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A Recipe For Gorgeous, Glowy Skin

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giambattista-valli-coutureThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Fernando Aciar, chef and founder of FeelFood juice and food shop in New York City

“Romesco is a Mediterranean sauce that I learned to make while working in restaurants around the world. In Argentina, we often added it to steak, and at Chez Panisse, we used it with meats and vegetables. At FeelFood, we mix the sauce into salads, quinoa bowls, and sprouted wraps. The recipe’s red peppers and carrots are filled with beta-carotene, a plant pigment that significantly boosts skin tone while fighting damage from UV sunlight and enhancing the effectiveness of sunscreen. The vitamin E in the sunflower seeds also brings a healthy glow to the skin and adds further UV protection. Plus, the fresh orange juice is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects against free radicals.”

One for the Recipe Box: Summer Skin Booster

4 red peppers
5 whole carrots (medium size)
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup orange juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Himalayan sea salt to taste

“Roast the peppers at 375°F until the skin is charred. Remove from the oven, let cool, and peel. Take the carrots, mix with olive oil, and roast them at 350°F until they are soft. Remove from the oven, let cool, and cut them into big pieces. In a bowl, mash the carrots until they have a chunky texture and combine with the peppers and remaining ingredients. Add salt to taste and enjoy!”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com

Oil-Based Skincare Brought to You By Goop and Sonya Dakar

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Sonya Dakar is somewhat of a skincare psychic. Upon looking at a client’s complexion, the facialist can determine whether they’ve been eating properly; if a breakout is related to digestive problems; and, more important, which products will eradicate the issues at hand. Her latest labor of love: a four-piece, 100 percent natural collection that launched yesterday on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop. Made from the oil of a hoya flower—a protected plant species found in Asia that is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits—the line includes a cleanser, organic omega booster (a new variation of Dakar’s cult-favorite skin-changing serum), body oil, and eye treatment. “Oils were originally used to anoint kings and leaders, and have incredible antibacterial properties,” Dakar noted.

In addition to the hoya flower, the range boasts a bevy of other complexion conditioning ingredients: Passion fruit and fig oils protect and strengthen skin; grapefruit, orange, and lime extracts purify and invigorate; and grape seed and avocado oils nourish while infusing your face with antioxidants. And if it’s good enough for Gwyneth, than it’s good enough for us…not to mention, sticking to a skincare regimen sounds a hell of a lot simpler than conscious uncoupling.

Hoya Nourishing Cleanser, $85; Organic Omega Booster, $85; Hoya Nourishing Body Oil, $95; Hoya Nourishing Eye Treatment, $78; goop.com.

The Top 10 Face Mists for Summer

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When a dip in the pool isn’t possible, we suggest freshening up and cooling down with a facial mist jam-packed with skin-plumping and -balancing ingredients. Whether you want to diminish T-zone oil slicks, replace your moisturizer with something lighter, or simply chill out on the go (minus one of those bulky spray-bottle-and-fan combos often seen en masse at amusement parks), we rounded up the best spritzes of summer to suit all your needs—anytime, anywhere. Keep one at your desk to awaken your senses during that 3 o’clock slump; stash a bottle in your fridge for an ultra-cooling pick-me-up; and pack one of our favorite formulas in your beach bag to soothe an arid complexion after a scorching day in the sun. The best part: All can be applied under or over makeup, leaving your bronzer streak-free and mascara perfectly intact. Go ahead, dive in to our top ten and beat the heat.

Is Microneedling the Answer to Your Skin Woes?

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I am forever on the lookout for a noninvasive beauty treatment that can aid in the prevention of fine lines and also help with my pigmentation issues—a lovely reminder of my college years spent in sunny Florida. So when our beauty editor walked over one day and mentioned microneedling, I jumped (sorry, leapt!) at the opportunity to guinea pig a Circ-Cell Transdermal Treatment. It promised “unparalleled antiaging results,” and so I did what I do best: signed up, and then started Googling what the heck “needling” was.

All my research turned up fairly similar results: Pioneered by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes in 1992; great alternative to microdermabrasion; no downtime; improves skin’s elasticity; and helps to improve skin density. But as I strolled into Dangene in midtown Manhattan, I could feel my heart pounding—I did have to run back to the office for afternoon meetings, after all. What will needling actually do to me? (If the results looked anything like Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial, I definitely didn’t want in.)

