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Anyone who has experienced a facial with Isabelle Bellis firsthand would likely agree that it’s a transformative experience. And a lengthy one, at that—her signature facial treatments, which incorporate plenty of circulation-stimulating massage, usually hover around the two-hour mark. Even her extractions somehow don’t seem as painful an ordeal. And Bellis herself is always full of helpful skincare advice, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to offer up some guidance on how our skin can best, ahem, weather the extreme changes in temperature that seem par for the course this winter. Here, five tips to abide by.
WASH WITH CARE
“The skin needs to be cleaned in a more gentle way during the winter. As the skin of the face and neck get finer, it is more vulnerable to the cold weather and the heat in our homes. It’s vital to retain the good elements that the skin produces in order to protect the complexion. An aggressive foaming gel can damage and dry the skin, so even if one has oily skin, it is better to clean with a mild formula in order to keep the delicate skin fabric intact. A milky cleanser and toner or an extremely gentle foam cleanser is preferred.”
SHELF THE ACIDS
“Limit the amount of acidic products and treatments the face and neck are exposed to. Those who have fragile skin should opt to use these kinds of products in the spring or fall instead.”
WATCH YOUR WATER
“Try to limit the use of tap water on your face. If you use product that needs to be rinsed off with water, I recommend finishing with a spray of thermal water—I prefer the La Roche-Posay Spray Thermal for its beneficial properties and wonderful dispersion—to rid the skin of hard elements like chlorine, calcareous deposits, etc. We also have a tendency to take longer and warmer showers in the winter, and it’s important to avoid directing too much of the shower’s spray directly on the décolletage, as it is a very sensitive area where capillaries can react easily. Be sure to dry your body in a gentle way and not to rub with your towel. If you take a bath, apply oil to your body before you soak or add a few drops of oil to your tub.”
WARM UP YOUR DIET
“Avoid too much raw food, as it has a tendency to create dryness in the system that shows up on the skin. Since the body needs more energy to break it down, you may feel tired and less energetic. If you juice, make sure you have warm, balanced, healthy meals to compensate.”
ADD SOME OIL
“Oil is for any age and any type of skin, from combination to extremely dry. Apply an oil-based product to create an extra barrier and protect the capillaries from the cold. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Oil is fantastic for winter. It absorbs rapidly without leaving skin greasy. And if you’re very dry, top it with a moisturizing cream for extra protection and nourishment.”
RASPBERRY SEED OIL/ (raz-ber-ee seed oil)/ n./ 1: The edible fruit comes from a shrub that is part of the family rosaceae and genus Rubus, or the rose family, and is now cultivated all over the world;/ 2: The sweet berries are a significant source of fiber and antioxidants, and rich in vitamins A, C, and E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids;/ 3: The oil derived from their seeds is being studied as a treatment for obesity, since their compound rheosmin has been found to speed up metabolism;/ 4: Their anti-inflammatory phytonutrients are also believed to have anticancer benefits;/ 5: Raspberry seed oil is prized for its highly moisturizing properties; can protect the skin from damage caused by UVB radiation; and, because it is rich in alpha linolenic acid, can be effective in treating inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis; e.g., “Sprinkle the berries on your morning yogurt and use the oil to create a protective moisturizing barrier for the skin.”
Try it: Brad Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Radiance Concentrate, $125, bradskincare.com
The brand’s bougies have a cult following, but the French company is quickly becoming a head-to-toe experience. Body care was launched approximately four years ago, but starting next month you can extend the luxe experience to your face with L’Art Du Soin, a five-piece collection of skin products that boasts damask rose as its hero ingredient. Included in the range are two cleansers: Poudre Puretée, a powder that foams up with the help of a small, ball-like sponge and water, and Pommade Démaquillante, a balm laced with sweet almond oil and three floral waxes (ylang-ylang, mimosa, and geranium) that melts upon contact with skin. For deeper exfoliation, Argile De Gommage (a multipurpose clay) contains marble, rice, and oat powders to gently slough away dry patches, and can also be painted on with a makeup brush and used as a mask to draw out impurities. Completing the set is a facial water (composed of 84 percent damask rose hydrolate to refresh and tone) and a moisturizing lotion (which hydrates with white lily and calendula extracts, while brightening via grape extract). Needless to say, these rich formulas smell as divine as the candles that came before them—your complexion and senses will rejoice.
Ranging from $55 to $72; diptyqueparis.com for store locations
Book the Energy Lift Facial, the latest addition to the menu at Ling, and you know immediately upon entering the treatment room that you’re in for an entirely different kind of experience. Clue number one: my aesthetician, Michiko (whom I highly recommend), instructs me to position myself on the treatment bed, facing down (a strange request for a facial), with my back left bare. She says that she is going to work on releasing all the tension in my back before focusing on my face. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. But this is no run-of-the-mill massage; instead, Michiko uses the treatment’s titular Energy Lift contraption, a heated machine embedded with tourmaline, a potent energy-producing crystal with proven detoxifying abilities. It feels like a warm, polished stone being run up and down my spine and around my neck and shoulders. Michiko explains that the heated tourmaline therapy is designed to aid in lymphatic drainage and to help open up your meridian points to allow for proper movement of chi (energy). Terrific, I think momentarily, before returning to my state of drooling bliss.
Once it’s time for me to face forward, I’m basically putty in her very capable hands. She cleanses my extremely dehydrated skin and then layers on a trio of peels—glycolic, then papaya enzyme, then an acid-free rescue variety—to suck up any dirt and impurities. Then—groan, grumble—it’s extraction time; considering the fact that I’d subjected my complexion to a few different climates, a lot of plane travel, and zero exfoliation in the weeks prior, Michiko has her work cut out for her. After a meticulous excavation, she paints on a soothing clay mask, then a ginseng herbal moisturizing mask to placate any inflammation. (A side note: Michiko suggests, wisely, that in the following week I sleep for a few nights with their Replenishing Serum and Ginseng mask layered on to get my skin back into shape. I oblige and am feeling—well, my skin at least—much more balanced.) Next, the same heated-tourmaline therapy used on my back is now applied to my face, to energize and lift my skin, before Michiko launches into a nimble-fingered facial massage. The facial is dubbed Energy Lift, and although your complexion will definitely leave Ling looking glow-y and invigorated, you will likely be in a state of deep relax.
$195 for a 60-minute Energy Lift Facial, available at Ling Skin Care in Union Square, 12 East 16th Street, or Ling Skin Care on the Upper West Side, 105 West 77th Street; lingskincare.com.
BELLIS PERENNIS (bel-is pe-ren-nis ) / n./ 1./ Most commonly known as the English or lawn daisy, the flower can grow in temperate climates all over the world. / 2./ Historically it has had many homeopathic uses: The Roman empire treated battle wounds with the juice of the flower, while a tea from the petals was thought to be an antidote to gastrointestinal and respiratory problems in traditional Austrian medicine. / 3./ Considered the flower of youth, purity, and innocence, daisies have been used by children and hippies alike to create chains and wreaths by connecting a stem with the base of another flower. / 4./ Topically, the flower helps even skin tone by lightening dark spots and boosting radiance—e.g., “Brighten last summer’s sun exposure sins—and your mood—with bellis perennis.”
Try it: Available February 19, L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence, $70; usa.loccitane.com