Instead of a locked quarantine, think of this as a self-care stay. What better time to commit to a skincare review?
We asked Lady Gaga facialist Ada Ooi, along with famous beauticians Vicki Morav (who works her magic on Kyra Sedgwick) and Mimi Luzon (skin savior of Gigi and Bella Hadid), to give their opinion on their best tips, routines and brands for skin care.
By following his expert advice, you can actually leave this anxious moment with a fresh look. (Or at least get distracted in the meantime).
London-based Ooi, whose Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques are loved by Mother Monster, Kate Middleton, Ellie Goulding, and Rooney Mara (to name a few of her famous clients), recommends massaging her face with oil while you’re #stayinghome .
It may seem contradictory, but he says the strategy will balance stressed skin and avoid pesky pimples and blackheads.
“Many of my clients with acne don’t realize that excess sebum or blocked pores are actually because the layers of the skin are too dry and send the wrong signal to the brain that the skin needs more oil.” , Explain. “Oil attracts oil, oil melts, and a good facial oil with small oil molecules doesn’t clog pores.”
Our selection? This repairing product from Skyn Iceland, composed of 99.9% camelina oil, rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Skyn Iceland “Arctic” facial oil, $ 42 in Dermstore
Turn off your skin
Ooi also suggests hydrating the skin with a professional-grade serum. A pea-sized drop of Alpha Glow Flash Facial, a serum, a primer, and a three-in-one mask from your cult favorite 001 Skincare line works like a spa visit in a bottle.
Its nine powerful ingredients, including hyaluronic acids, phospholipids, aloe vera, and rose extracts, stimulate dull, dry skin and aid in optimal water retention.
“It also contains a low dose of salicylic acid and retinyl palmitate to break down stubborn sebum and provide a gentle exfoliation,” Ooi told The Post.
Wear sunscreen (yes, even indoors)
An essential one to add to your WFH sunlit office space? SPF.
“While the glass used in cars and home windows is generally designed to block most UVB rays (long-lasting UV that directly damages DNA and skin cells), it does not offer protection against all UVA rays ( Shorter UV that can contribute to the skin) cellular aging, causing wrinkles and sun spots, “explains Ooi.” If you are sitting indoors near a window, you still risk exposing yourself to UVA rays and possible damage on the skin”.
Our sunscreen loyalty lies with Supergoop! Zincscreen, a lightweight, pink, non-nano zinc oxide formula made from extracts of winter cherries, coconut, and blueberries.
Luxury lovers should opt for Mila Moursi’s SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, an antioxidant-packed gel with a wasted, silky matte finish that works as a makeup base.
Supergoop! “Zincscreen” SPF 40, $ 42 in Nordstrom
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, $ 148 in Mila Moursi
Let there be light
If you’ve tried all over-the-counter or derm-approved drugs for problematic cystic flares and still can’t find relief, Ooi suggests trying LED light therapy. This powerful, non-invasive treatment activates your body’s natural cellular processes to accelerate skin rejuvenation, destroy acne-causing bacteria, and eliminate scarring.
“I recommend starting with a blue light, which targets overactive sebaceous glands and kills acne-causing bacteria under the skin, followed by a red light,” she says. “Once the epidermis absorbs red light, it stimulates the growth of collagen protein to help heal scars, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation, leading to more oxygen and nutrients to speed recovery.”
Achieve similar results with the #stayhome version of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. The Darth Vader-type gadget calms inflammation, reduces wrinkles and removes sun spots, all while sitting on the sofa.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, $ 435 in Dermstore
Jade rollers are so 2019. This year’s must-have millennium is a gua sha gadget (based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese technique) that promises to improve almost all skin conditions, from rosacea to adult acne.
“It is one of the easiest ways to increase microcirculation,” says Ooi. “More blood circulating to the skin means more oxygen supply, which removes toxins and excess fluids that could be creating unnecessary weight in combination with gravity.”
Hook this therapeutic massage tool with your next Sephora order to reduce fine lines (including the puppet lines and nasolabial “laugh”) for a better effect than Botox.
Mount lai gua sha tool, $ 34 in Sephora
Wash, rinse, repeat
Your routine should start (and end) with a clean canvas, so choose a daily cleanser that removes dirt, makeup residue, sweat, and dead skin cells, without drying it out.
New York expert Morav, whose Upper East Side spa attracts celebrities like Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon and Kelly Rutherford, agrees: “Cleanliness is one of the most important initiators during your skincare regimen.” he says to The Post. “My favorites are Forlle’s Creamy Foam for deep cleansing but not removal, MBR Enzyme Booster for light to deep exfoliation, and Valmont” White Falls “for a creamy, smooth experience for sensitive skin.”
Forlle’d Hyalogy Creamy Wash, $ 86 (148 ml) a Vicki Morav
MBR Medical Beauty Research enzyme cleaning booster, $ 227 (83 ml) in Vicki Morav
Valmont “White Falls” Cleaner, $ 75 (124 ml) at Vicki Morav
Give your lips a little love
If you already have an eye cream in your beauty arsenal, smooth it out for the double duty of animating your pout. “We can treat the lips [the same way] We treat the areas around the eyes, “says Morav.” The skin doesn’t have sebaceous glands, so it really depends on everything around us. “
Apply your eye potion around the mouth and lips twice a day to hydrate and smooth fine lines.
Our hero product is the Sisley-Paris eye contour mask: work on your lips to improvise a Kylie Jenner-inspired pucker before your next virtual date.
For extra kiss-worthy lips, add another layer of regenerating balm. Morav’s choice is MBR’s Perfect LipID.
Sisley-Paris eye contour mask, $ 149 in Saks Fifth Avenue
MBR Medical Beauty Research “Perfect LipID” Balm, $ 102 in Vicki Morav
Go for the gold
Yes, you can get out of quarantine with a supermodel glow. This Irina Shayk-approved gold leaf mask by Luzon (facialist for the Hadid sisters and many of the Victoria’s Secret Angels) leaves skin radiant for more than a week.
“Our 24k gold mask is very popular with A-list celebrities, as it gives an instant glow to the skin that is visible to the eye for at least 10 days,” Luzon tells The Post. “This means that it is a real treatment, not just a beauty treatment.”
24k pure gold treatment, $ 149 (for one treatment), at Mimi Luzon
24k pure gold treatment, $ 349 (for four treatments) at Mimi Luzon
For more tips on quarantined skincare, check out our chat with celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley, who has spent years perfecting the complexion of Zendaya, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and La La Anthony.