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Skincare Review: How to Get ‘The Ciminelli Glow’

Susan Ciminelli is famously known for the amazing way one’s skin glow when leaving her holistic Spa & Salon.  A staple destination stop in the Bergdorf Goodman penthouse for 10 years, recently moved to an exclusive location on 56th Street.

Still offering her harolded Seawed and Marine lotion along with a variety of holistic nourishment and healing treatments including her Broad Ban Light Rejuvenating Treatment, Aromatherapy Facials, and Nutritional Consultations (for a full list of treatments offered visit susanciminelli.com/spa).

They call it “The Susan Ciminelli Glow,”  for a reason. After a treatment at the spa or a strict Susan Ciminelli regimen (especially if the Sensitive Skin Formula + Marine Lotion are involved), your skin simply radiates like nothing you’ve ever experienced. At least that’s what it was like for me. Starting with a spa treatment was the best way to start this routine, since my esthetician, Lali helped pick the perfect products for my skin and take me through what would be routine. (Lali is also the eyebrow queen if you’re looking to fix your shape).

Susan Ciminelli

Here’s my routine:

This aromatherapy milk cleanser, gently removes the day’s impurities and make-up without leaving behind any residue, just clean and pampered skin.  Although if you wear a lot of makeup add in a quick remover, otherwise it’s a great way to start your morning. Super gentle and smells like lavendar.

Using one of earth’s greatest resource for nutrients, this deep pore cleanser uses the anti-aging power of the sea to cleanse and purify skin leaving a healthy glow. While it does gently exfoliate as well it’s void of any harsh scrubbers and has almost a menthol feeling to it.

This scrub is the best! It may even be my #1 in the collection. Invigorating and gentle on skin, this powerful scrub helps minimizes the appearance pores by getting deep into skin and clearing out dirt and bacteria thats hard to reach, leaving skin fresh and smooth.  The bamboo scrub is interchangeable with the Algae Deep Cleanse as a weekly exfoliant. If you like to feel like you’re really scrubbing out those pores, this is the scrub for you! You’re skin feels amazing after using it.

The next 3 products (this one the Seawater and Marine Lotion) go in a 1-2-3 order on top of each other while your skin is wet from the last and what deliver “The Ciminelli Glow.” After these three together you look like you left the spa.

The Sensitive Skin Formula fight the effects of harsh weather conditions, using the same oils used by the Ancient Egyptians to protect and strengthen their skin, this unique blend strengthens capillary walls, reducing and avoiding redness.

This mineral mist spray is a natural antiseptic and astringent with trace minerals and elements that absorb quickly and easily into the skin. It’s also refreshing to spray during the day for some extra hydration.

Martha Stewart recently named it as her must-have in The New York Times and it’s easy to understand why. This potent, anti-aging, skin nourishing elixir is as close to a miracle as you can get. It hydrates, nourishes, reduces cellulite and helps prevent wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks.

This sea clay and seawater extract mask brings detoxifying power of the ocean to your skin.  Drawing out toxins trapped in the skin, the mask heals, helps prevent break outs, calms irritated skin, and all while infusing skin with healthy anti-oxidants. It’s a little firm so you can spray it with the Seawater and use once a week.

This cream contains miracle anti-aging ingredient Matrixyl 3000 which has been known to stimulate collagen production.  Studies have shown amazing results such as a 44.9% reduction of deep wrinkles, 16.6% lifting effects, and a 14.4% reduction of roughness within 2 months of daily use.  It’s definitely a heavier cream then I’m used to but great for retaining moisture during harsh winter months.

  • SPF 30 ($60) – PC FAVORITE!

I confess when the Day Cream is too heavy for me, I skip straight to the SPF. It’s the perfect face product for me. Containing an expected combinations of ingredients such as Japanese Green Tea and Ginko Biloba, this unique sunscreen offers the power of protection of SPF 30 in a luxurious moisturizer.  Effective on it’s own or layered with any other moisturizing lotion.

 More on Susan Ciminelli:

Growing up in Buffalo, New York where harsh weather conditions and, what she later discovered, lifestyle and wrong diet can wreak havoc on skin. Susan started at a young age to read up on and look into healthy living, books and healing.  At the young age of 14,  she was diagnosed with an ulcer and frequently found herself getting rashes and break outs.  A year later she went to Italy to live with relatives where she discovered her calling and continued on her mission of healthy living for healthy skin.  There, she found that people cooked with and ate fresh ingredients, learned about energy meridians in the body and other Eastern and alternative medicine concepts from a relative who practiced acupuncture.  With the knowledge she was gaining, she began to combine Eastern and Western skincare philosophies while continuing her travels through Europe picking up on spa treatments such as thalassotherapy (seaweed treatments).   Susan went on to travel to Egypt where she learned about unique essential oils which she eventually incorporated in her own line.  Moving back to the states, to New York City, Susan landed a job at a cosmetics counter at Bloomingdale’s where she advised women on skincare and good nutrition, acquiring quite a following.  She began a spa out of her own apartment, moving to larger and larger spaces over the years until she found herself in the penthouse space of Bergdorf Goodman in 1996; where she stayed for 10 years until she eventually moved to her space today on 56th Street. 

