Celebrities may attribute their gorgeous skin to avoiding the sun, drinking lots of water, and vitamin-rich cold-pressed juices, but stars also frequent top skincare spots to maintain their flawless complexions.
“Even celebrities, who often have gorgeous skin, should maintain their skin with regular facials because facials help to deep clean the skin and target individual concerns like aging, discoloration, acne or dullness,” says Nicole Darmanin, spokeswoman at the NYC-based Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon, whose roster of famous clients include Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Lola Kirke and Lauren Ambrose.
To get a read on the latest skincare perfecting treatments, we consulted the experts at Mario Badescu, whose facials consistently earn high marks from beauty editors, and Santa Monica-based Arcona Studio, a hotspot among Hollywood starlets.
“The European Facial is our trademark treatment and definitely the most popular with our celebrity clients,” says Elena Arboleda, lead esthetician at Mario Badescu Skin Care. “This treatment includes a facial steam, extractions and treatments chosen by our estheticians to suit each guest’s individual skin type.”
While the skincare salon’s newest introductions include the charcoal and sulfur treatments to address oily and breakout-prone skin types, some of the most popular treatments requested include Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that works to promote collagen production, address dryness and hyper-pigmentation and Glycolic Acid, which helps promote cell turnover, Arboleda says.
“Our facial with Vitamin C treatment can be customized for any skin type. Clients love that it is hand-mixed just for them and how it feels cool and refreshing when applied,” Arboleda says. “The Glycolic Acid treatment is great for helping to encourage cell renewal, revive dull skin, and fight the signs of aging.”
Meanwhile on the West Coast, high-tech LED facials are all the rage at Arcona, whose star clients include Diane Lane, Regina King, Rachel Roy, and Keri Russell.
“LED improves skin tone and texture, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We use a combination of blue light to treat acne, and red [light] to reduce inflammation. The LED light leaves skin with a noticeably rejuvenated healthy glow,” says Chanel Jenae, a licensed esthetician and vice president and product developer at Arcona.
The most popular facials requested by celebrities include the spa’s signature “Red Carpet Radiance Treatment,” designed to brighten, glow, sculpt, lift, soothe, plump and balance while boosting radiance, improving collagen production, and firming and smoothing fine lines around the eyes, upper lip and hands, Jenae says.
Covet cheekbones like Angelina Jolie or a perennially youthful glow like J.Lo? The answer may be as simple as getting a facial. Some of the treatments at Arcona, such as the Signature Contour Facial Massage, feature acupressure and lymph drainage for benefits that go beyond pore perfection.
“The proprietary massage exercises, tones and tightens muscles of the face, leaving it looking years younger. Contouring brings out the cheekbones and relieves puffiness for a finer, contoured look,” Jenae says.
If splurging on a regular facial isn’t realistic, you can create the spa experience at home. To start, experts recommend choosing a mask formulated for your skin type, such as a clay mask for oily skin or moisturizing mask for dry skin and sticking to a skincare regimen. Steaming is good to rid skin of impurities, but experts advise against at-home extractions.
“Keep your skin looking great by using a consistent skin care regimen at home. Cleanse, tone and moisturize every morning and evening, exfoliate two to three times a week, mask one to three times a week, and use a complexion boosting serum daily,” advises Mario Badescu’s Darmanin.
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