We chatted with Leann (Barr) Ratner, aesthetician and facial expert at Cos Bar in Edina, to get the lowdown on superior skincare.
What’s your top tip for taking care of your skin no matter the season?
Using skincare products appropriate for your age and the current condition of your skin, as it can change from season to season. Also, using sunscreen every day. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
What rules do you always stick by?
Your skin is a reflection of your lifestyle, so I try to manage my stress, drink plenty of water, and eat well. My three main skincare products are a great exfoliator, a potent anti-aging serum, and an effective moisturizer — sunscreen for day and anti-aging for night.
How do you adjust clients’ treatments for their skin type?
Everyone’s skin is different and concerns vary from client to client, so I analyze their skin, ask lots of questions and choose the best combination of treatments based on my observations. The offerings on our menu are merely to give the clients an idea of what is available, and the rest is up to the aesthetician.
If you could use only one skincare product, what would it be?
A really great night cream! For me, because of my skin type, it would be RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme. It contains 11% glycolic fruit acid, which gives me both cell renewal and wonderful hydration. That combination creates firmer, smoother and more radiant skin.
What facial do you recommend for quick results before a big event?
We offer a Party Glow Facial that includes gentle exfoliation and a very hydrating mask so that makeup will go on flawlessly over smooth, hydrated skin.
What are your favorite skincare products of all time?
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream, a game-changing moisturizer for peri- and post-menopausal women. La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Brightening Eye Treatment to brighten the skin under the eye without looking heavy or cakey. And Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser dusted with apricot-seed powder for daily exfoliation to reveal your smoothest skin.
Visit Cos Bar of Edina at
3905 W 50th St, Edina, MN.