Meet Dr. Cleo from Cleo Amelia Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

For the final roundup of National Aesthetician Month, we have Dr. Cleo Amelia from Cleo Amelia Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. Dr. Cleo completed a doctoral program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences before completing a Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Herbal Medicine through the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.

Meet Dr. Cleo!

Dr. Cleo is proud to be a running a woman owned and operated small business. She aspires to grow with the Palm Desert community in California. She got into Chinese medicine from her own autoimmune disease and says that a large aspect of her practice is skin health and finding the root cause of her client’s concerns. Dr. Cleo says:

“During the early stages of my autoimmune flares, I experienced a lot of facial flushing and redness. It left me with a lot of broken capillaries, skin sensitivities, and premature aging. My desire to not only feel good but look good led me down this path of combining holistic health with esthetics.”

Favorite Retail Products

We asked Dr. Cleo what her favorite retail products were and why—see what she had to say below!

Opti Crystal is our #1 bestselling eye serum that is formulated with liquid crystal technology to help moisturize tired-looking eyes. Opti Crystal helps to soften the look of fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles while helping protect the under eye area from environmental stressors. See why Dr. Cleo likes Opti Crystal below:

“I love it because people see an immediate difference while they also work on long term anti-aging around the eyes. They are such beautiful colors and are truly unlike any other eye product on the market.”

Purity Clean is an exfoliating cleanser that helps to gently lift away dirt, oil and impurities as it balances and clarifies the skin for a softer, more radiant-looking complexion. See how Dr. Cleo uses Purity Clean below:

“Great exfoliating cleanser to begin treatments with and love it as a light peel/mask treatment. So simple! I personally love chemical exfoliants such as the lactic acids in Purity Clean. It makes the skin silky smooth without using abrasive exfoliants.”

Favorite Backbar Products

We asked Dr. Cleo to list some of her favorite backbar products that she uses at her salon on clients. See which products she chose below:

Eye Doctor* is part of the COSMEDIX Elite line, meaning it is formulated with higher intensity ingredients. Eye Doctor is an eye serum that helps to encourage the appearance of firmer, younger-looking skin while providing deep, lasting hydration for a more radiant appearance.

Remedy* is a multitasking Omega-Complexion Treatment Oil that delivers a daily dose of hydration to help protect the skin while providing a radiant look. Remedy is a total-body oil that helps renew the look of dry, dehydrated skin and helps to energize and invigorate the senses with each fast-absorbing drop. See how Dr. Cleo uses Remedy below:

“I love to use this oil in my cosmetic acupuncture protocols for facial gua sha and cupping!”

Mystic is a hydrating treatment that helps provide daily, lightweight hydration and helps protect skin from environmental stressors. Mystic helps boost hydration for a shine-free, dewy looking finish for more radiant-looking skin. See why Dr. Cleo loves Mystic below:

“I love to end cosmetic treatments with this because it feels so refreshing on the skin after active treatments that may make the face feel a bit warm. I also love this as a makeup setting spray!” 

Favorite Treatment

When asking Dr. Cleo what her favorite professional skin care treatment was to perform on clients, she said that she loves performing Cosmetic Acupuncture, Microneedling, and Nanoneedling.

Acupuncture is the use of fine sterile needles inserted into points specifically chosen to treat each patient’s unique presentation.

Microneedling helps promote the body’s natural healing process while helping to increase collagen and elastin production. Microneedling helps target fine lines, scars, sun damage, texture and tone.

Nanoneedling is similar to Microneedling, but it requires less downtime to heal than Microneedling. Nanoneedling helps draw hydration to the surface of the skin to temporarily help plump, smooth, and tighten the skin.

We loved getting a chance to learn more about Dr. Cleos approach to beauty and skincare! If you want to learn more about Cleo Amelia Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, along with the COSMEDIX skincare products she offers at her salon, please visit

*COSMEDIX Elite are spa-exclusive products that use higher-level key ingredients and are only available to purchase at a professional spa. We recommend using our spa-finder tool to find a spa that sells COSMEDIX Elite products near you.