Ever wish you could peek into the beauty cabinets of other women? Ask them about each and every product before you gather your notes and make aВ beeline for the nearest beauty supply store? We did too, hence ourВ Real Women, Real RoutinesВ series. We're shining a spotlight on actual women, and detailing the ins and outs ofВ their personal skincare routines.
We asked all the questions, from their approach to skincare to issues they're dealing with,В morning and evening beauty rituals, and the products they'll keep buying forever. In this week's column,В brand founder and aestheticianВ Angela Caglia took us through every step in her luxurious but effective skincare routine. Caglia started as a skin therapist, and after a few high-profile clients, amassed a cult following who flock to her forВ indulgent butВ results-driven treatments. Caglia now has her own skincare line (of the same name), so you can be sure she knows her stuff. RitualisticВ and calming, her routine is the perfect form of self-care.В
Describe your approach to skincare.
My approach to skincare is uncomplicated and simple, butВ I use high performing natural ingredients that protect and soothe my skin and keep its barrier intact. I don't have a ton of products on my vanity. I'm consistent with my routine and never go to bed without removing makeup and treating my skin.В
How do you go about choosing your skincare products?В
I always look at the ingredients listing of any product before I purchase. IВ try to avoid glycols, fragrance, silicones, and colorants. IВ also check to see the order of the ingredients, because this tells me what it's mainly made of.
Do you have any skincare issues you're currently treating?В
I'm in my late 40's, so my skincare concerns are mainly around fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity, and hyperpigmentation.
I mainly use only my product line because others I've tried on the market disappoint me or make my skin react. I'm very picky. I create new products with my lab a lot. I'm very involved in the formulation of the brand.В
What five products do you buy over and over again?
I use myВ Dream Exfoliant Sleeping MaskВ ($105) with glycolic acid every other night to help with pigmentation, exfoliation, fine lines and wrinkles. It's like an overnight facial.
MyВ SoufflГ© MoisturizerВ ($70) is another one I couldn't live without. It's made of the bestВ USDA certified organic and natural ingredients. It hydrates and soothes my skin immediately. It's made up of aloe juice as the first ingredient (not water like most moisturizers), goats milk powder for calming, vitamin c, and of course my hero ingredient, meadowfoam seed oil.
MyВ sheet maskВ ($55) is another must in my routine. It's made of bio-cellulose which is the bestВ for serum penetration.В It's made with hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin c, meadowfoam seed oil, lactic acid and gold flakes. It has zero fragrance too, as most sheet masks have a perfume that can irritate the skin. I use it before an event-it's a game-changer.В
I also love the Ursa MajorВ face wipesВ ($24) for travel. They are the best on the market in my opinion.ВAngela Caglia Dream Exfoliating Mask $105ShopAngela Caglia SoufflГ© Moisturizer $70ShopAngela Caglia Facial In A Mask $55ShopUrsa Major Face Wipes $24Shop
Anything you'd never use on your skin?
I never use synthetic retinol. It's just not my thing. I want to age better naturally and keep my skin barrier intact.
Walk us through the products and steps in your current morning routine.В
First, I rinse with cold water, then apply my SoufflГ© MoisturizerВ ($70). Next, I love to roll my face with myВ La Vie En Rose Quartz RollerВ ($65) for 10 minutes. I keep them in the fridge, so they're great for waking me up. I also like to use myВ sheet maskВ ($55) every other morning.
I wash all of my make off with a cleansing balm. I then use a creme cleanser as a second cleanse (I createdВ one as part of my brand recently and it's in the process of testing).
Next, I'll apply myВ Dream Exfoliant Sleeping MaskВ ($105) and go to bed with it on. Or I'll apply my Essential Beauty Drops and dip my rose quartz rollers in warm water and roll them over it. It's heavenly before bed!