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To say that Nancy Pellegrino NP, aka social media's "Nurse Nancy," knows her stuff is an understatement. A nurse practitioner for over 30 years, she's also an aesthetic medicine specialist lending her tips, tricks and expertise to her mega-popular Instagram page @NurseNancyNP. Pellegrino calls herself a "nurse entrepreneur," and it's easy to see why — she's the founder of NP Aesthetics, Inc., the co-founder of The Route Beauty providing nurse-powered, medical-grade luxury skincare and has appeared as a guest on countless blogs and podcasts.
This busy skincare expert recently sat down with New in the Q to share her favorite anti-aging products including favorites from The Route, a lotion she's been recommending to patients for over 20 years and an illuminator that will make skin glow. Keep scrolling for her picks!
The Route Triple Cleanse is a cream-to-oil-to-milk cleanser that truly pampers the skin. "You add water which acts as an emulsifier...it leaves the skin refreshed and hydrated," shared Pellegrino, who adds that moisture is likely the key component to anti-aging.
"I have been recommending this for at least 20 years," raved Pellegrino about the AmLactin Alpha Hydroxing Restoring Lotion. "It causes exfoliation, but it also causes hydration. It's my go-to, I love this product."
Judging by Pellegrino's flawless skin, it's certainly a top contender for her biggest anti-aging secret.
Pellegrino put a lot of thought into creating The Route's Day Drink Energizing Hydration Tonic. "It's all-in-one sprayable skincare!" she says. Day Drink includes all-star ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cucumber water and vitamin C, which Pellegrino singles out specifically as "the holy grail of anti-aging skincare."
One secret to beautiful skin is adding a little glow.
"You want highlights on the apex of the cheeks, the brow bone, down the center of your nose, on the Cupid's bow...put it strategically in all the right places," advised Pellegrino, saying that her highlighter of choice is the Awake by Tarte Sunshine Stick Illuminator.
Pro tip: Pellegrino recommends exfoliating skin before highlighting to "exfoliate the skin...it makes the light reflect better on the skin!"
"Sleep is probably my No. 1 anti-aging tip," revealed Pellegrino. "The game changer for me is my favorite sleep mask from Slip," which along with a silk pillowcase helps her create the darkness and comfort necessary for a good night's sleep. You can grab both the sleep mask and pillowcase from Slip at Amazon.
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