Author: Brianne Grebil

Brianne is a natural skin care expert offering skin care services in the Pasadena, CA area. She is also the creator of Nabele, an all natural skin care line. Her goal is to provide women with simple, gentle products to improve their skin from the outside, while educating and mentoring on how to achieve a healthy glow from the inside. To schedule a skin care appointment or to view the Nabele product line, visit www.nabele.com.

Being in “The Biz” comes with extra pressure to always look your most youthful (as if the general pressure all women face these days weren’t enough, right?!) Because of that, a lot of us are trying to find a magic potion to turn back the clock. A genie in a bottle that will plump and firm and tighten our faces back to 18. We’d pay just about anything for that, wouldn’t we? So, does it exist? I’m just going to get right to it. The answer to that question is no. But I’ll explain and then you can decide for…

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Whether your are in front or behind the camera, zits, pimples and acne can be annoying at best, all out stress inducing at worse. But being armed with the wrong information about break outs isn’t going to help you out. So today we’re going to play mythbusters and go over some common acne misconceptions. As an esthetician and someone who used to suffer from persistent acne, I am quite aware that there is a lot of misinformation floating around and I want to set some records straight. So here are the myths at the top of my list. 1. Breaking…

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If you want healthy, glowing skin nothing beats a facial from a well trained professional (demurely curtsies). But sometimes you don’t quite have the time or the funds. Never fear, I’m going to let you in on one of my personal favorite at home skin masks. It’s ridiculously easy, is great for just about anyone, it’s inexpensive, and chances are you’ve already got everything you need in your kitchen. While it can’t compare to a professional treatment, this simple combination of ingredients can give your face a quick pep up and is great the day before a big audition. For…

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I know, I’m the girl who writes about skin care – but it’s not often I write for an audience who can appreciate a story like the one I want to share with you. I’ve recently started a series of videos around skin care. Even though my acting days are behind me, I’m super grateful for all the time spent in acting workshops, because I’m no stranger to the camera. What I do lack however, is production skills. Doing the videos mostly on my own, with little know how on the technical and production side has had me doing the…

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If you strive to be in front of the camera (or if you’re worried about your appearance for other reasons), there is something you need to know. Perfect skin doesn’t exist. Flawless skin is a myth. And trying to attain it is a waste of your precious time and energy. Most folks in the skin care industry won’t tell you this, because perfect skin is exactly what they’re trying to sell you. But we are all smart gals. We are fully aware  how much the images of women are altered – Photoshop, makeup, lighting. We know how it works. And…

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I’ve addressed oily skin for you ladies, it seems only fair I address what could be considered the other end of the skin spectrum. But before I give you some tips, we first need to decide if your skin is dry, dehydrated, or both. Your skin needs and uses both oil and water. An adequate amount of both in your skin is what keeps it looking healthy. It’s important to distinguish if your skin is dry due to lack of water or lack of oil, because how you address the problem will vary depending on the conditions. First, let’s go…

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Ladies, if you have oily skin and find yourself cursing at your shininess, you should try being grateful instead. No, really! Due to being pretty much always moisturized – your skin will be likely to age much slower than those with normal or dry skin. That being said, as someone who used to always be ‘the shiny one’ in photos, I understand how annoying a constantly oily face can be. Below are my top recommendations for treating and handling oily skin. 1. Don’t strip. The one thing you don’t want to do is to constantly strip your face with harsh…

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As an actor, your body is your instrument and your face is your calling card, right? So you probably should treat them with respect, don’t you think? To be fair, I think everyone should honor their health and their bodies, but actors have more skin in the game in front of the camera. So, if you needed more reasons to be healthy other than, well, the benefits of being healthy – allow me to pique your interest for vanity’s sake and clue you in to some habits that can greatly affect the health and appearance of your skin. First up,…

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Ladies of The Biz – let’s talk hydration. You’ve probably read/heard/been told that drinking enough water is important for overall health, but just in case you didn’t know, it’s important for skin health too. Without proper hydration, skin can become dry, flaky and tight. Whether you’re in front of the camera or behind, I know we all want our insides working as fluidly as possible (pun intended) and we want that to show through our skin – so let’s talk about how to stay hydrated. On average “they” say you need 6-8 glasses of water per day. But what does…

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Life for a busy gal in the biz can be hectic and exhausting. I like to remind my clients and customers to make time to relax.  It keeps your immunity up, helps you sleep (which has loads of other benefits), keeps your hormones regulated, and just plain feels nice. Not to mention how much healthier you look when you’re relaxed. A simple way to do this is a nice hot bath.  Soothing, warming, relaxing… (dreamy sigh).  At the end of a long day, or on a brisk, cool night, it can’t be beat. When it comes to baths, most people…

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“You need to get sugared.” “Excuse me?” “Sugar. Hair removal. Try it once, you’ll never wax anything again.” I was chatting with my girlfriend Darcy*, an actress, and she was telling me about a role she was up for that required she show “a whole lotta leg”. She never liked showing her legs she told me, because she felt her coarse dark hair against her pale skin was unattractive. Shaving was only good for a few hours, and waxing irritated her skin. My solution for her was to get sugared. Which of course was followed by the question “what the…

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No one likes pimples. No one. Not even this otherwise adorable cartoon. But it can be particularly difficult for actors to deal with annoying blemishes because your face is your calling card. Your confidence always takes a hit if your face is bumpy for an audition or (because you rock) that role you booked. Luckily, or unluckily, a lot of pimples are caused from superficial irritation and can easily be prevented. By simply changing a few habits or being aware of possible culprits you can help keep your skin clear when it counts. Below are some of the biggest offenders…

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aka) How to make sure no one knows you did your hair in the car right before the audition Does this sound familiar: You have one hour to get to an audition (meeting, pitch, etc…) which will probably require sitting for at least 45 minutes in traffic. You are a bit of a mess (because you’re a hard working woman doing everything she can to pursue her chosen career and make ends meet and you’re allowed to look less than perfectly put together) and you need to get yourself looking like a pro in minutes. I’ve learned that there are…

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As an esthetician I’m often asked, what is one simple thing I can do for better looking skin? While a lot of answers would depend on a person’s skin type and what they want to achieve, there is one easy trick that works for almost everyone. It’s as simple as this – don’t dry your face. “Both Brianne’s skin tips and Photoshop can help make your skin look this good.” Regardless of skin type, most people have varying degrees of dehydrated skin due to reasons like not drinking enough water, drinking alcohol, smoking, environmental factors, products, or sometimes just rude…

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