Author Archives: Diane Higgins

Find Your Peel!

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Reveal beauty with a peel – you’re personal guide to soft, glowing, fresh skin. To help you along the way, I’d like to explain the main ingredients that compose the most effective peels. Combinations of fruit acids (also known as alpha-hydroxys) and enzymes make for extraordinary at-home peels.


Look for lactic acid in your peel if you have delicate skin – this not only exfoliates but also hydrates skin and helps lighten dark spots. It’s the perfect ingredient for aging, sensitive skin.

Salicylic Acid is best used in peels targeted for oily / combination skin – it deeply exfoliates and breaks up oil deposits; however, it is not for sensitive skin.

Glycolic Acid, one of the first alpha-hydroxy peels available, is an aggressive exfoliant that can be used on all skin types except dry skin as it has a drying effect.


Enzymes have a wonderful digestive action on dead skin cells. They act gently to rid the skin of flaky dry skin. Look for papaya and pineapple enzymes in your peels.

When combined with the fruit acids described above, the enzymes will enhance their various properties.

Below are my FAVORITE peels that I’ve created.

Blueberry Glow Peel: Combination/Oily
Lightens dark spots
Breaks up clogged pores
Leaves skin soft and pink

Papaya & Pumpkin Peel: Dry/Aging
Great for dry skin
Lifts flaky dull cells
Leaves skin cells hydrated and plump

Product Launch in Westchester

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Diane's Facial Oils

Village Mercantile

28 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont, New York 10538

Thursday at 6:30 – 8:00 PM

I am pleased to announce that I will be talking at the Village Mercantile in Larchmont, NY on Thursday, July 30th. This beautiful boutique will be selling my products and has asked me to speak about my skin care philosophy. I want to extend an invitation to you and any friends that might want to attend.

Specifically, I will be going over several essential topics such as the following:

  • Skin Types simplified and the importance in knowing what kind you have.
  • Proper cleansing for specific skin types.
  • Exfoliation explained, the best methods for a variety of skin types and why one must not skip this necessary step to achieve glowing skin.
  • Serums: What are they and when would one apply them?
  • Summer skin care routines: Changes in your daily routine for optimal results in the warm humid months of summer.
  • An SPF primer: SPF properties explained. What number gives complete protection? The difference between physical (zinc oxide) sunblocks and chemical sunblocks. When should one apply them? How often? Are sunblocks ever truly waterproof?

NOW … THE FUN STUFF!  7 Beauties

  • The benefits and beauty of Facial Oils. I’ll go over a few very popular oils such as Rosehip, Jojoba, Argan and a few exotic oils as well.
  • Five Essential Oils explained. I’ll present the medicinal and therapeutic properties of: Lavender, Rose, Geranium, Jasmine and Petit Gran. I’ll pass around these beautiful oils so you can experience their beautiful aromas.

Samples of some of my products will be available.

Questions encouraged to conclude the evening.


Best, Diane


Everything you need to know about SPF protection

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The Facts about Sun Protection


It may seem like an exaggeration but using sunscreen is truly the number one anti-aging product available to you. Here are my recommendations on SPF (sun protection factor) use and some facts about sunscreens. Use this information for yourself and your family.
WHAT DOES A SUNSCREEN DO? Protect you from ultra violet rays coming from the sun. There are 2 types of rays that can damage the skin: UVA and UVB. UVB rays penetrate just below the epidermis and cause the skin to burn. Hyperpigmentation, sun spots, an unattractive skin texture are the long term result of unprotected UVB damage as well as the possibility of skin cancer.
UVA rays pentrate deeper in the skin causing damage to the dermis and results in wrinkles and premature aging of the skin as well as the possibility of skin cancer. UVA rays can penetrate cloud cover, light clothing and untinted glass.
The spf number goes up as the effectiveness of a product goes up. Spf 15 blocks 93% of UV rays.
spf 30 blocks 97% of rays and spf 50 blocks 98%. The number also can be put into an equation to determine time out in the sun you are protected at the above rates.
If you burn in 10 minutes multiply your spf number by 10 and you will get the amount of minutes you are protected. Example: I burn in about 10 mins. I wear a 30 spf everyday, 10 x 30 =300 minutes of 97% protection from UV rays. But don’t be fooled by that high number of minutes. It is actually recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours regardless of number.
Ok, My recommendations:
Wear sunscreen everyday of the year. At least an spf 0f 15. I personally recommend 30 Spf.
Find a sunscreen you like and you will be more likely to wear it.
Apply sunscreen over your moisturizer if you also wear one.
Apply 15 to 30 minutes before exposure.
Apply liberally, spf numbers are calculated with the use of 1 oz of sunscreen per application to body, that’s about 2 tablespoons to cover body and face.
Reapply every 2 hours, more frequently if swimming or playing sports.
Wear suncreen no matter what skin tone you are.
When applying to the face do not forget the ears, neck, back of the neck. Never forget your hands or feet.
Apply two coats to insure maximum and complete coverage, no kidding.
Do not forget your children going off to school with outdoor play time.
If you do get a bit of a burn try my hydrating facial spritz with lavender and vitamin E to refresh, soothe and hydrate the skin.
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Your sunscreen should contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide which are physical blocks Or Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) which is a chemical block . The oxide minerals work very well by scattering the rays or bouncing the rays off of the body. The newer physical blocks are transparent and do not leave the skin white. Avobenzone absorbs the sun rays.
A third type of sunscreen is Mexoryl which has been recently awarded FDA approval on a limited basis in the US, it is widely used in Europe and is also a chemical block that works very well.
Sunblocks should have a three year shelf life which will be indicated on the jar/tube.
Please take a little time in the morning and apply your Sunscreen, like I said it is the number one anti-aging product available.
Take Care, Diane.

Village Mercantile, Larchmont, NY

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EXCITING NEWS – Diane Higgins Skin Care products are now available at Village Mercantile, located in the Village of Larchmont.

Village Mercantile is the modern embodiment of the general store from a bygone era, sourcing items that are produced by artisans who are dedicated to the meticulous refinement of their craft.

Diane Higgins Skin Care is delighted to be stocked in this delightful, local store.

Go take a visit!


Village Mercantile
28 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538