Essential At-Home Beauty Tips from Our Founder, Lily Garfield
We had a video call with our founder, Lily Garfield, to see how she is spending her time at home. She gave us some incredible daily ritual tips to help us all practice self-care and bring some much-needed beauty into our lives right now.
“Hi everyone, Lily here. I wanted to let you know that if you are stuck at home and going crazy, please know that you are not alone! I’m with you and thinking about you. I’m typically very active; I went to Antarctica last month and love to golf and ski with my grandchildren. However, given the circumstances in these trying times, we must stay home to be safe. With so much time on our hands, I wanted to share some of the beauty and self-care routines I’ve been practicing at home. It’s important to take some time out of the day for yourself and maybe even try to recreate some of the services we usually love to indulge in. Believe me that this has truly helped me stay sane and keep me calm!”
DAY 1: At-Home Facial
DAY 2: Haircare and Hairstyling
DAY 3: At-Home Nail Salon
DAY 4: Body Care
DAY 1 - AT HOME FACIAL
“A facial is one of the most important things you can be doing for yourself right now. Here is what I do to best recreate what you would get from a professional facialist. This may seem like a lot of steps & products, but don’t let that scare you! I’ve found that this is the amount it takes to really care for your skin and truly pamper yourself.
- Double Cleanse
- First step: Taking off your makeup. I love using the Clé de Peau Beauté Cleansing Cream Oil because of how effective yet gentle it is on the skin.
- Second step: Deep cleaning the skin. My favorite is the Rice & Geranium Foaming Cleanser from Chantecaille or the Natura Bissé Facial Cleansing Gel + AHA. The Alpha-Hydroxy acids (AHA) mildly exfoliates and removes all impurities for a smooth skin texture afterwards.
- Toner: A toner is very important to balance the pH levels of your skin. The Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence Moisture Boosting Toner makes my skin feel so rejuvenated and the spray makes it easy to put on too!
- Purifying Mask: Now you need something to pull out the impurities and remove the dead skin. Some of the best options are the Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask, the Tata Harper Purifying Mask, and the Patchology SmartMud Masque. I would leave this on for 10 minutes and when I’m done my skin is extremely smooth, soft, and clean.
- Treatment Mask: The next step is another mask! If you were getting a treatment, your facialist would ask, “What are your needs?” This is important to ask yourself. Analyze your skin and figure out what it is you need. Is it hydration, firmness, radiance, or something else? You can even mix it up each time depending on what you are looking for that week. I find that I always gravitate towards these incredible masks below:
- Radiance and moisture: RéVive Masque de Radiance Brightening Moisture Mask
- Nourish and soothe: Chantecaille Gold Energizing Recovery Mask
- Hydrate and plump: Sisley-Paris Black Rose Cream Mask
- Lift and firm: La Mer The Lifting & Firming Mask
- Eye Mask: We should not be forgetting to take care of the skin around our eyes. I would usually put on an eye mask at the same time I do my treatment mask. My absolute favorite is the Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels. It hydrates and depuffs my eyes extremely well, plus it’s so quick and easy!
- Toner again: When done with all the masks, I would spray my skin with the facial toner again to ensure everything is balanced and ready for the next steps.
- Serum: This step is essential because serums penetrate deep into the skin and further target your specific concerns. I would suggest using a serum that correlates to the type of treatment mask you chose. The below are my top serums that I alternate daily:
- Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum: soothes and calms the skin
- Clé de Peau Beauté Firming Serum Supreme: I bring this down to my neck to sculpt
- La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum: when I need energizing hydration
- Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Serum 2.0: the best for anti-aging
- Natura Bissé Inhibit High Definition Serum: the ultimate all-in-one fixer
- Face Cream: We need to lock in all the hard work we did with a powerful face cream. My go-to has always been the AmorePacific Time Response Skin Reserve Creme, and recently I’ve been absolutely loving the new B21 Renaissance Cream from Orlane.
- Eye Serum & Cream: please don’t forget the eyes. I never finish a skincare routine without my favorite RéVive Anti-Aging Eye Serum followed by the Clé de Peau Beauté Enhancing Eye Contour Cream Supreme which has done wonders to reduce lines and smoothe the eye area.
- Neck cream: if you have another minute to spare, I highly suggest a neck cream as the final part of this treatment. If you are a woman over 40 like me, or even younger for preventative measures, a neck cream is crucial. The Natura Bissé Tensolift Neck Cream is one of the best investments you can make to preserve your youth.
This whole facial treatment takes a good 45 minutes and will really give you the extra pampering you need! These steps will help you recreate what you would get from the facialist you can’t go see right now. I know this may be a tough time for us at the moment but I wanted to show you that there are light-hearted things you can do for yourself at home to stay calm and stay safe. I think it is important now more than ever to practice self-care. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to take your skincare to the next level! I would never have thought to use this many products at home, but trust me that this is what it takes to perform a truly pampering facial on yourself. I hope you find this useful and helpful.
