Beauty

Michelle Peck, Facialist: A TFS Exclusive Interview

Michelle Peck is a rare gem, and the facialist of choice for Madonna, having worked on the pop star’s Confessions and Sticky And Sweet tours.

With her infamous oxygen facial, Michelle is taking the industry by storm, prepping and priming the A-list faces of such icons as Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano, Paula Patton, Jessica Stam, Erin Wasson, DSquared, Rachel Zoe and Miranda Kerr.

I was lucky to get to ask her my 3 favorite beauty questions…

Sarah Howard: How did you break into the beauty industry?

Michelle Peck : I have worked with the body in a healing capacity for the past 17 years. I was drawn to the external and internal healing effects that human touch via massage and energy work have on the human psyche and body. I studied with Eastern and Western modalities before steeping myself into my own Native American culture, studying the art of energetic healing and touch with native elders.  Massage was the beginning, and I soon attracted a loyal group of clients – many in the film, music, and fashion worlds.

Constantly striving to educate myself and grow, I evolved professionally and personally, and I found myself studying the art of skin care.  Skin is the largest organ in the body, and a fundamental belief of mine is that the internal aspects of our bodies reflect externally.

After taking advanced classes in esthetics, I was constantly looking for the most cutting edge technologies and products around the world.  This led me to Intraceuticals, the Australian Based Skin Care company. I then began working with CEO Anthony McMahon, collectively working to build the brand. 

I was so passionate about the results achieved with their treatment and products that I soon became their International Spokesperson. I began to introduce the Intraceuticals Infusion to my loyal international clientele, which include some of the most famous faces in the world.  The treatment has now become a fixture in the world of beauty, on the red carpet, silver screen, photo shoots, and international runways.

SH: 5 most coveted products, and why?

MP: Intraceuticals Hydration Gel:  A lightweight, non greasy, moisture rich gel for all skin types, which actively counteracts skin dehydration, and creates an invisible barrier against moisture loss. This is an essential travel companion of mine – I always have it with me on the plane.  It’s so rich in hyaluronic acid that it always leaves my thirsty skin dripping in moisture.

Dr. Brandt’s Collagen Booster:  A revolutionary concentrated serum infused with a customized blend of key amino acids to boost, preserve, stimulate, and maximize collagen levels for younger looking skin. I love layering this exquisite serum with my other daily products.  The consistency is smooth and the molecular structure small, so I know I am getting the most out of it’s revolutionary key ingredients.

Intraceuticals Clarity Blemish Repair Line Wand: A unique applicator containing a concentrated formula to target specific blemishes and help accelerate healing. A powerful blend of active ingredients rapidly reduces inflammation without dryness or flaking. The unique tip is designed to be replaced daily to avoid contamination. Also available: 15 pack, Clarity Blemish Repair Applicator Tips. Use twice throughout the day, or as required. This incredible blemish repair solution can always be found in my purse, for those unsightly blemishes that appear without being on the guest list!

Dr. Brandt’s Anti-Oxidant Water Booster® in pomegranate flavor:  A healthy and convenient way to increase skin’s health and vitality with 3 potent anti-oxidants – green tea, white tea, and grapeseed extract.  One dropper
full is equivalent to 15 cups of decaffeinated green tea.  It is highly absorbable and easily digestible, caffeine free, calorie and sugar free! Inner well being and beauty is where it is at, and since I have done The Alejandro Junger "Clean" program and no longer have coffee or sugar in my diet, and I don’t have time to drink 15 cups of Green Tea a day, this is an amazing solution for well being.

Rodin Oil: This incredible oil filled with aromatic and healing botanicals leaves my skin feeling naturally dewy and radiant every time. A staple for me, morning and night.

SH: Favorite look you’ve ever created, and why.

MP: Look at Madonna’s naturally luminous, glowing skin during her Confessions and Sticky and Sweet tours. I had the honor of maintaining her skin while we were touring, and doing the Intraceuticals treatment on her prior to every show. Supporting our treatment was the incredibly artistically talented make-up artist, Gina Brooke. I would have to say not only are those some of my favorites looks, they are also some of the best times of my life!

It is such an honor to learn and work with a creative genius such as Madonna, who inspires daily by the living example she sets.  She truly exudes radiant energy, from the inside out!

Sarah Howard’s blog is at www.beautybanter.com.

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