First, “You need to exfoliate,” the celeb facialist told E! News host Sibley Scoles at the LA-based Shani Darden Salon. “People with dry skin get really nervous in the winter months about exfoliating the top layer of their skin, but if you don’t exfoliate nothing can get through.”
After you exfoliate, the pro suggests using retinol to keep skin blemish and wrinkle-free. The ingredient is part of the retinoid family, related to vitamin A, and once it’s applied to the skin, enzymes in the body turn it into an acid that increases cell turnover, fades hyperpigmentation and keeps skin hydrated.
For the facialist, it’s the secret sauce to Jessica Alba-level skin.
Shani and Jessica have also partnered to create the Honest Beauty Younger + Clearer skin-care collection, which was formulated to fight against adult acne and wrinkles. Retinol is its key ingredient.