Roaccutane might have liberated me from chronic acne but top London aesthetician Renee Lapino is the lady responsible for my near pore-less skin, a nose devoid of blackheads and tighter jowls and jawline. Now a senior practitioner at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic (CSC), it was time to catch up with one of In Style magazine’s judge for their Best Beauty Buys on her international career as a skincare expert, and what all her patients want to know – her personal beauty routine. Read on for the truth about skincare myths and the most beauty wisdom you’ll ever get for free.
1. What made you get into aesthetics and how long have you been practicing?
For the face, I would have to say my Ultimate Face treatment is definitely my favourite because of the results. It’s comprised of two skin peels, multipolar radio frequency, intense pulsed light (IPL), nano-fractional radio frequency, needling, and LED light. The treatment is safe for all skin types and textures, and takes years off of a patient’s look. In addition, it addresses scarring, enlarged pores, loss of volume and laxity, and pigment. On the body, I am thrilled to announce that I will be introducing my quintessential body treatment alongside Dr Tracy Mountford called The CSC Body – this is the modern ideal silhouette, with beautiful smooth skin. The treatment is completed in stages, beginning with CoolSculpt and followed by a series of multipolar radio frequency, lymphatic drainage, and bespoke resurfacing.
3. What would you recommend for people interested in treatments but don’t know where to start?
If you are in London, come in and see me for a complimentary consultation! There are many factors that compile an individual’s aesthetic. Some need to revamp their home care before beginning treatment, others can start with facials, and there are those that may require more aggressive procedures to achieve the look they desire. If you’re outside of London, a little bit of internet research will lead them to the top clinic in their area, and then they can book in for a consultation.
4. Are there any skincare myths that you’d like to debunk?
Drinking more water will help to hydrate your internal organs and keep you functioning optimally, but it will not hydrate the surface of your skin. Hydrating is an internal and external but the latter plays the largest role.
5. What are your favourite cult beauty and classic beauty products?
Goldfaden MD Eye Bright (£48) is my favourite cult beauty product. It works. It knocks out dark circles in a matter of days with it’s formulation of Vitamin K and antioxidants. I am on this. My friends are on this. My colleagues are on this. My patients are on this. If you have dark circles and you meet me, you are on this. Have I said it yet? It works.
My favourite classic product is MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect 10% vitamin C Serum (£245). This Vitamin C is gentle, yet very effective at treating existing pigment damage, and protecting the skin from future damage by neutralising free radical activity. It smells lovely, feels gorgeous on the skin, and sits nicely under other products and makeup. I have never been as impressed by a vitamin C serum as I am by this – I even have my own code for patients to try it with 10% off. (Head over to www.mzskin.com and use Renee10).
6. How did you get selected to be an InStyle beauty awards judge and what’s been the most exciting part?
Word of mouth referral! Another judge told the selecting editor that I was the new go-to woman for skin in London, she reached out and the rest fell into place! I feel honoured to have been chosen. It has been exciting to learn about the newest brands out there who have approached me or sent me more information after learning about my vote. There are a lot of changes happening in skincare, and I am lucky to have a front row seat!
7. What do you do to unwind and take care of yourself after a stressful day?
I post a lot on social media and work with a lot of international patients, so I am always on my phone and computer. When I get home, I put my mobile away for 30 minutes, light a beautiful candle, turn on a Spotify Chill playlist, and snuggle my tiny sausage dog, Macey. I make sure to pamper myself, such as my twice a week blowouts and my housekeeper – without them, my 12 hour work day would be overwhelming.
8. What’s been the most difficult skin condition or type to treat and how did you do it?
Melasma is a huge issue for many women today – it’s a hormonal pigment, which most commonly appears on the upper lip, cheeks, and/or forehead and is commonly mistaken for sun damage. Sun will compound melasma, but does not cause it. Instead, hormonal fluctuations trigger bundles of melanocytes (cells that cause melanin) to rapidly produce dense uneven pigment that is difficult to eradicate. I have been extremely successful in treating melasma patients with a combination of home care, nano-fractional radio frequency and peels. I educate my patients that melasma is not curable but treatable, which they will have to consider for life.
9. Beauty starts from within: how much has your diet affected your routine and what would you recommend?
This could not be more true! Thank you for bringing this up. Diet plays a critical role in both treating skin concerns and preventing new issues. I recommend lots of fruit and vegetables to help stave off oxidative damage. I also make sure all of my clients are on supplements, in addition to a good multivitamin. I am currently trying ZENii, and so far am very impressed. Your skin absolutely must be fed at a dermal level – beneath blood flow – to look it’s best on the surface. I find that a chlorophyll supplement is critical in assisting the body with red blood cell production, and when I, as well as my patients, incorporate chlorophyll into a daily routine, the skin literally glows.
10. What’s your favourite beauty quote?
My personal motivation is my own quote: “if you change your skin, you will change your life”, and it has always rang true. Otherwise, the often quoted and uncredited favourite of mine would be, “you only have one face. Treat it well.”
Any skincare concerns or interested in a treatment plan? DM @reneelapino on Instagram or book a free consultation with her at The CSC