We have partnered with a number of beautiful, kind, and strong women in our community and asked them questions about self-care, wellness, and of course BODY. Sharing our new Bodycare Collection we collaborated with them to create imagery that showcased their bodies through their lense. We’ll be sharing their imagery and stories throughout the next few weeks so that you can all get to know and love them as much as we do. ⁠

Meet Danielle Buerli.


Name: Danielle Buerli

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 33

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

I am a Designer/Illustrator, designing during the day and drawing at night. I try to create beautiful things for people and brands who’s voice I believe in.  

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

When I am not feeling great or have too much on my mind, I take a bath with Epsom salts and some drops of essential oils. After I get out I always feel new.

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

I definitely take time to pause, listen and take care of myself. Whether it be thru stretching, after sitting too long at my desk, or just taking a break to sit outside and draw for 15 mins. 

What are three words that come to mind when you think of your body?

At the moment tired (LOL) but also resilient, and enduring

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

Almonds, Lemons, and any kind of berry

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

I always moisturize after a shower, either with lotion or an oil, and of course spf when I know I am going outside.

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

I really like a body scrub after being outside when it was a really hot day. Also foot baths? Just soaking my feet in cold water during the summer. 

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

That’s tough, but I think the willingness and awareness to keep learning and change. That is something that has been on my mind and am working on lately. 

Fill in the blank: ______ is underrated.

Kindness is underrated 


After 50 years of practicing Dermatology and treating diseases of the skin, Dr. Goldfaden has seen the full spectrum of skin conditions. “The skin on your body is as important as the skin on your face.” Choosing clean body products can target and correct the most common body issue most people are dealing with. Dr. G created our NEW Body Collection to extend healthy skin care from the chest down. Our Doctor’s Body Scrub is a multi-active scrub features micro-fine exfoliating crystals, skin-softening Bamboo Extract, skin-brightening Fruit Enzymes, soothing Probiotic-fermented Extract, and antioxidant-rich Red Algae. After exfoliating, Firm Believer Body Serum offers elasticity enhancing Radish Root Extract and skin softening Marula Oil and Shea Butter. Hyaluronic Acid helps to hydrate and plump skin while a combination of Brown + Red Algae along with Coffee & Gotu Kola Extracts work to increase microcirculation while helping to firm and tone the skin.

We asked Dr. G to weigh in on common body skin conditions (and some you may not have heard of) and how exfoliation is still the most important and effective part of your skincare regimen. Of course if you think you may be suffering from any of the below, you should see your dermatologist for a formal diagnosis, but in the meantime taking time to care and treat your body at home will not only make your skin glow but also make you feel good.

Keratosis Pilaris

What is it: A very common especially in females and children.  Keratosis Pilaris is caused by a buildup of keratin, excess skin and oil which blocks the hair follicle causing little bumps (often white) under the skin’s surface. Found on the arms and thighs. Very commonly this is an inherited condition and people may refer to it as ‘chicken skin’.

How to help: Exfoliation won’t cure Keratosis Pilaris but it can help the roughness of the skin and the appearance of the bumps. Physical exfoliants (like a scrub) can assist in smoother, more even-textured skin, while a chemical exfoliant such as Lactic, Glycolic or fruit acids can work in tandem to smooth skin out.  Hydrating the skin is also very important when treating Keratosis Pilaris.


What is it:  The medical term for ‘excess dry skin’, Xerosis is caused by lack of moisture in the skin. This can be caused by dry climates, cold weather, artificial heating and aging.

How to help: Regular exfoliation of the body will remove dead, dry skin allowing active hydrating ingredients to treat the skin. Systemic hydration (drinking water, eating foods high with a high-water content and topical hydration (serums, moisturizers, lotions and creams) are crucial to reverse and treat Xerosis.


What is it:  An inherited condition, which can vary in severity. Most commonly found on the legs, however, can be all over the body in more severe cases. Ichthyosis coming from the Greek word for ‘fish’ appears as dry, thickened, scaly skin.

How to help: Exfoliation will help this condition by removing dry, scaly skin. Use of a very hydrating body lotion or cream is preferred.

Teania Versicolor

What is it: Meaning ‘fungus of many colors’, Tinea Versicolor appears as white patchy, flat splotches usually found on the upper arms and face. More noticeable when the skin gets sun or tanned.

