Skincare Secrets From Pamela Love
I like to tell myself that I’m a minimalist when it comes to skincare. “It’s no good for skin to be poked and prodded and rubbed all the time,” I like to say to myself. I tend to think that skin can suffer from over-attention, and that a lot of the chemicals in skincare products do more harm than good. “My skin can take care of itself,” this inner monologue typically continues. The reality, however, is that I’m just incredibly lazy. And incredibly lucky—I’ve never had to worry much about my complexion, so I haven’t. I’m beginning to suspect that my luck is running out, though, as my skin just doesn’t bounce back from travel or periods of intense stress the way it used to. To wit, two weeks after returning from London fashion week this season, I was still looking kind of gray and tired—old, in a word. I was almost ready to kick my minimalist mantra to the curb and invest in a medicine cabinet’s worth of product. Almost. “Go see my girl,” my friend Pamela instructed me. “She’ll change your life.”
Pamela is Pamela Love, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award-nominated jewelry designer and possessor of the best skin I may have ever seen, and her girl is Negin Niknejad, an aesthetician and Reiki practitioner based in the West Village. Niknejad whips up the product she uses in her treatments using organic, vegan, and raw ingredients. Think: coffee grounds, quinoa, avocado, and almonds, among other things. She starts her facials by spreading honey—a natural Vaseline of sorts—onto lips, and her gentle peel is activated with apple cider vinegar. Judging by the “yow!” factor, as well as the results, that peel does quite a job. I left her office glowing.
I also left her office with a daily cleanser—an exfoliating powder you mix with water—and bottles of oil and rosewater that Negin instructed me to mix together to make a moisturizer. For the past three weeks, I’ve been keeping to a schedule of nightly cleansing and moisturizing—a miraculous effort, considering my history, but a manageably minimalist regime that I’m willing to keep up. Especially given that, since I’ve seen Negin, I could swear I’m aging backwards.
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