Face First

Face First

Be it fatigue, dryness, or aging, skin should never be left behind. Ahead, the tips and tricks you need to know.

Be it fatigue, dryness, or aging, skin should never be left behind. Ahead, the tips and tricks you need to know.

Photography: Richard Burbridge

Styling: Britt Berger

Text: Erin Flaherty

This article originally appeared in VMAN38. Order your copy here

Charcoal

MIKHAIL WEARS JACKET AND SHIRT SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO EARRING (THROUGHOUT) HIS OWN

Long guzzled down by health nuts, the inky black ingredient has infiltrated the skincare world. The options are endless, but its true potency is harnessed in a face mask. We suggest Context's White Charcoal Detox Mask to take advantage of the detoxifying properties of the substance, which purports to suck up impurities and leave your skin as cleansed as a juice fast, without the need to chug those charcoal drinks. ($45, contextskin.com)

Light

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LED light facials were once available only in spas and dermatologists' offices, but beauty tech has brought them into the home. Different wavelengths are used for different results—blue for acne, amber for anti-aging—and now, Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross offers the DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro, which packs 72 LED lights into a mask that claims to take years off your eye area if you use it for just minutes a day. ($159, drdennisgross.com)

Gold

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Diamonds, pearls... luxury skincare ingredients may come and go, but gold is still the standard. Ancient beauties ranging from Cleopatra to the geishas of Kyoto relied on the metal as an elixir of youth—it's said to have both anti-inflammatory and skin plumping benefits. We like Mimi Luzon's 24k Pure Gold Mask, which treats redness and fine lines. Classic. ($299, mimi-luzon.com)

Rubber

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If you want to terrify your seatmate, bust out a Hannibal Lecter-esque rubber face mask on your next flight. It may look scary, but it's worth it if you want to land a glowing, super-hydrated complexion. Dr. Jart+'s Hydration Lover Rubber Mask contains algae and vitamin-C-rich seaweed extract, and the rubber texture ensures maximum penetration. Double bonus: It makes a skin-friendly Halloween costume. ($12, sephora.com)

Blood

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If you're into the Kardashians, you may have heard of the "vampire facial," a procedure wherein your blood is withdrawn and injected back into your face. For the faint of heart, the developer of the facial, Dr. Barbara Sturm, offers MC1, or "blood cream." For a cool $1400, the Germany-based doctor will draw a blood sample, then mix the white blood cells into a cream (don't worry, it's not crimson-hued) that insiders swear works wonders. Skincare doesn't get more customized than that. ($1400, dr-barbara-sturm.com)

Flowers

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On the coast of Normandy grows the gorgeous Rose de Granville, which boasts supercharged amounts of micronutrients. Dior has extracted the goods and poured over 10,000 micro-pearls into each bottle of its decadent new Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose serum, which is easier to apply than, say, actual rose petals. ($260, dior.com)

Credits: HAIR AND GROOMING SHINGO SHIBATA (THE WALL GROUP) MAKEUP KANAKO TAKASE (STREETERS) MODEL MIKHAEL AYOUB (REQUEST MODELS) PRODUCTION JESSICA DALY (ART + COMMERCE) DIGITAL TECHNICIAN KEVIN KUNSTADT (CAPTURE THIS DIGITAL) PHOTO ASSISTANTS TYLER NEVITT AND PETER SISKOS STYLIST ASSISTANT DANIEL LEE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT MELISSA HUDSON (ART + COMMERCE)

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