For many of Hollywood’s leading ladies, the secret to a red carpet-ready complexion means entrusting their skincare to beauty gurus like Tammy Fender. The esthetician, skincare line-founder, and spa-owner has built a wellness-oriented empire based on her holistic philosophy, complete with a West Palm Beach, Florida-based spa and skincare center. She has accumulated a number of high-profile clients in the process, including Hollywood’s reigning green queen, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Keep reading to find out what goes into pre-red-carpet prep for stars including Julianne Moore and Alicia Silverstone, as well as a few tips on how to incorporate sustainable beauty into your life.
Brit + Co: If a celeb client is about to hit the red carpet, what treatments do you recommend?
Tammy Fender: Through my work with this type of client, I developed a very thorough facial treatment performed at our spa, designed to stimulate an immediate lifting, toning in the complexion, as well as lavishing minute attention to every pore. We call it the Oscar Night Facial Treatment ($175). Activating cellular metabolism with medical grade oxygen therapy is one of the essential features, as flooding the cellular matrix with the elements of growth makes an immediate impact.
B+C: Your line stands out for its emphasis on holistic beauty. What exactly does it mean to be a holistic practitioner?
TF: As a holistic practitioner, I restore vitality and vibrancy to the skin, but also serve each person as a whole. Using potent plant remedies and traditional holistic techniques, my goal is to spark transformation, which is so truly beautiful.
B+C: What do you think about the rise in popularity of clean, green beauty and skincare practices among celebrities?
TF: Like Gwyneth Paltrow, right now I think most celebrities are very aware of the un-natural demands conventional makeup puts on the skin, especially for those in the public eye. Celebrity skin is overworked by bright lights, long hours, and extreme makeup, and the expectations for perfection are so high. There would be a temptation to turn to a quick fix — and the conventional beauty industry is full of those. But more and more I’m seeing celebrity clients make the switch to holistic, non-toxic skincare remedies that heal, protect, and nourish the complexion, prioritizing long-term skin health. Everyone’s so much more savvy about what goes onto their skin these days — I love what plant medicines can do to reveal and enhance beauty [in] support of transformation.
B+C: While we’re on the topic of Gwyneth Paltrow…
TF: We’ve been very fortunate over the years to see our products often featured in Goop. [Recently], Tammy Fender Awakening Eye Gel ($84) was included in Goop’s Annual Beauty & Wellness Detox Guide as a way to “clean up your daily routine,” and I’m flattered that Gwyneth Paltrow has mentioned in interviews that personally she’s a big fan of our Tammy Fender Bulgarian Lavendar Body Oil ($65).
B+C: What’s the first thing we should do to help our skin?
TF: My number one skin tip is — be simple. Too often, skin becomes overloaded by a routine that includes too many products and makes too many demands. Skin needs downtime to simply be and breathe, protected and nourished. I often advise clients to look at their skincare routine with a critical eye. Read the ingredients list and see if there isn’t a bottle or jar you could set aside for a month or six weeks. The beginning of the year is a great time to opt for simplicity in every which way!
Also, in the name of simplicity, I advise choosing holistic products that can multi-task. One formula that I love for its ability to nurture winter skin — and for its versatility — is the Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Creme ($165), blended with Helichrysum and Iris Root, and packing in the benefits of a protective serum, a penetrating oil, and a nourishing moisturizer.
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