, maybe the current product someone is using allergies, sensitivities, and even their lifestyle. Can you tell our listeners a little more about yourself and how you found your passion for this approach to skincare?
Amber Rose Johnson 04:26
That is such a great question. I found my passion at a very early age. I had acne very young, and I had parents who owned a health club and were very healthy and fit. And it was so overwhelming for me. My dad actually had acne so he kind of understood but I had it so severe. And I was very lucky my dad understood gut biome in the 90s when this was not a thing. So, I knew that some diet helps. You know a lot of people thought back then like chocolate caused acne. But chocolate can cause acne and someone who's allergic but it's A very rare thing. But I was actually part of all the studies in acne in the 90s with Dr. Fulton so I was very lucky. I make a joke that he never hired me I never left was so intrigued at what he did and he would have people come and even had babies come in with acne that he wanted to check when they became teenagers and hit puberty. To see of acne came in the same areas. Wow, he did really interesting studies that were no one was doing. And he suffered from severe acne. His name was Dr. Fulton. He also made benzoyl peroxide, really, you know, with oxy. Oh, wow. He's the creator of benzoyl peroxide. Oh, great. Or that? Yeah, he's one of the chemists on benzoyl peroxide. Also, in retinyl A. That was his passion was in group skincare ingredients. And he was just amazing. He also wrote the book acne RX in the 90s, which was one of the first acne books that was pretty major. And he was doing his finding. So, he was a pioneer in acne. But he also got in trouble for doing classics. He was trying to be a pioneer in plastic surgery, and that was a disaster. So, his name could either make people very upset or very happy, like I've never seen anyone either hate him or love him so much. I love him, but I saw his chemistry side and my father who's a scientist by nature. I grew up learning about epigenetics and gut biome and my parents grew their own food and fermented everything and grew kombucha in the 80s. Wow, yeah, yeah, my dad's scoobies were all over our yard. My dad and mom were very cool. My parents had a house in Irvine. They actually got in trouble for growing their own fruits and vegetables in the yard. Literally. It was a huge yard.
Ron Beres 06:42
Aren't oranges everywhere anyway. Oh, by the way, you're in Irvine. This is all Orange Country, right?
Amber Rose Johnson 06:45
Yeah. Irvine, you weren't allowed to have any citrus to the state cannot grow your own food in Irvine is a thing. That's another thing we learned about the food industry. And I can go on and on but they make all our food seedless in America. So, you can't grow your own food. So, all the grapes are seedless in America. That's not for any other reason, then so you can't grow your food and the seeds in Grapes are the proanthocyanin they're the antioxidant you want. You have to buy grape seeds in America. So, I tell people, everyone should be buying grape seeds because you can't eat them here. And the seeds in the grapes are so they're 50 times stronger than vitamin C. They actually are used in Europe as an oral cosmetic. They firm your skin. They're just amazing. So anyways, that's a whole focus and learn. Oh, wow, very, very.
Ron Beres 07:31
How expensive are grape seeds not to cut you off? Amber, I'm curious.
Amber Rose Johnson 07:35
They're not expensive. They're about $19. You want one milligram per pound. So, if you're 150 pounds, try to take 150 milligrams around. But yeah, one of my favorite ingredients. I've been a fan I used to read this book called Healthy Healing by Linda Page. I want to meet her one day she was one of my inspirations but she had a book when I had every single illness, I memorize the whole bucket 13 Should every single illness and the foods to take an avoid. So, I learned about nightshade vegetables and nightshade things to avoid or certain ingredients. I was really into. For some reason, doubt time. This is so random, but a lot of weird things that people have, especially in their feet, their skin, open wounds of all guts. And so ironically, which I was not planning on bringing this up in the interview, but ironically, I had a mother who was anorexic bulimic. Wow. Yeah, so random. So, my mother was really into being skinny. And it's kind of was a secret. I don't really talk about it until recently. But she passed away from this and her guts. But she thought because my dad knew how to make all these things that she can kind of cheat the system. But my dad was a debt. Like that's all he liked was God. But my dad had the healthiest gut and I had a mother who was ill from her being, you know, or Newport Beach. She wants to be thin; she owns a health club. It was I saw ugly side of skinny. I'm a plus size girl. And that's a whole other, that's an epigenetic thing. So, whatever your parents and your grandmother has affects the children. So yeah, I make a joke that it's not my fault. I'm big, you know, it's not the burritos and meaning. It's my mother's fault because it was, I was pregnant. Everything going back. Like I'm blaming her she's blaming and they see the parents who are blaming her too skinny actually have heavier children. They store fat differently. So.
Lisa Beres 09:20
Right, that messes everything up. Oh my gosh, the pressure, you know, the peer pressure, and she had a health club and felt like, Oh, I gotta keep up with the Joneses, right?
Amber Rose Johnson 09:31
That's just to what starvation did to our skin. My mother was constantly I mean, she'd get fat injections in her face and the 90s No one did that. Wow, I got this case. So funny appetite. I don't even know I'm going way off for but it's the funniest story. This is a real story. I was always plus-sized. Okay, so my mother took me to a plastic surgeon and my mom was so skinny, right? And they said, this is a real story. They say can we use her fat to put in my cheeks? And I didn't know she's going to say that. And the doctor looked at her like Susan crazy and I went, oh my god, Brian, this is awesome. I can get lipo. I mean, I can make the most beautiful lips and cheeks. I could do this for a living. I'm like ready to harvest all my fat to Newport like I was absolutely crazy. And my mom reminded me Yeah, Mom was kind of my mom was sweet. So, she worked with Joan Rivers. And she was very funny. But she was dead serious. She was like, if we can use my daughter's fat no, Cindy, that's first of all illegal Second of all, like your body can reject it. She's like, just try it. I'm like, Mom, you're crazy. She didn't have enough fat to do the fat transfer. I mean, she was very, very thin. So, they didn't do it. But what I learned about No, no, no, no, I was so excited. I was like, oh my god, I can get my stomach lipo done. Oh, God.
Lisa Beres 10:43
Was your mom. Did she pressure you to be as thin as her or was that just her own battle that she had?
