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Want to know how Hollywood A-listers keep their glow? One of their best kept secrets is Marc Edwards whose West Hollywood eponymous Skincare Spa has been keeping celebs Red Carpet Ready since 1998. Voted Best Facialist in Los Angeles, Marc has many years of knowledge and experience acquired by working with some of Beverly Hills’ most successful medspas, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. He stays on top of the trends and uses only top-of-the-line professional skincare products and the most up-to-date equipment and technology, from Hydrafacial, Silkpeel, and Dermasweep, microcurrent lift, lactic, salicylic and glycolic acid peels, TCA, VI peels, and Cosmelan peels, facial lymphatic drainage, and specialized facial mask techniques.
Edwards’ facials have been featured in numerous Oscar Award and Grammy Award gift bags, and he has performed nearly 35,000 facials during his career.
When and why did you decide to open your own skin spa and create your own product line?
I became a licensed esthetician in 1999 and started opening medspas and selling microdermabrasion machines when nobody knew what either of them was, so I had to educate them about both. I opened a skincare spa and started my own product line after taking several skincare ingredient classes at UCLA given by Rebecca Gadberry, who has been teaching there for over 20 years. Then I finally opened my own spa and acquired over 30 facial machines of my own.
What are your clients’ fave 5 treatments that you offer?
My 5 favorite treatments are ones that I have created by layering at least 6 of my facial machines of the 30 we own to create a unique, but highly results-oriented clinical advanced facial treatment. However among all of our 30 facial machines, my favorites are Jetpeel, Hydrafacial, Silkpeel, Dermasweep, and our brand new Galaxy Esthetics facial machine.
What is your signature program for Red Carpet Ready skin?
Our signature program for red carpet skin is a minimum of six facials spaced six months apart, done once per month. Then we suggest a peel in between and of course, our amazing home skincare program of cosmeceutical-grade products under the Marc Edward skincare brand. We always offer free shipping from our website to anywhere in the United States.
What technology do you use to get the best possible results?
The high technology we use at our skin spa is vast, including Oxygen Infusion, Hydrafacial, Dermasweep, Jetpeel, Silkpeel, Biov2, Vibraderm, LED Light Therapy, Ultrasound, Ultrasonic, Microcurrent, Wrinkle MD, NuFace, Clarisonic, Opal, Foreo Luna, Crystal and Crystal Free Microdermabrasion, Galvanic, High Frequency, Dr Lucas, Radiancy, a lymphatic drainage machine, dermal rollers, and more. When I learn about a new technology, I test it out and if I like the results, I will bring it into the spa.
Share your personal philosophy for treating oily, acne prone skin?
We treat oily and acneic skin using the following home care program; some type of acid, mineral powder only, gentle cleansers only, and limit Clarisonic to once per week. We also recommend that clients come in to check their iodine levels and avoid foods as broccoli, asparagus, table salt, sushi, and vitamins as they are loaded with iodine. We suggest that they also avoid meat and dairy as cows are injected with hormones and by eating them, you can get an acne flare up — unless it is organic or grass fed meat or dairy and then it is okay. Finally we recommend monthly acne facials using enzymes, acids, oxygen, light therapy, deep hydrating treatments, and pore extractions to clean and remove blackheads and clogged pores. We also have clients bring in all of their products on their first facial visit to examine what they are using, and see what is hot and what is not.
Dish with us about your top picks for THE best skin in Hollywood.
My top picks for gorgeous skin are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, and Nicole Kidman, all of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting.
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A visit to the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Great Neck, would not be complete without spending some time at the lush and pampering J SPA Medical Day Spa. Under the direction of Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S, J SPA features a wide range of the most sought after age-reversing skin and body treatments.
An internationally recognized expert in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with a flourishing practice on Long Island’s Gold Coast and in New York City, Jacono is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is considered a leading expert in his field, which is why television news personalities, socialites, editors, models, actors, and everyday men and women who are eager for some rejuvenating therapies seek out his unique expertise.
“My overriding goal as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon is to deliver natural-looking results with minimal downtime, scarring, and risk. My practice caters to patients looking for a younger version of themselves. I dedicate 80% of my practice to invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including minimally invasive endoscopic facelifts, blepharoplasty, and rhinoplasty. The other 20% consists of reconstructive and revision surgery patients,” he said.
He continues, “Early in my career, I repaired the broken nose of a woman who said she had been injured in a car accident. Several months later, the woman returned a second time, claiming she had broken her nose in yet another car accident. I later learned that the woman had been living in an abusive relationship and her broken noses were the result of domestic violence. Since then, I have volunteered my time and resources to erase the facial scars of victims of domestic violence through the AAFPRS’ FACE TO FACE program, and I now serve as Senior Advisor.”
