A-listers like Kate Winslet, Diane Von Furstenburg and Sofia Vergara, all have one thing in common: absolutely glowing, flawless skin. What’s their secret? New York-based celebrity facialist, aesthetician and former fashion make-up artist Tracie Martyn. In her ethereal Fifth Avenue salon in the Flatiron district, Martyn offers up her signature, trademarked Red Carpet Facial. Her high-performance, anti-aging skin care products blend organic ingredients and natural cosmeceuticals for fast results without any petrochemicals, parabens, glycols and preservatives, which is her mantra.
1. What has inspired your signature facial treatments?
Years ago I was a makeup artis
Skin brightening is sort of a religion these days. With so many effective ways to restore your glow without using hydroquinone, it’s no wonder that kinder, gentler ways to brighten up a dull, dry, discolored complexion are in demand right now. In addition to the widely accepted staples of kojic acid, licorice extract, retinol, vitamin C, green tea, and other antioxidants, there are some newcomers to the party. Getting glowy skin is all about using sun protection to prevent damage, plus reversing existing damage with consistent daily use of an active skin care regimen that turns over dead cells and reveals healthy new ones.
Some new products to add to your arsenal:
Marini Luminate Face
Next to hands, which two areas of our bodies take the most abuse?
If you guessed the neck and décolleté, you win a prize.
The already-thin and delicate skin in these areas gets hit with direct sun and environmental damage. To the rescue: New doctor-approved treatments developed especially for the neck and décolleté – and the best news is that none of them involve surgery.
“The neck and chest regions are often overlooked by most when realizing how much photodamage and photoaging occur in these areas,” say Nashville dermatologist Michael Gold, MD, of Gold Skincare Center. This is poor planning as we have fewer sebaceous glands on the neck and chest, which makes for dryness
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Black is my happy place. Im a New Yorker – through and through. I started wearing lots of black in my tweens when I began to flex my fashion muscles due to a few little things called allowance, birthday money, and babysitting cash. Until then, my mother refused to buy me any all black items of clothing because, in her words, ‘black is not for children.’
Fast forward to my adult life, and like most women, black is the new black. On the majority days of my week, I am in black head to toe. Gray is my accent color. (Sorry Mom – hope I’m not out of the will for this…)
Here are a few of my favorite black beauty products.
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Toilette ($135) Seductive and memorab