Megan tries it

My new skin rescue treatment

Written by: Megan O’Neill

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Published on: September 27, 2022

Megan O’Neill is a senior beauty editor at goop. Which is another way of saying she has a passion for clean products, loves anything that reduces stress, and would happily try guinea pigs herself in the name of wellness.

Perched on the precipice of Jamaica’s Negril coast (a place that no doubt attracts voracious developers), Rick’s Cafe is a one-of-a-kind place. Whether the waiter brings you a rum and Ting, the foamiest milkshake-thick piña colada, or something crisp and alcohol-free that won’t cloud your perceptions, sip your drink on the cliff and gaze out at the impossibly turquoise ripples of the Caribbean Sea. The vibe is barefoot, rowdy, decidedly Jamaican; the women can’t be missed in neon sarongs; and the whole imaginative scene looks straight out of a music video. A DJ shouts and goes on, while house dancers cavort and twerk in unison.

Megan with face mask

Rick’s Cafe is more than my happy place my third place (the term comes from a theory that we benefit from having a third place, in addition to our home and workplace, it is safe, social and soul-nourishing).

The only downside to basking in the Jamaican sun (there is a shaded area, but I’m not getting on a plane to Jamaica to sit in the shade), which burns furiously all day, is that it steadily leeches my energy and all life – and moisture – from my skin. I was extra careful about turning myself in mineral sunscreen before a Rick’s interlude, but that’s the kind of sun that’ll get you. I stumbled out of Rick’s (and out of Jamaica) with my head full of reggae remixes and my skin sunburnt. No amount of cream, conditioner, oil, or elixir I’ve slathered on was able to reverse my dull, parched pallor—until this beautiful, cooling, serum-y-hydrating, line-plumping, ultra-replenishing sheet mask came along.

Infused with a miracle blend of super nourishing herbs and extracts, the mask – which goes on the skin’s gel side down – feels like a burst of oozing, extraordinary moisture. Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer while you go about your business (it stays glued to your face, leaving your hands free to puree baby food and/or work the remote to see The bear), allowing all the medicinal herbs and adaptogens, such as ginseng and gotu kola, as well as firming peptides and oils to penetrate your skin. (YINA is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a holistic system of medicine used for thousands of years to help prevent, treat and diagnose disease; one of the brand’s founders is both a dermatologist and cancer survivor who used TCM to help restore her health.) When I removed the mask, my skin was dewy and fresh, its sunburned quality transformed into a sun-kissed, springy-with-moisture glow.

I kept using the mask after I got home (I’m so underwhelmed by Zoom face, but this really is the secret to looking so much more rested and alive on a screen). My goodness, it transforms my skin – my lines plump up, a dewy glow emerges, and any roughness or flaky texture is replaced with baby smoothness.


  1. YINA Bioadaptive Cleanser

    YINA
    Bioadaptive cleaner
    goop, $68

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  2. YINA Divine Bio-Cellulose Mask

    YINA
    Divine Bio-Cellulose Mask
    goop, $85

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Inspired, I adapted my routine to be more moisturizing each time – starting with the most beautiful cleanser on earth, also from YINA. Creamy and soothing against my skin, it’s infused with brightening extracts, antioxidants (from white peony tea) and balancing pearl extract to dissolve make-up, sunscreen, dirt and roughness. The delicate pale coral color shows through the thick glass bottle and fancy up my entire preparation experience.

After cleansing, there are several skin-soaking hydrators (as well as a kick-a*s exfoliation, which is also surprisingly super moisturizing).

The best vitamin C on planet Earth

I squeeze this blend of toning, firming hyaluronic acid-the the bridge moisturizing – and pure vitamin C on my freshly rinsed skin every morning and wait for “Are you doing something different? Your skin looks amazing!” – write comments to trickle in.


  1. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum

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    GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
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Plum facial oil

I’ve never been to an orchard bursting with ripe plums, but I imagine it would smell just like this silky oil. Plum seed oil is the only ingredient and it’s a good one for your skin (there are antioxidants, polyphenols and fatty acids in it) that absorbs instantly and brightens my face.


  1. Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

    Le Prunier
    Plum Beauty Oil
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Mineral SPF Serum

This lightweight, silky serum is somehow hydrating enough to stand in as a day cream (or face oil) on certain days. It’s also a mineral SPF 30 supercharged with kale and avocado oil that leaves my skin full of life.


  1. MARA Algae + Zinc Sea Kale Sunscreen Serum

    MARA
    Algae + Zinc Sea Kale Sunscreen Serum
    goop, $52

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Exfoliating sleeping milk

This brilliant treatment floods the skin with time-released alpha-hydroxy acids (the time-release makes the harsh exfoliants gentler on your skin) and a special moisturizing complex so you wake up with smoother, clearer, fresher and better skin every time. I use it every night, but I’m careful when you start – it’s powerful.


  1. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk

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    GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk
    goop, $98/$89 with subscription

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Melting lip and cheek stain

I don’t really wear makeup, but this pure gel pigment requires no time or skill (just dab it on and smooth it in like you would an oil or cream) and it’s packed with moisturizing extracts that don’t feel like anything on your skin .


  1. Ere Perez Beet Cheek & Lip Color

    Ere Perez
    Beet cheeks and lip colour
    goop, $29

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Bonus for Total-Body Glow

Some days I love an oil, others a cream – or most often I mix the two. I put the former over the latter when my skin is particularly dry.

Oil

Scents of ginger and violet and glides on like a dream.


  1. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Afterglow Body Oil

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    GOOPGLOW Afterglow Body Oil
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Cream

Unscented, skin plumping magic.


  1. Human Race Moisturizing Body Cream

    Human race
    Moisturizing body cream
    goop, $54

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