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If you haven’t heard of her by name, you’ve almost certainly seen her work — on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet, for example — or perhaps caught wind of that infamous, celeb-favorite “penis facial” (a term coined by Cate Blanchett). Either way, as one of the top aestheticians in New York City, Georgia Louise knows her stuff about skin care — and she’s sharing some of her top tips for getting that red-carpet glow at home. Whether you’ve got a big event coming up or simply love getting dewy, radiant skin much as we do, here’s every step the world-famous facialist recommends.
Step 1: Get your tools in order.
First things first: In order to give yourself an A-lister-approved, at-home facial, you’ve got to avoid certain tools. In the weeks leading up to awards season, Louise says there are certain aspects of a regular facial that are best left out. “You don’t want to use steam, that’s the worst thing you want to do,” she warns. “And extract — two weeks prior to the event, there’s no extractions at all.”
New York City-based dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali agrees that extractions and steam are big no-no’s before any big event, and he also cautions against DIY extractions altogether. “At-home extractions or ‘popping’ is the fastest way to get scars,” he explains. “Often patients come in red and raw [after at-home extractions] and we need to use topical steroids and other anti-inflammatories to calm the skin fast, [which is] not ideal.”
After all, the goal of a good red-carpet facial is to get glowy — not red. If you think you need extractions, your best bet is always to book an appointment with your dermatologist. One tool you will want on hand at home, if you’ve got it: a jade roller or gua sha tool (see next step).
Step 2: Lymphatic drainage (aka a facial massage).
“I always tell people the quickest thing I can tell anyone is to massage the skin,” says Louise. “Apply your moisturizer [then] spend a minimum of three minutes massaging your skin.” It doesn’t just feel nice, massaging your skin stimulates lymphatic drainage, which Louise says will de-puff and ultimately help contour your face.
While you can massage your face using your hands, Louise suggests investing on a stone, such as a jade roller or gua sha tool, which you can store in the freezer for added firming benefits. “Put them in the freezer and they’re so cold [that] it’s like a cryo-massage on the skin. That’s tip No. 1.”
For the perfect facial massage, grab your frozen stone-tool of choice and proceed as follows: “Start on your forehead, then work over the brow and go into the eye area because the drains are right here. Then you [continue to] go down [the rest of your face].” Louise recommends doing this simple facial massage technique every night before bed because “then you’ll wake up less puffy.”
Step 3: LED Light Therapy.
“Light therapy is really nice because it brightens the skin, so we do lots of light therapy” Louise shares. While you obviously won’t be able to use the same LED light therapy modalities that Louise uses on JLaw, you can opt for an at-home light therapy mask, such as the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask or the Foreo UFO smart facial device.
Step 4: Chemical exfoliation.
A crucial step in any good facial: exfoliation. When choosing an exfoliant, Louise says that pre-red carpet, she prefers chemical over mechanical. “I don’t believe in scrubs, because it’s too aggressive on the skin,” she says. Instead, she recommends choosing a gentle chemical exfoliant that will work underneath the skin, such as a peel formulated with alpha hydroxy acids.