Save for dermatologists, only one other group of complexion caretakers is firmly acquainted with the intimate workings of skin prone to spots, pigmentation and fine lines. We rely on superstar facialists to help us put our best, flawless faces forward. But, we can’t help but wonder, how do they care for their own skin? And what do they think a truly great skincare routine consists of? Below find the ultimate guide to looking like you just twirled out from a mind-bendingly relaxing high-tech facial…
With a client list that boasts some of the most beautiful faces in the world, Teresa Tarmey is renowned for targeted skincare and pioneering technology. Her top facialist skincare tips are:
1. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
I’m not a huge fan of layering products. My beauty mantra is ‘skipcare’ – in other words, skip the 10-step regimes and only using two or three products at a time. In the morning I do a quick cleanse – I’m currently testing my new Teresa Tarmey Cleanser, which I’ll be launching soon. It’s a hydrating face wash, which I prefer over a balm or cream cleanser, which I find clogs pores. I always road test my lab samples on myself for a few months to get first-hand experience of their efficacy. Then I use my Cryo-Ball for around 5 minutes to depuff my skin. The cold constricts the blood vessels and makes everything tighter plus you stimulate lymphatic drainage by rolling it in circles over your face. Finally I apply my serum and Heliocare SPF, which has a tint so I don’t need foundation. The sun is the most ageing thing for skin so I wear SPF every day, come rain or shine.
2. SPEND YOUR MONEY ON SERUMS
Serums contain more actives than your face cream so will make more of a difference at targeting your concerns. They also penetrate better into the skin as they are generally lighter and made up of smaller molecules than the rest of your skincare. After age 30, you’re losing 1% of your collagen a year so it’s important to invest in a serum that helps skin to replenish its lost reserves. I swear by Neostrata Skin Active Firming Collagen Booster Serum. I alternate every other night between my Teresa Tarmey Retinol serum, which is gentle but still amazing at fighting wrinkles and acne, and a new product I’ve started using called Emepelle Serum. It’s basically packed with a blend of retinol, peptides and hyaluronic acid to address collagen loss during menopause.
3. USE LACTIC ACID ON ACNE-PRONE SKIN
I love lactic acid as it’s perfect for keeping my skin exfoliated and smooth. It’s also brightening but doesn’t dry the skin out, which is important for acne-prone skin as you don’t want to trigger more oil production to overcompensate. Unlike glycolic acid, it generally suits most skin types, too.
4. MICRONEEDLE + PEPTIDES ONCE A WEEK
It’s actually why I created my Teresa Tarmey Microneedling Kit as it has everything I’d want from a weekly facial in it. Don’t be intimidated by the microneedling roller. It has tiny needles to deliver the peptide treatment deep into the skin and they don’t hurt, so there’s no downtime. Your skin interprets the tiny tears in your skin as wounds and shuttles more collagen to the area to ‘heal’ them. That’s probably one of my top facialist skincare tips as just this one thing is so effective at making skin look plump and juicy.