August 30 2014

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A Boy and His Bouquet: A Man Reveals the Secrets to Great Skin (and a Mother’s Day Gift for Procrastinators)



I am obsessed with flawless skin—and stealing secrets from those blessed individuals who have it. One of the facades I continually admire (aside from Rihanna’s) actually belongs to a man. His name is Daniel Tyson, and as a beauty publicist he knows a thing or two about lotions and potions (his regime rivals that of the women in Korea, who, on average, incorporate twenty-seven steps into their routines). The only other peaches-and-cream complexion I’ve seen on a male that could match Tyson’s belongs to my almost-2-year-old nephew. But great skin isn’t his only God-given attribute—he can whip up a flower arrangement faster than a bodega (and trust me, it doesn’t include baby’s breath). Come Saturday and Sunday, Tyson will be stationed outside of Harry’s Corner Shop (located at 64 MacDougal Street in NYC’s Soho), crafting bespoke bouquets for the deserving mother in your life that you forgot to shop for. For guys who need a clean-shaven face to please Grandma and a gift, this weekend collaboration between Harry’s and La Fleur Garçon (Tyson’s side business) offers both; flowers will be on sale (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday), for $20 with an in-store purchase and $30 for those just passing by. If you’re lucky, Tyson might even share a beauty tip or two. Here, he reveals the lessons he learned from his mama.

What are the best beauty secrets your mom shared with you? Did she start you on a skincare regimen?

So it’s funny, my mother is a Mary Kay director and now beauty junkie. Like mother, like son? She didn’t teach me about my skincare regimen, but recently she introduced me to a cleansing brush [Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush], and I have to say it is amazing! I use it every other day and it has nearly nixed all my breakouts. It’s also great for men because it helps prevent ingrown hairs after shaving—something I’ve always had a problem with.

Did you literally come out of the womb with that complexion?

No, I definitely did not come out of the womb with my current complexion—minus my perfectly blushed cheeks, which I can only explain as a result of genetics! I have experimented with many products and routines over the years, finally landing on [one] that works for me. I have a nine-to-twelve-step process, starting with a cleanser, then toner, face oil, eye cream, serum (sometimes two), moisturizer, spot treatment, BB cream, and a concealer for minimal cover-ups. What I have come to realize is that the routine is very important. I often change the specific products I use daily depending on my skin’s needs (i.e., an anti-redness serum might replace my hydrating serum for the day), but I always complete the same steps every morning and night.

I start first by cleansing my face. I absolutely love Dr. Jart+ V7 Cleansing Foam (I use it every night), but it was just discontinued…super depressing. Another cleanser I use is the Darphin Purifying Foam Cleanser with Licorice. It’s very light and refreshing but effective. When I shave I use Harry’s Winston Razor and Shave Lotion; they’re priced right and provide a clean, smooth shave. I live for Darphin’s face oils and serums—my favorite is the Tangerine Face Oil and Hydraskin Serum. Dr. Jart+ also makes an amazing Time Returning Serum, which I apply every night. It has snail mucin that supports natural regeneration of damaged skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I have two go-to spot treatments; daytime I use Mary Kay’s Acne Treatment Gel, and at night, Darphin’s Aromatic Purifying Balm—it reduces irritation and redness overnight, a true miracle worker! For BB’s, I only use Dr. Jart+ and I am obsessed with [the brand's] Water-Fuse BB Cream. But one of my favorite products and the secret for glowing skin is Sisley’s Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care—an amazing self-tanner that enhances the skin’s natural-looking glow, without leaving streaks. In addition to all this, I drink at least three liters of water per day. Hydration is key to healthy skin!

How did you get into arranging flowers?

My grandmother and mother used to always keep a garden and I loved picking the fresh vegetables. We also planted flowers every season and this is how I learned to appreciate and care for them. My mom was also always a supporter of my creativity—starting early with my painting. I always enjoyed playing with color, and at a young age I realized all the amazing colors in nature. About four years ago I started playing with flower arranging for various events, and it was a hit. I find it relaxing, inspiring, and a wonderful creative outlet.

What are you giving your mom this year?

My favorite alternative to a floral arrangement is a Diptyque candle. My mom’s favorite is Roses.

What is the key to crafting a Mother’s Day bouquet that doesn’t look like you bought it last minute outside the corner deli?

The flower choice and color. My favorite flower is sweet pea—some have amazing two-toned color that I find irresistibly beautiful. For Mother’s Day, I like pastel roses because they are soft, feminine, and regal. I also suggest splurging a little and purchasing beautiful and feminine flowers, like roses or pink peonies; think of them as the foundation for the bouquet, the most important part. Then add simple greens and small pops of complementary colors. Remember, simplicity, especially in nature, can be beautiful, so don’t feel the need to overdo it.

Then again, I’ll likely take the easy way out and allow you to make something with love.


