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joanna vargas

daily serum

Presenting the lightweight elixir that’s like a multivitamin for the face.

Written By JAYME CYK


“There is no magic solution [to a flawless complexion]—anyone can achieve the skin they want by taking the right steps every day,” says Joanna Vargas, the New York–based esthetician whose following includes Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz, and Sienna Miller. Vargas, who is known for vetting the latest technologies and putting together a customized regimen for each client, launched her eponymous line in 2011 with four products, including the Daily Serum, an elixir inspired by her love of juicing. The serum is infused with oat grass juice for the lymphatic system, chlorophyll for oxygenation, vitamins A,C, E, and F found in leafy greens to fight aging, and hyaluronic acid for hydration. The Daily Serum also features Vargas’ favorite ingredient, galactoarabinan, which is derived from the larch tree. “Galactoarabinan causes more cell turnover than a glycolic acid, but it’s also anti-inflammatory so it doesn’t cause irritation, even with sensitive skin,” says Vargas. “It’s the top-selling product in my salon because it works for everyone, and it’s my secret weapon for treating dull skin.”


“I first discovered the Daily Serum after receiving an incredibly rejuvenating and 100 percent not-irritating facial from Joanna Vargas herself. As a fellow esthetician, I’m incredibly picky about my facials, and I was truly blown away by the results. I loved the lightweight and refreshing scent—and the glow my skin had afterward. I like the interesting lightweight texture, which is watery yet still viscous—it makes it easy for me to do a quick facial massage while applying. It soaks in quickly and leaves my skin supple and more radiant.”—Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach and Lily

“I’ve been using this serum religiously for the past six years, and it keeps my skin bright, clear, and glowy. If I run out and go a week without it, I notice my skin looking dull and so, so sad.” —Christina Han, Head of Development, Special Projects at VIOLET GREY


January 23, 2017

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