As a father of four, he is also passionate about helping children across the globe, and has been the plastic surgery team leader for Healing the Children for the past 8 years. “On these missions, we focus on repairing cleft lip and palate deformities on babies born with facial disfigurement. In 2013, I joined the HUGS Foundation to treat children with microtia (a condition where children are born without an ear) in Ecuador with my mentor Vito C. Quatela, M.D., F.A.C.S. The HUGS Foundation is a non-profit organization that delivers medical care to developing countries. On average, I spend approximately four weeks a year performing pro-bono surgery. My medical practice allows me to give back to those in need, which is one of my passions,” said Jacono.
“I am continuously evaluating my results, then innovating and creating new techniques to improve the outcomes and experiences I can offer. I regularly publish my findings in leading plastic surgery journals and then share findings at national and international conferences on facial plastic surgery. I am also always looking to gain knowledge from others, and exchanging ideas and innovations with leaders in plastic surgery all over the world. This allows me to incorporate the most state-of-the-art techniques available today into my practice. When you think you have nothing left to learn is when you lose your edge.”
His predictions for the next big thing in medical aesthetics? “Increasingly refined face lifting techniques and rapid recovery will continue to be focuses. As for those seeking non-surgical rejuvenation, expect to see advances in both injectables and injectable techniques, as well as expanded approvals for usage in other areas. As facial rejuvenation becomes more mainstream, you will see the median age of patients drop and the number of patients increase. There will also be a shift from rejuvenation to prevention as a leading reason for seeking treatment.”
New Yorkers are looking for understated, natural results which often times call for multiple smaller procedures and the preservation of facial tissue, rather than simply pulling and removing drooping areas of the eyes and face. New Yorkers are also trending away from simply filling their faces with injections, which with more significant aging makes the face look fuller, but not necessarily more rejuvenated. With the use of minimally invasive face and eyelid lift techniques, fat and muscles are repositioned for natural volume and identity preserving results. In other cities, such as LA, there is demand for a more defined plastic surgery “look.”
Jacono doesn’t have a signature approach, because as he says, each face requires something different. “I believe in a customized multi-layered approach to restoring youth to the face. I perform many different types of facelifts and choose the one that best suits a patient’s goals, facial structure, and degree of aging. I’ve also developed minimally invasive facelifts that lift drooping cheeks and laxity in the neck with minimal incisions by using endoscopes. This technique lifts the face underneath the muscles, not under the skin, so the face appears soft and natural, not tight and stretched. In some patients, the face will lose volume, so I perform micro-fat transfers to restore the heart-shaped face of youth.
For those not ready for surgery, Jacono and his medical team offer non-surgical face lifting with a combination of Ultherapy, injectables and fractional laser resurfacing. One of his favorite new products is Voluma, which helps provide support to the cheek region which droops and deflates with age. The FDA studies show it lasts longer than most other injectables, which is an added bonus.
At J SPA, the go-to skincare ranges include PREVAGE and VIVITÉ, among others. Depending on a patient’s age, skin type, sun exposure, and goals, Jacono develops a custom skincare regimen. He believes also that drugstore brands can often be as effective as prestige brands, just make sure to wear a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher. His signature J PAK Systems™ are convenient homeopathic remedies for use before and after aesthetic injectable and surgical procedures to help minimize swelling and bruising. Scientific studies indicate that homeopathic remedies like Arnica Montana and dietary supplements like Bromelain and Hyaluronic Acid can help minimize swelling and bruising and speed healing after surgery.
National Skincare Awareness Month’s founder Renee Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and owner of her namesake spa and skincare line, knows a thing or two about skincare. She practices in Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles and has over 25 years of experience helping her clients achieve healthy, beautiful, glowing skin.
Renee shares some insight into her life and business, plus the importance of taking the bathroom sink ice challenge.
How did you start out in the business?
I was inspired by my grandmother, an exceptional woman who worked tirelessly in her own beauty salon. My grandmother’s passion and dedication to give her very best resonates with me to this very day. She was an entrepreneur back in a day when most woman stayed at home and raised their children while the men went off to work. Growing up in her beauty salon, I observed how a woman would come in to her salon feeling down, and would leave glowing — both inside and out. I never underestimate how powerful looking good can positively affect a women’s self-esteem. So from a young age, my goal was to get people to like what they saw when they looked in the mirror.
What made you launch your own skincare line?
I saw a gap in the marketplace for truly customized skincare. From the beginning of my career as an esthetician in 1988, I recognized that every person’s skin is unique but the skincare industry mostly relied on a one-size-fits-all approach. Product lines were (and still are!) catered to very generic categories of skin — dry, normal, and oily — so I began formulating my own exclusive high-performance products based on nine skin types to ensure that my clients achieved the results they desired. Technology continues to customize our information, allowing us to make informed decisions and enhances our personal lifestyle, so why shouldn’t skincare be the same?