Amber Rose Johnson 10:49
She did. But not horribly, she was more into herself. I was very like at a dad who was very, he was really, really worked on himself. It was funny because my parents really worked on themselves. Except this illness was like, a secret. And it didn't exist. Like if I ever brought it up was a fight and, and so it was very weird, but obviously affected me but I never. I never felt I grew up in an era with JLo like Jayla was all about being curved. Yeah, I felt bad that my mom was skinny. She felt that I was big. Like, we both didn't even look at the same core thing. She's like, No, she's like a stick. And my mom would look at me and go poor thing. She can't fit anything. And I you know; we didn't even speak the same language. So, it was just so funny. She grew up with Twiggy as her, you know, Oh, yeah. But he was a thin model. Right. And I grew up with JLo. Yeah, I mean, so it's like, what you see is what I didn't grow up looking at Cosmo, and I didn't grow up with that kind of hip hop. And that kind of feel really made curves popular. Yeah. I mean, Baby Got Back was the biggest song about, you know, their mix a lot. Yes. Like, to me, I felt empowered. Right. And so, I remember my mom making a joke after everything was lifeboat going, Oh, shit. How do I get my butt back? I'm like, Well, you should know why Potenza babies. But my mom was really a comedian. And she was very into her looks. And she was always on stage. And she was very funny. And my father was this really healthy person. But my parents were so worried about my acne because it really hurt my competence. Like, I didn't care about my size. It was my skin and my mom had beautiful skin. And my dad had beautiful skin. All my friends had pretty skin. So, I remember they found Dr. Colton, because my parents are in a health club called Shape up in Newport Beach. And everyone went to Dr. Colton. It's now Dr. Steve office who's very famous. He's on the housewives. So yeah, similar.
Lisa Beres 12:36
Colton has he passed away? Does he e still have practice? Correct. He passed away. Oh, no, he got in trouble.
Amber Rose Johnson 12:41
And then he moved. They move to Florida and he passed away. So, we kept in touch over the years. But one of my favorite stories that explains a lot of the pivotal point in my life was Dr. Colton skincare, which is benzoyl peroxide. He had; it's called vivantes. It was a pink scrub really helped my acne. It was very harsh, and it was the hot pink. It worked. I always use natural steps. I couldn't believe how fast it worked. So, I remember telling my parents friends on Mother's was I worked there I worked at Mother's.
Ron Beres 13:09
Your Mother's is a very popular grocery store is similar to like a Whole Foods that has sections for skincare and food. Yeah.
Amber Rose Johnson 13:17
Oh, yeah, it was I actually like the OG Whole Foods is what I tell people. And it was a very safe place for people to shop. Everything was vegetarian and vegan, lots of gluten-free options in the 90s didn't exist. And I was hired as a bag girl at 14. And I did not get the memo. And I promoted myself to body care, and in vitamins and body care, and I would get in trouble every day for hanging out there. They finally go just let her let her do and I just she's not going to listen. And every time I'm working, the sales are up. So, I thought I was the host of Mother's every time anyone walked in.
Ron Beres 13:53
You should have got commissioned, Amber. Amber that's gold right. Yes. Sales.
Amber Rose Johnson 13:58
Yes, I would have killed it. I didn't care. I'm like, oh my god, they gave me the old testers of body lotions or, you know, I just was like, I worked for samples like I was so excited to just be in it. And I remember going okay, I'm going to get Dr. Colton scrubbing the Mother's I have this figured out because they didn't have anything like it. So I remember getting the scrubs and taking them to the buyers at Mother's and showing them and they looked at the ingredients they go well first of all the second ingredients like red dye number five, which was I was going to say I call parabens Yeah, it was just I didn't know I didn't understand that. Like this is bad. I mean, this is no like an is an animal tested because there's no and I go oh, absolutely not. Absolutely not. Dr. Colton would never. So, I remember seeing him a few days later and going I need the paperwork to show that this isn't an animal tested. And then assuming of course it isn't animal tested. And yeah, and I grew up a vegetarian like I've never eaten meat in my life. But no, you can oh yeah, Amber, all the medical stuff is It's not good if it's not animal tested. Fine. So, then all the natural stuff wasn't really it was kind of like Hocus Pocus, right? There's no like, studies. So, there was an aromatherapist, that mother's name was Helen Raptis. And she told me about these classes at UCLA that you can learn ingredients. And I mean, you can't Don't tell me twice. So, I got to learn ingredients very, very young as to go 17 I wasn't allowed to go to esthetician school because I had to be 18. So, I couldn't wait to just be like, hurry up. And I thought I'd be a dermatologist I knew as something in skin. So, I learned ingredients. And then I found that they were studying the natural stuff. And there were real results, but it wasn't to the masses yet, you know?
Lisa Beres 15:44
Hey, Amber, and to ask you a quick question that the pink crazy scrubs that you were taking, you said it works in your skin. Did you stop taking it? Did your acne come back when you stopped taking that?
Amber Rose Johnson 15:55
No. So that's a great question. I was still using it because I was so scared to stop. But what I found in those classes. Great question when I found those classes that benzoyl peroxide was known to age the skin. So, I got really frustrated because anti-acne products are aging the skin and anti-aging products cause acne. And I'm like, where does it get where, where? Where do I go? Like I don't want to? Yeah, benzo, I mean, it was. I don't think I've ever used it. But it would stain sheets. I mean, if you had a towel, and you wiped off your face, your towel was bleached. I mean, it was harsh.
Lisa Beres 16:30
I feel like every teenager growing up at some point it was just touted as like, oh, it's safe. And it's good. But you're right. It really didn't work long term because I suffered from bad acne after that.
Amber Rose Johnson 16:42
What I did was the kills the bacteria on the skin, which is nice for a minute but really is really bad, which they didn't know them. But we have this biome, this healthy biome on our skin that's bacterial. So, our skin has a natural way of fighting infection. That's why hydrogen peroxide isn't good. For a long time, it made me love hydrogen peroxide, right. But if you use it too much, your wounds heal slower because it's killing the good bacteria.
Lisa Beres 17:05
Kind of like chemotherapy, it kills the good and the bad cells, right? When they're very, very cancer patient�s chemo, you might shrink the tumor, but you've also done a lot of damage to healthy cells. So that's yeah, this is interesting.
Ron Beres 17:19
I know someone that uses hydrogen peroxide on their q-tips every day for their ears to just help with that process better. That doesn't sound like that's a good idea to do that every day. Right? Because there are dangers to hydrogen peroxide. No, that would be.
Amber Rose Johnson 17:32
So, hydrogen peroxide to really, I used to love pouring in my ears and hear the bubbly Oh, that was so fun to me. That's something my dad would do that I love but that is a I mean now that I'm I haven't done it in years but I mean I would tell people a couple times a year if that I mean very actually like Colloidal Silver a lot. Yeah, well, I have a doctor who makes ours that he has the cleanest water the company called vortex water but he makes our colloidal silver and he's been tested and you would freak this guy makes the best silver in the world but it's a whole that's a whole another story.
