Introduced to the Mila Moursi skincare range over a decadent lunch at Fred’s in Barneys New York a few months ago, I immediately crushed on the Refining Lotion, a superb nighttime treatment. Extremely fortunate and beyond grateful, I have since been treated to a custom regimen and facial that made me glow and feel rather ‘A-list’. A favorite of Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and now, this friend of yours, this straightforward concept is as luxurious as it is effective.
As a skincare enthusiast, experiencing a three step system that emphasizes simplicity was incredibly refreshing. With an uncomplicated approach, Mila Moursi strongly believes that a proper skincare ritual with maximum benefits requires consistency, a perfect synergy of ingredients, and, most importantly, effortless prep. Since my combination skin has begun to show signs of aging, at 35, I have been using the recommended Cleansing Foam, pH Balancing Toner and Dual Action Serum.
Rich, silky and water-activated, the Mila Moursi Cleansing Foam is an advanced version of any foaming cleanser you’ve encountered in the past. Completely non-drying, this freshly scented soft froth removes all makeup, dirt, grime, and oil without stripping the skin. Infused with Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin B, Resveratrol, Arnica, and Calendula Flower Extracts, this soothing and hydrating cleanser doubles as an anti-aging treatment. Keep the sparkle alive and use this luxe face wash both AM and PM. ($70 – 100ml)
The pH Balancing Toner is hands down the unsung hero in my Mila Moursi routine. The spray bottle (with nozzle!) dispenses a fine mist that prepares the skin for the optimal treatment that will follow. You’re supposed to saturate two cotton pads and swipe them across the face, concentrating on your T-zone, but I love it as a refreshing or finishing mist as well. Loaded with Glycerin, Peptides, Lactic and Hyaluronic Acids this skin reviving toner is an absolute must-try if you fall between normal to oily on the skin type spectrum. ($80 – 200ml)
Lush and lightweight, the Dual Action Serum is a serum-moisturizer hybrid that glides on freshly toned skin to renew, nourish, and soften. With an elegant slip, this silicone based serum is infused with Iris Florentina Extract, which improves overall hydration, elasticity, and firmness of aging skin. Targeting visible fine lines, this Mila Moursi formula highlights vitality boosting Alpine Rose Extract and wrinkle relaxing Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. A touch of Mica and Titanium Dioxide give this serum subtle and much appreciated light reflecting properties. This treat of a treatment is worth its weight in gold. ($185 – 30ml)
With Treatment Rooms at Barneys locations in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills, a Mila Moursi facial is the ultimate in indulgences. I haven’t stopped touching my face since stepping into their Uptown Manhattan location a couple of weeks ago. My well documented adventure is worth checking out HERE and HERE. Actually, HERE, too. Iara, one of their most passionate and talented aestheticians took my unimpressive, dull, and congested skin and gave it an unparalleled, lasting glow in just an hour. After deep cleansing, toning, extractions, and deux masques, my skin was zapped with Radio Frequency and iced with an Ultrasound wand. Radiant and rested, I resurfaced street level and stared at my reflection in every store window on Madison Avenue. Having spent twelve years living downtown, I finally have a reason to venture above 59th street. (Classic European Facial $200 – 60 minutes)