“Spill it! What’s your favorite product?”
How many times have you wanted to ask that question to your favorite shop owner, manager and superstar beauty expert? That’s exactly what we did today — we cut through the chaos that hundreds of options can create to bring you only the favorites of these local beauty experts, which can be found in Memphis’ local businesses. Splurges and steals alike, each of these picks is a verified winner!
Local Beauty Experts’ Top Beauty Picks
FACIAL PRODUCTS & TREATMENTS
Lipstick Queen, SK-II Facial Treatment & Pathology Sheet Masks
Kendrick Simpson at Oak Hall picked out items for every beauty budget, ranging from $5 to $174. So take your pick, from lipstick to sheet masks. The Lipstick Dating Queen collection of lip colors can transition with any fall outfit or makeup style; the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence helps tired summer skin return to silky-smooth in no time; and lastly, the affordable Patchology Skin Masks are a great gift and will make tired skin feel new and fresh again in just minutes. You can purchase all of these at Oak Hall.
Simply Clean Cleanser by SkinCeuticals
Amanda Meek, Clinic Administrator at University Plastic Surgeons, says this set of SkinCeuticals cleansers contains hydrating B5 gel, an oil-free hydrating serum; CE Ferulic, a daytime Vitamin C serum that protects and improves fine lines and wrinkles; and Physical Fusion UV Defense, a tinted sunscreen that also evens skin tone. In case those words are foreign to you, all three of these products help with hydrating and moisturizing your skin along with skin protection for the sun. Find them at University Plastic Surgeons for $237.
FaceMD Natural Exfoliator and Hydrating Facial Cream
Carol Langsdon of The Langsdon Clinic says her favorite products for fall are the FaceMD Natural Exfoliator ($60) along with the Hydrating Facial Cream ($80). “FaceMD Natural Exfoliator is by far one of our favorite skincare products that was formulated for our clinic over 10 years ago. It is a must for fall skincare to begin the repair from summer damage and is used with a medical-grade skin care system,” she says. But like many things, it works even better with a sister product. “For the face, I recommend the FaceMD hydrating facial cream. It has loads of hyaluronic acid in it, and we have been using it for over 10 years.”
Kate Gassaway of Solutions Medical Center says, “The HydraFacial treatment is the newest advance in non-laser skin resurfacing. It is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. This results in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime.”
Dry, tired skin needs just a little bit of moisture to repair it from the hot, summer sun. Mona Sappenfield of Mona Esthetics says, “Facial serums perform in the skin’s sub-epidermal layer. It will renew and keep the skin hydrated and in balance with nurturing hyaluronic acid peptides and soothing vitamins. You will see a difference for skin rejuvenation for face, neck and hands.”
HAIR PRODUCTS & TREATMENTS
Several of the stylists at Great Lengths say that fall is the best time for Brazilian blowouts and a hair color change. Carol Bakowicz, the owner of Great Lengths, says, “Enhancements for fall with dimension to hair is very popular — balayage, baby lights, highlights and lowlights with an Elumen gloss.”
Stylist Brooke Ansley adds, “Fall hair color is strawberry blonde and adding caramel to brown hair to create dimension. Icy blondes are a big thing for the colder weather.”
Maribel Rhoda, another stylist at Great Lengths, says, “Love the Brazilian blowout ionic spray to smooth your frizz for a perfect fall finish!”
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Laser Treatment & SkinMedica’s Lytera System
DeDe Sellers, RN, at The Skin Clinics, says, “I love getting rid of sun damage and tired, drooping skin with our laser! A good combination of erbium and IPL, it can make you look years younger with very little downtime.” Along with this laser, there is a system that coincides. “When you follow up the laser with a superior product like SkinMedica’s Lytera system, which shuts down the color producing dendrites in the skin, you get long-lasting, sustainable, youthful results that make your skin glow,” she adds.
Cherry almond shampoo & conditioner
With a cooler season comes dry hair that will be in need of moisturizing and TLC. Scot Robinson, co-owner of Pavo SalonSpa, has a couple of favorite trends for the fall. “We love the new cherry almond shampoo and conditioner for its lightweight feel while adding softness to worn-out summertime hair.”
Hair color, a bold lip color, exfoliators and cleansers are your ticket to fall beauty. And now you know what — and where — to buy!
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