While studying French at the Sorbonne, Cali native Angela Caglia fell in love with that particular passion of finely-complected French filles, skin care. "I was mesmerized by the elegance and tradition of French women caring for themselves and their beauty rituals," she recalls. Enough so that she returned to Paris to study & work alongside a well-known French esthetician. She later landed stateside, where she's spent the past 16 years tending to many an A-list complexion & is now in collaboration to start her own line of skin care goodness.
FASHIONTRIBES: As an aesthetician in Los Angeles, what is the most common skin issue
ANGELA CAGLIA: The most common is sun damage. I also see a lot of clogged pores which comes from their active lifestyles; lately, I have many women in their thirties starting to break out for the first times in their lives. I treat with LED light therapy, peels & extractions. Because skin is a barometer for many things in ones life, especially health, I focus on educating my clients on how to care for their skin and make any necessary lifestyle changes.
FT: Such as?
AC: Wear sunscreen every day - SPF 30 or higher. For night: use peptides, retinoids & night serums.
FT: If you can only get one treatment per month which should it be?
AC: Hydra facial treatment. It is good for all skin types, even sensitive. It exfoliates and deep cleanses the pores and refines texture while plumping your skin up with hydration!
FT: Typical day for you?
AC: Wake up, coffee, check emails, read my flipboard articles on my iPad then get ready for gym. Then I grab a green drink & head to work; I usually have between 7 to 9 clients a day. I come home to a glass of wine and make dinner with my boyfriend.
...eye cream? Anything with caffeine in it. It's perfect to stimulate circulation under the eyes for puffiness and dark circles. I like one by a cult favorite line called 100 percent pure. It's all natural and made in Napa and it costs around 20.00.
...Los Angeles Day Spa? Ole Henriksen Body Spa
...local resource for beauty products? Sunset Plaza Beauty Boutique. They hand-pick some of the best beauty products.
...part of the your job? Making my clients look ten years younger!
...lunch spot? Chateau Marmont on the patio.
...regimen for great skin? Wash your face, moisturize it, protect with sunscreen. Every day. Also, get monthly facials.
...Los Angeles based skincare line? I love Glamglow. It's a Hollywood-vibe packaged mask. One of my clients started the line a few years ago. The mask exfoliates and brightens. It has won best beauty mask for two years at Neiman Marcus.
... skin care on a budget? Ole Henriksen products are affordable; they are all under $45 so they're not really expensive like other lines. For a drugstore brand, I like Salma Hayek's line of skincare for CVS.
- interview by Kelly Croteau
About Kelly: She recently interviewed Hollywood stylist Anya Sarre for Fashiontribes, as well as fashion insider Laurie Pike of mystyle.com & model-turned-jewelry-designer Barbara Adler. Her work has also appeared in Ask Miss A, Project Lena & Malibu Magazine. She recently interviewed Pose co-founder Alisa Gould-Simon, one of Refinery29's Top 30 Under 30.