When you have a big event, you want your dress, shoes and skin to look fantastic.
My ‘Red Carpet’ Facials, like all of my facials, are always customized to my client’s skin condition the day that I see them. The main difference is that I stay away from major extractions or anything too active, as skin needs downtime from these things.
What I do use is a combination of the most innovative technologies including: cryotherapy, LED light therapy, diamond exfoliation, ultrasound water peel, oxygen infusion, microcurrent, negative ionization, and radio frequency combined with my signature facial massages, which are key.
Below are a few tips for healthy glowing skin for your next big event:
- Stimulate your muscles with facial massage. Daily facial massage is key. I love to use my Facial Massager with Augustinus Bader’s The Cream. My massager is designed to mimic my hands, so you can get the same lifting and sculpting effects at home! Pull the massager in upwards motions from the center of the face outwards, under and along the jaw, and under and along the cheekbones (with the handle leading). My massager is also great for draining and de-puffing. With the roller leading and then handle downwards, push from the middle of your face out. For more detailed instructions, you can watch my tutorial here.
- Prepare your skin for rest and relaxation the evening before the event. Make sure your makeup is completely removed and your skin is clean before you do anything! Your skin is 60% more potent to absorb everything during your sleep (the cell renewal time). Automatically, everything you apply will penetrate easier and the effects of your products will be more noticeable.
- Avoid heat and hot water on the body. Heat in general is quite aging for the skin as It throws off the natural balance of your skin and cause dehydration. Opt for lukewarm water, or cap your steamy shower off at the 5-minute mark. To combat any dryness, I highly recommend Environ Derma-lac lotion mixed with their A, C, E Oil - this adds the most beautiful glow and is incredibly moisturizing.
- Don’t over exfoliate. Over exfoliating, or using harsh cleansers may seem like a good idea, but in reality, they can remove the skin's hydrating oils and destroy the lipidic layer making your skin more vulnerable. Exfoliating should be done no more than 3 times per week, and you should always use a moisturizer afterwards. My favorite product for this is the Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM 400 Lotion. This is an exfoliating toner that brightens the complexion and balances the pH in your skin. I also recommend the Roman Chamomile Tonic by Tammy Fender, which is great for sensitive skin.
- Skip the makeup remover and abstain from using makeup wipes. Some makeup removers can strip your skin of its natural oils, while makeup wipes dehydrate and spread dirt and grime all over your face. Use a cleanser that does double duty like Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm. It removes all makeup (including waterproof mascara), and cleanses all skin conditions leaving a soft, hydrated, and radiant complexion. I also like Biologique Recherche’s Eau Micellaire Biosensible mixed with Lait VIP O2, which will leave your skin clean before bed.
- Do not neglect your neck, décolleté or hands as these are more delicate areas that show aging first. Your ‘face’ starts at forehead and ends at your nipples!
- Hydrate until the last moment. I often do my last Red Carpet Facial the morning of an event! I like to use a combination of sheet masks like Clé de Peau Beauté’s Intensive Brightening Mask or 111Skin’s Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment (I also love their Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Mask, which makes for a great Instagram story!) I blend one drop of Clé de Peau Beauté’s Radiant Multi Repair Oil or Vintner’s Daughter for a bit of a glow, and finish with Augustinus Bader’s Rich Cream. This leaves the skin glowing and a nice canvas for makeup artists to do their magic!