How to help: Exfoliation is excellent for the removal of the superficial fungus and dead skin.

Backne, Chest Breakouts and Butt Bumps

What are they:  Little or big bumps/pimples that show up on the back, the chest and the butt. All are considered acne and can be caused by hormones, clothing friction, cosmetic products/SPF that are too heavy or bacteria left behind from sweat and dirt. The overproduction of oil causes hair follicles to get clogged causing inflammation which is the pimple or bump that surfaces. You’re more prone to getting pimples and breakouts on your back vs. the face in general because those areas have high concentrations of hair follicles and sebaceous glands (glands that secrete an oily matter called sebum) which when clogged, cause breakouts. The skin located on the back is also very think and endures a different environment altogether. The back area is typically clothed, so the skin can’t breathe as easily and experiences conditions such as; sweat build-up, wearing tight and restrictive clothing when exercising and not showering after. This can lead to clogged hair follicles, over oil production, and acne.

How to help: Always shower after working out or sweating. Try and not sit around in damp workout clothing. Regular exfoliation unplugs clogged pores and allows for the release of natural skin oils. Regular exfoliation also helps to maintain open pores, decreases pore size, minimizes many types of superficial scarring and ward off bacteria which causes breakouts and rashes. Try switching to a lightweight body serum or oil-free lotion for the warmer months.

Meet Anna Zahn, founder of Ricari Studios, derived from the Italian word for “recharge,” is a health spa with a restorative approach to skin and body care with a focus on cellular stimulation treatments, which combine traditional techniques with innovative technology.

Name: Anna Zahn

Location: Los Angeles

Who are you and what do you stand for?

I think that is a question we consider and converse with our entire lives. Who I am changes daily, and I hope the person I am today is different than the person I am in 10 years. I hope to challenge myself with a perpetual process of reflection and (hopefully) growth.

Though I don’t think I have a definitive statement on what I stand for, I find the center of my interest lies an insatiable love for and connection to human experience and expression. It’s like an endless garden that I can perpetually explore and cultivate. My attraction to human experience fertilizes all of my projects and pursuits.

I think every story begins with you as somebody else – a dream, an ideal, a vision of the future, and if you’re lucky you end up with yourself. I’ve always envisioned myself working closely with human experience, whether it was in performance, writing, creative concepts or one on one in a room. I can proudly say that I have somehow ended up with myself, living my dream in a way. I hope to continue to do so on larger scales with more precision, and if I’m lucky, encourage that in others.

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

For me, I embrace that every day is not going to be 100 percent. I feel that our culture often presses us to always fight to achieve a level of perfection that ultimately leads to disappointment, or an inability to integrate feelings of discomfort. As much as I am absolutely driven by ambition and a desire to create and enact ideas in the world, I also feel it’s important to allow room for failure, unforeseen change, challenge, and imperfection. So on the days I’m not feeling 100 percent, I practice kindness with myself and accept the discomfort.

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

Honestly, my routine is no routine. That’s probably poor form for someone in my position, but it’s the truth. As much as I love immersing myself in products, treatments, beauty and self care, in reality I respond to the kind of day I’m having or I want to have. So I suppose listening is my routine, and activities (and time for them) changes day to day. I’m probably not going to do a 12-step skincare routine if a date ends up turning into something more (or in a more current landscape – I feel like sinking into the couch and binge watching Netflix), and I embrace that undulation. I’m much more connected to with living my life with presence and balance over rigidity with routines.

Are there any techniques or products you recommend, specifically for your body?

I’m a big believer in taking baths, self massage with oils or creams, regular body scrubs with a mitt or exfoliation product, and even if my day is rushed I usually apply some sort of moisture to my skin after the shower. I love movement like gyrotonic, pilates, rebounding, and elegant, expansive exercise.

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

Hands down Ricari treatments. Aside from that I love Acupuncture with Dr. Ryan Monahan, Bodywork by Zumi Vance, Brazillian style sculpting massage and Korean body scrubs (all of which I have been deeply missing during quarantine).

What is the Lymphatic System and why is it important to care for it? 