Darphin’s Heart of the Ocean


darphin SEA EMERALD (sea em-er-uhld) / n./ 1. Binomially known as caulerpa lentillifera, this edible algae is found throughout tropical areas of the Indian and Pacific oceans. / 2./ Because of its tiny spherical beads and caviar-like texture, it is sometimes called green caviar, sea grapes, or umi-budo and is considered a delicacy in places like the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. / 3./ In traditional medicine, it is used to treat muscular rheumatism and high blood pressure. / 4./ Part of the Caulerpaceae family, this rare species of seaweed cannot be massively cultivated and grows only at temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. / 5./ Rich in iodine, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C, this ocean botanical activates an essential skin adherence protein and speeds up collagen production to firm and smooth the face; e.g., “Sprinkle sea emerald over a salad in the East, or massage it into your complexion in the West.”

Try it: Darphin Stimulskin Reshaping Divine Serum, $310;

Darphin Weeds Out Wrinkles



JAPANESE KNOTWEED (ja-pe-nez nat-wed) / n. / 1. Scientific name Fallopia japonica, the meandering perennial plant can be found in North America, Europe, China, Korea, and, of course, Japan, where it is called itadori; / 2. / Considered one of the world’s most invasive species because of its extensive and strong root system, it can disrupt other plant life and cause damage to buildings, foundations, and roads; / 3. / This herbaceous plant’s flowers are often used by beekeepers as nectar for their honeybees; / 4. / The stems, which are edible and share a similarly slightly sour taste to rhubarb, can be used in soups, jams, or for baking; / 5. / Packed with vitamins A and C, potassium, and zinc, knotweed, when consumed in large quantities, is also thought to have a gentle laxative action; / 5. / Chock-full of resveratrol—the same antioxidant extracted from the skin of grapes—this plant helps lower bad cholesterol and, when used topically, stimulates the natural production of collagen; e.g. “Avoid it in the garden; instead, make use of this pesky weed in a tangy compote or slather on the skin to help smooth fine lines.”

Try it: Darphin Ideal Resource Overnight Cream, $90,

Photo: Courtesy of Darphin; Getty Images

The Fab Five: Post-Fashion Month Skin Savers


And…breathe. Fashion month is officially over, which for many of us means the end of a three-week trek around Europe, plenty of jet lag, aching feet—and skin that has been put through the wringer; there’s nothing like air travel, late nights, and early call times to bring out the worst in your complexion. Compounding this is the fact that we’re coming up on a seasonal transition. Despite last night’s lashing of snow and rain on the East Coast, the first day of spring is just two weeks away, which should mean a whole new host of concerns, from dryness and flaking to redness and irritation. So it goes without saying that your skin could use a little R&R right about now, and luckily there are plenty of skin savers just hitting the market to help you repair, renew, and—fingers crossed—relax.

Magic Eye
Clé de Peau Eye Contour Balm Anti-Wrinkle
This extra-creamy, soothing lotion contains pure retinol, super-bio-hyaluronic acid (an intense moisturizer), and an illuminating complex to tighten fine lines, rehydrate, and prevent the signs of aging around the eyes. It also happens to be the perfect base for concealer, and can be applied on top of makeup, too, for an instant pick-me-up.

A Pore Thing
Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid
The fast-absorbing, hydrating ingredients in this silky formula are ideal for those of us with combination skin. Mattifying mineral extracts work to visibly minimize pores while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing cell turnover. The fact that it’s lightly scented with a delicate white flower essence certainly doesn’t hurt.

Lip Service
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair
Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is a cult favorite among beauty editors and makeup artists such as Pat McGrath, who regularly pulls it out backstage at the shows. This season, the multitasking wonder balm has been specially redesigned for pouts. Bolstered by ingredients like arnica-flower oil, honey, and watercress extract, it works to soothe extremely chapped lips on contact.

Night Shift
Sisley Botanical D-Tox, Detoxifying Night Treatment
Sisley’s newest night treatment is packed full of powerful ingredients like rice peptide extracts and ginkgo biloba, which have an anti-asphyxiation action on cells, working to draw toxins out from the skin. The superlight lotion instantly refreshes, and after some quality shut-eye, you’ll awake to a noticeably brighter appearance.

Patch Work
Le Métier de Beauté Ultra Hydrating Eye Mask Duo
Le Métier de Beauté’s new under-eye mask is a favorite for in-flight pampering, although it works just as well as an at-home indulgence. With these two self-adhesive gel patches that contain a patented calming seaweed ingredient, fifteen minutes is all you need to get a good dose of nourishing hydration that helps eliminate dark circles and puffiness. Editor’s note: Pop these into the refrigerator for an extra-soothing experience.

A Gobbling Good Way To Reduce Dark Spots


TURKEY TAIL / (ter-kee tayl) / n. / 1. / Also known as Trametes versicolor, a fungus that is most common in the North American woods, where it is found virtually anywhere there are dead hardwood logs and stumps; n. / 2. / A mushroom known for its flayed-out ridges that resemble a turkey’s plumage; n. / 3. / A member of the polypore family with a tough and chewy consistency that is typically steeped in a tea and consumed for medicinal purposes, most commonly to boost the immune system; n. / 4. / A potent skincare ingredient that can break up dark spots to help micronize pigmentation and reduce its visibility for a clearer complexion, e.g., “Reverse the signs of sun damage with turkey tail.”

Try it: Darphin Melaperfect Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment, $95,