Lisa Beres 18:06
I have a bottle of water at my facial and I was like this is the cutest bottle first of all you serve your watering glass bottles and it's alkaline. Yeah, yeah.
Amber Rose Johnson 18:16
And that comes from well water, which is a Corona del Mar another water company I left so if I didn't do skincare, I would be in water. That is my pretty much my biggest passion is water. And well water is amazing. That's one of my favorites. When we serve that there's a place that goes a little bit deeper. Especially someone had cancer or things like that this place intestine that we use his water because it's mineralized with crystals. So, it has energy because water can be dead or alive. So, like distilled water. This is a great way to describe skincare. So, I just came to me the other day. So distilled water, like if you're thirsty, okay, you're running and you're like, I'm so thirsty. You wouldn't drink oil to hydrate, you drink water, right? And then if someone gave you distilled water that's clean water, distilled very clean water, but it's dead. So, there's no minerals, there's no electrolytes. There's nothing in it that actually helps you but you'll be less thirsty. Okay, now if I gave you water, okay, that's restructured it makes it more alive Okay when we say structure, the water was safe to put it through a vortex is very similar like going through the rivers were close to the current and crashing. It actually makes the water alive again. And then it had minerals and it was alkaline and electrolytes all your cells ago, they would just turn on like you would get hydration on another level. Coconut oil. I mean, they found coconut water and watermelon water. When you drink it, not only are you hydrating all your cells, it's giving all the minerals it needs. It actually affects your heart, and your brain, coconut water turns your brain on to skincare in the same way. So, I tell people your skin's dry you put oil on it. That might feel good, but your skin's thirsty likes like I wouldn't drink oil. If I was thirsty. It needs moisture. It needs antioxidants. It needs nutrients. So, so much skincare out there. I'm glad it exists, but it's now nourished. It's almost like trying to live on oil and in green tea,
Ron Beres 20:03
So, my question for you Amber, how does nutrition play? You kind of tapped into it a little bit with the water and the hydration but tell us how nutrition plays a part in our skin. So, for example, what are some of the best foods to nourish the skin?
Amber Rose Johnson 20:17
So, our skin is an organ, right? So, if our bodies aren't healthy, our skin's not healthy. So, what you eat, so if people I tell people to have rashes if you imagine what's going on in your body if you're drinking a lot of alcohol if you have a lot of sulfates, your liver is just fine. And then it comes out in your skin. So, I tell people, if you have nail fungus, skin issues, gout, rashes, or wounds that don't heal, there is something going on in your body that needs to be fixed. And I work with a lot of different doctors, I tell people, I can totally tell you what creams and things to do, which I love. I think they're great. But we have to find out. That's a band-aid. Yeah, skincare is long-term. So, think of like healthy eating in the long term. The good thing here is going to be anti-aging. So, there's that aspect. So, using good skincare is so anti-aging, so amazing. So healthy. But my biggest passion is watching people come in with pretty severe stuff. And finding out what's wrong with them and fixing it makes me the happiest. Oh, a lot of people are allergic to gluten. That's a big one, right? Everybody was having a lot of people are allergic to dairy, they just get their allergies done. But I have a client allergic to pineapple, silly smoothie, she cut it out, rashes went away. Wow, our gut is a brain. Okay. And so, this is a science that's going to be coming out more our gut sends signals to our brain. Our brain does not send signals to our gut. So, when I tell people when you eat clean your gut is healthy. First of all, your intuition is on I tell people, even when you laugh, right, you could feel in your gut because that's actually the hormones are being produced. You could feel if you meet somebody and you don't, it doesn't feel right. Yeah, when you're eating clean that intuition is so on. Yeah, crazy conspiracy theory. This is where I get really weird. But I have this crazy conspiracy theory that some of our foods in America are also kind of the dumbest down. Because we intuitively might not like a politician or something that's happening and feels wrong. But if you're not eating clean, and you're not in tune, you're like, oh, that's just kind of how life is. But when you're in tune with yourself, you'll go that's not write something out right here.
Lisa Beres 22:25
I totally agree with you on that. Amber. Yeah, we're into that too. And I wanted to ask you if you knew about there's a company that makes this water bottle, I think it's called Pure Jewel, something jewel and they put crystals in the bottle. It says glass bottle and the crystals are infused in there. You do know about this Pure Vida may be pure Vita you put your water Yeah, that's great. It restructures the water like you were talking about earlier. So, you Yeah, I need to get one of those anyway, I thought of that.
Amber Rose Johnson 22:59
And listen, you guys can do this to yourself. And this is real pay. So, there's an awesome place if you guys ever want to go. It's kind of crazy, but it's one of my favorites have been going since the 90s. It's called the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego. Okay. Back in the day, there was a doctor and I forgot his name. And it starts with the M. But he wrote the book, not hunger for change. That's a documentary of a hold on the name of the book sent home to me. It's about water structure. And the name is going to come to me. And it was a Japanese doctor and Marisa
Lisa Beres 23:28
Dr. Masaru Emoto. Yes, yes.
Ron Beres 23:31
It's a water showdown.
Amber Rose Johnson 23:32
Heymans? Yes, I spoke there. And what they did was, they had water that they were microwaving, which is again in the 90 so no Google, okay. I always tell people, I have to explain to them that when you see it in real life, instead of Googling, it was just a different experience. They were taking water that was microwaved. And they were watering plants in one room. And the same room, same lighting, same area. They're watering plants with water they yelled at. And then they have water that they prayed over. And you cannot believe these plants that were prayed over and talked to with leptons, the plants that were yelled at, and the plants that were kind of ignored and had. And it shows what our cells do. So, you can take water, they've done studies and pray over it. And it actually changes and water will change when you yell at it. It actually gets kind of rigid. So, I tell people to think of like a restaurant. The cook doesn't want to make your food he's in a bad mood. That food kind of effects you energetically or your grandmother makes it they always go my grandmother soup killed me well she made it with so much love. Yeah, there's a whole study on like playing over your food. It's like that and punching.
