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Expert Tips For Treating Pandemic Skin & Maskne

Expert Tips For Treating Pandemic Skin & Maskne

Staci is one of the most talented medical estheticians in San Diego.

I became obsessed with her when I was working in a boutique at about 15 years old. This woman came in wearing a hat & her skin was glowing. I’d never seen anything like it.

Little did I know that I’d later become friends with this woman because Lisa, my mother-in-law was ( & is ) best friends with her. We ended up spending lots of holidays with her & every time I saw her she was even more glowy.

Expert Tips For Treating Pandemic Skin & Maskne

She takes care of herself like no other. She’s into hats, driving gloves, SPF, you name it. She’s just one of a kind when it comes to skincare & she’s been doing this for more than 15 years. I respect her so much, she’s so knowledgeable & is one of my favorite people to see in San Diego.

Could not be more excited to have her on the blog today PLUS Staci so kindly has offered a discount code for all The Skinny Confidential readers. Enter TSC10 at checkout to get 10% off anything on Staci’s website.

Medical Esthetician Staci Christie

I highly recommend reading this post before you go shop to hear all about Staci’s ride or die products that keep her skin looking amazing. She’s also going to fill us in on the Light Stim. Seriously, it will rejuvenate the fuck out of you. I laid in it for 20 minutes & felt like I had the best buzz going after.

When you go to Staci for skincare you can expect all the latest technology, the best products on the market ( she’s also stocked with Woo products! ), & all of her expert tips.

Let’s get into it with Staci Christie.

Expert Tips For Treating Pandemic Skin & Maskne


Introduce yourself & your background in skin. 

Staci Christie: With 15 years of experience working side by side for a wonderful plastic surgeon in the operating room, along with all the pre & post-operative care for our patients during the launch of AHA’s & Botox, I definitely have a cutting edge with the understanding of skin at a deeper level.

I don’t just look at the skin on your face, I observe all of you. Creating a plan from the treatments we do together at my boutique to your customized at-home skincare regimen that changes as you do, really is my passion.  Many of my clients have been with me since I started my business in 2001.  With over 25 years of experience, coupled with my constant research on product & treatment efficacy, I pride myself in giving you the best results possible.

Talk to us about what you’re seeing since Coronavirus started. For me, I’m experiencing dermatitis & more acne. Are you seeing this in your practice?

SC: From maskne, to major depression, to eating junk & boozing it up has created a platform of complexion disaster! The masks are just a fraction of the issues I’ve seen. This is such an INDIVIDUAL problem affecting the masses that I love to address.

Skincare is not one size fits all, the science behind the skin is very individualized. The stress of COVID alone has increased everyone’s cortisol levels, which also contributes to many skin & health issues.

Honestly, my experience is that people feel better just having me create a safe environment for them to relax & let me do my thing to help them look & feel better about themselves. It is so wonderful to see their happy reaction as their skin starts to glow again. We as human beings need to be touched & feel cared for.  Providing this service & care for others truly gives me so much joy.

COVID has thrown so many of us skincare professionals into a tailspin.  I’m so grateful for the trust I’ve been given by all my clients.

What are some ways to combat these problems we’re all getting from masks?

SC: Wearing disposable masks will definitely help along with not wearing any makeup or SPF ( I am an SPF control freak too ) under where your mask lies.

Try not to pick your face…stay away from the magnified mirror!!!  Just clean your skin with simple serums & don’t use heavy moisturizers.  While wearing a mask we are just creating a breeding ground for bacteria to form with our constant warm breath.  That is why the tri-level paper masks are best! There are some cute ones out there. (Glamming up your eyes is fine).

I’m also a huge fan of the Light Stim Acne Light ( sold on my website ) & it is very effective in combating acne. ALWAYS double cleanse once you’re home and give your skin some lovin’ with good products.

Staci Christie interview
Staci Christie skincare tips

 Talk to us about red light therapy?

SC: I’m obsessed with Light Stim technology.  My boutique has the LED/Infrared Bed along with the Anti-Wrinkle Pro Panel that I love for my clients to use after their facial treatment with me.

It’s the ultimate experience! Light Stim is the only FDA approved red light device with scientific proof of its benefits. The MultiWave patented technology simultaneously emits multiple wavelengths ( colors ) of light that are ( from my own experience ) positively “life-changing.” It gives total body wellness along with seriously diminishing wrinkles & acne. It’s FDA approved to increase circulation, decrease inflammation, increase ATP/nitric oxide levels, increase serotonin & dopamine levels & there is a current study on it lowering blood pressure along with helping PTSD.

