This Skin Care Expert Shares Her Secrets to Looking #Flawless During Quarantine

Say Goodbye to “Maskne” and Hello to Youthful, Glowing Skin

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger
Photography Provided By: @cheriecarlsonphotography 
Location: @luxuryfinehomes 
MUA: @muatiffanyrios  California Cosmetics

This pandemic has not only wreaked havoc on our daily routines, personal health and social lives, but it’s also been tough on our skin. Let’s be honest—the ”maskne” is real. And while the world may have turned on its head, your skin shouldn’t have to suffer. If your normal skincare routine just isn’t cutting it right now, we’ve feel you. That’s why we turned to Lea Barczak, CEO of California Cosmetics in Newport Beach for some helpful skincare tips. Here’s how this expert keeps herself looking #flawless in the midst of a pandemic.


Morning Routine California Cosmetics

Step 1: Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse!

Always wash your face! “When you sleep, your face produces sweat and oil and your hair products you may have put in the night before can end up on your skin. Also, if you’re using highly active RX products they must be removed in the morning. I wash my face with my SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser,” says Barczak. “If I’m looking for a deep exfoliation, I use my Clarisonic facial brush with a cashmere head.”


Step 2: Brighten Up Those Eyes

After fully cleansing, Barczak allows her skin to dry. “If I’m needing a little boost before makeup, I apply my SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Masks. They’re cooling and brightening! I’ve been known to wear these during my Zoom meetings,” she laughs.


Step 3: Bye Bye Wrinkles California Cosmetics

“Next, I apply my SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex and then my TNS Essential Serum.” This patented growth factor serum is packed with antioxidants and peptides that work to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture. “It’s great for all skin types too,” she explains.


Step 4: Enrich Your Skin California Cosmetics

Barczak then applies her SkinMedica LUMIVIVE™ DAY Damage Defense Serum. “This provides my skin with a bio-barrier against environmental aggressors, including blue light, pollution and damaging rays.” This product is a modern-day antioxidant serum that is loaded with 32 antioxidants—aka not your grandma’s vitamin C.


Step 5: Hydration Is Key California Cosmetics

Next comes SkinMedica’s HA 5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This product supports the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, resulting in radiant, rejuvenated tone and texture and works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. “This hydrator has five forms of hyaluronic acid that work to enhance the look and feel of my skin. It also helps prolong the use of my dermal fillers! I love using it on my lips! I will oftentimes blend it with a splash of water to help it penetrate better,” says Barczak.


Step 6: Perfect Your Pigmentation

To improve the pigmentation of her skin, Barczak uses SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum. “This product has changed my life!” says Barczak. “I battle with melasma and have never had a pigment-correcting product that works like Lytera! I use it in the morning and at night all year long to keep my stubborn pigment in check! It doesn’t make me sun-sensitive, and it doesn’t irritate my skin.”


Step 7: Get Your “Beauty Sleep”

As one of the final steps to her morning routine, Barczak applies her SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream, which helps to give her a rested look.


Step 7: Silky Smooth California Cosmetics

“Then, I apply my LA MER Moisturizing Cream,” she says. “This cream makes my skin supple and smooth—it practically melts into the skin!”


Step 8: [Don’t] Feel the Burn…

To finish, Barczak applies SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+. “I will wear the tinted version if I’m having a no-makeup day and non-tinted if I’m applying makeup,” she says. “This is a critical part of my regime, and I never skip it!” This sunscreen product not only protects the skin against the sun’s damaging rays, but it also protects against heat. According to Barczak, melasma is a tricky skin condition that can be triggered by the sun’s rays, heat exposure and hormones. “This SPF helps keep the appearance of my pigmentation to a minimum,” she explains.


Nighttime Routine

Step 1: Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse!

Just like step one of her morning routine, Barczak believes it is essential to wash her face before bed. “I don’t care how late I’ve stayed up or how tired I am, I always wash my face!” To cleanse, she uses her SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser or her Chanel Sublimage Cleansing Soap. “I often will cleanse twice if I have a lot of makeup on,” she explains.


Step 2: Bye Bye Wrinkles California Cosmetics

After her skin has fully dried, she applies her TNS Recovery Complex on her face, décolleté, breasts, arms and hands.


Step 3: Operation Revival

“Then I apply my SkinMedica LUMIVIVE™ NIGHT Revitalize Repair Complex to my face, décolleté, breasts, arms and hands. This helps regenerate my skin as I sleep!” 


Step 4: Perfect Complexion

Next, she applies her SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0, which rejuvenates the skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. “Out of all the retinol-based products I’ve ever used or had compounded at our pharmacy, this one is by far the best! It’s extremely gentle yet effective!” This product can be applied to the neck, décolleté area, breasts and back of the hands. 


Step 6: You Glow, Girl California Cosmetics

“If I’m feeling like I need an extra boost, I apply SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cream to my face. I wake up with the best GLOW ever!” But on the nights she doesn’t use SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0, she incorporates her SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum and her Chanel SUBLIMAGE L’EXTRAIT DE CRÈME.

To learn more about Barczak and her skincare tips and tricks, follow @leacouture and @californiacosmeticsoc on Instagram! If you are ready to take the next step towards flawless skin, you can purchase each of these top-notch products at www.californiacosmetics.com

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