ADD ON BONUS TIP: As an add on, while you are self-quarantining for the next unknown amount of time… let your lashes grow! I have been religiously putting on the RevitaLash Eyelash Conditioner every night and I have seen such a noticeable difference. Your friends will be pleasantly surprised when they eventually see you to know how much longer your natural lashes have become!”
SHOP LILY’S AT-HOME FACIAL FAVORITES:
DAY 2 - AT HOME HAIRCARE AND STYLING
“Taking care of my hair is something that I have always done. I know some of you may rely on hair stylists and professionals for this kind of styling and treatment, but since seeing them is not possible at the moment, I wanted to show you that with a few amazing products, you can definitely create amazing hair right at home.
- Hair Mask & Treatment: Just as you ask yourself what your skincare needs are, you need to know your hair care needs as well. Do you color your hair? Does it need strengthening? Is your hair dry? The below masks and treatments are my favorites for these specific concerns.
- Shampoo & Conditioner: everyone needs an amazing basic duo that works well for their hair, this may be a journey for some to find but throughout my years of trial and error I must say there is nothing like Oribe.
- Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume: gives the ultimate volume and thickness
- Oribe Serene Scalp Dandruff Shampoo: if you have dandruff or a dry scalp, this is a Godsend
- Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color: extends the life of your color
- Oribe Conditioner for Brilliance & Shine: for the shiniest hair you could ask for
- Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner: the ultimate combination that is good for everyone and everything
- Comb Hair: always run a comb through your wet hair before brushing and styling so as not to damage it. The Mason Pearson Detangling Comb is perfect for this task
- Styling: I start with the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil throughout my hair but mostly at the ends to control frizz while adding strength and shine. Then I put on the Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse at the base for extra body and volume.
- Protection: If your hairstylist puts something on to protect your hair before a blowout (which they always do!), then so should you. Thermal protection is extremely important before using any tool with heat. My favorites are the Oribe Royal Blowout or the Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray for second day hair styling.
- Blowout: Take it from me, invest in a good blow dryer! The T3 Cura hair dryer is absolutely amazing, it makes my hair so much smoother and frizz-free. I like to use it with the Raincry Pure Boar Bristle Smoothing Brush in Medium to style my medium-length hair.
- Styling tool: My most used tool is the T3 Whirl Trio Convertible Styling Wand because of how versatile it is, you can adjust the barrels for the perfect type of curl you want. For flat irons, I highly recommend the T3 SinglePass Luxe 1" Straightening and Styling Iron.
- Finishing touch: I absolutely love the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray for added texture. For the days I need my hair to stay put, I grab my trusty Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray that locks in style without stiffness.
Something extra: If you’re taking a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air, I love to use the Sisley Paris Protective Hair Fluid; it acts as a protective shield to protect hair from UVA and UVB rays.
And that wraps up the at-home hair styling! The key is to have good products you can count on that will first prepare, then protect your hair, as well as making your style last while keeping your hair healthy and strong. Have a happy hair day!”
SHOP LILY’S AT-HOME FACIAL FAVORITES:
DAY 3 - AT-HOME NAIL SALON
“Going to the nail salon and getting my nails done is one of the indulgences I enjoy the most, but admittedly have also taken for granted. Nails are probably a low priority for us at the moment, but if you’re like me you may have some time on your hands (literally, too). Since we can’t go see the manicurist at the moment, it’s time to shape up those nails yourself! How are your nails looking right now? There are two ways you can go during this time we have at home. The first is what I will be doing, which is to nourish my nails back to health and let them get back to their natural state, plus get rid of staining and breakage. The second route is for those of you who prefer some color. It’s a great time to experiment with new shades and perfect your painting skills! See my best tips and tricks for beautiful, healthy nails (and more) below.”
Nourish Your Nails Back To Health
If you think about it, this time of self-quarantine is actually the perfect time to do a nail detox. Since no one is looking at your polish, why not take a break and care for your hands a little more? Plus, with all this hand washing and sanitizing, I think hand care is more important than ever. Here are my best recommendations for nail and hand nourishment:
- Remove Polish: The best in my opinion is the Deborah Lippmann The Stripper Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover. It’s quick, hydrating, and always does the job well.
- Cuticle Oil: The ZEVA Cuticle Oil Pen is what I use to soothe and strengthen my nails, the pen shape makes it easy to carry everywhere too!
- Cuticle Cream: My favorite is the Deborah Lippman The Cure Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream, it conditions and nourishes my cuticles until they’re baby soft. If you don’t have a cuticle cream, a multipurpose balm like the Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm will also work great.
