Star Beauty

Celeb aes­theti­cian Lord Gavin McLeod-Valen­tine shares seven easy ways to re­fresh your skin­care reg­i­men.

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1. Cleanse Your Skin Prop­erly

Be­tween cell dam­age caused by pol­lu­tion and the daily wear and tear of makeup, our skin is fac­ing more threats than ever be­fore, and we may not be do­ing enough. “Cleans­ing thor­oughly at the end of the day is the most im­por­tant step,” says Lord Gavin McLeod-Valen­tine, whose clients in­clude Mandy Moore and Kim Kar­dashian West. His ad­vice: Try dou­ble cleans­ing. Start with a cream cleanser to re­move makeup and flush clogged pores, then fol­low it with a light gel for­mula to re­move any re­main­ing dirt or bac­te­ria. “Once all the block­ages and bar­ri­ers are re­moved, then our serums and creams can do what they do ef­fec­tively.”

Bi­ologique Recherche Lait VIP O2, $98, bi­;

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $42,

2. In­vest in a Gad­get

Why go high-tech? “Gadgets are like a boot camp for our skin,” shares McLeod-Valen­tine. “Sim­i­lar to pro treat­ments, they help lift and firm while en­hanc­ing the re­sults of prod­ucts.” In ad­di­tion to giv­ing all his new clients a Nu­face mi­crocur­rent de­vice, he’s also a fan of the LightS­tim and ZIIP tools be­cause of their abil­ity to defy grav­ity and min­i­mize hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. “The only caveat is that you have to use a de­vice reg­u­larly and con­sis­tently to see re­sults, but it’s worth the time and en­ergy.” LightS­tim for Wrin­kles, $249, lights­;

Nu­Face Trin­ity, $325, myn­u­

3. Ban­ish Blue Light

Amer­i­cans spend an av­er­age of seven hours per day on phones and com­put­ers, ex­pos­ing our eyes and skin to cell-dam­ag­ing blue light. “I see 20-year-olds with crow’s-feet, tech neck and a less-than-firm jaw­line,” says McLeod-Valen­tine. “In this mod­ern age, part of ev­ery­one’s skin­care rou­tine should be us­ing a pro­tec­tive screen on all our de­vices to shield against th­ese dan­ger­ous rays. It’s just as im­por­tant as us­ing a serum or eye cream, if not more so,” the pro says.

EyeJust Blue Light Block­ing Screen Pro­tec­tor for phones, $35,

4. Switch to Serums

The most po­tent skin­care prod­ucts right now have a su­perlight tex­ture, al­most like wa­ter. Case in point: the new Re­touch line by In­traceu­ti­cals. “Th­ese serums con­tain goal-tar­get­ing pep­tides that work on a cel­lu­lar level — not just on the sur­face of the skin — to ef­fect real change,” re­veals McLeod-Valen­tine of the brand he works with and its deeply pen­e­trat­ing for­mu­las. “They can be mixed to­gether or used alone to cre­ate a cus­tom-tai­lored rou­tine that works just for your skin.” In­traceu­ti­cals Re­touch Serums, $69 each, in­traceu­ti­

5. Make Sure to Mask

Most of us live busy lives, but self-care plays an im­por­tant part in how youth­ful we look and feel. McLeod-Valen­tine makes mask­ing one of his top pri­or­i­ties. “I’m a big fan of do­ing a pu­ri­fy­ing mask once a week,” he notes of his reg­u­lar rit­ual.

“It helps re­move all the dead cells and cleans out the pores so we can have healthy skin func­tion. That’s the goal, af­ter all.” Bos­cia Lu­miniz­ing Black Mask, $34,

6. Re­pair Skin While You Sleep

Our bodies go into rest and re­cov­ery mode when we sleep. “Us­ing prod­ucts rich in vi­ta­min A [like retinol], an­tiox­i­dants and col­la­gen pep­tides at night works with our cir­ca­dian rhythm to re­pair day­time dam­age and boost the skin’s abil­ity to pro­tect and re­new it­self,” says McLeod-Valen­tine. Pixi Sk­in­treats Overnight Retinol Oil, $24, pix­

7. Shop Smart

Beauty con­sumers are more ed­u­cated about skin­care than they’ve ever been. Still, some in­gre­di­ent lists can be harder to de­ci­pher than hi­ero­glyph­ics. When it comes to shop­ping for new prod­ucts, McLeod-Valen­tine of­fers th­ese easy tips:


Start by fig­ur­ing out what your skin needs. Do you want to get rid of your wrin­kles? Min­i­mize sunspots? Ban­ish un­der-eye bags? Know­ing what the goal is will help guide your search.

• DO SOME IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING With new, pow­er­ful in­gre­di­ents be­ing in­tro­duced ev­ery day, like baku­chiol, the nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive to retinol, you may need to go on­line to fa­mil­iar­ize your­self with the lat­est op­tions to tar­get the is­sue you want to ad­dress. Then nar­row down your spe­cific needs and choose the best for­mula con­tain­ing the in­gre­di­ent that’s right for you.

• CHECK OUT WHAT THE PROS USE Given the num­ber of prod­ucts on the mar­ket, shop­ping for skin­care can be over­whelm­ing. When in doubt, look at the lines sold at your der­ma­tol­o­gist’s of­fice, ad­vises McLeod-Valen­tine. “Those are gen­er­ally the prod­ucts that de­liver quan­tifi­able re­sults.”

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