24 Hours With Facialist Joanna Czech

The celebrity skin guru talks skin and shower rituals, LED therapy, and Zoom hacks.

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Welcome to Beauty Around the Clock, Marie Claire's weekly peek into the daily lives of some of the most game-changing women in their industries. Ever wonder how they get it all done in a day? Here's your answer.

Over her decades-long career, Joanna Czech, the celebrity esthetician and skin guru to Christy Turlington Burns, Lily Aldridge, Jennifer Aniston, and more than one Kardashian has become known as the requisite pre-awards show pit stop. Her signature facial approach—combining technologies like LED, cryotherapy, ultrasound, and micro-currents with her tried-and-true massage technique—addresses everything from puffiness to sagging and hyper-pigmentation and leaves you with a baby-like, lit-from-within glow. In other words: red carpet-ready. Here, the veteran skin expert shares how she keeps herself just as relaxed and radiant as her clientele.

Rise and Shine

I'm up at 8 a.m. and the first thing I do is brush my teeth and work out with my trainer over Zoom. We mainly do circuit training with a little dance thrown in.

Morning Maintenance

For body, I use my Dry Massage Brush allover before taking a quick shower. Then I cleanse by rinsing my face in the shower with just water. I follow with Environ Vita Peptide Toner. And I like to mask when I have time. My three favorites are 111Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Energizing Masks and Eye Masks, and 111Skin Y Theorum Bio-Cellulose Masks. I then apply Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum  (opens in new tab)and MBR Smooth Eye Cream (opens in new tab) mixed with a couple of drops of Protective Nourishment's Eye Glow Serum (opens in new tab). I moisturize with Dior's Capture Totale Cream before applying Biologique Recherche Fluide VIP O2 (opens in new tab) or Le Grand Serum (opens in new tab) as a finishing serum and Chuda Lip Balm.

Hair Help

I have no styling abilities whatsoever, I usually air dry it and stick it up.

Signature Look

No makeup, healthy skin, lip balm and my signature Thierry Lasry Rhude glasses.

Power Start

Nespresso (opens in new tab), berries, and homemade banana and egg pancakes.

Zoom Hack

I wear a touch of makeup so I don’t look dead. I mix Clé de Peau's Radiant Multi-Repair Oil with a few drops of Clé de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation. I contour with Iconic London Contour, add Diorshow Mascara, and wear Tom Ford Nude Vanilla lipstick with Dior Lip Gloss (opens in new tab) over it.

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Signature Scent

Fischer No. 23 is my new favorite. I prefer unisex scents that are not flowery. I often add a touch of patchouli oil to any fragrance.

Worth It

Celluma LED Face and Body Panel (opens in new tab). Red Light LED is so important to keep skin healthy and youthful.

Cheap-But-Chic

My Organic Body Wash Pads. These help cleanse and micro-exfoliate the body.

Beauty Icon

For looks and style: Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn

Words of Wisdom

What stays with me is Anna Wintour’s advice that you can’t really worry about looking to the left and right about what the competition is doing—it has to be my true vision. Also, Phillip Lim’s advice to pay attention to 20-percent of the people in your life.

P.M. Routine

It takes me about 30 minutes to get ready for bed. I take a shower every night and use Necessaire Body Wash or Biologique Recherche Gommage P50 Corps (opens in new tab) with my wash pads. I also massage with Biologique Recherche Silicone Gloves (opens in new tab) under water on dimply skin. I wash my hair with either Biologique Recherche Shampoo Traiantt VIP 02 (opens in new tab) or Harklinikken Balancing Shampoo (opens in new tab). I alternate between my go-to cleanser Biologique Recherche Lait E.V. (opens in new tab) and my latest discoveries Wonder Valley Oil Cleanser  (opens in new tab)or Meder Gel Net- Apex Cleanser (opens in new tab). After the shower, I pat dry and apply Environ Derma-Lac Body Lotion (opens in new tab) and A,C,& E Body Oil Forte (opens in new tab). I tone my face with Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 PIGM 400 (opens in new tab) or Royal Fern Phytoactive Essence (opens in new tab) then massage it for seven to 10 minutes with the my Facial Massager (opens in new tab). I apply Biologique Recherche's Serum VG Tencil (opens in new tab) mixed with Serum Placenta (opens in new tab) followed by Environ's Vita-Peptide C-Sequence 1 (opens in new tab), a vitamin A. I then use 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Cream (opens in new tab) or Omorovicza Illumineye C Cream (opens in new tab) on my eyes. And allover my face, I alternate between Dior Capture Totale Cream (opens in new tab)Augustinus Bader Rich CreamBiologique Recherche Crème Masque Vernix (opens in new tab) plus a few drops of Oio 7 Wonders Oil (opens in new tab) as a moisturizer. For a lip treatment I use 111Skin Meso Infusion Lip Duo (opens in new tab). Finally, two to three times a week, I do LED therapy or micro-needling with my Celluma LED Face and Body Panel (opens in new tab) and the NuFace Trinity.

Lights Out

I like to read, catch up on my favorite shows, or do puzzles before bed. I always pray at 9 p.m. I'm typically in bed by 11 p.m. or midnight.

Chelsea Hall is the Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers celebrity style, fashion trends, skincare, makeup and anything else tied into the world of fashion and beauty