Lisa Beres 24:37
Yeah, you're speaking our language and it goes kind of back to even like Dr. Wayne Dyer had a book called The Power of Intention and having intention with having intention with your food having intention with all of this stuff, the crystals. I love that study. Yeah. And I've seen the crystals, you know, they show the microscopic images of the crystals in the video. I'll put a link to that in the show notes and you see the crystal structure or when they are saying violent words or negative words, or yelling as you said, the structure it looks so dark and almost evil. The crystals of the water compared to the water that was given love words and love energy are gorgeous. They look like snowflakes. They're so vibrant. And then you know, 100% Yeah, yeah. And Ron and I are vegan, and not that I'm telling everybody to be vegan. But one of the things that kind of flipped us over was we had met someone who's a Buddhist and said, Oh, yeah, you know, in the Buddhism, they believe that you know, the animals killed in a painful negative way that you absorb that energy through the food, right? If you eat the meat or whatever. Yeah. And so, it's going back to how our foods so destructively processed in this society that we live in today, like the factory farms and all of that. It's really if people took even a minute to dig and look at where their food comes, they be horrified. I don't think a lot of people are.
Amber Rose Johnson 25:58
And there's so many documentaries like Forks Over Knives, Food, Inc. There's a Hunger for Change. Hunger for Change is a great one. I don't know why that came up earlier. But Hunger for Change is even goes a little deeper if you guys haven't seen it, and it's no not anything with the animals. So, it's like it's me, because I can't do the animal stuff. I like I said, I've never had meat. My parents said I couldn't watch Westerns when I would see the horses get jump up. My parents go Amber see the movie. They don't know that. They're scared. They don't know. My dad goes, you're right. There was a doctor who kept mothers was mothers was the hub. And in this time before Google, I got to meet real people. And some of these people were killed. I'm not kidding. They wrote books that were very controversial, and they didn't live long. And I learned really fast. How crazy. I realized this isn't a conspiracy. I mean, my mother's doctor, when she got cancer was killed. July 21, 2014. Uprising Dr. Hernandez in New York, he was a famous holistic doctor. And I think he was like, No, that's a whole other thing. It was a crazy, crazy story.
Lisa Beres 26:57
So, a lot of a lot of people cancer doctors were killed. Yeah, actually there was a lot of news on that.
Amber Rose Johnson 27:02
And I know 60 of them that were killed in my life. So, I don't play around with this stuff. I'm very I tread lightly. I'm a board member for the Susan samaroli Center for Integrative Medicine, which by the way, they have women's wellness Day coming up May 6, which I highly recommend you come they actually do the studies and they want there's no one there's just spend money on finding real science with no money paying for results. That's the problem is like, so much science, I could pay to say this cream is a little better than that. Like what's the truth? Yeah, like the truth is the hardest thing to get. And I've had products that I've had and I realized these aren't good. And I'm going to just continue to remake them. And I change I evolved so it never ends. I'll never have that. You know, a lot of different brands. There's a grant called osmosis doing great things I used to work with Epicure in which I love. I love Dr. Hauschka from Germany. Yeah, love. Do you like Eminence? I work for him? Oh, Eminence. Yeah.
Lisa Beres 27:59
Great. And so, it's great to Yeah.
Amber Rose Johnson 28:01
Something. Yeah, and it doesn't say as the European stuff is the best, but I also believe in local, right? So, it's like, how do I become ethical, environmentally friendly, local. I mean, there's all these layers that are important to me, but I do love German products are one of my favorites. Wait, Switzerland. They have a download of my vitamins I buy from Europe. And the reason why is their standards are so different. All the ingredients we have in American products are banned in every country. We have no regulation. There's a documentary called Speak oh my gosh, please watch this.
Lisa Beres 28:33
I think yeah, but fragrance, right. The fragrance industry?
Amber Rose Johnson 28:35
Yeah. Have you seen it? No. We need to Oh, yeah. No, watch it. I was very upset because I thought I haven't figured it out. And I have a whole other layer that I was like, oh, and guess what, after watching that documentary and not wearing perfume for a year, and I have all these Chanel and YSL and all these beautiful, they think to me, like it's so funny. Like, I can smell that. It's weird. It's almost like your palate changes. Yeah, and I still love my book, or I have Bhakra and I have a couple brands I still love but I really as I'm, I gave a lot of it away actually. Yeah.
Lisa Beres 29:06
You know, it's funny you say that Amber, even like going back to like when I was in college and it drink Diet Coke, you know? And then I obviously gave that up, you know, in my 20s and now oh my gosh, I think that would fall over. If I even had a sip of it. Right? It would just take like, like a ball of chemicals, right? I mean, because that's what it is.
Amber Rose Johnson 29:26
100% If I could get rid of top 10 things I can get rid of on earth but not really like for foods as diet sodas, the number three I think number one number two, I don't even know top three things that will get rid of his diet soda and I'll tell you something. There are so many layers on what diet soda does your gut biome, you don't absorb nutrients for like 48 hours. It's literally It literally makes you so acidic and it's so deadly and from the aspartame. They cause diabetes. Anyone who drinks diet soda, almost all of them are diabetics. What it does is it actually messes the insulin, it triggers the brain signals, it's just so toxic. Believe it or not one of the worst things I don't like going off subject, but is microwave popcorn is one of the highest standing products, the other bags of plastic it's in there, it gets into the butter of the microwave the whole thing. So, it's very.
Lisa Beres 30:21
Amber, I don't know, if you're aware of PFAS Perfluoroalkyl chemicals, the substances that are showing up in our water and our rivers and in our bodies. That's what they coat those microwave bags with is that's what makes them so French fry bags, microwave beds, all those fast foods, even pizza boxes, is that pee fast. And it's prevalent in our environment now. And it they call it a forever chemical because it doesn't break down. So, you know, we're stuck with these chemicals now. And now we're as a country facing these issues of like, how do I clean up the mess that, you know has been created by these perilous manufacturers?
Amber Rose Johnson 30:56
Yeah, and given me I'm switching? I'm testing different skincare after tests to do stability testing, but we're looking at some sugar cane, bio degradable packaging, and is it a lot more expensive, but it's a lot better for the environment. All of our skincare, we use BPA free and everything is in Glasgow and it can be but we talk about. Yeah, I mean, it goes on and on. It's like so I tell people, I love their skincare that's clean, but it's like there's so many layers and I'll never be perfect, but I want to be the best I can for the environmental for people's health, for being honest for being fair price. So, skincare of some people I know people buying three, four or five caviar creams that are all smoke and mirrors. It's all packed, you know, in the packaging, beautiful and it's bad for the environment. There's nothing in it. That's good. I mean, it's like, silly. So, I remember watching. Yeah, I was watching Dateline with my grandma. And I don't really when I was younger, it was so funny because they got in trouble for having a caviar cream at Neiman's and there's no Caviar in it. And I remember oh my god, it was such it was a big deal. And that was to me, there's so much marketing involved, and I fall for it. I buy things all the time, because I thought it was so funny. And then I really get into it. I could smell it like the documentary stink, but I really know the synthetic stuff. And I'm like, this is so bad. I was so excited to try this watermelon mask or whatever. And it's like, it was all smoke and mirrors.
