With over 30 years dedicated to perfecting the art of skincare, New York facialist Ling Chan fuses Asian health principles with the latest technology and innovative ingredients in her treatments and line, Ling Skincare. This has seen Ling become the go-to person in NY, and her loyal following includes Madonna, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell and Cameron Diaz to name a few. We caught up with Ling to chat all things beauty…
How did you start in the beauty industry?
I grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to New York City when I was 21 years old. I always has a passion for skincare because I had very bad skin when I grew up in Hong Kong. Then I decided to pursue a career in esthetics. In 1984 I opened up my first spa at the renowned intersection, 57th street and 5th avenue in NYC. The following year I decided to begin my own skincare line based on Asian beauty principles of proper exfoliation and hydration to balance your skin. In 1986, I opened up my second location inside Barney’s New York. After a year at Barney’s, I decided to open up my stand-alone flagship location in Union Square, NYC.
What is your signature treatment?
Our Energy Lift Facial with Body Wellness is our new signature treatment. This treatment uses our Energy Lift Technology using infrared rays (FIR) into the deep tissues of the skin to immediately stimulate elastin a collagen regeneration. FIR energy increases healthy blood circulation to the face to purify impurities and stimulate lymphatic drainage, leaving the skin’s glowing and clearer. FIR energy firms facial contour and muscles, providing an instant lifting action.
What is your favorite product from your collection and why?
My favorite new product is our SparkLING Makeover Mask. This mask utilizes carboxy technology to draw out massive amounts of oxygen to the surface of the skin. Oxygen purifies, rejuvenates and firm the skin, Rose petal extract works as a upper anti-oxidant, while hot spring water helps improve skin texture and replenish nutrients. The result is an instantly clearer, lifted, firm and more youthful complexion.
Do you have a beauty secret?
My anti-aging secret for the past 40 years is I get facials every 28 days, because our skin goes through a cycle of shedding renewal. During this natural process, pores can become clogged with sebum and impurities, which can lead to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads and acne. Clogged pores also diminish the effectiveness of skin care products by preventing vital nutrients from penetrating into the skin. Thus, it is important to have a facial once a month to thoroughly extract clogged pores for optimal skin health.
What are your top 5 products/treatments for summer?
Our Instant Lift Bar Treatment, which is the perfect, pick me up during the week or before a special occasion. This 30 minute treatment uses our Energy Lift technology to make you look lifted and rejuvenated. It’s simply the perfect lunchtime treatment.
SparkLING Makeover Mask which is brand new for summer. This mask goes on like a gel and instantly bubbles on your face leaving your skin more firmer, rejuvenated and youthful.
Charcoal Facial is perfect for summertime because charcoal has the ability to absorb 200-300 times its weight in impurities, which is great for acne prone skin. Charcoal is also a great option for sunburn skin because of it’s cooling effect on the skin.
Dual Moisture Emulsion is advanced hydrating emulsion specially formulated to deliver dual layers of vital moisture. Lower levels of the skin are thoroughly hydrated with Hyalurnoic Acid while the skin’s surface is softened with a nourishing Squalane Oil.
Ginseng Moisture Therapy Mask using Asian beauty secrets this mask will keep your skin hydrated all summer long. It also contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice which calms summer burnt skin.
Do you have a favorite holiday destination?
I love going to India every year that is the place Himalayas regions. It’s nice to get away from the big city, where the air is clean and the scenery with the mountains are beautiful. I go there for my spiritual journey.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We will be launching a new facial treatment for fall so please stay tuned.