Jessica Alba’s Celebrity Facialist is Sharing Her Wellness Routine

Shani Darden is a celebrity esthetician who is an expert on skincare. Her mission is to help people to be more confident and feel better, from treating a wide range of skincare conditions to enhancing existing looks. She developed a large list of clients including celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, or Emily Ratajkowski. In addition to her skincare, she recently opened her first flagship studio, gorgeous space in Beverly Hills, and shares her latest skincare advice with her 200k followers on Instagram.

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Shani Darden
Shani Darden

What is your favorite quote?

Shani Darden: “Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise.” Frank Ocean

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you invite?

I would have dinner with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

What would be the menu?

Korean BBQ!

What is your best quality?

My honesty.

What anti-aging products and routine do you recommend to your clients?

It’s not about having a lot of products, it’s about having the right products. Retinol is the ultimate multi-tasker. It helps to address so many different concerns. It can boost collagen in the skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, reduce hyperpigmentation, and help with acne. The first product I created was Retinol Reform. It combines retinol and lactic acid to provide long and short term benefits to keep skin glowing and youthful. It’s really the foundation of an amazing skincare routine. Other than retinol, a gentle cleanser, an antioxidant serum, sunscreen, and a great moisturizer for your skin type are the basics. You can add in more specific products from there, but those are the essentials.

Your definition of success?

To me, success is helping people feel good about themselves. If I can change someone’s skin and help them feel good from the inside out, knowing that I’ve contributed to their confidence or being a part of how they feel beautiful makes me feel like I’m doing the job I was put here to do.

What is your morning routine?

I spray myself with Palo Santo when I wake up and then I sage my house. Mornings with two young kids are chaotic, so I like to find a few moments of calm before the madness!

Who inspires you?

I have two daughters and they are my biggest inspiration. Everything I do is for them. 

Describe your perfect Sunday

A long morning spent cuddling with my girls, followed by an afternoon spent hanging out with my closest friends and family.

Any tips for a glowy face after a long flight, or a short night?

I always keep eye masks in the fridge to help offset puffy eyes. I would also probably generously apply a hyaluronic acid serum to plump up and hydrate the skin followed by a hydrating sunscreen. 

You recently opened your own place, is there a city or a venue you would dream of having your skin-care studio?

My dream already came true with opening this studio. 

What do you do in your free time?

Spend time with my friends and family… and curl my hair. 

What is the last thing you do before going to bed?

Kiss my daughters’ goodnight.

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Who should we interview next?

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Romain Wawrzyniak is our Editor-in-Chief. His enthusiasm and kindness make his guests feel comfortable creating intimate conversations and priceless insights.

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  1. Nyakio Grieco March 8, 2020

    ❤️ Love this piece and love this woman!

    1. Good Manners March 8, 2020

      Thank you Nyakio! Shani is the best!!


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