Earlier this month, I swung by Haven Beauty Lounge, and had a chance to chat with founder Shae Jackson, probably the most dialed-in beauty gal in all of DC. In between treatments, I just had to ask about her top beauty obsessions…and of course now they’re mine too! Check out product recommendations from the gal who has seen and tried them all! Her fave products are oldies..but really really goodies!
Jackson uses Somme Institute’s professional line in salon which should be applied every 4-6 weeks during your standing facial appointment at Haven. For the rest of us, there is a daily regimen for at-home which revolutionized the way I care for my skin. The five steps can seem a bit intimidating at first, but I was able to incorporate it all with ease (sure helps to stay on track when you see results so quickly!) Start with the milky Cleanser to prep skin for exfoliation with Transport pads, which improve texture and infuses MDT5 simultaneously and is so easy to use. Next is my favorite part, the Serum which is like a shot of vitamin C for skin (mine just drinks it up!). Two squirts will cover your whole face and infuse it with the good stuff. Finally, the A-Bomb (don’t you love that name?) contains the vitamins A and D expertly formulated into a lightweight moisturizer. During the day I apply the SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer to protect my skin–both face and body! I’m not the only one to fall for Somme Institute, TDO editor Carolyn has been obsessed with last year! (P.S. How cute is that mobile kit pictured? It’s a great way to check out the line without fully committing from the get-go!)
If you’re looking for deeper exfoliation (getting ready for summer), Dr. Dennis Gross products are also among Shae’s favorites, especially the famed Alpha Beta Face Peel. I was so excited to try this product, because it’s great to be able to do a professional-strength peel on a daily basis! High concentrations of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids are powerful anti-aging boosters, and deliver a stronger, faster-acting professional-grade peel sans irritation. Although I was dubious of how such a simple 2-step process would do, I was pleasantly surprised–the tingly feeling with step 1 (acid) was quite pronounced! I love feeling like a product is working, and the sensation is palpable for the first two minutes and beyond, when step 2 is incorporated. There’s no excuse not to use these pre-soaked pads to treat your face on a daily basis! These pads are like little miracle workers in terms of reducing pores, brightening complexion, treating dark spots, attacking wrinkles, and improving skin tone. Thanks to Jackson’s recommendations, my skin’s never looked better (except of course, post-facial).