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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.