You trust your skin to them and give them carte blanche to whip up potions that will leave your complexion perfect and glowing. So, it makes perfect sense to want to be in the know about what these top celebrity aestheticians say are the best tips and tricks to keep your skin looking its absolute best.
Don’t Pick No Matter What!
Renee Rouleau, who works with Lisa Rinna and Demi Lovato, says to stop picking your face—nothing good comes of it. “Messing with your skin can lead to a dark, post-breakout mark that can linger for months (which is longer than how long the blemish lasts),” she says. Every time you get the urge to pick, Rouleau says to keep your hands busy with something else, like the No Picking! Twisty Toy ($6).
Work With Your Skin’s Energy
According to celebrity aesthetician J’ai Ione, one of the best things you can do for your skin is work with its natural energy. “I follow a philosophy of treating skin depending on what’s going on inside the body,” she says. “For example, if skin is overactive, use products on it that will calm the energy frequency, like soothing ingredients such as chamomile or probiotics. If skin is acneic, there’s too much heat being released through the skin. You also want to ice skin if it’s overactive, and not use a lot of water on it.” Ione also says that you need to adjust your skin care throughout the month according to your hormone levels.
Get In the Habit of Precleansing
“A precleanse is a great way to remove dirt and makeup at the end of the day, bringing extra hydration to your skin and allowing your cleanser to do its job,” says Holly Wydra, aesthetician for FarmHouse Fresh. We’re all guilty of ruining a white towel or two (or 10), even after you’ve washed your face, because there’s still makeup, dirt and oil that lingers behind. “Massage skin with an oil to break up dirt, oil and makeup. Follow with warm water, and then wash your face with a cleanser.” Our Pick: FarmHouse Fresh Clementine Body Oil, $18, farmhousefreshgoods.com
Go to Bed With a Mask
Celebrity aesthetician Susan Ciminelli recommends sleeping every night with a thin layer of a clay mask or a drying mask on your nose. “You’ll wake up to almost no blackheads and very tight pores,” she says. Our Pick: Susan Ciminelli Sea Clay Mask, $55, susanciminelli.com
Protect Your Hands During Manicures
When it comes to gel manicures, there’s been a lot of back and forth as to whether or not the UV lamps used to cure the polish are damaging to skin—a lot of experts say to be cautious anyway. “Wear sunscreen on your hands whenever you get a gel manicure,” says Gina Mari. “Bring sunscreen with you and have your manicurist apply it after your hands have been scrubbed, cleansed and exfoliated. By the time your polish is ready to be set, you’ll be protected. You can also use a pair of photo-protective gloves with the fingertips snipped off so just your nails are exposed to the light.”
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