It may be the first step in your skin care regimen—but for most of us, putting serious thought into a daily face wash is something of a last priority. If you’re lucky enough to have booked a facial with New York City skin guru Georgia Louise, however, one 60-minute treatment could be all it takes to make you rethink exactly how, why, and when you use a favorite cleanser.
“Our skin can’t function properly at night—repair and regenerate itself—if it’s swimming in toxic chemicals,” she says of the importance of removing every last trace of makeup, sunscreen, and pollutant at the end of the day through a methodical cleansing ritual. At her Upper West Side studio, she starts every session with her signature “triple cleanse,” beginning with a gentle oil massage to lift off superficial dirt. A clay cleanser follows to dislodge deeper impurities; then a layer of alpha hydroxy acids loosens dead cells and blackheads, making for easy extractions.
Louise isn’t the first to swear by carefully choreographed, consecutive washes. The Asian skin-care phenomenon known as double-cleansing—which involves the practice of using a cleansing oil in tandem with a water-based face wash—originated in Japan or Korea, or possibly even further east, in China, as far back as the fourteenth century, according to Alicia Yoon. Historical texts reference Korean women using plant-derived oils both to smooth on face powders—creating their own sort of oil-based foundations—and to remove them from the skin. Rice water, or ground mung beans, were then applied to flush out underlying impurities. In Japan, double-cleansing was born of necessity, as cleansing oils were the only means of removing the white paint-like base that women traditionally wore as a sign of beauty; they followed with a foaming cleanser to refresh the skin and remove oil residue.
By leaving a layer of smoother, healthier, younger skin cells on the surface, the ritual also allows the active ingredients in a good face serum or night cream to penetrate more deeply. And for those looking to incorporate double-cleansing into their routine, here’s how to do it right: Smooth an oil-based formula onto dry skin, circling it over face and eyes for about a minute before removing it with a warm cloth. Next, apply a water-based cleanser that suits your complexion—a gel or foam (like Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser) for normal to oily types, a milky emulsion (such as Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2) for dry or sensitive types. Work it into your skin, then rinse or wipe away for immaculate pores—and a perfectly clean canvas before bed.
Eve Lom Cleanser: Apply cleanser to the face using circular movements. Dip the muslin cloth in hot water and wring out. Press onto the face and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Rinse the cloths in warm water and remove all traces of make-up and cleanser making circular movements to exfoliate. Rinse cloth in cold water and re-apply to the face for 5 seconds to close the pores. Gently pat skin dry with a towel.
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 cleanser: Apply with fingers to face, neck, and decollete, using light circular movements to emulsify oil and makeup. Remove cleanser with a warm, wet washcloth. Repeat steps to complete a second cleansing. Follow with P50 “1970” and the appropriate serums and cream.
I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never met a tinted moisturizer I like. They’re either all moisture and no tint, or they provide some strange form of streaky coverage that never quite sits right on my skin. I always have the distinct feeling while I’m applying tinted moisturizers (or any foundation for that matter) that I’m just reversing the skincare efforts I work so hard to maintain. But a girl needs coverage, plain and simple.
Is there no hope for the makeup-wearing, skin-conscious women of the world??
Fear not, because I’ve found the solution: CellTeint by Cellcosmet. Thank the powers that be for Swiss research, because they’ve produced the happiest medium I didn’t think was possible.
CellTeint is awesome because it’s more than your wannabe tinted moisturizers. It’s ultra hydrating while it actively revitalizes the skin with bio-integral cells that fire all day long. That’s Swiss skincare jargon for anti-aging to the max – it actually plumps and firms the skin. How amazing is that?
Much to my surprise, this tinted moisturizer applies beautifully and evenly, and it self-adjusts to your specific skin tone. CellTeint is strong enough to provide buildable coverage for those areas that need a little extra help (we’ve all got em). And it leaves the skin with a healthy, hydrated glow — so much so that Danuta complimented my skin. That’s like Anna Wintour telling you “Cute shoes”. When she says it, you know it’s real.
What’s even better is that it feels fantastic when you apply. CellTeint left my skin tingling for about an hour after I applied it, almost like P50 does. Not in an uncomfortable way, just a nice little reminder that my skin was alive, awake and working – and for me to feel any of those things before 8am is nothing short of a small miracle. That’s the bio-cells working for ya.
It stayed on evenly all day long and never settled into my pores or fine lines, unlike most foundations I’ve ever tried. And I didn’t feel like I was clogging up my skin with makeup because CellTeint has active minerals that nourish and hydrate the skin, while making it look flawless.
Can you tell I’m a fan?
One caveat I will say is that Cellcosmet is a line generally geared towards more mature skin than mine. As a 23 year old saying this, that’s a huge margin, so don’t let that make you feel bad. CellTeint is keratinizing, which is great for skin that could use more plumping and firming. Unfortunately for me, the formula was a little too rich for me to use this product every day, but it is perfect for skin a bit more mature than mine so don’t let that dissuade you! I would bathe in this stuff every day if I could.
So come on in and see what all the hype is about, or just visit our online store at shoprescuespa.com, conveniently open 24hrs a day at your fingertips 🙂
Photography: Lauren McGrath, all rights reserved
My name is Lauren McGrath, and I’m a new contributing blogger here at Beauty Aficionado.
I recently joined the Rescue family, and I’m excited for my new role as guinea pig for all things Rescue: from aromatherapy to zapping cellulite and everything in between. I am here to review the products and services Rescue Spa has to offer for your reading pleasure, and I promise, you can expect full disclosure from me.
I am a photographer and a makeup girl through and through, so I know a thing or two about the beauty industry. But BioLift? E-matrix? Konjac Sponges? Oxygenation? P50? VelaShape? It’s all sounding more Star Wars than Sephora to me, and suddenly I
feel like I don’t know so much…
So I formally invite you to join me here in my exploration of the multitude of services and products that Rescue has to offer. My Notre Dame degree is holding up less and less – this right here is going to be an education.
Again, I promise total honesty in my reviews, and I hope that you’ll leave comments about what you’d like me to cover as well!
That’s not just fluff, I mean that. I mean it so much that I’m making this second promise to you: anything you ask me to review here at Rescue, I will do. Especially the services that may have scared you away in the past. That’s giving you a whooole lot of power there, faithful reader, so use it wisely. I am #1 baby when it comes to pain tolerance, (just ask my mom) so you know I’ll keep it real in my feedback. That’s right, whatever you are wondering about, I promise to try.
Even the infamous upper lip threading.
Even micro puncture needles to the face.
Even pedicures…(I hate people touching my feet)
I sincerely hope you’ll benefit from some of my posts and, if I do my job right, maybe get inspired to come in and try something new!
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