We all know the most basic tenets of skin care: wash your face, morning and night, with an appropriate cleanser. But did you realize that there are actually a multitude of techniques you should be using to maximize the effectiveness of your cleansing, toning, and treatment routine? If you *really* want that otherworldly glowing skin, it’s unfortunately not as easy as wash-and-go, which is why we decided to consult beauty veteran and founder of her cult-favorite namesake brand, Tata Harper.
Aside from being a testament to the effectiveness of her products (her complexion is off-the-charts dewy) the natural beauty expert has some signature methods that she’s developed to truly pamper your skin. “I feel that a lot of people think that cleansing is a very basic step,” she explains when we catch up with her at The Ludlow Hotel in New York. “And since it’s very basic, they can go very basic. Some people even use bar soap, but it’s so bad for you, and so drying, because it degenerates your [skin] barrier. So for me, it’s about the quality of the cleanser, avoiding all of those crazy detergents, [and using] great tools.” Harper agreed to demonstrate the six steps, techniques, and in some cases, *unique* tools (silkworm cocoons, anyone?) she uses to cleanse and treat her skin every. single. day.
1. DOUBLE CLEANSE AND EXFOLIATE… WITH SILKWORM COCOONS
“Cleansing is critical for skin health. The [first] oil cleanser will help you remove all of the pigment particles [and] dirt that has accumulated on the skin, and the second cleanse is an internal, deep cleansing treatment, like a juice cleanse for the skin. [The silkworm cocoons] are great for re-texturizing your skin, and helping you clean out the pores really well.”
2. MASK WITH A STEAM TOWEL
“[I use] this Volcanic Steam Towel, but you can use any towel before you put a mask on, to open up your pores and you trap all that heat in the skin. [Dip it in] warm water, and leave it for 30 seconds. When I have the mask on, I use a steamer for one minute. But people can also boil a pot [of water] and use a towel.”
3. APPLY A MASK DEPENDING ON WHAT YOUR SKIN NEEDS
“Masks are like medicine cabinet items for me. [If] today I am dry, tomorrow I’m not glowy, [and] the next day I’m breaking out. It really depends on what’s happening to you at the moment, or what condition you are battling. When I have a special event that I need my skin to be super glowy, I do a resurfacing mask. When I feel dry, I use the moisturizing mask.”
4. INCREASE FACIAL CIRCULATION WITH A LIGHT ROLLER MASSAGE
“I use this Méthode Jeanne Piaubert Stimuloval toning roller. It’s silicone and really delicate. It just brings a lot of circulation to the skin, and when you have more circulation, you have more blood flow, and then your skin gets more nutrition, just by stimulating the skin. Just [use] a pump of serums, and always starting with the neck with medium pressure, enough that you feel that the skin gets a little pink. Use it in different direction—perpendicular, then across, [and] diagonal.”
5. APPLY YOUR EYE CREAM IN CIRCLES, AND DON’T FORGET YOUR LIPS!
“The skin [around your eyes] is so delicate, so thin, and you break your collagen fibers easily b pulling with friction. The only way that you can massage the eye area is when you have a lot of slip [with your eye cream]. Because we accumulate a lot of fat, a lot of fluid, [around the eyes], by you stimulating it everyday in the right direction, you make sure that a big bag and any dark shadows never accumulate. So it’s great to massage this out, [using your finger around] in one direction, and then the other. [Remember to] apply to the temple! I also love to apply it around my lip, because the skin is so thin, that typically eye creams work really well in the lip area.”
6. MOISTURIZE AND MASSAGE FOR MAXIMUM GLOW
“[Facial massage] gets a lot of micro-circulation back into the skin. It’s stimulating the skin so that blood flows easily, so that oxygen gets transported into every area of the skin. By doing that, you stimulate a lot of collagen growth, to get back the youthful, glowy tone in the skin. I actually take moisturizer, and I mix it with a few drops of the oil, and I put them together on my skin. [Then massage] up the cheeks, then up [over the nose] and across the forehead. Then upwards on the neck, [then] across the forehead [again].”