Michelle Obama’s Esthetician Shares Skincare Advice

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First Lady Michelle Obama makes good decisions—be it on a test (she graduated cum laude from Princeton University before attending Harvard Law School); clothing (there are entire websites dedicated to her polished yet approachable style); or a partner in life (who would have guessed that her former mentee would become President of the United States?)—her decisions are soundly wise. So when she selected JoElle Lee to become her esthetician, it’s safe to assume that JoElle must be one of the best. I prodded JoElle for advice on all things skincare, and she happily obliged.

Breaking out? You may need to load up on fiber and water.

JoElle says, “Consistently breaking out on the face and body can mean you are suffering from constipation or your body is having issues eliminating toxins. Excessive sugar and salt intake can also lead to breakouts and inflammation. Dry skin from head to toe indicates that you are dehydrated and need to increase your water intake. The skin is our first line of defense and how we look on the outside is a true reflection of how healthy we are on the inside.”

When the season shifts, change more than just your clothes.

“Due to weather changes, your skin’s needs change and you will have to tweak your routine to address seasonal skin conditions. The fall is definitely time for a deep cleansing facial. Great complements to a fall facial are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or intense collagen treatments.”

*If you live in or plan to visit the Washington, D.C. metro area, you can book an appointment with JoElle for these treatments at the Citrine Salon and Spa in Bethesda.

As the number of candles on your birthday cake increase, alter your skincare routine.

In your teenage years… “hormones are raging which trigger oil production that can lead to inflammation and breakouts. It doesn’t take an army of skincare products and a complex routine to combat teenage skin conditions, and for teens such a process is probably too elaborate to follow anyway. Use a cleanser, toner, exfoliant, and correcting serum, plus sunscreen every morning and possibly a lightweight toner or gel moisturizer at night.”  

In your twenties… “is the best time to start practicing prevention to help avert unwanted skin conditions for years to come. One of the best things a woman can do in her twenties is consistently use SPF protection of at least 15, I recommend JoElle SkinCare SPF 30 Ultra Sheer Moisturizer. I also recommend makeup removal products, and my favorites are aloe vera gel and witch hazel.  Use a mild exfoliant 2 to 3 times per week like JoElle SkinCare Skin Radiant Powder Exfoliant and invest in a daily moisturizer suitable for your skin type.”

In your thirties…you may be dealing with discoloration caused by sun damage, birth control pills, or pregnancy mask (melasma). This is also the time when your cell renewal process is starting to slow down and you would want to invest in a daily correcting or exfoliating product in your routine to help prevent or diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, or breakouts. I recommend JoElle SkinCare Skin Correcting Clarifying Serum or Vitamin C + Collagen Antioxidant Serum depending upon your skin type.” 

In your forties…lines start to appear more frequently between the brows, forehead, and around the eyes and mouth. The estrogen level is slowing down, leading to drier skin as well. This is the time to add moisture-rich products with collagen-based ingredients to help slow down the aging process and keep lines and wrinkles at bay. I recommend JoElle SkinCare Intense Moisture Restorative Hydra Crème.”

And just so you know, her skincare line is top-notch.

“JoElle SkinCare is not just another product company.  Although we are relatively new on the scene, we are breaking ground with the combination of high-quality products and effective solutions. Few companies understand how, or even care, to appeal to women and men of all races, ethnicities, skin types and skin conditions. The collection embraces the opportunity to offer a line of all natural products for people who are serious about their skin.

JoElle SkinCare products are designed to enable consumers to achieve near-professional results at home. The finest botanical infused ingredients penetrate and nourish the skin effectively and safely. Our naturally derived exfoliants, cleansers, and treatment creams will leave any skin feeling luxurious and looking radiant every day.

Our products are grown, harvested, raised, and processed in an ecological or sustainable manner; are extracted using only natural ingredients; paraben-free; not tested on animals; and don’t contain synthetic preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances.”

Access to JoElle’s skincare line just got better for you too. She’s taking 20% off your entire order at her online skincare boutique with the code AS20. Shop through her supply of cleansers, masks, serums, and a lot more. Somehow it feels like the stately thing to do.

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10 comments on “Michelle Obama’s Esthetician Shares Skincare Advice

  1. brianna says:

    Great interview. I discovered August Skin through Refinery 29 and am already hooked. I don’t know if JoElle will be answering questions here, but I’ll give it a try anyway: Over the summer, my face became very freckly. I have a smattering on my nose and on my cheeks. I wear SPF 55 (at least) on my face daily, but is there anything else I can do to combat the freckles? It looks ridiculous – it’s not a cute freckle look.

    • JoElle says:

      Thanks Brianna for the question. Freckles can be a challenge to prevent or diminish especially if they are hereditary. However, there are some laser treatment options that can help with the removal. Sometimes freckles occur due to long term sun damage, and like I said that would be harder to reverse. Keep using the sunscreen, but if they are heredity, there may not be much you can do physiologically, however there are makeup options as well. Hope this helps! JoElle

      • brianna says:

        Thanks, JoElle. That does help. I actually don’t know if they’re hereditary or not. I’ve always had a couple, but this summer they seemed to explode on my face. It’s probably something I just need to embrace. 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Brianna,
      JoElle responded to your question!
      -Ashley

  2. AWESOME interview!

  3. Heather Hejna says:

    Great tips- love the idea that your skin is a reflection of how healthy we are on the inside. I also found this blog on Refinery 29 and I am really impressed with it, keep it up, Ashley!:)

  4. Sami says:

    Great advice and excellent interview. I didn´t do some of the things the interview talks about, like insufficient water intake and excessive exposure to sun and both have caused me some serious problems. I would strongly advise any young readers to listen and follow all the points given in the post. it´s so easy to ignore all this when we are young.

  5. Kim says:

    If Michelle Obama has chose JoElle to become her esthetician, we may say that she at least one of the best. I’ll definitelly check her online skincare boutique. Thanks for sharing and sales code, Ashley! I think the black skin doesn’t differ from the white skin in treatment manner?

  6. Sarah says:

    Seems like good advice, she has beautiful skin.