Sean Garrette on Being a Dior Beauty and Summer Skincare Ambassador
“To have said that no one would want me to touch their skin because of my gender and my race, and that I would never succeed in a profession that I truly loved, perhaps hurt me deeply at the time, but I guess it also put such a fire under my ass to get as successful as possible,” Sean Garrette, currently one of the most famous aestheticians around, tells me. The beginning of his career, marked by a struggle for finding work as a facialist and many racist and homophobic comments, may have been difficult, but the beauty expert’s fire encouraged him to persevere.And today, not only the skin virtuoso born in Baltimore is a respected industry authority, but he’s also Dior Beauty’s newest ambassador Who knew all those years ago that the former Fenty Beauty adviser, (chosen by Rihanna herself, we might add), had trouble finding work at some point?
“I got a 4.0 in aesthetic school, was on the dean’s list, and had impeccable letters of recommendation from my instructors,” says Garrette. “But it was still so hard for me. There was a stigma. A week after I graduated, all my friends I graduated with all had jobs, and I was still looking for work ever since. long time.
But her deep determination led her to focus on what social media and skincare establishments often lacked: valuable skincare information for people of color in an industry dominated by white women. . He quickly cultivated a massive following, who followed his regimented skincare tips and beauty philosophies. “I dove deep into my career at that point,” he adds. “There weren’t a lot of resources online for people of color and that’s what I built my platform on.” Below, the skin maven discusses the very tenets her followers have come to know and love, along with her favorite products for great summer skin.
Everyone wants to know what your skin regimen looks like. You tell everyone what to do with their skin, but really, What do you do ?
My skincare routine these days is, surprisingly, super simple, and almost the same morning and night. I usually experiment with a lot of skincare for work, but I simplified my routine. I don’t exfoliate as much anymore – when I do, it’s usually with a resurfacing pad or mandelic acid.
In the morning, I use a gentle micellar water. There’s a new Dior launching in June that I use regularly and love. At night, I’ll cleanse using Dior’s on/off foaming cleanser, which cleans well without stripping, and the water lily is incredibly soothing.
Next, I use a moisturizing toner from Paula’s Choice, which everyone knows I’m obsessed with, followed by Dior’s Capture Totale Super Potent Serum. I love this because I have super dry skin that is also oily – these products hydrate without weighing it down. I will also do a retinol twice a week and then I will exfoliate once or twice more. I like to do peptic serums and growth promoting serums from time to time. Skinmedica makes a wonderful TNS serum – it’s one of my favorites. I also love the Dior Prestige Le Micro-Huile De Rose Advanced Serum.
My last step in the morning is Dior’s Hydra Life Sorbet Intense Cream. It is rich yet lightweight on the skin and layers wonderfully with serums. In the evening, I’ll finish with SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Antiaging Cream, which is a little heavier and a cream in the traditional sense, so really optimal for the colder, drier months.
And the eye contour cream?
When I started my career as a beautician, I always said to clients “Nobody needs eye cream!” But that was really just because I couldn’t find one that showed real, visible results. I’m a fan of Dior Prestige Eye Concentrate, I use it at night. In the morning, I use Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum. It’s lighter.
You see a lot of different skin types, and adult acne is one of the most common issues. Many dermatologists swear by Retin-A. What is your opinion on that?
There is no single diagnosis for acne; it all depends on the client, their skin and their end goal, as well as what works best with their skin. Vitamin A is considered the gold standard by many dermatologists, but the results are different for everyone. Many clients have come to me on Accutane after using Retin-A and haven’t seen any results, and it can really affect their skin if not taken care of properly. Whatever the solution chosen by the client and his dermatologist, it is equally important to cleanse and moisturize well.
Speaking of managing a skin condition rather than curing it, this is in the same vein as treating melasma and dark spots. You must have attracted a lot of people over the past few weeks with more hyperpigmentation complaints as it gets hotter, right? How do you approach this with your clients?
I use a variety of treatments. When I work with clients during treatment, I do micro needling, LED red light therapy, or a series of chemical peels. I am also someone who loves Clear and Brilliant lasers. But at home, I’m a fan of a great anti-hyperpigmentation serum. If you use one at home, you need to make sure it contains niacinamide, antioxidants, kojic acid, and alpha rubicon for skin lightening. And finally, be very diligent with your sunscreen, especially for dark spots.
You are known to be very thorough with your clients regarding their home routines once you are done with your sessions. Apart from products, do you tell them to reduce certain delicacies, such as sugar or alcohol? Do you offer supplements?
I’m someone who stays up until 3am, eats way too much sugar, and drinks too much coffee. Often, I’m the one who learns my clients’ new habits and not the other way around.
But your skin is amazing!
It’s all about perspective and taking care not only of your skin, but of yourself as well. Your skin is a reflection of everything that happens below the surface, and a positive attitude is just as important as the products in your routine.
I read that you studied fashion and art at some point before your career before getting into skincare. What and who inspires you?
I really admire [the lifestyle author] Athena Calderone and loves what she does with fashion, beauty, home and food. I am also inspired by [interior designer] Leanne Ford – she has a unique, rustic approach to modern design that gives her a warmth and richness that I try to achieve with my own space. My best friend, stylist Scot Louie, also inspires me. He was doing Kehlani’s hair, and I was with them working on his skin and we became best friends because of that. I think it was also because we were two young black creatives in this industry, and that bonded us. Law Roach is also a source of inspiration. We have similar backgrounds and we had to fight to get where we are in our respective fields.