Updated: Dec 18, 2019
An Esthetician for Black and Brown Skin Weighs in on her Favorite Products and Procedures
Monique Deville, paramedical esthetician and owner of Bird Of Paradise salon (www.birdofparadiseskintherapy.com) in Granada Hills California wants to help us all achieve our most moisturized and hydrated best lives. And while the words, 'facial' and 'skincare regimen' sounds exclusive or prohibitively expensive, Monique wants to dispel the myth that unclogged pores and smooth skin are only available to celebrities or through instagram magic.
CH: What do you wish people understood about the specific need of Black and Brown skin?
MD: People of color have this misconception that skincare is only for the wealthy or caucasian women. Skin health is for everyone. As a Black woman, I stress to my clients about cleaning their 'filters.' Our skin is our filter to the world. And just because we have melanin doesn't mean we are exempt from sun damage, and dare I say even skin cancer. I feel with the right guidance, we all can bask in the glory of our skin at any age and race.
CH: What is your salon's most popular facial and why?
MD: BOP's most popular treatment is microdermabrasion. When I started in skin care, I worked at a dermatology office, and microdermabrasion was one of the treatments I would perform. Over the years, I have perfected this treatment to cater to all different skin types and I now offer three different types of microdermabrasion: Crystal, Diamondhead, and Hydro. Crystal Microdermabrasion is amazing for those who would like more of a sandblast exfoliation. Diamondhead Microdermabrasion is by far my favorite and one of the oldest forms of microderm; It incorporates a metal tip with different grit sizes which exfoliates your skin very well. Combined with enzymatic products and oxygen infusion, my clients see the results right after the treatment. Hydro Microdermabrasion is a new form of microderm now on the market and I am falling more in love with this treatment every day! It's amazing for extraction, exfoliation, and infusion of products.
CH: What do you recommend clients do to maintain their healthy glow in between visits?
MD: My tips to clients for healthy glowing skin are not just external but internal as well. Water intake is very important. Stay hydrated! Eat the color of the rainbow (meaning fruits and veggies). I sometimes recommend a plant-based protein drink with blended greens for those on the go. Also a healthy gut is key. Many people don't think about this, but if your gut is not healthy, your skin condition will be a direct response for this malfunction.
For external care, I recommend cleansing your skin morning and night. Exfoliate via retinals, enzymes, topical antioxidants, and always use SPF even on a cloudy day (because UVA rays are way more damaging than UVB which is delivered through direct sunlight).
CH: Are there any skincare products/services out there that you think do more harm than good, if so, what are they and how are they harmful?
MD: There's a lot of products out there that promise you the world, but a lot of them can cause more harm than good. One of the biggest ones that really gets under my skin is St Ives Apricot Scrub (or any of those hard scrubs). Using products like this can cause micro tears in the skin which can lead to bacteria forming and causing a loss of collagen and severe acne.