Ya know, if spas were more like Starbucks, there’d be one on every corner, and the services would only cost $3-4.
I’d be able to tell El Hub, “Babe, I’m going on a quick spa run. Be right back!”
Instead, my trips to spas are few and far between, but on the rare occasions I do get to go, I always try to chat with the estheticians, because they’re great sources of skin care information.
Like last week at the beautiful Bliss spa in San Francisco, I cornered a friendly esthetician named Lillian, a 10-year veteran of the biz. Girl’s skin was flawless! FLAW-LESS. So I asked if she could recommend any awesome products.
Immediately, she started singing the praises of a line called SkinCeuticals. You’ve probably heard of it before; you see it in a lot of spas, dermatology offices and online skin care stores like Dermstore that carry niche brands and higher-end products.
Neither one is cheap, though. At Dermstore, the gel’s a whopping $70, and the masque costs $52.
But, both are designed to quench thirsty skin with hydration fortified with high doses of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.
The gel certainly seems to be working. I’ve been using it twice a day this week, and my cheeks definitely don’t seem as dry or flaky as they were.
The masque now, first things first? It feels so good! Especially right before bed. I slather it on, leave it alone for 15 minutes, and then rinse.
My skin feels about a billion times softer and more supple after.
Here are a few other skin care products Lillian recommended
- Decleor Paris Aroman Night Balm ($73): Lillian said she uses this one herself every night, and that if she ever worked at a spa that didn’t carry it, she’d buy jars out of her paycheck to use it on her clients, because she loves it that much. When I asked her what it does, she said “It works wonders.” It’s powers include healing blemishes, and softening and brightening skin.
- GlamGlow Tingling Exfoliating Mud Mask ($69): Designed for all skin types, this exfoliating mud mask removes impurities in the skin and gets it glowing and camera ready in a flash. Perfect for skin prep before a big event or a night on the town.
- Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel ($78): This anti-aging peel also comes highly recommended. It’s designed to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, calm fussy skin, reduce redness, restore the balance of oils in the skin, and turn up the radiance factor by 10.
I hope one of these products helps you with a skin care issue, and if you have any recommendations, I would love it if you shared.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,