Jennifer Aniston has been holding down the healthy, glowy skin look for years now, and she has one woman in Hollywood to thank for that: Mila Moursi. The French-born skincare genius behind the eponymous Los Angeles-based boutique spa, has been keeping many an actress looking young and radiant for decades. (Her other clients include Courteney Cox and Chelsea Handler.) Fortunately for us civilians, her recently-launched skincare line is now available at Barneys. We met with Moursi recently to discuss the products, but truthfully, we had one big question on our mind: How do we get skin like Jennifer Aniston? Here, Moursi lays it out for us:
Find a ritual -- and stick with it: When we asked which product she would consider to be the "hero" product, she quickly shut down the idea. "If I give you the most expensive product in the line, but just by itself, it won't work," says Moursi. "For me, the 'hero' is when you put a beautiful regimen together -- that's when you get synergy. If your skin is stimulated, cleansed, prepared, then your skin is happy and ready for treatment." And Moursi really drives home the concept of a ritual, such as the following: "Cleanse your face, gently scrub, steam it, give it the nourishments it needs, then a mask to calm it down."
Create at-home facial results with a warm wash cloth: To mimic the steaming effect that you get from a spa service, Moursi suggests incorporating this household staple into your routine. A warm cloth will help soften the skin and open pores for cleansing. She also reminds us to "take [our] time to cleanse, and don't rush it."
Don't skip toner: To be honest, we've given some serious thought as to whether this step is necessary or not. But Moursi couldn't stress its importance enough. "To me, if you don't have time for anything: cleanse and tone. The toner has a lot of different factors. It completes your cleansing process, balances your pH and it helps shrink your pores. Why don't people use toner!"
Prepare skin at night: Look for ingredients which promote cell turnover and clears dead skin cells. Moursi is a fan of glycolic acid, which "penetrates the skin and behaves like a broom to clean the walls of the pores," she says. When you have blocked pores, "dead skin cells get stuck in there," Moursi points out. "Instead of coming to the surface, they die on the way up. You need to clear the pores and create an open channel for new skin cells to reach the surface."
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"The best way to fix and protect winter skin is to seal it and heal it," Krant says. "Yes, I just made that up." That means choosing a moisturizer that locks in moisture and provides some protection of the dermis to encourage healing, but still lets the skin breathe. Krant recommends choosing a thick, fragrance-free cream instead of a lotion, which can be watery, and putting it on after every shower. Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist in practice in New York City, also encourages a thick moisturizer. "I like non-petroleum based moisturizers," Buka told HuffPost Healthy Living. "Naturalists should like this too! Ceramides are naturally occurring moisturizers found in many emollients nowadays."
Your perfume can irritate your skin and, thanks to its alcohol content, can interfere with your skin's ability to maintain moisture levels. "Avoid fragrance, as this can cause mild irritation that further compromises barrier function against drying elements," Buka says.
Shortening your shower time and cooling the temperature of the water won't feel so great in the moment, when you'd like a little steam heat in your life, but your skin will thank you later. Hot, long showers strip our skin of its natural moisturizing oils, according to Krant. And Buka recommends bathing no more than once a day.
"Drink more water each day than you expect to really need," advises Krant. That will help replenish the water you're losing, thanks to windy, cold weather and overheated houses.
"Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil applied topically are great," says Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, HuffPost Healthy Living's Wellness Editor, who credits these nourishing, food-grade oils with helping many of her patients.
Fitzgerald recommends eating fish oil supplements or another source of heart-healthy omega-3s. That may be because a component of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid -- or EPA -- is thought to help regulate the skin's oil production, reports Discovery Health.
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