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Mandy Moore Relies on a Galvanic Facial Before the Red Carpet

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While many celebrities swear that “tons of water and leafy greens” are the only two factors behind an angelic red-carpet glow, Mandy Moore has always been an open book with her fans, constantly documenting her friendship with her longtime glam squad, the Streicher Sisters, and the work it takes to prep for a big event. Another piece of her glam squad she relies on, especially before tomorrow’s Emmy Awards? Her facialist.

In preparation for tomorrow’s show, the This Is Us star will be visiting her esthetician, Biba de Sousa, in Los Angeles for a specific “Red Carpet Skin Prep” treatment, complete with a very traditional, very interesting-looking facial that promises standout results. Below, the step-by-step from the skin expert herself.

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Step one: For a gentle, non-abrasive cleanse, de Sousa’s soon-to-be-released micellar water will be used all over the skin, then she’ll apply a “hydrating enzymatic mask to remove dead skin cells.” Up next is lymphatic drainage of the face and entire upper body—a must-try if you’re looking to de-puff before a big event.

Now for the fun stuff. Moore doesn’t just get any old facial—de Sousa incorporates a “DermaCulture system” with galvanic current, which she describes as one of the oldest aesthetic modalities (it got pushed aside by microcurrent machines). In fact, the machine is no longer manufactured—”you have to wait until an esthetician retires in order to get their machine,” she adds.

The time-tested treatment consists of layers of gauze bandages soaked in a specific solution—think yucca root extract, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate and vitamin C—applied to the skin. Then, an old-timey galvanic mask is applied on top “to target tissue rejuvenation and firming via galvanic currents,” de Sousa explains. While definitely scary-looking (see below for proof from a brave beauty editor!), the results are said to be nothing short of incredible. 

The finishing touch: a peptide-infused plant stem cell serum to keep skin looking dewy—but we know what the real secret is. 

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HARDCORE 🤡 The lengths you go to for good skin eh? I already use the holy triumvirate that is Vit C, AHAs and retinol but there’s always room for improvement. . 💆🏽‍♀️I’ve never been a major fan of facials, the relentless layering and removing of products with a hot flannel is all well and good but I’m knocking on the door of 47 and need summat far more invasive. It’s results I want, not pan pipes and a papaya scrub. And that’s exactly what I got when I went to @skinworkofficial . ⛏ I have huuuuge open pores. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s possible to close them – it isn’t (and they get worse as you get older) – but you can minimise their appearance by excavating all the gunk and clag that gets accumulated in them – especially if you’re a city dweller like me (and sometimes go to bed without washing your face 🥴). . 🧹Skinwork’s Signature Facial is like a power wash for your pores; a proper pore purge. Yes, it involves bandages and galvanic masks with electro-currents but the highlight for me was the extraction. Not a pore was left unturned – my brilliant facialist Lilly even produced something sharp and neatly dug out 2 milia (those annoying, white, hard unsqueezable bumps) – something you should most definitely never do at home. . 🧼 I left feeling spectacularly clean and actually quite serene as I got an arm, hand and neck massage while the mask was on. Love that – every second counts. The treatment was very kindly gifted to me but I loved it so much I’ve paid for a repeat go in January together with a peel. It’s gonna be my 2019 resolution – a tweak a week #skincaregimp What’s your skincare saviour? . . .#skincare #beautytalk #skinwork #porepatrol #pores #cleanbeauty #healthwriter #themidlifeproject #medicalgrade #facial #skin #pcaskin #PCA #peel #extraction #galvanicmask #collagen #clearout #radiant #resultsbased #londonfacial #londonfacialist #beautywriter

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