I Dislike Vitamin C and Retinol, so I Created a Bespoke Anti-Aging Serum Instead


The Lineup is a monthly series where we're giving you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and aestheticians—all the people we trust the most. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at all the can't-live-without products that make their worlds go round.

After almost three decades working as a celebrity aesthetician, Angela Caglia is an expert at marrying skincare and wellness. In fact, she created her namesake skincare line based on the belief that the two are inextricably linked. Her products focus on supporting the skin barrier, delivering active ingredients, and encouraging healthy aging. As such, she's not one to fall into the latest skincare trend. Actually, she's not one for trends at all. "Less is more. You do not need a lot of products; you just need quality products," she says. "Don't jump on trends, be intuitive with your skin needs, and use ingredients that work with your skin, not against it so you do not disrupt or strip the barrier." 

Her anti-trend take on skincare includes two beliefs—first, you don't need to wash your face in the morning, and second, vitamin C and retinol aren't necessary. "I haven't washed my face in the morning for 30 years," she says. "You don't need to disrupt your barrier if you've cleansed at night, and you've got your serums on. There's no need to remove anything because your skin is regenerating while you sleep (unless you're sweating or acne-prone)."


(Image credit: Angela Caglia)

That's intriguing, but hearing vitamin C and retinol aren't necessary is shocking, especially when it's coming from a celebrity aesthetician. "I didn't like the effects of retinols and vitamin Cs on my skin," she says. "I think that everyone was taught to believe that you need those to look younger." Instead of vitamin C or retinol, Caglia uses her newest product, the Cell Forté Serum ($395). "I wanted to create something better from human nature that our skin recognizes with no downtime. I don't think an active needs to sensitize your skin—it can be active and not sensitize your skin, which is the best active to have." 

Outside of her skincare routine, Caglia supports her health and wellness in a variety of ways. "As a CEO and entrepreneur, I have to ensure I have a good work/life balance, so it's important to make time for self-care and wellness activities. Whether it's physical like an infrared sauna or deep breathing exercises, my health is a priority. I try to make sure I'm taking care of myself while I'm in a business that takes care of other people." 

Angela Caglia's Beauty and Wellness Lineup

Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.