The hand-held home use devices are remarkably effective for wrinkles & acne.  I also have one for pain.  All devices, the Pro Panel & The Bed are sold on my website.

What are your top 5 secrets to amazing skin?

SC: DOUBLE CLEANSE AM & PM. If you’re wearing SPF or makeup use either a micellar water or some type of wipe to pre-cleanse, then double cleanse. Use bottled water on a cotton round after cleansing to ensure your skin is clean – (city water is filthy). Your skin must be clean before your products can be effective.

Everyone should be using Vitamin C. My favorite with the most scientific studies is the CE Ferulic by SkinCeuticals ( the best antioxidant for all skin types ).

Always use a moisturizer even if you’re acneic, we just need to find the right one.  If not, you will age faster & your skin will continue to be compromised.

SPF DAILY ( rain or shine ) & a hat if your outdoors in the direct sun!

This is last one is important.  Always treat your skin from your hairline to your breasts & the back of your hands. Try to get some type of professional facial treatment at least 5-6 times a year.

In a perfect world… every month!

What’s your skincare routine?

SC: Morning: I double cleanse with Epicuren Herbal Cleanser using the spa cell sponge. Then I put bottled water on cotton round & use Agent Nateur Rose & Pearl Toner with Vit C Powder, SkinCeuticals C&E Ferulic, SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier, SkinCeuticals B5 Gel, Epicuren Colostrum Serum or SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore if I’m dry.  Also, Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment & last but not least SPF. Either, Alastin Hydratint if I want a tinted SPF or MD Solar Science Daily Nourishing Cream SPF 50.

Evening: I double cleanse with the Herbal Cleanser using the white side of a Spa Cell Sponge after removing makeup & SPF with micellar water or a Neutrogena wipe. Then bottled water on cotton round, SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Defense if needed or as a spot treatment. Then either Alastin Restorative Skin Complex or Skin Medica TNS, SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier, Skin Medica Dermal Repair or SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore, Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment, Alastin Neck & Decollete Repair Cream & lip balm.

Depending on how my skin feels, I will use SkinCeuticals Glycolic Cleanser followed by Glycolic Over Night Renew, HA Intensifier, & Triple Lipid Restore 1-3 x week at night before bed.

Every time I shower or take a bath I use a Spa Cell body sponge with multiple different body cleansers. Then I use Epicuren Orange Blossom Body Lotion on my entire body.  I’ve done this for YEARS, seriously since I was a teenager.

What are 5 products that you absolutely love?

SC: Epicuren Herbal Cleanser, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier, SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore, Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment.

What’s the most important skincare step, in general? Exfoliating, moisturizing, cleansing, or something else?

SC: Well – If I had to choose one, I’d say cleansing because without clean skin you are never going to have beautiful glowing skin!

What’s one product you’ve seen make the biggest difference in your clients’ skin?

SC: Product – SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, hands down.

Treatment – Hydrafacial Elite with Oxygen Infusion and the LightStim AntiWrinkle Panel is pretty amazing.

What is your all-time, best skincare tip?

SC: NEVER EVER go to bed without cleansing your skin & at least applying your moisturizer.

Where can everyone find you? Pimp yourself out!

SC: Staci Christie Skincare & Wellness Boutique is an intimate setting located in Encinitas, Ca. San Diego County.

I’ve chosen to create a one-on-one Medical Spa/Boutique so that you never feel rushed or like a number amongst the masses. With our current global pandemic, my business platform is most desirable.  Working in the O.R. rubbed off with my boutique being as close to a sterile environment as you can get.  I also have a few A-list clientele who appreciate the privacy I’ve created.

All my treatments are customized to fit your individual needs & take approx. 2 hrs. I take being a perfectionist to another level!!!!

I also offer Virtual Consultations & At-Home Facial & Peel Treatments so we can review your current skincare regimen & make tweaks if need be.

Medical Esthetician Staci Christie

Staci Christie Skincare & Wellness Boutique

317 N El Camino Real # 102

Encinitas, CA 92024

Ph 760-633-0123


You should also know that Staci has been featured on the blog before where she gives us the run-down on peels & preventative skincare.

Be sure to follow her on Instagram @stacichristie & check out her website. Remember to use code TSC10 for 10% off your purchase.

Talk soon!

x, lauryn


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