Source: The Cos Bar
The ever-youthful Lily Garfield of The Cos Bar shares spring skincare tips that work.
Lily Garfield knows a thing or two about taking care of your skin. She's a pioneer in the beauty boutique industry, having opened her first cosmetic and skincare Cos Bar emporium in 1976. Now, with a total of 12 locations dotted throughout the U.S., she's a living example of how doting on your skin can make you look younger.
She tests every single product before it hits The Cos Bar's shelves. In this way, it needs to get the Lily stamp of approval before it's sold.
Being the guinea pig has paid off. Just look at her skin. She's plastic surgery free and over 60.
Below, her tips on how you can upgrade your skincare so that you can, in her words, best "retard the process of aging."
What's the number one thing women over 40 need to consider when it comes to their skincare?
Proper cleansing. When women come into Cos Bar, you hear them talking about this moisturizer or that moisturizer and how it's not performing. Chances are the moisturizers are not penetrating the skin. You penetrate by getting rid of that top layer of skin. The big answer is exfoliation.
How do you find out they are not cleansing efficiently?
I ask them—and you have to ask yourself—is there a product in your routine that is a scrub, a Clarisonic or a clarifying lotion? So after using all these moisturizers, they admit to using just use soap and water to cleanse! If you do that, you still have that top layer of dead skin.
How often should you exfoliate?
Believe it or not, as long as you are gentle and not overdoing and abusing it, you can exfoliate every day whether it is a physical or chemical exfoliant. It's not any different than a man shaving every day.
What do you use for general cleansing?
For over 40 years I've never used soap on my face. I only use facial wash or cleansers. I don't even use soap on my body. There is a residual feeling you get from soap.
If not soap, then what?
I prefer liquid bath gels like those by Mademoiselle, Molton Brown, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and Bliss...everything from fragrance to non-fragrance. And I always apply with a puff. It feels like you are taking a bubble bath in your shower.
As we transition from winter to spring, what is a MUST in terms of skincare changes a woman over 40 needs to make to adapt to the weather?
Twice a year I recommend my customers invest in ampoules. I explain it to costumers like this. In the fall you are shedding your summer coat and now that spring is upon us, you are shedding your winter coat. You want to boost up the energy of the skin beyond your daily exfoliation.
What are ampoules?
Ampoules are intensive treatments that you do for one month. The one that gets the greatest results is RéVive Peu Magnifique. It's a process, to use a spring analogy that primes the DNA of the skin to come out blossoming. To use the analogy further, it's like fertilizing your skin.
How much does it cost?
They come at cost, $1500 for the RéVive, but you do this just twice a year. This is a real way of how you can totally retard the process of aging. I always say you cannot stop aging, but you can slow it down....
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