A Drugstore Facial Routine From Shani Darden, Facialist to Hollywood’s A-List

February 05, 2018
By: Jackie Burns Brisman | skincare.com by L'Oréal
A Drugstore Facial Routine From Shani Darden, Facialist to Hollywood’s A-List

Shani Darden is responsible for the gorgeous complexions of many of Hollywood’s A-List ladies. But, while she has access to some of the industry’s priciest products, she also has a soft spot for a well-known drugstore brand that may be on your bathroom shelf right now. If you’re not already using Garnier, her drugstore facial routine may just get you to start!

Where to Splurge in Your Skin Care Routine 

While a monthly facial with a celebrity esthetician may set you back budget-wise, Shani tells us that when it comes to your daily skin care routine, you don’t always have to splurge on those pricey products. 

“People think that beauty products need to be expensive in order to be effective, which is not the case,” she tells us exclusively. “Your skin care regimen should not have to break the bank, you just need to get the right products for your skin type.”

If you are looking for areas that may deserve a little extra, consider splurging on anti-aging products formulated with retinol. Shani recommends using your budget on products that will help to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and the signs of aging skin. 

Where to Save in Your Skin Care Routine

But, somewhere you don’t have to splurge? Cleansing. “I love Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Wipes which are great for removing makeup before you cleanse,” Shani shares, noting that the wipes are also great for using while you’re traveling. “They are very gentle and super soft, whereas most other drugstore beauty wipes are more abrasive on the skin.”

Garnier also has great non-drying foaming cleansers that utilize the same micelle technology found in the wipes. The micelle technology helps you to thoroughly cleanse your face without harsh rubbing or drying out your skin.

A Celeb-Worthy Facial, Using Only Garnier Products

If you’re looking to incorporate celebrity skin care secrets into your routine without dropping the cash many celebs spend, consider this drugstore facial routine from Shani, herself.

  1. Cleanse with SkinActive Deep Pore 99% Naturally Derived Green Tea Facial Cleanser. This step helps to remove any impurities lingering on your skin’s surface.


  2. Exfoliate with Garnier's SkinActive Deep Pore 99% Naturally Derived Green Tea Exfoliating Scrub which helps to get rid of any complexion-dull buildup of dead skin cells. “Make sure to exfoliate before using a hydrating mask in order to remove the dead layer of skin so that the moisture can penetrate more deeply into the skin.”


  3. Mask & Moisturize with SkinActive Deep Pore 96% Naturally Derived Green Tea 3-in-1 Moisturizer. “I love to use the moisturizer as a mask. Apply it to your skin, leave it on as a mask for 10 minutes and then massage any excess product into your skin.”

The Most Important Skin Care Step

No matter how you chose to care for your skin, Shani says that there is one non-negotiable in any skin care routine—from girls next door to Hollywood’s elite. What’s scarier is that many of us are skipping it entirely! “Most people skip sunscreen,” Shani explains. “They're afraid that it's too heavy and that it causes breakouts, which is not true. SPF is the best anti-aging product you can use.”

Learn more about Garnier’s newest collection of Naturally-Derived Skin Care products here!

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