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Kassaundra Stephens is a Celebrity Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist based in Paris, France.



Can I first start by saying that I have a big problem with the word "anti aging"!

Aging is inevitable and we should not only accept it, but we should be proud of it.

I can still do the splits at 40 years old, so I'm certainly still in my youth and I plan on staying that way for as long as possible.

That being said, preserving our skin and health is a priority for many of us and that is very much a good thing!

Having a mother who I consider to be a skin care connoisseur, has been a huge blessing. I started using skin care around the age of 18.

With acne prone skin, I had to balance the side effects of the acne medication with the importance of maintaining hydrated skin.

Let's get straight to the juicy details!!

Number 1

Retin A, Retinol and Retinoids

I recommend starting with the .05%. Use a pea size portion once a week on clean, dry skin. As your skin adjusts to the product you can move to a higher percentage, using it more frequently.

Rentin A has stood the test of time. It's also a number one recommended product by dermatologists.

I've been using it for over 10 years and I can really see a difference in my skin clarity, pore size and overall freshness.

My makeup goes on smoothly and does not look cakey.


Alpha Hydroxy Daily Peel

Dr Dennis Gross has some of the finest products on the skin care market.

I‘ve tried several versions of his alpha hydroxy concoctions and I am completely won over by this line. It's relatively inexpensive and I saw a difference in my skin texture the following day.

As it is a chemical exfoliant, you need to be light handed with it in the beginning.

They have peel pads for sensitive skin which would be a perfect option if you have never used alpha hydroxy formulas in the past.

If you are a seasoned veteran like myself, then you can use it every other day and you can use it on the days that you are not using Retin A.

I find that they compliment each other quite nicely, you just want to avoid using them on the same day.

The big, big plus with this product is that your makeup will look flawless and you will need less foundation. I always use a peel pad on every client before applying makeup.

Most of my clients are visiting Paris from the US or another country and after a long plane journey, their skin tends to be dry and flaky. If they are getting ready for a photo shoot then I will also put the product on their chest and hands as it prevents acne and gives a fresh look to the skin.

A win win!!


Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer

No one can deny the importance of a great moisturizer. It is especially crucial if you are using exfoliants. You definitely want to avoid over drying the skin because too much of a good thing is still too much of a good thing. Below are a few of the benefits from my favorite hyaluronic serum.

  • ✔️ SOFT AND REJUVENATED ASPECT: This facial serum visibly fills wrinkles and fine lines, smoothes the structure of the skin and revives lost elasticity. It prevents the development of new wrinkles and promotes an increase in the production of hyaluronic acid. An anti-wrinkle moisturizer suitable for women and men and a serum for the eye area.

  • ✔️ ANTI-AGING TECHNOLOGY QUADRUPLE EFFECT: hyaluronic acid serum is extremely concentrated, contains multimolecular hyaluronic acid and has a fourfold effect against aging skin. Thanks to its deep penetration, this facial mask offers immediate and long-term improvements to the skin on multiple levels.

  • ✔️ SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS: The powerful combination of highly concentrated active ingredients forms an effective complex, developed through scientific research, whose success has been demonstrated through long-term academic studies.

  • ✔️ 100% SAFE: therefore, perfectly suitable for the care of the skin on the face and the neckline, as well as for the treatment of dark spots under the eyes and on the skin that surrounds them.

Elemental Care Hyaluronic Acid


Omega 3 Oil and Evening Primrose Oil

Moisturizing externally is very important, but more than this we need to hydrate from within.

We all know about drinking 8 glasses of water per day, so the next step is to add a Omega 3 fish oil supplement as well as Evening Primrose Oil.

Omega 3 Fish Oil has many benefits. For me personally, I have seen a big difference with acne and overall hydration.

In one small study, women who consumed around half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of omega-3-rich flaxseed oil daily experienced a 39% increase in skin hydration after 12 weeks. Their skin was also less rough and sensitive than that of those in a placebo group.

Evening Primrose Oil also has a host of wonderful benefits including

  • helps to clear up acne. ...

  • helps to ease eczema. ...

  • helps to improve overall skin health. ...

  • helps to relieve PMS symptoms. ...

  • helps to minimize breast pain. ...

  • helps to reduce hot flashes. ...

  • helps to reduce high blood pressure. ...

  • helps to improve heart health.

Moral of the story is that it is an inside and an outside collaboration.

Taking care of our health and skin is an act of self love!

I hope you can get use out of these recommendations and that they can improve your life in some way.

Best wishes,


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