Esthetician Angela Caglia swears by 8 personal care essentials

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Behind every jaw-dropping red carpet makeup look or near-perfect never-before-seen selfie is one thing: an effective skincare routine. For nearly 30 years, entrepreneur and esthetician Angela Caglia has been behind the celebrity complexions of stars like Lili Reinhart, Aurora James and Barbra Streisand, as well as her eponymous line of Angela Caglia Skincare products. Caglia’s love for skin health began at a young age on her grandfather’s ranch in Central Valley, California.

“My grandfather was a grower of apricots, nectarines, and plums, and he shipped them all over the world. My siblings and I were always on his ranch, and they ate the fruits while I mixed them in bowls and patting my face at, like, eight,” she says. “And I was kind of obsessed with it; I’d like to take off [my mixtures] and seeing my skin look different afterwards, which made me even more fascinated by the process.”

Caglia then studied abroad in Paris at the age of 23, which eventually turned her early experiments into a comprehensive and practical knowledge of skincare. After moving to West Hollywood and then New York, she began working in-house for a number of high-profile brands like Ole Henriksen, which helped the entrepreneur grow her A-list client list.

“Being a beautician can be a chore, because you’re hoping you can find clients, and hope you can pay your rent, and all those things,” Caglia says. “I lived in New York in my mid-twenties and learned a bit of hustling. I worked on a random woman and asked what she was doing – just normal conversation – and she said, “I’m Barbra Streisand’s assistant. I was already working on big celebrities at the time, so I felt confident enough to ask him to tell Barbra that I would give her a facial for free. . At the end of that day, she empowered me so much that I immediately started looking for a lab to start my skincare line. And even to this day, Barbra is still a customer, and just a really supportive, amazing woman.

Learn more about how one of Hollywood’s top skincare professionals relaxes and relieves stress, plus performs a complete spa-quality complexion catch up with Caglia for notes on some of her favorite, expert-approved beauty and wellness picks. Read on to learn more about the essentials she’s currently keeping in rotation — from clean makeup products to eucalyptus-scented body wash — as well as her thoughts on the groundbreaking importance of a quality night’s rest.

What are you reading these days?

actually i just picked up skin in game, by Jane Wurwand, who founded Dermalogica. When I was starting out, Dermalogica was one of the best skin care lines – it built an empire. So I’m just getting started, and it’s just a challenging book. I’m curious about her story and perspective, because it’s truly remarkable what she’s created.

Jane Wurwand Skin in the Game: Everything You Need Is Already Within You

Jane Wurwand Skin in the Game: Everything You Need Is Already Within You
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What are some of your favorite bath and/or shower products?

Oh, it’s, like, my favorite thing; the water is so healing and therapeutic. I love scrubs – I used to make my own and should do it again. I would order all these different ingredients: salts, flower petals, essential oils. I really like a good scrub. I also dry the brush before getting in the shower, as I find that I feel better when I do that. And I love the Necessary brand; they have this eucalyptus body wash and scrub that looks a lot like a spa, so it’s in my shower right now. I know the woman who started the company and I always like to support brands founded by women.

Eucalyptus shower gel

Necessaire Eucalyptus Shower Gel
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Eucalyptus Body Scrub

Necessaire Eucalyptus Body Scrub
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What beauty or self-care products do you regularly use to combat zoom fatigue?

For eye strain, my rose quartz mask is excellent. We source our quartz from Brazil, which produces one of the best qualities available. I also use my Daily Botanical Serum, which is completely organic and includes ingredients like ylang-ylang and frankincense, even though I already wear pre-zoom makeup and apply it for extra shine. And all of a sudden, I’ll look together and kinda shiny and dewy. It’s my secret to Zoom calls, because as a beautician I have to have somewhat decent skin. When I’m barefaced and not using the Daily Botanical Serum, I like to use our Soufflé Moisturizer for extra hydration.

Self Love Rose Quartz Eye Mask

Angela Caglia Skincare Self Love Rose Quartz Eye Mask
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Daily Plant Serum

Angela Caglia Daily Botanical Serum
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Moisturizing Soufflé Treatment

Angela Caglia Skincare Skincare Moisturizing Soufflé
Credit: Dermastore

Do you have a favorite hand sanitizer, soap and/or cream right now?

I really like Aesop’s Rinse-Free Hand Sanitizer, but honestly, since I make my own products, I usually take some of my Moisturizing Soufflé and put it on my hands. I also like to go to local farmers markets, or even when I travel, and find that (usually) older woman who makes her things by hand and buys lotions that way. I’m not going to spend a ton of money on hand cream, so I’d rather support locals and find good stuff.

Aesop Resurrection Leave-In Hand Cleanser

Resurrection Leave-In Hand Cleanser

Aesop Resurrection Leave-In Hand Cleanser
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Do you ever light a candle or an incense stick to decompress? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Yes, you speak my language. I love using this very fine Japanese incense which burns so well and has this amazing aroma. Every time I use it, which is usually at night, I put the incense on this cute little chakra statue I have.

Nippon Kodo scented incense in a Calm Hinoki Mint shade

Scentsual Incense in Calm Hinoki Mint

Nippon Kodo scented incense in a Calm Hinoki Mint shade
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What’s the last beauty product you put on today?

The Daily Plant Serum, and that’s all I put. I have zero on my skin right now. If you put an oil on people they think, “Oh no, that’s going to make me break out, that’s going to clog my pores”, but it actually contains a purifying emulsion of oils so it won’t.

Are you into bold makeup, no makeup, or no makeup right now, and why?

With COVID, I haven’t felt the need to put on too much – most of the time I’m very low maintenance – but I do like wearing makeup. I think it’s important to wear makeup if you like to use it to feel more beautiful. But I like clean products from brands like Kosasthe founder is one of my clients, as well as ILIA.

What’s the last fitness class you streamed or took in person?

I have a trainer who comes in once a week, and this morning we did an outdoor workout with Pilates moves and cardio, and my husband does too. Since we train together, it’s really fun and a bit competitive.

What self-care tip would you recommend to our readers?

Sleep – never underestimate the power of sleep. They call it beauty rest for a reason, but, of course, it’s also important for your health, primarily your heart and other regenerating organs. Your skin also regenerates, so if you’re not getting enough sleep, maybe try getting some sleep in the morning if you go to bed late – just do what you can to get eight hours of rest. This is one of my secrets for not looking 50 yet. So I sleep. And I know how valuable that is to your health, and your skin is one of them.

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