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Lessons in Hyaluronic Layering With Gina Brooke

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Intraceuticals-Booster-Vitamin-AWe never pass up an opportunity to have lunch with makeup artist Gina Brooke. Madonna’s go-to face painter is not only a great dining companion but she also happens to be full of beauty wisdom, which she readily distributes; Brooke’s excellent advice has given us the perfect shade of red lipstick (Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Raven); an eyelash-extension guru in L.A.; and enough MDNA tour anecdotes to fill a book—which, incidentally, Brooke is also working on. Today’s lesson: skin hydration. “It’s all about hyaluronic layering,” she said over appetizers and salads, reciting the Intraceuticals gospel from which she so often preaches. A longtime fan of the brand’s oxygen facials, which she frequently performs on the set of music-video shoots and editorials, not to mention backstage on world tours, Brooke has turned a good many celebrity onto the noninvasive spa treatment. But when used correctly, its topical line can be just as transformative, she insists. Comparing the skin to a sponge, which absorbs moisture better when it is already semi-saturated, Brooke preps every canvas she works on with Intraceuticals Daily Serum, which boasts an incredibly low molecular hyaluronic-acid weight to allow for easier absorption. Next comes one of its brand-new Boosters—a vitamin-A formula to clarify and brighten while reducing fine lines and wrinkles, a vitamin-C formula that fights free-radical damage, a collagen booster to create a plumping effect, and an antioxidant booster to eradicate toxins for a more even tone—which is followed by its Hydration Gel that has a medium molecular hyaluronic weight, and finally the Moisture Binding Cream, the heaviest lotion, which acts to lock everything in. “You can mix an SPF product with the Binding Cream if it’s too many things,” Brooke explained, noting that while four skincare steps might seem crazy to even the biggest beauty buff, the process is entirely worth it. “I have clients with skincare contracts who only use [Intraceuticals],” she revealed. (In case there was any doubt, we’ll be first in line to buy that book.)

Photo: Courtesy of Intraceuticals

Intraceuticals’ Daily Show

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The idea of bulking up your morning ritual can seem daunting—as if you’re not already doing enough with the teeth-brushing, the face-washing, the toning, the moisturizing, the SPF-wearing (those of you who include ambitious extras like jogging and 100 reps of sit-ups are just plain crazy). But Intraceuticals has two new launches that just may be worth adding. The professional-grade skincare brand famous for its oxygen-powered infusion spa treatments has just released Rejuvenate and Atoxelene Daily Serums for at-home use. Designed much like their corresponding signature spa services, both offer instant and intense hydration thanks to the power of a newfangled presentation of hyaluronic acid that employs a unique layering technique: Each elixir features a complex made up of penetrating low-weight hyaluronic acid, moisture-retaining high-weight hyaluronic, and smoothing polymerized hyaluronic acid. The Rejuvenate variety focuses on amending the visible issues caused by extreme dehydration (tired, saggy, sallow skin), while the Atoxelene version uses the active acetyl octapeptide 3, a.k.a. “no-tox,” to instantly and rapidly address wrinkles. All of which sounds a whole lot better than those sit-ups.

Photo: Courtesy of Intraceuticals

Welcome Aboard Canyon Ranch’s Latest Outpost

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I’m kind of a landlubber—my swimming abilities can pretty much be qualified as “survival only;” I have an entirely unreasonable but nonetheless extreme fear of sharks; and oars have never been something I was adept at handling. Needless to say, the idea of a cruise has never really appealed to me. That is, until I discovered that Canyon Ranch—the famed haven of detox and pampering—had recently launched an outpost on the Queen Mary 2.

The ship itself is totally unlike the high-gloss vessels you see advertised in those commercials with the catchy jingles; this one actually has class. In fact, with its Art Deco interiors, elegant ballroom reserved for evening waltz and tango sessions, and the availability of butler service, the Queen Mary 2 harks back to the golden age of cruising, when the top cabins were reserved for names like Churchill, Dietrich, and Hayworth. And unsurprisingly, the Canyon Ranch facility on board doesn’t disappoint. There’s a Finnish sauna, a serene aqua therapy pool area, and a host of treatments from reiki and clay detox wraps to acupuncture and aromatherapy massage. But what I would happily re-embark for over and over again is the Intraceuticals infusion facial treatment. A favorite of Madonna’s, the oxygen treatment is intensely hydrating and nourishing, and has a noticeable plumping effect that continues to get better in the days following the service. Without any of those dreaded extractions, it’s an intensely pleasant facial experience, which should help even the most water-weary find their sea legs.

