Welcome to My Beauty Ritual, a weekly series where editors, experts, and pros reveal the ways in which they use beauty — especially skin care — as a method of self-care. In this week’s installment, aesthetician Shani Darden shares how she's is using skin care to find calmness in a world of uncertainty.
As an aesthetician, Shani Darden is used to caring for other people's complexions — including A-list celebs like Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington- Whitely, and Shay Mitchell, to name just a few. She also has her own brand, Shani Darden Skin Care, which just dropped at Sephora. These two jobs normally keep Darden very busy and focused on how she can help her clients and customers achieve their skin goals, but in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, she's taking the time to give her own skin the extra T.L.C. it deserves.
The first step in her skin-care-as-self-care ritual is cleansing. For this, she uses the Shani Darden Cleansing Serum, which contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and oat bran extract to nourish the skin barrier and prevent moisture loss. Next up, she applies Garnier's SkinActive Glow Boost Fresh-Mix Sheet Mask with Vitamin C, as she says this helps to brighten and further hydrate her skin. Then it's time for serum — her current go-to is Dr. Nigma's No. 1, as it's rich in hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to plump, smooth, and protect the skin.
As for her final step, that would be sunscreen, of course. Right now, she's reaching for Supergoop's Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract, which features rosemary leaf extract to soothe skin, as well as glycerin for hydration. She notes the importance of wearing sunscreen indoors, as UV rays can easily penetrate right through windows.
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