Celebrity esthetician Shani Darden is in charge of achieving and maintaining the glowy and seemingly flawless complexions of A-listers everywhere, including the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (you know, just to casually name-drop a few people you might have heard of before). In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, the skincare expert talked about everything from her hydration routine to the pre–red carpet facials she does during award season.
You'd be surprised to know that her skincare routine (and those of her famous clients) is very clear-cut. "In the morning I use a gentle cleanser followed by an antioxidant [serum] and a sunscreen," she said. "I never leave the house without first applying an SPF 30. In the evening I cleanse, apply Retinol Reform, and moisturise. I use a light chemical exfoliant weekly." What is Retinol Reform, you ask? It's a product Darden developed on her own after witnessing the demand for it firsthand. It was "specifically formulated as a gentle alternative to retinol products on the market that were proving too harsh for my clients' skin." (If you're interested, we have a full review of the miracle product. And you don't just have to take it from us; all of Darden's clients, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, swear by it).
Oh, and just a heads-up: In the interview, Darden revealed that a new iteration of the cult product is on the way, one that's even gentler than the first. It will be called the Texture Reform Serum (so keep your eyes peeled).
She tweaks this simplistic routine based on the skincare needs of her clients, but the only real difference is that she gives them facials or peels before red carpet events. "I typically recommend a facial two weeks before a red carpet event," she said. "Clients come in for a peel the week of an event (or sometimes the day of, depending on their skin type). I always avoid extractions immediately before an event so as not to irritate the skin."
Other than that, she lauds the power of hydration. She drinks two liters of water per day (usually Fiji Water, $7), which she also keeps on hand for her clients. "Drinking water doesn't hydrate the skin, but it is the easiest health tip I can give my clients," Darden said. "It's amazing for digestion and helps flush toxins from the body." (By the way, we're totally on board, as better digestion can result in healthier-looking skin).
Head over to Harper's Bazaar to read the full article. Then, read up on Zendaya's favorite sheet mask to use before a red carpet.
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