Lisa Beres 32:17
So yeah, it's interesting. When I was in there getting the facial, the girl who did my facial, said, Oh, I love your perfume. And it's funny because it's a natural perfume. It's what brand? It�s called Good Chemistry. It's a really great line of natural perfumes that use essential oils. And I said you know what, I get compliments on this perfume all the time from my friends who were really high-end designer perfume. So, I was like, what are you wearing? Thinking? I'm going to say something you spent a while I bought it at Target The first time, I bought it. So, you know, that's the price point. And it's great. And you know,
Amber Rose Johnson 32:51
What brand you wear so I could go buy it. Which one is it?
Lisa Beres 32:54
You'll remember this. It's called Queen Bee. Queen Bee. Oh my gosh, everybody compliments me on it. And it smells great. Yeah. $15.20 I don't remember how much I paid nothing. So, I gift it to my friends now at Christmas because you know not just that I'm not that cheap. Okay.
Amber Rose Johnson 33:12
No, I get it. Is it still at Target?
Lisa Beres 33:14
No, I didn't find it at Target last time. So, I ordered it online either at their website or even Amazon sells it good chemistry.
Amber Rose Johnson 33:22
Good chemistry. Okay, I'm going to try it.
Ron Beres 33:23
Yeah Amber before we ask you about what foods are best for problematic skin. Please tell us what was number one so you went through the top three like worst things for your body diet soda, you know our listeners going to ask us this and two was.
Lisa Beres 33:34
One of the other two or give us a couple.
Amber Rose Johnson 33:37
Oh gosh, okay, well, they change all the time. Like I said my father used to get my father in here he's a site he'll in shape up to help him shape up in Corona del Mar and he's just amazing. There's so many layers that we're finding not only the gut biome, but I would say diet soda, gluten use a lot of brides gluten for sure gluten and I would say oils I mean so many oils go rancid and what they do to our heart and our health and our guts a lot of sprite things and guy loved to go to see birds I don't know.
Lisa Beres 34:08
My five stars Door Dash because we order so much, they're like you are reoccurring customer.
Amber Rose Johnson 34:20
Either I forgot it was avocado oil or they use a really healthy oil and you could taste it when I go there my stomach never hurts like I get their Doritos a lot. There's food will never hurt my stomach because it's such clean and there's a couple other places that are like that use really healthy oil. Well but it's so expensive. And it's so hard to find. I love other vegan places I go to you know other places where there's not like fast food. So, it's like well, we're using are so good. So avocado oil is one of my favorites. Coconut oil is an amazing oil. It got in trouble a long time ago because they were in the 50s, they got rid of coconut oil. America uses coconut oil always until about the 50s. And what the government decided to do was help them farmers that make vegetable oils a thing so they actually tried to they did a whole propaganda against coconut oil which the coconut oil industry fell off and told everyone to use vegetable oil and fast forward you know 20 years later everyone started having heart disease and they realized coconut oil is good and too late everyone's using vegetable oil and now we're realizing so wow super important I mean oil to go rancid same with skincare the oils were 100 degrees you were oil and you go outside here in the sun you running out that turns into a triglyceride it's because rancid it gets bad. So, I love oils that are stabilized?
Lisa Beres 35:34
Are you opposed to oils in skincare because I was using a product that was oil based would you stay clear from that?
Amber Rose Johnson 35:40
Oh, I love oil but it has to be if you find a good one. Very similar to food I see a skincare and food are the same thing to me. I go to the fermentation farm right I buy almost everything at the fermentation farm if you haven't been in Victoria might it'll be your favorite place on earth it's called a fermented is that a store is it called the fermentation farm the market you're going to freak you're going to freak well, they have meat so I don't eat meat so I freak out but what people do eat meat go there. It's a healthy place even though they have meat. I don't agree. But they have every sprouted bean. Oh my god, I go out on lunch.
Lisa Beres 36:14
Amber, we got to go to lunch after this because we'll go to see birds.
Amber Rose Johnson 36:18
Vegan stew was yams, everything's for your health. If everyone ate their wheat, the world would be a better place. And they're happy. And then they have a Kombucha that they make and fermented everything. But on Thursdays they have a really cool as farmers market ever. And the reason I like it is because they're heirloom. These are original farms that have not been genetically modified. And they have they all show up on Thursdays and sell there and never had fruit like this.
Lisa Beres 36:46
I've been living here. Where am I been? I'm missing all these places.
Amber Rose Johnson 36:50
This one's cool. This one. I want to put this up. So, I made friends with them. They're not clients of mine now and I were just big fans of each other. But there's a few people out there. And I tell people I don't have to be the only one. I mean I have people making other skincare I get so excited for them when it's done right. But when you like so stainless back to oil, your oil can be cheap, right? Get a McDonald's that's going to make you sick, and you could go somewhere like seabirds, which makes something fine, but it's still a healthier version seamless cancer. They do a really good oil. And it's really well done. It's stabilized. It's fabulous. There's cheapy oils. Like I said, I buy them and I get home and I can smell it. It's almost weird smell. Ran away.
Lisa Beres 37:31
Yeah, throw it away and people hang on. Was that? Yeah, people hang on to their skincare too long and they hang on to their pillow too long. And they hang on to their food too. Yeah, I think people are not paying attention to those expiration dates. But Amber, would you say dairy? Do you find that to be a big help as people give up dairy? Or is that more just if you have a food intolerance?
Amber Rose Johnson 37:55
Huge. Okay, dude, I make a joke that I'm vegan unless I go to a really good Italian restaurant because I so I'm a fake vegan. I love like trenta there's a restaurant called Trenta I love they're like, Oh, I like real. But it has to be really clean. I can't do but so yeah,
Lisa Beres 38:12
Amber, you're very, you're what we call a cheagan. But you're
Amber Rose Johnson 38:16
I have no meat and milk. Like a good mozzarella. I just love that. But I try not to eat a lot of cheese. And if I do I feel it. I mean, I'm the Emma nasally person in general. I'm Jewish. I always have this very Jewish nasally sound. And I make a joke but certain ethnicities don't do well with dairy.
Lisa Beres 38:40
I don't think anybody has. I'm Irish and I don't do well. I'm dairy free as well. And same thing used to get so much sinus and congestion and phlegm and like, not fun, right?
