Ivan Pol AKA The Beauty Sandwich Is the Met Gala’s Secret Skincare Weapon

There is no other facial that has been requested more by Hollywood A-listers and fashion elite, hands down.

9/15/2021 4:00:00 AM

There is no other facial that has been requested more by Hollywood A-listers and fashion elite, hands down.

Ivan Pol personalized his renowned, in-demand facial treatment for Zoë Kravitz, Tessa Thompson, Karlie Kloss, and more ahead of the Met Gala.

Wabout all of the personalization involved in administering his specialized facials, along with the elements that go into maintaining skin at its very best level.Do you have a secret when it comes to calming your celebrity clients’ nerves before their big fashion moment?

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I start every treatment with an intention and with a mantra: love, beauty, energy. This sets the vibe for a thoughtful and effective experience. And I play music—my current current playlist is a mix of Cuban boleros, Jane Birkin, Van Morrison, and Linda Ronstadt.

You’ve said that you tailor The Beauty Sandwich method according to each face and its individual needs. How did you individualize The Beauty Sandwich technique on faces like Zoë Kravitz’s or Tessa Thompson’s?I would say sculpted skin, not glowing skin, is the goal. My method doesn’t change depending on the time of day. Remember, Beauty Sandwich is not a traditional facial with extractions or masks, etc. it’s a high-tech skincare method I developed to enhance facial features, tighten the skin and help with wrinkle reduction. The Beauty Sandwich has a proprietary recipe which makes it so effective. I will change the recipe depending on what the client wants to focus on. Since my method is about elevation as opposed to augmentation, you can focus on two or three facial features. For example, Karlie’s makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, wanted an elevated and tight look to her skin—a “snatched” face to complement his makeup inspiration, with a focus on the elevation of the corners of her eyes. headtopics.com

Selfie courtesy of Ivan Pol at The Peninsula NYC.What is your go-to method before an event if someone is suffering with an acne breakout?I don’t do extractions or focus on breakouts. Clients come to me for a non-invasive lift and facial sculpting using advanced radio frequency, layered like a sandwich. Still, there have been a few stress breakouts for this Met Gala. I have been very fortunate to work with Barbara Sturm’s top facialist team, which has been on hand to take care of any of those little friends wanting to crash the party. What made this setup unique is that we created our own Sturm Sandwich. They would prime the sandwich, then I would bake it, and then Sturm Dressing was applied for the glow.

Is there anything you advise your clients to avoid a week or two before a big event?Yes, avoid excessive sun exposure because it dehydrates the skin, avoid any invasive or harsh treatments that can weaken the barrier of the skin, and don’t experiment with any new skincare products.

Exhaustion plays a big role in skin quality. How do you revive tired eyes before an event?This is the main reason clients come to me—to pop up their skin when it looks exhausted. So much of the skin has to do with what we eat, so I highly recommend an alkaline diet to reduce acid in the body, which can rob the skin of its glow. Hydration is key! I recommend three to four liters of water daily (glass bottles only—not plastic!). And if possible, using a hyperbaric chamber. Also, start showering with cool or cold water. Hot water really dehydrates the skin and is not good for it, especially before an event.

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