Amid the current pandemic, staying home has never been more important. As the change in routine and ambient stress may have you encountering new issues, who better to ask for advice than a facialist? From Joanna Czech to Shani Darden, here, 10 of the most in-demand facialists share their tips for a well-kept complexion alongside their own go-to at-home routines.
Georgia Louise Vassanelli
“With the extra time on my hands I treat my morning and evening skincare routine like I’m giving myself a mini facial,” explains Upper East Side-based facialist Georgia Louise Vassanelli. After cleansing, the pro applies an enzyme mask, then to massage in her serums, she grabs her Butterfly gua sha tool: “My daily goal has been to massage,” she explains. “It’s so important to work, more than ever, on our immunity by stimulating our lymphatic system to help drain out all the toxins from our faces.”
$75.00, GEORGIA LOUISE
$120.00, GEORGIA LOUISE
$120.00, GEORGIA LOUISE
For Los Angeles-based skin guru Shani Darden (the facialist behind the otherworldly glows of Jessica Alba and Kelly Rowland), sticking to her regular regime is key. “I’m keeping my same dedicated routine every day and focusing on treatment products and devices I don’t always have enough time to use,” she explains. “I’ve been using my Deesse Mask every single morning to boost collagen [and] to minimize fine lines and wrinkles,” she says. “It’s a relaxing routine for me every morning to keep myself centered.” Lastly, Darden relies on her trusty lifting NuFace device. “Microcurrent is one of my favorite treatments to tone, tighten, and lift the skin,” she says. “When used consistently, the results are amazing, so I’ve been diligent about using it as often as I can!”
$38.00, SHANI DARDEN
$1900.00, SHANI DARDEN
$429.00, SHANI DARDEN
"The more veggies and greens we eat, the higher water content in our skin,"says New York City facialist Mzia Shiman, whose clientele include Ashley Graham and Tracy Anderson. "It's the best source of hydration." On the surface, Shiman's routine includes a quick cleanse followed by a dollop of SPF. "The first thing I do in the morning is sit by the window, drink a ton of water, and spend time getting some sun," she explains. "It's super important for our head, our mind, everything." To keep stress levels at bay, Shiman avoids salt and alcohol, and tries to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. For a quick afternoon hydration session, the pro applies a mask of organic yogurt on her complexion for about 10 minutes.
Los Angeles-based facialist Joomee Song adheres to a multi-pronged approach when it comes to skincare—including what she eats. “Consuming a bowl of warm, healthy soup (not creamy) activates blood flow and the lymphatic drainage system,” she explains. “More blood flow means less water retention in your face and more metabolism means less breakouts on the face and the rest of the body.”
During her signature microcurrent facials (Lady Gaga is a big fan), Song uses an impressive amount of pressure to release sinus build-up and excess fluid from the face. “When I need to depuff quickly at home, I use my thumb, index and middle finger to lift and pinch my temporal muscle which is right above the ear,” she says. “Repeat the motion for 2-3 minutes and drain using your palm to glide down from the temporal to the side of your neck.” Afterwards, Song applies a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum (like Dr. Barbara Sturm’s ampoules) and likes to chill out in a warm bath. “Put a thin, wet gauze on top of your face and rest your head backward and enjoy how the product penetrates.”
$145.00, DR. BARBARA STURM
Beyond watching Netflix and filling in her Sudoku puzzles, celebrity aesthetician Joanna Czech has upped the ante on her skincare routine during this time. “I am doing sheet masks quite often,” she says, in addition to exfoliating with a gentle face scrub twice a week. Czech has also been spending some time with her LED light: “I am using my Celluma Pro every day on my face, hands, belly and thighs—even during virtual consultations, although my clients [can’t] see!”