Photo: Courtesy of Canyon Ranch

Beauty 411: Gina Brooke

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Being Madonna’s makeup artist sounds both amazing and totally daunting—after all, Madge is arguably one of the world’s most recognizable faces, and someone who is known to have pretty exacting standards. But for Gina Brooke, it’s a task that she has embraced for close to a decade. Besides readying “her muse” for all manner of events and performances, Brooke has also managed to build an impressive editorial portfolio (W, Glamour, Paris Vogue, Elle, GQ); serve for five years as Shu Uemura’s artistic director, where she had a hand in exploding their lash business; and is currently both the artistic director of Hourglass Cosmetics and a brand ambassador for Intraceuticals. Anyone who has ever met Brooke knows that she has a seriously amazing complexion (and demeanor), so taking a peek inside her bicoastal beauty black book is as a real treat—and a good lesson that at least half of looking good is feeling good.

The Acupuncturist: Lida Ahmady

“Lida has been my acupuncturist for a very long time, and I can’t live without her. She specializes in women’s health and is responsible for keeping my energy in balance.”

Lida Ahmady, 594 Broadway, suite 905, NYC, (212) 219-9536, www.deqi-health.com.

The Trainer and Lifestyle Coach: Rick Dinihanian

“A totally unpretentious commitment to creating physical health and wellness through mind and body.”

Rick Dinihanian at Longevity + Health, 12 W. 27th St., 9th floor, NYC, (212) 675-9355, www.longevityhealthnyc.com.

The Aesthetician: Lena Makushina at Maksim Spa

“Lena totally restores my skin and makes me look beautiful and fresh, like I’ve been resting for days. I really trust and rely on her expertise.”

Lena Makushina at Maksim Spa, 80 Fifth Ave., suite 1208, NYC, (212) 414-9434, www.maksimspa.com.

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Backstage Skincare Secrets, Revealed

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We’ve been devoting much of our time and blogosphere space for the last week and a half to giving you an insider’s perspective on the hair and makeup looks from New York fashion week and beyond. Today, we’d like to give a shout-out to the skincare secret weapons that makeup artists rely on to keep models looking fresh through a nonstop, month-long show season. (Even the beautiful people are plagued by dehydration and breakouts, it turns out.) Here, a short list of their go-to products:

What: SKYN Iceland’s Cleansing Facial Cloths, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, and Pure Cloud Cream.
Where: Spotted backstage at Elise Øverland.
Why: SI technicians were on hand to treat models to mini de-stressing treatments with the aforementioned products, all of which are formulated with a potent Biospheric Complex that provides a boost of vital nutrients from Iceland.

What: Intraceuticals.
Where: Spotted backstage at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief show.
Why: Facialist Michelle Peck and her daughter Tarin performed Intraceuticals’ Rejuvenate Facials on all models backstage. The treatment promotes natural collagen and elastin production and improves skin texture for a visibly smoother appearance.

What: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex.
Where: Spotted backstage at Derek Lam.
Why: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux coated models’ skin with Lauder’s nocturnal serum, then followed it up with its Re-Nutriv cream for extra hydration to create the perfect base for foundation. Nary a caked-on makeup mask could be found.

What: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion.
Where: Spotted backstage at Chris Benz.
Why: Trained aestheticians prepped models’ skin with the latest innovation from Clarisonic, which combines classic micro-massage with an additional antiaging serum that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Noticeably firmer and brighter skin was then ready for makeup artist Daniel Martin’s magic touch.

What: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate.
Where: Spotted backstage at The Row.
Why: Makeup artist Aaron De Mey slathered the serum on models’ faces to create a “lit-from-within” glow, pre-complexion correction.

What: ZENO Hot Spot.
Where: Wherever breakouts flared up.
Why: To promote its Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device, a zit-zapper that uses painless blasts of heat to destroy acne-causing bacteria, ZENO had a “blemish buster” hotline available at NYFW so that models who felt a pimple coming on could call in and have the handheld wonder delivered to the tents, the Altman Building, or wherever clogged pores reared their ugly heads.