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Amy Scalia

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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While there are many innovative procedures for healthier and younger looking skin, one of the most promising is microneedling treatment. Also known as collagen induction therapy, a small tool with tiny needles rolls on the skin. It is safe, convenient, and effective. If you are having second thoughts on giving this a shot, keep on reading and we’ll list down the compelling reasons to try it today. 


Before we start, if you are looking for top-notch providers of microneedling treatment in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, one of the best options that should be on your list is Coastal Skin Solutions. 


1. It Boosts Collagen 


Collagen delivers a long list of benefits for the body, including reversing the visible signs of skin aging. It makes the skin glowing and vibrant. However, as we grow older, the ability of the skin to produce collagen decreases. One of the best ways to address this is through microneedling treatment. The process is even made more effective with the use of Vitamin A and C creams, which help to achieve a more youthful complexion. 


2. It Lightens Acne Scars 


Over time, acne scars will lighten on their own. However, if you think that it is taking too long before they finally become less visible, you might benefit from trying microneedling treatment. However, it is important to note that this treatment works best only when you have depressed acne scars instead of raised. The treatment is more effective when Vitamin C serums are used. Aside from acne scars, it can also be great for surgical scars, burn scars, and stretch marks, among others. 


3. It Reduces Wrinkles 


Wrinkles are amongst the most common signs of skin aging. While there are many treatments promising to help get rid of wrinkles, microneedling is one option you might want to try. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are both crucial in making the skin look radiant to eliminate wrinkles. It triggers the production of new skin cells to hide the lines that are already existing on your face. 


4. It Reverses Sun Damage 


When it comes to the skin benefits of microneedling, one more thing worth highlighting is its ability to reverse sun damage. It also gets rid of dark pigmentation on the skin that is caused by sun exposure. This benefit can also be linked to the fact that microneedling boosts the collagen production of the skin. 


5. It Reduces the Size of Pores 


If you are looking for the best solution to shrink large pores, microneedling can also prove to be a promising alternative. Even if it pierces the skin thousands of times, you don’t have to worry that it will cause the pores to become larger. It stimulates the collagen production around the pores to make the skin plump and close the pores. 


With all the benefits above, now is the time to invest in a derma roller at home or schedule a microneedling treatment. It boosts the production of collagen, fades scars and dark spots and shrinks the pores, among other incredible benefits.  

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Aging is inevitable. Everyone grows older, but with the proper skincare and lifestyle habits, you can look younger than your years. Here are a few tips and tricks to maintain your youthful glow even as you age:


Pay Attention to Ingredients

A lot of the inexpensive products you can easily find in the drugstore or supermarket contain ingredients that can cause skin problems in the long run. These are cheap ingredients that are easy to mass produce, but are not necessarily the most skin friendly. One of the best ways to prevent early signs of skin aging is by paying attention to skincare ingredients and investing in the best organic beauty products like those offered by Well Within Beauty.


Look for plant-based, nourishing ingredients and steer clear from harsh sulfates, drying alcohols, and added fragrance, all of which can irritate your skin and cause dullness or breakouts. Long term use of irritating or disruptive ingredients can age your skin and make you look older than you really are. Well Within Beauty’s products are made from the finest ingredients that nature has to offer, to pamper your skin and keep it looking plump and youthful.


Add Antioxidants 

Antioxidants protect your skin for harmful free radicals that can damage your skin cells, leading to early signs of aging. They can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and in other plant sources such as green tea. Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods, and choose products like an antioxidant moisturizer to maintain your youthful glow for longer.


Citrus fruits, berries and dark green leafy vegetables are full of antioxidants, while skincare products that contain ingredients like green tea are packed with antioxidants that are great for your skin. Incorporate more of these into your diet and your skincare routine to maintain your skin’s youthful glow, and to protect it from external factors that can age it faster.


Daily Sun Protection 

The sun’s powerful rays can cause the most damage to your skin if you don’t protect it daily. Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and even skin cancer. A good sunscreen is one of the best anti aging skincare products you can invest in.


When buying a sunscreen, choose one with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30. In the hot summer months, choose a lightweight yet water resistant sunscreen that doesn’t give off a white cast. Be sure to apply sunscreen every day to keep your skin protected and looking youthful, even on overcast days and in winter. The sun’s rays are extremely penetrative, and can cut through clouds and glass to wreak havoc on your skin.


Aging is natural and not something to be afraid or ashamed of. But there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to maintain healthy, youthful skin for as long as you can, either. Follow these simple tips and practice good skincare habits consistently and patiently, and your skin will remain plump, youthful and healthy for longer, even as you grow older.


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We're heading to Mariemont for an expansive estate in this week's Listing of the Week! Click for a peek inside.

You don’t want to miss this expansive, private estate in the Heart of the Village, minutes from downtown Cincinnati. The 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home in 5,696 square feet also includes an adjoining, buildable lot, which is to be sold with the home. The home itself features exceptional finishes, including a family room open to a spacious outdoor living area. The home is listed at $1.75 million and is a unique opportunity in historic Mariemont.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.



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Step back in time to this 1890 craftsman home that still features the original woodwork with all the perks of modern living.

Standing sentinel over one-half acre of ground, this distinguished, historically significant home is the ultimate stage for a life meant to be lived to the fullest in one of Cincinnati’s most desired, urban neighborhoods. Ease and convenience to downtown, universities, hospitals, expressways and shopping yet a private and serene setting away from the city’s fast pace. Entertain with ease, live in luxurious comfort in the original craftsmanship of this 1890 home. It features a gourmet kitchen, original woodwork, in-ground pool, professional landscape, and is located in Walnut Hills School District. It boasts 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in 6,199 square feet at a price of $1.475 million. 

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.


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It builds muscle, kills fat, and sculpts the body with no downtime. Watch for more as we learn more about EMSCULPT from Dr. Gupta at the Dermatology Laser & Vein Center.

We’re talking EMSCULPT with Dr. Gupta from The Dermatology Laser & Vein Center! Keep watching to see more and find additional information at

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This week's Listing of the Week is an ultra modern home near the heart of Hyde Park!

This stucco contemporary home is located close to the heart of Hyde Park on over half an acre. The home boasts over 5,000 square feet of living space with 4+ bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a media room, and so much more at a price of $1.765 million. The home is Platinum LEED certified with a 15-year tax abatement through 2030. This home is great for easy living and entertaining at all levels and everything inside the home is top quality. 

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.



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We chat with a local doctor about a popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment with little to no downtime. Click to learn more and watch a live look of a procedure in action.

Have a stubborn spot that won’t budge even with diet and exercise? We chat with Dr. Gupta at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center and get a live look at CoolSculpting – a non-invasive fat reduction treatment with little to no downtime. Learn more at

Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at CoolSculpting:

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You don't want to miss this beautiful Forest Hills estate in this week's Listing of the Week!

Enjoy stunning river views from the privacy of your own multi-tiered deck and patio with amazing 12-foot spa and fountain. Exemplary family-friendly home that invites comfort and luxury. First-floor maser suite. The home also features high-end finishes, a walk-out second floor with a pub, convenient location, and is in Forest Hills School District. This home was custom built by Terra Nova Builders.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.