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THE ultimate
p.m. skincare
routine 

With just three products in hand, Hollywood’s go-to esthetician Shani Darden proves that an effective regimen can be a fast task.


Written by MAUREEN CHOI


In beauty circles, Shani Darden is known as the skin whisperer. Just look at the flawless faces of her A-list clients — Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, Rosie Huntington-Whitely — as proof. Her ability to bestow glow on demand in her Los Angeles retreat incorporates everything from bespoke peels to microcurrent to oxygen therapy. But her at-home treatment plan, to put it simply, is all about a less-is-more philosophy. What it takes to see results she says? A little technique and the right formulations. Here, the pro walks us through her streamlined evening skin care routine involving three simple (yet insanely effective) steps. Finally, a no-fail, no-frills way to get a facialist-worthy glow.


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3-STEP ROUTINE

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“A super-gentle cleanser with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate and oat bran extract, which helps repair the skin’s barrier. It isn’t harsh at all and is great for every skin type!”

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“I cannot live without using retinol. It’s such an amazing multitasker — it boosts collagen in the skin, decreases fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pigmentation, and can help clear acne. This one has 2.2% encapsulated retinol, which means it slowly releases over time so it’s not as drying and 2% lactic acid to give skin an immediate glow.”

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“Great for normal to oily skin types, because it’s hydrating but won’t cause congestion. And it has sodium hyaluronate so it will plump skin up nicely.”