Amber Rose Johnson 38:52
Dairy is 100%. Just like she said, it causes phlegm. It's mucus, it's not healthy. It really affects so many things, not just your skin. But if someone has acne, especially like lower face acne. That's a lot of guts. Yeah, there's something called Face mapping. I've seen every version, not all of them are the same. I just know from doing 25 years of facials, my face mapping is off my own work. When people cut out foods that their body doesn't like or they add foods that their body doesn't like they were cut them out for a while and then all of a sudden they go oh my god, I was eating pizza with my boyfriend and then I had cheese and I had gluten and all of a sudden all that jawline acne kind of breaks back out. That's an area that's a lot of lower intestines. Yeah. And when people eat clean, that clears up really fast. Also, allergies. I tell people if you drink wine, all the sudden your neck gets red. The inflammation goes instantly do your read and then your cheeks.
Lisa Beres 39:49
Yeah, my cheeks get right out. So, does that mean I have to abandon my wine?
Amber Rose Johnson 39:54
No, but you could try to get sulfate free or buy a sulfate strain on Amazon. Just get a soapy strainer. Pour your wine so that you just get as much sulfates out.
Ron Beres 40:03
That's a good tip. So how much is a sulfate strainer? Probably not much. It was surprised at 20 by 20 bucks and how long does it take the strain through the sulfate transport?
Lisa Beres 40:12
Like a glass of water? Good wine. So fast strainer.
Ron Beres 40:17
How long that's a great How many uses do you get from that one strainer?
Lisa Beres 40:20
When it's a strainer? It lasts forever. Yeah, see? I was okay I don't know.
Ron Beres 40:28
Too big to go through the poorest part of the filter and that's why this thing okay and then you clean
Lisa Beres 40:32
I do I run and I only drink organic wine. I love Fonterra and they are low sulfate but I do notice even with that.
Amber Rose Johnson 40:40
I like sulfate free if they exist try to find a sulfate free if you do I don't have a recommendation because everyone is such a specific palette but keep trying them they exist and when you find a good one you go oh my god there's no hangover there's no headache there's no yeah redness.
Lisa Beres 40:59
And get organic guys because you don't want these pesticides. Yes honey. Oh my god, please. Yeah, please no. Okay, so what are some tips for everyday skincare. Just give us some of your things that make you different some things that you've discovered that we might not find at a regular spa.
Amber Rose Johnson 41:16
So, I find people are over exfoliating, that's something that's just super retina day, things like that. They were great in their time but we're finding that stripping your skin and they said that your cells regenerate is actually very damaging. So, I don't like people to get themselves to read too irritated. You know a mask might have a little niacin. So, make the little red per minute but not like red all day you know. So certain ingredients. I really like people to not over exfoliate and I found that enzymes are a great way to eat up the dead skin without over exfoliating but get that barrier that dead skin off. Because when you have to extend skin your moisturizers don't penetrate so you want to exfoliate but you don't want to strip so we make a papaya pineapple mask that we actually put facial lounge we were using under the steam when people are getting their facials, but it got so popular from the show the back flirt we were putting it in little jars for people because they couldn't come in for those seven years ago. And it started trending everyone's like what's that is so we got really big for the show The Bachelor and it was a product that we're actually gifting to a lot of the celebrities and people on the TV and we decided to start selling it because everyone was asking for it so it became a professional product that we actually retail if you can't find it in the stores no one else has it. This is kind of our formulas. Papaya and pineapples and pineapples are bromalin so it's very anti-inflammatory and papaya enzymes like internally we use, you can eat papaya to digest your food. It also digests the dead skin cells. So that's one of my favorite products. It's something you can use in the shower because the steam keeps the active it's like a little facial in your shower. What it's a great way to get the dead skin off without stripping. So I love that you can also I think there's like 60 papayas and a jar of enzymes but you could take a papaya if you ate one, take the skin and just lay it on your clean face just lay the meat side down and the skin side out and just lay it on your face and it helps break up dead skin and your skin will kind of get a nice glow do it on your chest your chest always use exploit. So that's one of my favorite exfoliant. Our skin is so malnourished I mean everyone has these beautiful like I said oils and creams and rich and it feels good but there are they nutrient packed right like so back to almost like if your food if your moisturizer was a smoothie. You put all the kale and the blueberries and the flax seeds and the cheese like all the nutrients you can get in there. So, antioxidants and so we make a serum called facial no bottle day and it has all the antioxidants your skin needs. It helps protect against just everything smog smoke, and it just gives a glow vitamin C can instantly make your skin just happy and glowing. If it's the right seat, so our C is a stabilized C that I just love and we think is the third will be my third I've so many.
Lisa Beres 43:59
I was going to ask you about your cryo globes or your infrared light.,
Ron Beres 44:04
Is that the magic wand laser? That's the magic one was the Yeah,
Lisa Beres 44:07
I told Ron we did your fairy tale intro and I said oh and ask her about her magical ones.
Amber Rose Johnson 44:15
So those actually go back to Dr. Colton when I worked for him and I used to do so many extractions. I mean, they packed me with ice and then they would take these big, almost like light balls filled with cold water and roll them all over my face. And they're only things that do my face. And I loved them and I remember but they're too big you couldn't fit them in your eyes you couldn't fit them. So, I had those cryo globes made for facial allows to use highest I did again didn't plan on retelling them. But we needed to massage under the eyes to kind of be puffy under the jawline to contour and we do lymphatic massage. Your lymphatic system is a non-self-pumping system in your whole body that takes away fluid. And so, a lot of people leave from a facial my eye looks thinner because we do a light lymph massage and it gets all that fluid out of your face. Wow, cold really helps that morning. I tell people throw those things in the freezer. You just do a quick little around the eyes. Yeah. And roll them believe it or not down towards your heart. It takes away the puffiness from sleeping the fluid and the cold shrinks the pores and it makes people look fitter. So, we started making those for people to get red carpet ready. And you know, you remember. They are beautiful. Yeah, they are.
Lisa Beres 45:29
They are beautiful looking.
Amber Rose Johnson 45:30
They're filled with an ingredient that doesn't freeze, but also stays colder longer. So, there's other brands out there. There's a lot of them. Some of them are just filled with water. I had a client buy some and she stuck them on her skin and it stuck to their skin. Almost like that Christmas movie. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, so very similar. As I tell people not all cry gloves are like ours are bathed with a special type of piano freeze so they don't get too cold. But they also stay colder longer. So, they're a little they're so beautiful. They're blue. They're Aqua. I call them my blue balls.
