Well darlings, Iâ€™m no stranger to a glass (or three) of bubbly and a little Russian caviar, but this is the first time Iâ€™ve been able to justify them as a beauty treatment. Welcome to a new level of deluxe pampering â€“ The Caviar Power Facial. Protein-rich Caviar is reputed to deeply nourish the skin, improve cell metabolism, increase firming action and provide essential antioxidant protection. I had the good fortune to be treated by the incredible Sophie at Face Focus (face-focus.com) in Englewood, NJ. Not exactly Rodeo Drive but as soon as I stepped into the little peaches and cream oasis that is Face Focus I helped myself to some dainty chocolates and relaxed. Chocolate, if it’s at a spa, is GOOD for your skin, right?
The facial was divine â€“ but the best part of the experience was meeting and talking with Sophie â€“ quite possibly the most informed beautician ever. When I inquired what her top three most important pieces of advice are for taking care of your skin, she had to think for a moment. â€œWell I wonâ€™t even waste one on washing your face,â€ she decided. Apparently thatâ€™s so obvious itâ€™s like recommending breathing. (Oops.)
Number one was easy â€“ sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. Every day, no matter what, it should be the last product applied on your skin. Iâ€™ve been loving the zianatural.com line of skincare products this spring â€“ substantial but not greasy. Shady Day Sunscreen Wipes and Sticks available at shadydayinc.com contain no artificial ingredients. I recently discovered this smartly packaged set (Iâ€™m a sucker for packaging) from Korres.
Sophieâ€™s second tip â€“ use an anti-oxidant in the morning, after cleansing, when your skin is primed for it. Try pH Advantageâ€™s PH Advantage Boosters: High Potency Effective “C” Serum or Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment.
Finally â€“ at night, after you wash your face (and not with soap, judging by Sophieâ€™s reaction to my soapy confession). Try Clarins Clarins Super Restorative Serum. Or if you already have a night potion you love, use N.V. Perricone M.D. Alpha Lipoic Acid Evening Facial Emollient for double duty action.