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Between prepping A-list celebrities’ skin for the Met Gala these past few weeks to jetting back and forth between her namesake spas in both Dallas and New York City, facialist to the stars Joanna Czech is one busy gal. The skincare guru, known for her highly coveted skincare treatments that marry traditional massage techniques with super technologically advanced devices like microcurrent, cryotherapy and LED, spent years scouting out the perfect spot to open her new N.Y.C. location. “I love getting to spend my time between New York and Dallas,” she says. “I’m hardly ever in the same place for more than three weeks at a time, so I’m happy that I get to spend more time in my new studio on Howard [Street] and with my New York clients.”
Czech, who has been in the business for nearly 35 years, worked to create a haven for her East Coast clients, in addition to her wildly successful flagship location in Dallas. “With the help of our interior designer, Jeang Kim, and our studio manager, we have created my dream space. I feel so lucky that I get to go to such a beautiful space to work. It doesn’t hurt that it’s between R13, Mason Margiela and Rick Owens…It’s also a little dangerous!”
But that’s not the only thing that has been keeping her busy—enter the most fashionable night of the year, the annual Met Gala, where she spends the entire month of May in N.Y.C. prepping stars’ skin. “The Met Gala is my Super Bowl and I love seeing all the creativity that transpires on the red carpet,” she says. “It’s a busy time but I try and prep myself the week before by getting into my routine, like working out and eating healthy, so I maintain my energy through the long days.”
Below, Czech shares her favorite products in beauty, fashion and home that help fuel her success, define her style and give her that dewy, glowing skin that made her so sought after in the first place.
Joanna Czech’s Favorite Things: Beauty
Her Skincare Staple
“Toner is the most underrated product in skincare,” says Czech. “So when creating my own line I knew I wanted to use the best ingredients. The Toner contains ingredients that hydrate, repair the skin’s barrier function and enhance the complexion’s resilience to stress.”
Joanna Czech Skincare The Toner
The Best Skincare Tech Tool
“For my favorite tech gadget, I’m going to have to go with skincare technology and choose the Lyma Laster—it’s the most effective at-home treatment that I’ve seen in years,” she says. “It’s a cold laser at 0.01 degrees Celsius that improves cell regeneration.”
The Ultimate Facial Massager
“It can be hard to massage your own face, so I love that this product mimics my own massage technique and that I can bring it on the go,” says Czech.
Joanna Czech The Facial Massager
A Game-Changing Skincare Product
This is Czech’s go-to Vitamin A product. “I love how you can build up to your desired strength,” she says. “It’s definitely one of the must-have products in my skincare routine.”
Environ Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 4
The Perfect Makeup Multitasker
Czech uses this balm from her collection both day and night. “It’s super hydrating and is the perfect last step in my skincare routine to lock all of my other products in,” she says. “I also love using The Balm as a makeup primer before my foundation or tinted moisturizer.”
Joanna Czech The Balm
Joanna Czech’s Favorite Things: Style
A Life-Changing Purchase
Once Czech found these glasses by Thierry Lasry, she never looked back. “They have become a part of my identity now, plus I think they make me look smarter.”
Thierry Lasry Thundery Glasses
A Fun Twist To Footwear
“I have a distinct style and stick with it, but shoes is where I like to play,” she says. “My only requirement is that they’re comfortable.”
R13 Mid-Cowboy Boot With Denim
A Fashion Staple
“This was an impulse buy, but is something I am so glad I purchased. I now have them in four colors!”
Bottega Veneta Women’s Rubber Flash Clog
An Unexpected Scent
“This is actually aftershave, but I use it as perfume,” she says of the Italian crafted Santa Maria Novella favorite.
Santa Maria Novella Patchouli Aftershave
Joanna Czech’s Favorite Things: Home
A Unique Home Accessory
An upscale piece of furniture adds a fun, elevated element to any room. “I love Pierre Paulin’s Groovy chairs,” she says of her favorite home decor item.
Pierre Paulin Groovy Chair
Her Morning Essential
Czech starts every busy day with plenty of coffee in her kitchen, thanks to this handy, yet sleek appliance. “Nespresso simply makes my life easier,” she raves.
Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Machine
Her Current Must-Read
If the skincare guru ever has a second of downtime, she can be found curled up with a good book. “I’m excited to dive into The Comfort Zone by Kristen Butler next,” she says.
The Comfort Zone: Create A Life You Really Love With Less Stress And More Flow
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