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Ever wonder where do Palm Beach ladies who lunch go to get flawless skin? Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre’s top facialist Uslin Wood has been beautifying the South Florida elite for 10 years. Her special combination of extractions, peels and serums with a hint of Caribbean know-how has made her the go to facial wizard for the ladies who lunch set. In between cobb salads, tennis tournaments and parties for a cause, Uslin’s well heeled clientele come in to get buffed and beautiful. Her secret, as she says, ‘It’s all in the hands, and loving what you do.” She combines the best of advanced clinical skin treatments with classic training and years of experience working with the skin. Uslin is a mother of two children who keep her very active and a self-proclaimed skincare afficionado who practices what she preaches. We dare you to find a wrinkle, line or mark on her smooth complexion. Conveniently located at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, the island’s best kept secret, Uslin Wood, is tucked away in her tranquil treatment room in the Cosmedical Centre.
What are some of your favorite skin care products and why do you like them?
I really love medical-grade products. They are more aggressive, and also more effective. My clients want to see results from their skin care. I like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products for problem skin. I also use SkinMedica products for sensitive and acne prone clients.
Which treatments do your clients ask for most often?
The iS Clinical Fire & Ice Facial is our “glow-to-go” treatment. This is a medical grade treatment that falls somewhere in between a facial and a peel. The first step is the “fire” part of the facial, which includes glycolic acid and vitamin A. Next the skin is neutralized and the “ice” part is applied, which has peppermint, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and green tea extract as well. It works at the cellular level to decrease fine lines and stimulate collagen and elastin. They also love the SilkPeel Dermal Infusion System, which is similar to microdermabrasion, but so much better. The SilkPeel system combines non-invasive exfoliation with a deep delivery of specific solutions directly to the skin without using any crystals or other chemical exfoliants, so I can customize the treatment to each client. These are both great to have before a big event or a vacation for a real WOW effect.
What is your philosophy for treating oily, acne prone skin for all age groups?
It is important to include a purifying toner in your daily skincare regimen if you get pimples and frequent breakouts. It disinfects and unclogs pores, and removes the accumulation of oil on your skin. You should use toner twice daily, especially at night time, and in humid weather. I recommend SkinMedica’s Purifying Toner for normal skin, and Glytone Acne Cleansing Toner for acne prone clients.
Being in South Florida, you must see a lot of sun damage. How do you teach your clients to protect their skin?
Many people recommend highly protective SPF creams, which is good and necessary, especially for my clients who are swimmers, go out on their boats, play tennis and golf, and generally love the sun. I personally recommend also getting a peel with a facial treatment. The top layer of skin is removed when you perform the peel treatment. With regular safeguarding of the skin, in addition to adding peels to your facial routine, you will be doing the best you can to defend against the sun’s powerful damaging effects. One of our best selling sun care products is Skinmedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen™ SPF 50+ with UV ProPlex™.
Describe how you perform your most popular anti-aging facial
I perform a treatment-duo: a microdermabrasion with a peel. The SilkPeel exfoliates the skin first, removing unwanted debris, and getting pores super clean. The peel solution then resurfaces and polishes the skin. Finally, I use a custom mixture of serums on the skin that smooth the face, even skin tone, and prevent lines from forming. The client leaves with smoother, softer, and refined skin.
If you could use anything on your skin, what would it be?
I would use a mixture of top of the line serums. These products penetrate better than creams, which have a lower absorption rate. Using a serum as the foundation layer protects your face from external pollutants and the dirt and residue of daily makeup. Ultimately, it’s the best way to defend against inevitable skin irritating environments.
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If you’re already in love with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for lips and eyes – and who isn’t? – you’re going to positively flip over the newest addition to the chubby family. Clinique launched a new Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($21) for a blast of glide of color and contour to enhance your cheekbones.
These creamy little cheek colour sticks give you an instant glow with minimal effort. The look is natural and healthy-looking, and it’s practically goof-proof. Two swipes – one on each cheekbone – blend with fingertips and you’re done. There are four neutral shades to choose from – Robust Rhubarb, Amp’d Up Apple, Roly Poly Rosy and Plumped Up Peony. These are all very wearable and suitable for most complexions, except perhaps for very dark skin types. We are huge fans.
If you like your cheek color in a compact instead of a stick, Clinique also has their bright new Cheek Pop ($21) collection on offer. These pretty little bold colors go on smooth and last long. Choose from Plum, Berry, Ginger and Peach Pop. It’s a light powder that blends easily with a blush brush or just your fingers. Sooooo pretty!
Photo Credit: Eden at Birchbox Local
My introduction to New York Fashion Week was at the gorge new Birchbox Local at Chelsea Market! The cool space, this year upgraded to two floors, was the perfect backdrop to all my beauty product-testing, -shopping, and -pampering needs, plus a custom candy bar with plenty of treats to nibble on. Birchbox showcased some of its best selling brands like stila, Color Club, Jouer, Juice Beauty, Pur, Dr Brandt, Amika, Benefit, Arcona, Mally Beauty, DDF and so much more. Did I mention that you could also make your very own Birchbox – so fun!
With makeover stations for hair, makeup, brows, and nails galore, there was a whole lot of beautifying going on. The Amika team was doing blowouts and I indulged. The stylist used their 5 Barrel Pro Curler Set on me that comes with a selection of 5 different sized tourmaline barrels for every hair length, type and style. It took her no more than 10 minutes to give me the most stunning curls that lasted all day. The different size barrels help you create crave-worthy curls and waves in literally minutes, but all are sans clips so that no hair is damaged in the process. It even came with a tiny comb-edged barrel to use on the baby hairs that frame my face for a seriously perfect hairdo. This takes hair appliances to a whole new level, and is worth every cent when you consider what an average blowout costs in NYC these days. $325 for the set at loveamika.com/
Another favorite station of mine was Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar. Gimme Brow is their new brush-on fiber gel that actually stays put and fills in the gaps. The gorgeous woman at the bar was so confident in the product that she literally washed off one of her eyebrows to show me the difference – and boy, was I sold! It looked totally natural and gave her brows (and now mine!) thicker, more defined arches with the help of a tiny little brush. It comes in two shades – Light/Medium and Medium/Deep for $22 at benefitcosmetics.com
Stop by Birchbox Local at Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15-16th Streets from September 12-16 and enjoy the products, pampering, and of course, candy!