Well, scratch all that unnecessary Instagram- and reality-TV-induced anxiety. It’s simply amazing, and here’s why: Circ-Cell’s patented Transdermal Delivery System uses tiny surgical-grade needles (0.5 mm, to be exact) to penetrate and “gently injure” the epidermis, while simultaneously infusing skin with antiaging peptides. The skinny needles create pathways where the active topicals can penetrate the skin in a more effective way. There was no pain, and I would even go as far as to say it was enjoyable—in that forced way when you know something seriously incredible is happening. Post-procedure, my complexion looked dewy and plump, with no redness whatsoever. Plus, the treatment was entirely nonabrasive and actually far gentler than my previous microdermabrasion experiences. Taking that one step further, I was told that licensed doctor’s offices are using the same treatment on different parts of the body—most notably, the derriere, which utilizes longer needles (3.0 mm) for deeper penetration. Bikini season, people.

The verdict? I’m several days in with no breakouts, and my skin has maintained its glow and plumpness. I’ve starting supplementing my normal antiaging serum with Circ-Cell’s more boldly titled Blood Serum, and have become a believer. It’s about building the skin up versus tearing it down—and that’s a mantra I can definitely get behind.

Visit circell.com for more information and to find a location near you.

In Bed With Rita Ora: The Star Shares Her After-Hours Beauty Routine and the Prince She Parties With in Her Dreams

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In this feature on Beauty Counter, we ask a revolving cast of celebrities and industry insiders to spill their best bedtime stories and nightstand essentials.

What products do you take on tour to guarantee a good night’s sleep?

I always travel with these four things: a lavender pillow—it’s really good. It’s silk-covered and it’s got lavender leaves in it. It makes me go to sleep. A candle, a blanket, and a rose oil to keep my skin moisturized.

What is your go-to rose oil?

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery [Concentrate].

What about a favorite candle?

I’m not that picky. I mean, Jo Malone is always great, or Diptyque.

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Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?

Yeah, I’m always on the right. I’m always anywhere close to the door. It’s just so I can get out quick if something happens.

What kind of sheets do you curl up in?

Oh, gosh. Growing up I didn’t even think I had an option—I just got what I was given. I guess just really nice cotton. Ralph Lauren sheets are always nice. I don’t like anything stiff.

What do you wear to bed?

Chanel No. 5. No, I’m joking! Honestly, though, nothing. I don’t really like wearing clothes in bed.

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Is a sleep mask the one exception to the naked rule?

Sometimes. If I’m in a hotel and the curtains aren’t too strong. I like [the room to be] really black and dark. And my [sleep masks] have lavender in them.

Is there a certain hotel that you sleep better in than others?

The [Mercer Hotel] is good because they have electric blinds that go zzzzzz and it blacks everything out.

Fancy.

Yeah. You don’t even have a curtain. It’s like the shield in I Am Legend.

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What’s the best the party you’ve ever been to?

I was at a person’s country house…I’m not going to say the name because, you know, it’s private. But literally, when you’re in the middle of the countryside in a field, there are no noise complaints, no one can hear you, and you can stay up until whatever time. It was a ball. We had a massive party in a barn. It was incredible. And we slept in a tepee.

How was sleeping in a tepee?

So good. It was the best night of my life.

What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had?

Oh, my God. So I had this dream the other night. Basically, Kate [Middleton], the baby, and the royal family went on holiday, and for some reason I was best friends with Prince William. He came to pick me up—and I’ve never met Prince William—in his matte, black Porsche. No, it was an Audi two-door, actually. And he said, “The family’s out. I’ve only got one night to party. Let’s go.” I was like, “Cool! Let’s go!” And then I struggled to get in the car because it was so low, and then I got into the car and I was like, “William, why is your car so low? I can’t even, like, get down!” And he was like, “Just get in. Let’s go. Close the door.” So we got in the car and we ended up at my friend’s house and everybody looked at me like, “Why did you just walk in here with Prince William?” And I’m like, “Yooooo, Prince! The kid’s out! Yes!” It was so weird, and then I woke up. It wasn’t even like I fancied him or anything. But, you know, everybody wants a prince as a friend.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com; Getty