Estheticians have an unbelievable wealth of knowledge that very often goes untapped. We'll go in for a facial, revel in the relaxation and skin-glowing results, and then head home, none the wiser. That ends here. Instead of staying in the dark and only feeling the effective benefits of their expertise come our monthly facials, we reached out to a few to find out the anti-aging products they couldn't live without (for themselves and their clients). Each one is clinically tested, chock-full of proven effective ingredients, and available for purchase online.
Renée Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and founder of Renée Rouleau skincare
"The skin under my eyes can get dry and look crepey, and just like the rest of my face, the under-eye area needs exfoliation, too—but gently. When I use this twice-a-week under-eye cream, it smoothes away dryness making the skin look so much less crinkly."
"Like everyone, my skin gets drier so easily as I've gotten older, especially on my body. To me, smooth, soft, and even-toned skin mean youthful skin. Three times a week, I apply a non-drying shower foam to this glove and gently massage in circular motions all over my arms legs and stomach. What I like about this glove is that it has a nice, rough texture, so it gives an excellent exfoliation to leave my skin baby soft."
"I never leave my skin bare without makeup. The idea is that even though I wear sunscreen applied generously, it can degrade throughout the day when my skin produces oil. Even on my non-working days, I'll always quickly dust on some powder to act as additional sun protection. I used to use a real SPF-infused powder, but I found the shades so limiting. Now I'm using this Revlon powder. While it doesn't say it has SPF in it, it does have titanium dioxide which is a sunscreen ingredient, so I know it gives some protection."
Georgia Louise, celebrity facialist
"The rose-quartz butterfly-shaped stone helps with many healing and anti-aging benefits. Regular massaging helps drain puffiness and unwanted toxins, and this stone was specifically designed to contour the face and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It's even Karlie Kloss's go-to product."
"Hands down the best hydrating night mask! It contains vitamin E and antioxidant properties, to help revitalize, repair, and protect the skin."
"For years, I've been using galvanic current in my treatments, and this wearable beauty device allows you to take that home and use anywhere. The GloPulse creates a 'circuit' across the skin to penetrate active skincare ingredients deep into the skin, and stimulated circulation. The specially formulated GloPulse Honey Sheet Mask ($75 for 10) is infused with moisturizing properties like propolis and vitamin C for anti-aging, calming, and soothing."
Shani Darden, celebrity esthetician and founder of Shani Darden Skin Care
"I love the Lumity supplements to support healthy skin! They are packed full of antioxidants like vitamin C and E, which protect your skin against free radicals that damage your skin. They also contain turmeric which decreases inflammation and boosts collagen."
"LED light therapy is an incredible anti-aging treatment. It will boost collagen in the skin, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and speed up healing. I use mine every single day to get the full benefits and make my skin look amazing."
"Texture Reform is a gentle retinyl palmitate serum that works hard at the cellular level to bring new skin to the surface, revealing brighter, smoother skin. Its collagen-boosting properties will reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It will also help to reduce hyperpigmentation for more even-toned skin."
"Sunscreen is the most important anti-aging product you can use. You have to protect your skin from the sun every single day. Sun damage takes decades to show up. It depletes the collagen in your skin which leads to a loss of elasticity and causes your skin to wrinkle. I love Supergoop's Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($19) because it's lightly hydrating yet oil-free to moisturize the skin without causing congestion."
Melissa Haloossim, nurse practitioner and founder of Skin Thesis
"This is a must for the morning and night, and it's the first product I put on. It has growth factors and antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and regenerate skin cells."
"This contains a high concentration of plant stem cells, which help improve skin texture and help reduce and prevent wrinkles. It promotes greater elasticity and firmness. I use this as a light moisturizer prior to my makeup in the morning. It's calming, soothing, non-irritating, and just enough to keep me hydrated for the day."
"We all know that SPF prevents sun damage and aging, but this particular product has both UVA/UVB production, and it contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin. I love using this SPF especially when I don't want to wear makeup. The tint color works for every skin type and gives the perfect glow."
Holly Cutler, founder of The Skin Saint and Face Skincare
"Employing multiple revolutionary active ingredients, Needle-Free Filler Serum delivers equivalent results to one injection of collagen filler in just two weeks of regular use. Golden bamboo and pea extracts deliver an 85% increase in hyaluronic acid synthesis during an in vitro test, plus a decrease in skin laxity of 50% after four weeks. The result is a painless, topical alternative to injectable fillers and toxins."
"This serum helps to fight the signs of aging before they appear. It's highly effective courtesy of the super-antioxidant formula and its ability to deliver optimal levels of vitamins and protection for an improvement of your skin's tone, texture, and firmness."