A skincare guru shares the secrets to a young, dewy complexion and staying glam on New York’s Upper East Side.
Catherine Enright, CEO of eXO Skin Simple, says the secret to a radiant complexion lies (as the name of her brand suggests) in simplicity. “Everyone’s skin is radically different,” explains the beauty guru from her Upper East Side apartment. “But over the years, I’ve learned the key to great skin is to keep it simple. Stick with one cleanser and be consistent with your moisturizing routine.”
Not only is she keeping it simple – she’s using science to pioneer her skincare line. Enright, who has a background in beauty and fashion branding, formed a partnership with her scientist brother, Peter Pieraccini, a biotechnician whose lab discovered what exosomes could do for skin. Found naturally in the body, floating between cells, exosomes are what Enright calls “copycat mechanisms.” According to the eXO Skin Simple website, they’re ideal for plumping skin because they lock in hydration by adapting to your skin and creating a synergy with your natural skin cells. The exosomes help your body activate the cream’s ingredients (like macadamia oil, sea lettuce and natural sodium hyaluronate) to bring out their efficacy.
Together, the sister-brother duo founded the science-based skincare line eXO Skin Simple, which is the only brand to use Zen3 exosomes in its formulation. “Exosomes are the battery of a stem cell,” explains Enright.
Pieraccini owns and operates a lab in North Carolina where his team cultures and replicates human exosomes in order to “promote the radical perfection of the skin.”
Enright says her skincare line is about 93 percent natural. “There are some chemicals in the formula to preserve the science. People want clean and natural products these days. That’s why all these little companies are doing well,” she says, noting the popularity of small-batch clean beauty. “eXO Skin Simple is not dirt cheap but not expensive. It’s in the mid range.”
Her advice for flawless skin? “Cetaphil has been my cleanser for 30 years. It’s not 100 percent pure, but hospitals use it. Really dry your face. Then use four to five pumps [of moisturizer] morning and night. Don’t just pat it. Massage it in. And don’t forget the neck – slather it on.”
Another simple way to care for your skin is to be mindful of your environment by using common sense. “In the summer you don’t need as much product. Go with the flow. When it’s 20 below out, you might need to use more. Just be consistent and moisturize morning and night.”
Below, Enright, who has lived in New York City for over 20 years, shares lifestyle tips from the Upper East Side to maintain a healthy dose of glamour in your routine.
Knockout Beauty – it’s very curated. You will find eXO products here.
I prefer a medi-spa for a facial. My dermatologist takes care of anything that might come up.
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You don’t need to go anywhere fancy [for a good NYC manicure]. On the Upper East Side, there’s a nail spa on every corner.
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Richard Cooley, my longtime hairdresser, comes to me. I also go to the boutique salon Effie’s Hair Studio.
I like the Surrey Hotel bar and Rose Bar in Gramercy Park.
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Bergdorf’s, Barneys, Saks and anything on Upper Madison Avenue. Armani is killing it right now.