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.