Skin

The 11 Skincare Hacks Your Facialist Hasn’t Told You About

Want to take your skin and regimen up a level? NEWBY HANDS asks tops facialists JOANNA CZECH, MELANIE GRANT and ANGELA CAGLIA to share the easy, expert skin secrets they swear by

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Joanna Czech

Joanna Czech

To sculpt the face…

[This is] a great reshaping, remodeling treatment, and something I do in all my facials. After using devices to warm up and stimulate the muscles, like ultrasound and red LED, I heat up problem areas [to firm] with radio frequency, then shape the muscles with microcurrent. Finally, I use cryo or ice, as it seems to ‘freeze’ the firming and contouring effects of the devices, which makes it all last longer.”

The eye de-puffer…

“I love dandelion tea for de-puffing, so every time I make a cup, I stick the tea bag in the refrigerator (rather than the freezer) afterwards. Once they’re chilled, you can place them on your eyes and relax for a few minutes to take down any puffiness. I also love using ice cubes as a simple cryo treatment, but if you make them from chamomile or dandelion tea, you also get added draining and de-puffing benefits. I use a gauze or glass-cleaning cloth to wrap around a cube before rubbing it over my face. If you run an ice cube over your sheet mask, the cold helps seal in product ingredients, too. [Alternatively, apply] after an extraction to calm down any redness.”

The icy facial…

“Along with my masks, I keep my Joanna Czech face-massager device in the fridge so I can use it, chilled, over a sheet mask. Together, they give skin the best cryo treatment for de-puffing and taking down any inflammation.”

Angela Caglia

When to go hot, not cold…

“Everyone thinks about keeping their face roller chilled in the fridge, but I also like to use my Angela Caglia roller warm, as this helps with opening the pores to infuse your serum more deeply into the skin. Dunk the roller head in hot water for 40 seconds, then dry before using.”

Skip on skincare…

“Once in a while, after cleansing, leave out the rest of your night-time routine and go to sleep with your skin product-free. Do this once or twice a month, as sometimes your skin needs a break – you’ll notice a difference in how balanced your complexion is and how your regimen can be more effective as a result.”

Boost your skin and your sleep…

“There are studies that show that red and infrared light help sleep issues, so think about using your LED mask at night. I’ve certainly found I fall asleep better and more quickly. Plus, you get to stimulate collagen and have a better night’s rest. Both help with aging, so it’s a win-win!”

The matcha face mask…

“Once a week, I mix my green-tea matcha latte powder with some Greek yogurt and a dash of lemon to create an at-home mask that’s filled with antioxidants and nourishment to brighten, detox and refresh my skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse before applying your skincare.”

Angela Caglia
Melanie Grant

Melanie Grant

Chill your face mist…

“During summer, I keep my facial mists in the fridge to enhance their soothing and cooling properties. It also makes for a beautiful skin pick-me-up after a day at the beach, and really enlivens skin, and spirits, without resorting to a sugar hit during that 3pm slump on a workday.”

The sweet treat for sensitive skin…

“I often apply a thin layer of raw honey, preferably Manuka honey, as a face mask after cleansing to calm and balance my sensitive skin. It’s incredibly healing and strengthening, as well as being anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory – and it’s just as beneficial for blemish-prone skin as it is for those of us who are red or sensitized.”

Customize your mask…

“It's very rare that our skin is completely unified, and often we’re dealing with dullness, sensitivity and dehydration all at the same time. So, to get the most out of your home facial, I like to mix two or three products together and apply them directly to skin. My favorite combination is to blend a hydrating gel mask with a lifting and toning cream for a plumping, firming treatment that requires no heavy lifting on my part.”

The right time to massage…

“Most of us give our face and neck a little massage when we apply our moisturizers, but a great opportunity in our regimen to really get in and flush stagnant lymph, and lift, tone and detoxify with massage is when your cleanse. I use a gentle milk formula or nourishing cleansing balm for this so there’s enough ‘slip’ to really work into the contours of the face using upward and outward motions.”