NEW YORK TIMES, August 2016
Summer sun can be glorious with its bronzing rays and natural dose of vitamin D. But along with it comes the dark spots, the photo-aging and the clogged pores. Here, three facialists who have been heating up the beauty scene with their deft skills (and celebrity clientele) suggest the best skin care remedies for the season.
Location Upper East Side (114 East 71st Street; 212-472-1400). Custom facials with Ms. Louise are $500, or try one of her associates, whose fees start at $300.
Famous Clientele The influential fashion set, including Alexander Wang, Linda Evangelista, the makeup artist Gucci Westman and the photographer Mario Testino.
Background A British expat who had an established atelier in London for years, Ms. Louise moved to New York to be with her American husband six years ago and set up shop shortly after.
Signature Ms. Louise said she’s known for her mixture of holistic (e.g. reiki, crystals and even Tibetan sound bowls) and aesthetic options (read: with machines) and will tailor the balance to the client’s preferences. “New Yorkers are more highly strung, and they want a quick fix,” she said. “When I say the appointment will take an hour and a half, I’ll often get: ‘What are you going to do in an hour and a half? I need to be in and out in 60 minutes.’ In Europe, women take more time looking after their skin and with more alternative therapies. Here it’s, ‘I’m going to a dermatologist for an injection.’”
Recommendations for Summer “I’m deep-cleansing more because people are clogging their skin with sunblock and just sweating more,” Ms. Louise said. “Your skin needs to breathe.” That includes extractions, masks tailored to skin type and blasts of saline water dispensed from a high-speed machine to clear away the gunk.
For at-home care, Ms. Louise suggests layering multiple water-based serums and toners (she particularly likes the Sérum Colostrum from Biologique Recherche, the Rehyrdating Ginseng toner from Elemis and the oil-free Hydra Repair Elixir from her own line). “Your skin is seasonal — it changes,” she said. “You do need to change your skin care.”