Lisa Beres 46:05
They're blue. They're so pretty looking. And I had to say when she put them on my facial and I was like, Ah, I love it. And then when it goes under your eyes, so I'm thinking I want to get a little tiny freezer. I want to get a mini freezer to put up in my bathroom so I can just pop them out every morning because I don't want to have to go all the way down.
Ron Beres 46:23
It's a little one with a ball at the end. Right? That's it has pulled to, basically right? Yeah.
Amber Rose Johnson 46:27
Yeah, yeah. You just stick them in your freezer. And that's a trending thing is in care freezers. We're looking at a couple of them. I was testing a different couple different brands. But they're so cute because we do make products for the fridge to put on cold like we have sheet masks for cold. Cold is good. I tell people listen, anything takes a Ziploc bag and put some water, some ice cubes and throw it on your face. Cold is so good for your skin. I don't know Wim Hof. He does a whole Wim Hof is that's a whole other level of cold ice baths and things but.
Lisa Beres 46:58
Yeah, the plungers the people that plunge our neighbor gets up at 3:45 every morning goes to the ocean and does a cold plunge. I'm like what Brent and I are like feeling like slackers for the slacker neighbors were like, No, yeah.
Ron Beres 47:12
Lisa Beres 47:14
I had one more question for you because you're not into like too much reddening of the face. Would you say those chemical peels and those harsh lasers are no no.
Amber Rose Johnson 47:22
Not always. It's really hard. I tell people depends on now we're going back into ethnicity, right? So, we have melanin, which is a natural antioxidant. Melanin is like a superpower that some people are lucky to get someone like us Irish doesn't get as much melanin and so certain skin types so lighter skin and that doesn't have as much melanin usually does better with those they are having lasers that are better for melanin so it depends on what you're working with. Some people have melasma you know, discoloration and they do lasers and the laser made it worse. But clients who's the boss five times worse. And then I have some people who did an IPL or Photo facial and discoloration and lighter skin and there's beautiful it's really, do your research for that one. I do love something called Morpheus eight without a laser but it's radiofrequency that like lifts and firms. I'm a big fan of Morpheus but they came out with a baby sister called format which we own the form of machine which is a like a hot so massage is radiofrequency that instantly firms the skin. It's like little facial workout. And people need to do that once a week for five times. Google it. They are amazing. Really.
Lisa Beres 48:33
It's like a hot stone. It's kind of feels like a really wow. What's the price point for like?
Amber Rose Johnson 48:40
We are very well priced. I think ours are 300 at facial lounge. But most places charge about $800 and the LA. Dr. Diamond does that kind of put them on the map he does the Kardashians do him there all the time but I think they charge 1200 For one at Dr. Diamond so they range it's the same thing. So of course if Dr. Diamonds fun to say you went there but facial Lounge has the exact same brand I think for 300 for one and then there's a package of them so our price points very fair but for my facials are great there have everywhere the Morpheus eight is its big sister, which is a much stronger and a lot more painful but very cool. The coolest thing is they are coming out with the most amazing things. Even though I'm natural and clean. I'm not against Botox, I'm not against fillers. I tell people. My aunt has Bell's palsy and she did Botox 30 years ago for Bell's palsy. Well, she's in her 70s now and she has an H and it's the most magical thing because she got it before anyone even knew about this stuff.
Lisa Beres 49:40
Right? They're like how do you look so young?
Amber Rose Johnson 49:42
Yeah, yeah, no, it�s absolutely insane. She's 75 and not exaggerating. She looks like 55 I think in light doses, if someone wants to relax their muscles that kind of tense, a little filler on things that bother you. I tell people there's really well-done ways to just do these little things and there's lasers that resurface lightly but you don't have to go so hard. It's very similar to like working out. I tell people, somebody's lasers are like, trying to do a marathon when you weren't ready, right? It will just sit down. If your skin is dry and unhealthy and you're eating like shit, and you're not taking care of yourself, and then you want to go to a laser, no way, it's like not even healthy. I have identical twin sisters. One of them eats really healthy. She juicers, she's real clean, she uses my skincare. The other sister comes maybe twice a year. She just gets whatever the free gift is at Nordstrom doesn't really. And they're identical. Right. And they've been coming to me since their 30s. Yeah, they're in their 50s. Well, one of them one of them. They're both beautiful. One of the twins went got this laser and she looked amazing. Okay, she had that Fraxel co2 laser, and it was unbelievable. And her identical twin sister, same genetics, they look exactly the same. They look exactly the same once the same doctor asked for the same laser because their sister looks so good. She turned out to be like hamburger meat. And her sister called me out. She's red and raw and blistered. And her sister healed in 10 days prior identical twin sister who have the same lifestyle took her like three months. She was ready to guess what.
Lisa Beres 49:55
There you go. That's a have the right yeah, that tells you right there. They had the same DNA. Yeah.
Amber Rose Johnson 51:23
She didn't take care of herself. One did more. You know, she probably wouldn't teddy bears. The other one never would go to Teddy but she did spray tans. I got to see by accident, but I got to see how the 20 years of healthy lifestyles are really the one sister who had the lasers. She had a micro every single month and she didn't age. Her sister thought she could cheat it just get Botox to go do laser and she looks not the same. She looks irritated her skin looks to one eight so much better. So, I saw lifestyle in health. And then of course good skincare. There are so many ingredients that really are amazing. And then there's lots of cool lasers.
Ron Beres 51:59
Amber's some of these procedures sound amazing, right? A lot of the soccer but not everyone can afford high end facials or Med Spa products. Can you guide our listeners to the right drugstore products for any budget? We want to empower them to. Yeah, okay.
Amber Rose Johnson 52:14
Yeah. So, for drugstore. For more sensitive skin. Sephora sells a line that's a little bit more cortical, called First Aid Beauty, which I like it doesn't have a lot of ingredients that I tell people to avoid. And they're in a nice price point. I think they're maybe under $20. And they also make travel sizes. They make a nice tinted moisturizer. Very, very nice. Fare Republic makes a sunscreen. That's another thing we didn't get talked about. But sunscreen can cause a lot of problems. You want mineral sunscreens you only want zinc or titanium dioxide. And almost all the stores are selling their republic which is owned by Kula which is a nice clean product that I like. I like Kula to either they're great. Yeah, I love cool. Guy coolest. I'm much better technology. But they're a little sister. That's great. Facial lounge makes them I mean, our cleansers are under $30. And we have moisturizers under 30. So, it's still a very fair price point. I'm just trying to think of anything cheaper than that that
Lisa Beres 53:09
Hi, what did they say? Your basic facial wash? Can you use? Can you use real bare bones?
