Article5 Andrea Young Head shot 2013-001

Andrea “Aunni” Young

Winter is here and everyone is thirsty for warmer weather and a sun-kissed glow! However, we won’t glow if we don’t use the right skin care products, get the best treatment, get proper nutrition, and quench our thirst with the right water.

As a skin care specialist and make-up artist for more than seven years, I have worked for prestige brands that create high technology, plant-based products for all ages and skin types.  I have given many facials to women, men and teenagers hoping they would learn more about the skin they are in by showing even just a little effort with at-home treatments.

Celebrity beauty expert Maisie Dunbar, president and founder of the award-winning Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge and Bluffa Jo Cosmetics, offers several skin care tips that will bless your soul and your body’s largest and fastest growing organ—the skin.

“Nails are a window to your health,” Dunbar said. “My commitment to excellence and education allows me to educate every guest on their nail care and well-being.”

Dunbar recently received a 2014 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award during Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Minority Enterprise Week.

Dunbar has been featured in Essence, Elle, Ebony, InStyle and Lucky magazines over the past 20 years. Some of Dunbar’s celebrity clients include Mary Mary, Marcus Johnson, Jamie Foster Brown, Clay Aiken, Regina King and the late D.C. “Mayor for Life,” Marion Barry.

Dunbar recommended keeping your skin cells hydrated by drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces daily. It’s an easy equation: if you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces of water each day. Dunbar also recommends drinking spring water, because its alkalinity can protect you from free radicals and promote anti-aging.

Proper nutrition is also important for growing beautiful skin. Get healthy doses of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Zinc, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Biotin and Sulfur through foods and supplements, preferably raw, whole or lightly steamed foods.  According to Chris Kesser, a global leader in functional and integrative medicine, these specific vitamins and minerals help grow healthy and beautiful skin.

Dunbar combines holistic wellness with nail and skin care at her eponymous spa in Silver Spring, Md., and offered the additional tips:

–Shower in tepid water, not hot, steamy water.

–Exfoliate skin weekly and use moisturizers that don’t clog pores.

–Petroleum jelly is not good for skin.  Coconut oil, sweet almond oil mixed with jojoba oil and shea butter is great for skin.

–Protect skin from the sun with SPF 30 sunscreen daily.

–Keep nails and cuticles moisturized with a cream or oil that penetrates epidermal layers.

–Retain moisture and protect hands and feet by wearing cotton gloves and socks.  Wear white socks to avoid sock dye.

Visit and to learn about Dunbar’s nail & skin care treatments and Bluffa Jo cosmetics made for fashionistas. One of my favorites is the Couture Xtreme lipstick named “Zane,” which is named after the New York Times bestselling author and costs $24. Spa treatments average $250 and products range from $10-$50.


Andrea “Aunni” Young

Special to the AFRO