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How the London-based oculoplastic surgeon uses a fusion of topicals, injectables, and non-invasive surgical remedies to produce noticeable yet natural results.
Written By JAYME CYK
VIOLET GREY profiles female beauty entrepreneurs who are considered industry game changers because of their individual approach to business. Each one entered the conversation in her own manner and maintained a steady, if not unparalleled, trajectory with her indomitable spirit.
Dr. Maryam Zamani, known for her non-surgical cosmetic procedures (think Botox, fillers, and laser treatments) around the eyes, is proof that a chance encounter can change your life. After relocating to London from the U.S. 13 years ago, she enrolled in a dermatology course while waiting for her credentials to transfer. “During this time, hyaluronic acid treatments were gaining popularity and I did a number of clinical studies on their usage,” she says. “That really fostered my belief that we shouldn’t just treat the problems and issues at hand, but we need to help prevent them. That fusion is why my practice is not just surgical.”
In 2016, Dr. Zamani applied that same preventative philosophy to her skin care range MZ Skin, which aims to bolster anything done at the doctor's office. “I think it’s important to stay true to your values and vision,” she says. “Also, listen and take criticism as it comes because it will only help make a better product or service.” Here, she shares her personal skin care routine, go-to self-care moves, and why she’s never had a backup plan.
First thing you do when you wake up?
I tend to hit snooze twice while half-looking through emails to see if there is anything I need to answer urgently.
Generally, I sleep from midnight to 7:30AM. Sleep has become a bigger part of my life after reading Ariana Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution. I really make an effort to have at least seven and a half hours a night, but my natural circadian rhythm is to sleep late and sleep in even later.
I bathe and shower before bed, so in the morning its a quick five minutes and I’m on my way.
Typical skincare regimen?
In the morning, I wash my face with MZ Skin Cleanse & Clarify, followed by my Brighten & Perfect 10% Vitamin C, and my soon-to-be launched Tint & Protect Moisturizer with SPF 30. In the evening, I take a bit more time. Sometimes I try new products in the range but generally, I run a warm bath with Epsom salt, wash my face and then two to three times a week I apply a mask. I use either Cleanse & Clarify, Radiance and Renewal, or my Golden Facial Mask. Once out of the bath, I use MZ Skin Replenish & Restore Mask to nourish the skin and plump with stem cells and placenta. Then I apply a bit of Soothe & Smooth Eye Cream and I am done!
Hair situation in the a.m.?
Usually it’s a quick brush and a possible ponytail. If I want to feel a bit more pulled together, I have Blow by Mella, a mobile hairdressing service in London, come for a quick 15-minute blow-dry before the school run.
I have so many! I carve out time for private reformer pilates classes twice a week, personal training with light weights twice a week, and a cardio workout on the elliptical around four to seven times a week. I love anything active where I am focused and in the moment. I also love going for a walk with my husband in the evenings.
Go-to breakfast and a.m. beverage?
I start every morning with a large mug of fresh ginger and lemon in hot water. I also make a homemade smoothie of greens or berries to take to work with me. Breakfast is usually two to three hours later (if I manage) and is either two poached eggs or sliced avocado on toast with chili flakes. If I don’t have time for that, I will have sliced green apples with almond butter, which is my favorite go-to snack.
Foolproof self-care move?
Exercise is really my go-to to feel better. A good blow-out and a manicure don’t hurt either!
Dolce & Gabbana Red, but that’s now discontinued. I think I found my new scent in Bibliotheque by Byredo.
An expensive-but-worth-it product or treatment?
I love Laser Genesis and Yag Laser treatments to refresh the skin.
MZ Skin's LED Mask to instantly lift and brighten my complexion.