Learn more susanciminelli.com

{Disclaimer: I got a sample}

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

1. Two Faced Sweet Dreams Makeup Collection – $52 ($186 value). Exclusive to Sephora, this whimsical makeup set is a dream! Filled with 15 of their best-selling eye shadow shades, a full-size Prime Anytime eye primer, two shades of blush, bronzer and highlighter and their signature “How To’ Cards to learn how to apply gorgeous looks with step by step instructions. Every girl in my office bought this palette (it’s that good).

2. Rebecca Minkoff Collaboration Timepiece with Baby-G ($200) – Here’s your chance to own Rebecca Minkoff’s first watch and as of now there are only 500 of these Baby-G watches being made!

3. kai bubbles & light holiday set ($49) – The gift of relaxation is always a winner in my book. This limited edition set comes in a sheer gift bag and is filled with kai’s bubble bath and all-natural fragrance candle.

4. ALEX & CHLOE for FOREVER 21 -Alex and Chloe designed a full collection of jewelry for Forever 21 all under $20!! I’m all about mixing their Rhinestone Bangels (set of 3 – $14.48) with their thicker  Rhinestone Hexegon Bracelet ($14.80), pictured above, and am very excited to welcome them into my jewelry collection.

5. Pantone Mug – offered in a variety of Pantone colors ($15.95 each or $90/set of 6), this mug is a full proof present for any creative-types or coffee addicts on your list.

6. Clinique Chubby Sticks Trio ($45) – I love these hydrating color balms! They offer a soft tint of color and shine with every application. This set includes shades Super StrawberryChunky Cherry and Whole Lotta Honey. They are also available individually (in a variety of shades).

7. Sock it to Me knee socks ($9) – offered in a variety of funky prints and colors, forget buying underwear this holiday and go straight for the socks!

8. CND The Plum Truffle Collection – This duo nail polish set includes CND shades Plum Truffle Colour and Plum Truffle Sparkle Effect. Designed to be worn together, apply two coats of Plum Truffle Colour, followed by one coat of Plum Truffle Sparkle Effect (don’t forget your base and top coat!). Makes a great stocking stuffer! This set is available on timetospa.com.

9. Parker Pens Ingenuity Collection ($190)- I was recently at an event for Parker Pens and fell in love with them. Pick a pen based on the way it writes, looks and feels, and Parker has a grand collection of pens. However if you need a guidance, check out their new Ingenuity Collection (my favorite is the Large Daring Black Rubber and Metal pen). Everyone can use a quality ink pen, especially right around the holidays — just think about all of those ‘Thank you’ cards you’ll have to fill out. Plus it makes you feel so fancy!

10. Martha Stewart Crafts Set Your Own Stamp Case ($20.59) – If you’re looking for a gift for any of your craft friends/family, check out Martha Stewart Crafts collection. I have my eye on her Set Your Own Stamp Case which lets you create your own message on cards, invitations, tags, scrapbook pages… and includes upper and lower-case letters, numbers, punctuation marks, icons, phrases, and circular border stamps. Includes 318 pieces to be used with any colored ink pads (sold separately).

11. Victoria’s Secret Party Perfect Makeup Kit ($18) – A medley of 20 must-have VS eyes and face shades, including 16 eye shadows, blush, bronzer, eye applicator and face brush. What more can you ask for from a beauty kit?

12. “Blowout in a Box” by Living Proof and T3– $200 ($258 value). Don’t you love it when two quality brands that compliment eachother partner together to bring you a value set? Exclusive to Sephora, this set has everything you need to create the ultimate salon quality blow-out from the comfort of your home. The “Blow Out in a Box” contains a T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer, Living Proof Straight Styling spray, and a Shine & Volume Application Kit which contains Neo-tortoise shell comb to detangle the hair when wet and Ceramic barrel brush for styling.

heART HSN 2010 Designer Ornament Collection

A wide range of A-list celebrities, musicians, TV personalities, models and designers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, Tori Spelling, Molly Sims, Martha Stewart, Iman, Susan Lucci and Carlos Falchi have united to create the ‘heART HSN 2010 Designer Ornament Collection’. There are 70 ornaments and personalities in the collection with a 100% of the profits from the sales being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their on-going efforts to finding cures to save children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Here are some of my favorites:

Sarah Jessica Parker - $29.90
Carlos Falchi - $39.90

Gwen Stefani - $19.90

Here’s the complete heART