Hollywood's Favorite Facialist Prescribed Me a Skincare Routine for Dewy Skin


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I often see photos of celebrities with flawless, glass-like skin and think, "How on earth do they get their skin to look that good?" The answer is obviously multipronged: You can chalk it up to skincare, filters, a good makeup artist, and even genetics. One thing is for sure, though. Celebrities with the absolute best skin have a really, really good aesthetician

One of the most sought-after and well-known celebrity aestheticians is Shani Darden, whose impressive roster of clients includes the likes of Shay Mitchell, Laura Harrier, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and more. Darden uses a results-focused approach to skincare, which is part of the reason why all of the faces she touches look so flawless. She adjusts her services to address her clients' individual needs. 

Luckily, we regular people can get a taste of Darden's magic touch with Shani Darden Skin Care, a line of products created by Darden herself. You've probably heard of her much-lauded Retinol Reform, an instant hit that is now a vanity staple for many celebrities. All of Darden's products are high-performing and made to provide tangible results. 

I'd be happy to give you a rundown of Darden's best products myself, but I figured it might be better to let her do it. After all, no one knows the products better than she does! Darden walked me through a basic skincare routine using her favorite products and let me know why they work so well and why she likes them. She also told me about the other products she recommends to her clients for a holistic routine, including sunscreen and a $5 micellar water. Keep reading for Darden's best recommendations.

The Best Shani Darden Products for Your A.M. Skincare Routine

Shani Darden Skin Care Cleansing Serum

Shani Darden Skin Care Facial Sculpting Wand

Shani Darden Skin Care Intensive Eye Renewal Cream With Firming Peptides

Other Products Darden Recommends for Your Morning Routine

The Best Shani Darden Products for Your P.M. Skincare Routine

Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform

Shani Darden Skin Care Lactic Acid AHA Exfoliating Serum

Shani Darden Skin Care Intensive Eye Renewal Cream With Firming Peptides

Shani Darden Skin Care Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer

Other Products Darden Recommends for Your Nighttime Routine

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.