I am always looking for inspiration, tips and tricks from women who have traits or qualities that I admire. One woman in New York who owns a Ballet Boot Camp in New York, the wait list is pages and pages, also has the most flawless skin. After one month of following her skin routine, I am obsessed and so pleased with my results. I urge all of you Flawless Fans to follow this!
Step 1: Cleanser I sometimes wash my face at night with Cetaphil, which I like because it’s a really gentle face wash. If I have on heavy makeup, I’ll use an oil-based makeup remover (by Shu Uemura or Shiseido) that really pulls off makeup, like if I have on a “stage eye” with lashes or liquid eyeliner. They both take everything off and it doesn’t pull at my lashes, particularly when I have on waterproof makeup. On a regular day, I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup, so usually it’s just Cetaphil to cleanse or even the Rose Cleansing Foam from Fresh when my skin is feeling a bit more dry. Sometimes I’ll use a washcloth to cleanse for gentle exfoliation. I find that’s better on the skin than using a heavy-duty scrub.
Step 2: Tone After cleansing and taking off all my makeup, I’ll follow up with the Tonic from La Mer. It balances my skin really well. There’s also a really nice Rose Floral Toner available at Flawless that I also like. These toners are less about cleaning the pores as they are about hydrating them after I wash.
Step 3: Serum A few times a week, I use Eminence’s Eight Greens, which is very organic and light on the skin. They also have Couperose-C serum — which I use on in-between days — that takes the wrinkles away a little bit more. I always have a beautiful, healthy glow after using that serum.
Step 4: Moisturize Depending on how dry my skin is, I’ll follow up with Marie Veronique’s face oil or Fresh’s Creme Ancienne, which I use when my skin is really dry because it’s a heavy-duty cream. If I want something a little lighter, I’ll use Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day cream. I’ll go for things that are nourishing. A few times a week I’ll put on La Roche-Posay’s Active C Facial Moisturizer. That’s probably my favorite cream. It clears up my skin a bit and provides more of an anti-wrinkle element.
Step 5: Eye Cream The Creme Ancienne eye cream from Fresh is very moisturizing, but I also like Eminence’s Wild Plum eye cream, which helps with wrinkles and circles. I’ll alternate between the two depending on how dry my skin is.
Step 6: SPF (only in the mornings) Marie Veronique has an oil-based SPF, the Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30, that works really well when layered over a face oil (I never use it over a cream moisturizer). It’s great for summertime and feels really nice on the skin. If I want to use a cream, I’ll put on VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30. It’s heavy-duty and you have to really rub it in because it’s so thick, but I’m obsessive about sunscreen. I put it on my chest and neck as well because I think that’s an area that gets really neglected. I’ll also put sunscreen on my hands before I leave the house, usually something lighter like Kiss My Face. Even if it’s snowing or raining, I’m always wearing sunscreen. The Extras I Sometimes Add In
Mask: I love a mask because it’s hard to get facials regularly. Avène has a hydrating Soothing Moisture mask that’s just really easy to use. I’ll put it on in the morning before a photo shoot or when I’m traveling, and your skin will absorb all of the cream. I also like Ren’s papaya mask, which I use for its brightening effects.
Facial Steam: If I have time, Dr. Hauschka has a facial steam that is really nice for the skin before you use a mask. You just boil some water, put some drops in the bowl, and then put your face over the bowl with a big towel over your head. The process can be a little time-consuming. I don’t do it very often. I would love to do it once a week. Generally, when I want my skin glowing and looking really fresh, I’ll use this product.