Any new products you’re especially excited about?
I’m launching a new skin oil that I’m very excited about. It contains a blend of 12 oils including sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, rosehip oil, and safflower seed oil to hydrate and replenish leaving skin softer, and more supple. It’s ideal for post-sun, post-peel, post-laser, pre- and post-flight and any time the skin needs some serious hydration and repair. One of my pregnant celebrity clients just had her baby and used it throughout her pregnancy and got ZERO stretch marks.
What’s the number 1 skincare mistake you see women making?
This biggest mistake people make is not wearing sunscreen daily and not applying it generously enough. For starters, the number one reason why your skin will get premature aging is from sunlight, daylight, and UV rays — period. And 78% of those rays come from incidental exposure. These are all the times when you don’t think you’re getting the damaging rays — like driving in the car, sitting in your home or office near windows, or walking outside on a cloudy winter day when people don’t feel like they need sun protection. If you want to prevent wrinkles, wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out, is a must. No anti-aging product can be effective if you’re not stopping the DNA damage that occurs from UV light.
Share your best anti-aging skincare tip.
In addition to the obvious which is to wear sunscreen daily, exfoliate often. The quickest, easiest way to get smoother skin is to exfoliate regularly to remove surface, dry skin cells that can cause the skin to look wrinkly and older. Literally, just one use of a facial scrub can give you instantly smoother skin. It’s immediate gratification can provide a smooth canvas for which makeup can enhance. If you want even better results, add in an exfoliating acid serum while you sleep that continues to work over time to smooth the texture of the skin, making you look younger. These are simple products that can easily be used at home and can make a world of difference with your skin. I recommend using a mild facial scrub like Renée Rouleau Mint Buffing Beads ($42.50) two to three times a week. For an added boost, you can use an at-home skin peel like Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($86.50) twice a month or BHA Clarifying Serum ($47.50) three nights a week.
Share your best beauty tip.
Get a glow! I’m really an advocate for increasing blood flow to the skin for skins that need it. When the skin ages, less oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to the it. For example, by the time you are 75 years old, you have about 50% less blood vessels in your face, so with less vessels, it means less blood is flowing to the skin. The result can be sluggish, dull skin. So anything that can bring nutrient-rich blood to the face is always the best tip for aging. This includes hanging your head upside down for three minutes a day, or massaging your night cream into your skin with a bit of pressure from your fingertips. It brings a glow from within. Or even wearing a brighter blush color and avoiding clothing colors that can add to sallow skin tones like olive, burnt orange, khaki, and a warm yellow.
What is your own beauty routine like?
I am extremely diligent about caring for my skin. I use Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel ($36.50) as my morning cleanser. It’s so refreshing on my skin and really wakes it up and brings a bright glow. It’s sulfate-free so it won’t ever dry out my skin. To reduce morning under eye puffiness, I fill up my bathroom sink with cold water, add in a few ice cubes and splash my skin 20 times. The cold really helps to constrict capillaries which helps reduce puffy eyes. I always follow with an alcohol-free toner such as Elderberry Toner, ($33.50), and then my Vitamin C&E Treatment ($64.50) is a must. It has really helped to fade discoloration that I’ve gotten in my 40s, plus it gives a beautiful radiance. Daily Protection SPF 30 ($37.50) is my next product. I apply it generously to my face, neck, sides of my neck, and any exposed chest.
In the evening, I cleanse, tone and alternate nights between Advanced Resurfacing Serum (with retinol, $83.50), Skin Drink (with hyaluronic acid, $40.50) and AHA Smoothing Serum 17% (with pure glycolic acid, $45.50). Serums make all the difference for giving my skin results. I then follow with a lightweight moisturizer, Sheer Moisture ($37.50) and eye cream, Total Eye Repair Cream ($61.50). Once a week, I’ll use a facial scrub, Mint Buffing Beads ($42.50), followed by an at-home gentle peel Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($86.50) and then a hydrating mask Bio Calm Repair Masque ($51.50). I also listen to my skin. I change up my skincare routine at night a lot. Healthy, beautiful skin requires a variety of high-performance ingredients and at night is the best time to do that.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out in the business?
It is a fact that a large percentage of people who go through the effort and investment of attending and graduating from esthetics school will never end up practicing esthetics, or will do so for a short time. I believe this is because they could not find a job or if they did, the job was not the right fit for them. My best advice is to explore every option for employment, but be sure to only apply for a position that best suits your style and personality. This way you’re going into the career with a better chance of success.