In one sentence, the lymphatic system is a set of interconnected nodes, ducts and vessels, much like pearls on a knotted string. Another (less chic) way to think of it is like a highway, and the nodes are toll booths. Whichever metaphor you fancy, this system, which lies just under the skin, is responsible for eliminating cellular waste, storing and distributing fat and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system, transporting white blood cells to assist in immune functioning, and removing interstitial fluid from tissues to minimize swelling.

Most of us stimulate our lymphatic system in our everyday movements, but the various stresses of modern life combined with a lack of physical activity means that most of us require extra stimulation in the form of focused exercise, massage, and hydration. Further, the lymphatic system differs from the circulatory system in that it doesn’t have a pump (like your heart), so giving it some extra love can make a huge impact on your overall well being.

The type of service we provide is really about cellular stimulation: getting down to the nitty-gritty of your body’s day-to-day functioning, which means circulatory support, lymphatic drainage, nervous system support, fascia release, tissue regeneration, muscle recovery, collagen production… you get the idea. We want to help you become more aware of your body and provide a systematic approach to wellbeing that goes way beyond any buzzword or physical markers of health, like being “fat” or “skinny.”

Are you able to share any lifestyle tips that people can adapt to ensuring that their lymph system is working at its optimal rate (diet, tools, lifestyle, etc.)?

I like to keep it easy as we are constantly inundated with more tips than we can keep track of let alone integrate; hydrate, rest, stimulate. Try to drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces each day, add in stimulation when you can, and be sure to give your body and nervous system proper time to rejuvenate through rest and relaxation. I like to dry brush before I get in the shower, and if I forget I spend some time massaging my face and body when I apply oils or creams. I also love to take naps and always need a good night’s sleep. I’m also a big believer in regular baths, massages, and walking.

I believe you should truly enjoy what you’re doing to be “well.” If any part of your wellness routine doesn’t give you some degree of pleasure or joy, axe it. Marie Kondo your routines. Value pleasure and joy as much as hard work. Also, don’t overcomplicate things or fall for every trend. Discover what works for you, whatever that means. Allow yourself space and flexibility to live well. Oh, and drink more water!

Can you explain your Cellular Stimulation treatment?

Though the Lymphatic System has become more popular as a reference in wellness, I recognize that though it is a central figure, it is not the only player in regards to our systematic health, so I created Cellular Stimulation treatments, which felt more encompassing and representative of what our methods are.

I typically refer to all our employed technology as “benevolent,” meaning its naturally stimulating, sensuous, and often derived from athletic or medical application. Our aim is to re energize and revitalize tissue and skin cells to tone, refine, relax and cleanse your body and face through gentle yet efficient skin stimulation. We combine and customize varying mechanical manipulation of the skin, muscle, and tissue for maximum wellness benefit, aesthetic impact, and overall relaxation.

Our treatments are centered around the Italian made ICOONE device. Rollers deliver inward, outward, forward and backward rotations providing fractionated skin stimulation customized to our clients needs. It gently yet intensively conditions skin tissue to reduce cellular deposits, enhance blood and lymphatic flow and reactivate lipolysis. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production to rapidly smooth and firm the skin.

In general I am constantly looking out for any refinements or new innovations in wellbeing technology, and am sure with more time and innovation will come more devices at our studios.

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue, or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

People often think of wellness and other items on the self-care menu as indulgences at best and frivolous expenditures at worst. I like to highlight two points. First, I feel this thinking is flawed and ultimately creates challenges in the long term as we continue to burn out left and right. With an increasingly stress-induced landscape, self-care is truly essential as we ride the tumultuous waves of grief and uncertainty. Second, doing right by your body can feel pleasurable and in fact should feel pleasurable.

Western society, especially American society, has a hard time embracing the concept of pleasure. Pleasure is often confused with ego-centrism or selfishness, when it’s really a necessity in my opinion. What are we doing here if not enjoying ourselves? We should be seeking out pleasure in our day-to-day. On the other hand, there’s also this self-flagellatory tendency when it comes to wellness, where people sacrifice their bodies and their sanity on the altar of “health.” It’s a silver-bullet mentality, and it can all be so extreme. I hope we can all utilize more space, even if kicking and screaming in our active landscape, to rediscover our desires, daydreams, and true expression of wellbeing (even if that means eating that entire pint of ice cream).

Fill in the blank: Rest is underrated.