$1795.00, JOANNA CZECH
$135.00, JOANNA CZECH
$48.00, JOANNA CZECH
Lord Gavin McLeod Valentine
“I have really enjoyed trying different types of cleansers,” explains facialist Lord Gavin McLeod Valentine. “Twice a week, I use a Clarisonic and every other night I love my Foreo device.” Post-cleansing in the morning, the pro sculpts with a set of facial cupping tools; “I always use these on my clients to de-puff and drain toxins,” he says, “I’m feeling and looking as snatched as my client Kim Kardashian-West—well at least my face is!”
For skin care, Valentine continues to hydrate with a hyaluronic acid serum. With the uptick in Zoom calls, the pro has been trying out different foundations for a glowing on-screen appearance. “I am really loving the Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, which hydrates and is packed with vitamins,” he says. “[It] was recommended to me by Juliane Moore’s makeup artist, Elaine Offers, and I love it!"
$77.00, KOH GEN DO
“I’m so used to working in the treatment room every day, but now I have the opportunity to give treatments to myself,” says facialist Tammy Fender. The pro’s at home remedy includes an at-home herbal steam treatment. “It’s so old-fashioned,” she jokes. To make, select some herbs—Fender likes gathering eucalyptus, rosemary and mint—then “place them in a big bowl and cover with several inches of steaming hot water and inhale, allowing the steam to gently open your pores and bring the herbal benefits to your lungs.” After, Fender likes to rinse her hair with the herbal brew and mist her face with her signature rose water spray.
It-Brit facialist Teresa Tarmey believes in the healing power of microneedling: “It’s why I created an at-home, easy to use and very effective 12 week program,” she says. “This is a perfect time to be trying something like this whilst stuck at home.” First, the pro applies a lactic acid to gently exfoliate before rolling the short needles over her skin. “There’s no pain, just a little tingle,” Tarmey says. Next, she applies a series of hydrating serums (Emepelle and Neostrata Tri-Therapy) in addition to her daily SPF, and drinks loads of water. “It keeps the skin internally hydrated,” she explains.
Ivan Pol, aka The Beauty Sandwich, stresses the importance of circulation in the body, and likes to begin his day with a facial stimulation tool. “I take the Sarah Chapman facial lift tool and start at the jawline for 5 to 10 minutes, then work towards the cheeks to get rid of that morning puffiness.” Next, the pro sloughs off dead skin cells with a pair of exfoliating gloves. “I start from the bottom up, always in upward strokes,” he explains. “This will help get your lymphatic system going and help move the excess fluids out that can sometimes build up as you sleep.” Pol’s top skincare secret lies in the fridge: “I take 1 tsp of yogurt (goat or sheep) and spread it over my face,” he says. “Yogurt is naturally rich in lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and help with cell turnover.” The pro rinses it off in the shower after 10 to 15 minutes and always rinses underneath a T-3 shower head. “I find it very important to use a shower filter to help remove chlorine and sediments that soften your water,” he says. “Your hair will thank you for it!” Last step is a layer of Hana Nai’a’s SPF. “Just because we’re indoors doesn’t mean we don’t need sunscreen,” he says.
$25.00, HANA NAIA
$30.00, SARAH CHAPMAN
“I actually like doing a facial while I’m soaking in the bathtub,” says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, who regularly tends to the skin of Emma Roberts and Elizabeth Moss. “It feels super luxe! Plus, music is a must.” Her routine begins with a cleanser and a quick face massage, followed by an exfoliating mask. “This will stimulate collagen production, remove dead skin cells, brighten the skin and products will penetrate better into the skin,” she says. Next, a face mask session is followed by some lymphatic drainage. “Downward circles will depuff, while upwards ones will bring nutrients to the skin.” After the soak, Vargas slathers on Jordan Samuels’ moisturizing body oil:“It’s super hydrating and is loaded for antioxidants that repair the skin while I sleep.”
$32.00, JORDAN SAMUELS
$75.00, JOANNA VARGAS
$40.00, JOANNA VARGAS
$75.00, JOANNA VARGAS
Originally Appeared on Vogue