THE PLASTIC SURGEON
DR. SHIRLEY MADHÈRE
Madhère, an NYC-based cosmetic surgeon, world traveler, and beauty-product junkie, finds her favorite buys on trips to India, London, and Paris, as well as her local Whole Foods.
CLEANSER: I pick up Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash, $6, whenever I'm in London. It's a gentle cleanser that's perfect for both my oily T-zone and the dry periphery of my face.
MOISTURIZER: After cleansing, I mist alcohol-free SanRe Rosy Fresh Organic Revitalizing Facial Toner, $26, to restore moisture. Then I put on a multivitamin concentrate like (1) Lierac Mèsolift Serum, $60, and a sheer moisturizer, such as (2) Natura Bissè The Cure Sheer Cream, $160, mixed with (3) La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen, $32. Most of these are water-based, so they don't feel heavy.
EXFOLIATOR: I alternate a clay mask and an apricot scrub that I got from an Ayurvedic doctor in India. The scrub is gentle, and the clay extracts impurities from the pores as it soothes the skin.
FACE-SAVER: When my skin feels dry, I apply (4) Acure Argan Oil 100% Certified Organic, $15, at night. And (5) Crème de la Mer, $150, is my repair cream. I bring sample-size jars on trips to use throughout long flights. Both of these help prevent water loss from the skin, yet they absorb rapidly and don't feel greasy. I warm a dollop of La Mer or a few drops of oil between my hands, then place them on my face and neck.
FACIAL: Every three to six months, I do a Vitaglow face treatment, which involves microinjections of hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants in the faceit doesn't hurt, I promise. This French technique stimulates collagen production and increases circulation to make my skin glow.