Welcome to “Ask The Expert” our new interview series where we ask dermatologists and estheticians for their take on some of the most common skincare questions we hear. They’re also giving us the scoop on their best skincare advice for the season.

 For this installment we have Jewellee Williams, licensed esthetician and botanical skin therapist. Jewellee shares her skincare must haves, absolute no no’s and the one product she cannot live without. You can find Jewellee on Instagram @crownjewel_esthetics or at her her practice Crown Jewel Esthetics located in Philadelphia, PA.

What  are the essential products for a good skincare routine?

A good cleanser is the first place to start ! Most people aren’t even using the right cleanser for their skin type which in turn will not allow the rest of their routine to work correctly. Choosing a good cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its protective barrier is key ! You shouldn’t feel raw or squeaky clean after washing your face.

 What 3 things must you never do to your skin? 

Don’t use St Ives Apricot scrub !  Don’t over exfoliate , Don’t not wear sunscreen, Don’t keep switching lines, products take time to work!  

What is the one thing you wish people knew about skin care that most don’t? 

That not everything is for everybody ! Just because your favorite celebrity or Instagram influencer recommends something does not mean it is right for your skin type. Stop wasting your money and go see an esthetician! 

What are your top 3 tips for taking care of your skin through the fall and winter? 

All year round your skin needs hydration and that doesn’t mean slapping lotion and oil on and calling it a day, hydration starts from the inside out, so make sure you are using hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid or ceramides . Sun screen .. I can’t emphasize this enough ! Just because the temperature changes doesn’t mean the sun goes away. You need to be applying sunscreen all year round ! It is the number one cause of aging. Proper exfoliation for your skin type ! Incorporating AHAs for normal, combo or dry skin and adding BHA’s for oily skin are super important in helping the desquamation process.


What is the one skincare product you cannot live without? 

I absolutely love CBD as of lately ! I’m addicted to my Glymed Plus CDB facial Mist because it has niacinamide in it and that is one of my favorite skin care ingredients.  

We would like to say thank you to Jewellee for sharing with us. Check back next week for another expert!