Amber Rose Johnson 53:16
I guess I would go with CFL that. So, think of that magical and it but it avoids a lot of things that I don't like, right? Yeah, I would go with that. And I'm trying to think I'm so picky. I know there's something that I'm forgetting. I went oh my god, this is so cool. I'm trying to think of that was such a great question. You know, there's a great app called Think dirty.
Lisa Beres 53:36
I love it.
Amber Rose Johnson 53:37
I have it on my phone. Yeah. So, you can go through in the store and just see now not because it doesn't mean that it has the nutrients. That doesn't mean that it might work. But it does let you know how clean it is. Yeah, that's like half the battle, right? So, I bought things that are clean and I hated them. Or I make a joke like my shampoo. My hair looks like shit. But it was clean. It's like I just like no, I listen to oily for me. So, there's a balance, but facial Lounge is coming out with a few more products that are more affordable. Most of our price points around 50. But we do have things under 30.
Lisa Beres 54:09
When I was in the salon last had a lot of tiny little tester sizes. Can people order those off your website?
Amber Rose Johnson 54:15
Yeah, those are $14. So those are great. That's affordable. They're small sizes only like a two weeks supply. Yeah,
Lisa Beres 54:21
But it's a great way to react. Yeah. So that's it doesn't Yeah,
Amber Rose Johnson 54:25
Not everything. But yeah, that's great. But I would tell you, if you don't know any better go to Whole Foods or Sprouts. In general, they at least cut out a lot of the work for you. Because they don't let a lot of things in there. And I shop at those places a lot too, especially for my kids for their shampoo�s conditioner. I try not to buy anything Procter and Gamble. Like that's my big thing. I just tell people besides magic erasers is the only thing I buy. To buy everyone. Yeah, that's like the best thing ever. But besides that, I can't give those up.
Lisa Beres 54:58
I think that's great advice. Yeah, for you guys listening who are on a budget and say, Hey, I love your tips, you might not be getting like the best anti-aging property. But you're, especially if you're having trouble skin, go to the basics, right? Go down to the basics, just your simple moisturizer and cleanser so that you're not constantly polluting yourself with whatever is causing your breakdown if it is coming from your skincare, or maybe it is your food, as you so eloquently explained how our skin is our largest organ 60% of whatever we put on it can be absorbed into our bloodstream. So it only makes sense that this is affecting our gut microbiome. And it's like a full circle. So, we have to start treating our skin just like we would, what we eat what we put on our skin, essentially, we are eating. So, I love those tips.
Amber Rose Johnson 55:48
Oh, I love that. When you were talking, you guys are awesome. I do these a lot. I'm like, so happy to be on your show. I think they're finding that they're making medicine that you can drop on the top of your head to the highest absorption, right? Right on top of your head because they're making medicine. And we use really clean maybe skincare, right? We're using cheap shampoo and conditioner. Well I haven't had to come in who are using really nice clean skincare, but their body lotion and their body washes are cheap, like well, you're using shitty ingredients on 90% of your body. Right and on 10% of your body to clean stuff. So, while you were talking, it really made me remind me your shampoo conditioner really affects you and believe it or not hand sanitizer. Yeah, let's go right into your gut when you put a hand sanitizer on that actually affects your gut biome. Yeah, I'm not anti-hand sanitizer. I tell people soap and water as much as possible. Of course, sometimes we have to use them. But we can go down hydrogen peroxide, you can spray that on your hands to kill bacteria that doesn't affect your gut.
Lisa Beres 56:46
Yes. So, you're right. Hallelujah. Thank you for saying that. We've done some blog articles on our website run and lease on hand sanitizers and all the nasty chemicals that can be found in a lot of especially your big brand hand sanitizers. It's not just alcohol. It's got all kinds of like synthetic fragrances and thickeners and all of this stuff, parabens and things potentially. So, it goes to the basics with that too. You can just do alcohol and add some essential oils and water and make your you know.
Amber Rose Johnson 57:16
If you ever want to get really intuitive someone wants really cool, I like ozone. That's another fun thing. I have an ozone sink. Ozone kills all bacteria. You can ozone your house and kill mold bacteria in your in your house. You cannot be in there takes all oxygen out of the air.
Lisa Beres 57:32
For the environment. Yeah.
Amber Rose Johnson 57:33
Yeah. Well, no does the ozone that you can make it is it just disintegrate. So, it literally takes the oxygen out of the air? It's just temporary. Oh, but it kills mold bacteria, COVID I mean, everything aids, but it reoxygenate and it's back to normal. It's not like it hurts the ozone.
Lisa Beres 57:52
Yeah, there's so many technologies like UV. UV lights that kill viruses and bacteria is a really good thing that you see in a lot of air purifiers as like an add on with the HEPA filter or the carbon filter, you'll see UV light filtration. So that's really good for viruses and bacteria. That's a whole other show. Well, Amber, this was so incredible. Where can people find you who don't live in Southern California? Give us a shout out your website.
Amber Rose Johnson 58:19
Oh, thank you so much. It is faciallounge.com that faciallounge.com. My Instagram is @faciallounge. And we're in Corona del Mar we will be expanding. So eventually we'll have more locations. Congratulations.
Lisa Beres 58:38
Oh, I love it. Okay, so @faciallounge. I'm going to put that in the show notes. And thank you, Amber, this was amazing. Remember, friends, invest in your skin, it's going to represent you for a very long time.
Ron Beres 58:50
Amber, thank you so much for being with us today. We really appreciate you.
Amber Rose Johnson 58:54
Oh my god, you guys are amazing. Thank you for doing everything that you're doing. I mean, the more people get the truth, really thinking outside the box, the better this world is. So, it's people like you who are giving us you know, our voice. I appreciate it so much. So, thank you for taking time. Good things in the world. You know.
Lisa Beres 59:13
Thank you for saying that.
Ron Beres 59:15
Thank you for turning your pain into your path and for sharing your story and solutions to safer skincare for all.
Lisa Beres 59:23
Yeah, thank you. We appreciate it. This was amazing. So many things I've learned. Friends if you'd like to learn more about the facial lounge and their wide array of vegan organic nontoxic products, head now to faciallounge.com. to shop for face and body products or by your skin type. They've got you your acne wrinkles, rosacea and fine lines covered.
Ron Beres 59:46
Stay tuned next week friends, get ready to up level your help. See you then. And thank you so much for joining us. Bye, everyone. Thanks. Bye, everyone.
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