When it comes to our skin, there is so much information out there about the best products, treatments, and regimens to follow to keep it healthy and looking its best.
Aida Bicaj, a renowned skincare expert and celebrity facialist for over 20 years is known to her clients as their ‘secret weapon,’ as they entrust their faces and bodies to her skill and extraordinary hands. After leaving her, they report their skin is transformed – they look younger, rested, happier, and feel better.
We sat down with Aida to learn more about her unique technique, as well as her insights and tips, on how to achieve healthy, glowing, youthful looking skin – from both her treatments and on your own.
What makes your treatment unique from other skincare experts and facialists?
AB: I use a ‘manual lift’ treatment – a massage technique I learned in France over 25 years ago from the founder of the French skincare line Biologique Recherche. Known as the Dr. Jacquet Movement, this tried and true method detoxes the dermal layers, stimulates blood circulation and works the outer layers of the skin to energize and rejuvenate the skin. I use a combination of natural products, my hands, and microcurrent to maintain skin elasticity, glow, and a youthful appearance.
You compare taking care of your skin to working out and have been referred to as a ‘personal trainer for the face.’ Can you explain this a bit more?
AB: I always say my treatments are workouts for the face. Like a personal trainer at the gym works the body’s muscles, I help rewire muscle cellular memory and strengthen facial muscles, resulting in a lasting, age-defying look and helping to avoid the need for aesthetics procedures for longer periods of time.
How often should someone be getting a facial treatment?
AB: It depends on the client’s skin condition, their age, and goals for their skin. In general, I recommend people have facial treatments every 4-6 weeks.
Between treatments, or if someone doesn’t want to go in for a one-on-one treatment, what should people do on their own?
AB: Beyond treatments, a proper and complete skincare regimen is of utmost importance and necessary to maintain healthy, glowing skin, and elasticity as well. To achieve healthy, glowing, dewy, flawless skin – which my clients refer to as ‘glassy skin’ – you should use a toner-exfoliator, mask regularly, apply a combination of serums appropriate for your skin type – and, of course, use day and night moisturizers.
Gentle exfoliation is also a must to remove dead cells. It is not only useful, but important because exfoliation prepares the skin for the absorption of skincare products. Also, masking is just important as treating your skin with serums and creams.
Is there a common misconception you find people have about their skincare routine and products?
Yes – that one product can solve all. There is no single skincare product on the market that will solve all issues or meet all skin goals, but if I had to choose, my top recommendations are Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 gentle rebalancing toner-exfoliator and Future Cosmetics Boutique Beauty Drops #3. They both achieve incredible results. And for unbalanced skin, I strongly recommend Future Cosmetics Cream Extreme No. 3.
In addition, while the skin on your face is extremely important, often overlooked but just as important, is taking care of the skin on your body – and your body itself. Beauty comes from within, so if you take a holistic approach and eat a healthy, balanced diet and have proper nutrition, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and avoid stress as much as possible, it will show on the outside – on your face and body!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Overall, whether your face, skin, or anything else, you need to make sure you take care of yourself. It’s essential– because if you don’t, no one else will!
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