- Nail Base: Even though we are not using a colored nail polish for this, I still would use a base to protect my nails like the Deborah Lippmann All About The Base Correct And Conceal Base Coat which has no color.
- Hand Mask: I regularly put on my amazing Patchology Perfect Ten hand mask. Especially in times like these where I wash my hands often, this mask is a saviour for dry and cracked skin.
- Hand Peel: Every so often, I would use a Hand Peel to reboot my hands. The Susanne Kaufmann Hand Peel Rejuvenating renews and rejuvenates the skin like no other.
- Hand Serum: Following a Hand Peel, I would use the Susanne Kaufmann Hand Serum Rejuvenating, it really does help with anti-aging and makes my hands very silky.
- Hand Cream: If you do nothing else, at least do a hand cream. The Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream is one of my absolute favorites. The retinol firms and smoothes the skin for forever youthful-looking hands. Remember ladies, your hands are the first to see signs of aging!
Play With Color
If you love a colored polish or have extra time on your hands, these are the steps and products I use when I do my own nails (tip: you can also do your family’s if you have the patience):
- Shape and File: The Deborah Lippman Eco File is made from recycled paper and will shape your nails to perfection
- Base Coat: I love this Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Pro Base & Top Coat duo!
- Color: The new spring colors from Deborah Lippman named Punch Drunk Love and Everytime We Touch are absolutely gorgeous! If you are looking for a classic color, the Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Carnel Red is one of my go-to reds.
- Top coat: Finish with the top coat from the Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Pro Base & Top Coat set and voila! You have a beautiful manicure that you did yourself.
Don’t Forget The Feet
- Foot File: No one wants dry, cracked feet. I always use the Deborah Lippmann Soul Survivor Foot File to remove calluses and to exfoliate my feet. This keeps them smooth and fresh!
- Foot Mask: Pamper your feet with the Patchology Best Foot Forward Softening Heel And Foot Mask. When done with the mask, I massage the leftover cream into the skin. It truly moisturizes, smoothes, and heals for renewed skin.
- Foot Cream: Lock it all in with the This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm for the ultimate, youthful feet.
I promise you it’s not as complicated as it may seem and you will love the results. Cheers to healthy and hydrated hands, nails, and feet!”
SHOP LILY’S HOME SALON FAVORITES:
DAY 4 - BODY CARE
“To round out my at-home rituals, I’m closing with my personal favorite: body care. It’s a step we sometimes forget, but it is the ultimate indulgence at a time like this.
- Body Scrub: Start with a good scrub, just as if you were at a spa. Aestheticians usually start by scrubbing the heck out of you, so since we are doing an at-home spa ritual, we should too! Start with the Sisley-Paris Energizing Foaming Exfoliant to eliminate all dead skin cells and rough patches. You could also use a tool like my favorite Barbara Sturm Body Brush, which can be used wet or dry. I like to pair it with the Bastide Body Wash in Rose Olivier in the shower to give myself a good exfoliation.
- Body Wash: Wash everything away with a Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Body Wash, which is one of my favorite scents. If you like a soap bar instead, the Claus Porto soaps smell heavenly. I absolutely love Cerina, Favorito, and Banho.
- Body Oil: I usually put on a body oil immediately after a shower to lock in all the moisture. The best ones in my opinion are the Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil and the Chantecaille Rose de Mai Body Oil. They leave my skin feeling extremely soft and silky. A fun tip: if you are trapped at home with your significant other, body oil can double as a massage oil!
- Body Serum: Before I go to bed, I have been using my newest favorite, the RéVive Superieur Body Nightly Renewing Serum. I really feel like my skin texture has improved with consistent use of this incredible formula.
- Body Cream: I follow the serum with a powerful body cream. My favorites are the RéVive Superieur Body Renewal Firming Cream (which pairs amazingly with the serum), the Natura Bissé Diamond Body Cream, and the Orlane Creme Royale Body Creme. All of these are ultra-luxurious and help with firmness as well as anti-aging. I keep body creams everywhere in my house so I can moisturize at any time!
That concludes all of my at-home beauty rituals! These are the routines that I have been doing for years but have ramped up during a time like this when I’m at home more. Beauty may be the last thing on some of your minds right now, but believe me when I say that it does help with relieving some stress and anxiety. Having a routine and taking care of yourself is more important now more than ever. We may not be able to control what goes on in the world, but we can control how we take care of ourselves. Beautiful skin, healthy hair, polished nails and a smooth body has given me a little bit of comfort these days. This truly is an unprecedented time and we are all in the same boat, just trying to figure it out one day at a time. I hope you enjoy my tips and recommendations, and I sincerely hope they bring you some joy, just as they did for me. Please take care, stay safe and stay home if you can.