Center of Attraction

Phebe Wahl | May 1, 2018 | Feature Features National

You know the ones—clean-living beauty gurus who seem lit from within and esteemed experts who might have actually discovered the fountain of youth. Here, Manhattan's disruptive beauty and wellness leaders share their glow-getting secrets.

Nancy Twine
Briogeo founder and beauty groundbreaker Nancy Twine takes a scalp-to-soul approach to wellness.

Briogeo founder Nancy Twine takes a clean approach to both her own haircare line and her personal routine. “Our products focus on repair, scalp treatment, curl care, volume and frizz-control,” she says of the collection that includes standouts like Sephora’s best-selling Don’t Despair, Repair! category as well as the Scalp Revival line and cult classic Cooling Conditioner Jelly. “I do a lot of meditation and yoga at home,” she says, along with high-intensity workouts at Equinox, SoulCycle and Taryn Toomey’s The Class, which she calls “phenomenal—a real mix of meditation, cardio, and strengthening, and I loved the flow of the class.” Here, the wellness devotee shares her clean and stay-lean beauty and wellness routine.

1 “Thick and hydrating, this doesn’t dry my skin out and does a great job at removing makeup.” Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, 6 fl. oz. for $18

2 “This stuff does wonders to my skin: clears blemishes, keeps breakouts in check, and keeps my skin looking bright and vibrant.” Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, 1 fl. oz. for $90

3 “This adds the perfect amount of subtle glow to my cheekbones.” RMS Magic Luminizer, $38

4 “I am obsessed with my Vitamix! I make kale, banana, mango, flaxseed and protein smoothies with it for breakfast.” A3500 Ascent Series blender, $550

5 “I use our Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and follow it up with our new Cooling Conditioning Jelly. It’s kind of like an at-home scalp spa treatment!” Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager, $16; Briogeo Charcoal + Coconut Oil micro-exfoliating shampoo, 8 fl. oz. for $42; Briogeo Charcoal + Tea Tree scalp treatment, 1 fl. oz. for $32, all at briogeohair.‌com

6 “I love the way my skin feels after using a good body scrub, and I’ve really been liking Kopari’s Coconut Crush Scrub.” $38

Photo courtesy of Briogeo

Dr. Arash Akhavan
As one of the city’s leading laser experts, Dr. Akhavan takes the pain out of aging.

“It is an amazing time to be a cosmetic dermatologist,” says Dr. Arash Akhavan, founder of The Dermatology and Laser Group in New York City. “For years now, the trend in aesthetic procedures has been to move away from surgery and procedures that have downtime,” he says, citing new rejuvenation laser and radio frequency technologies including PicoSure FOCUS and TempSure Envi as the latest ways to improve wrinkles and tighten skin anywhere on the body, face and neck. “Using these devices, with virtually no downtime, we are getting improvements in both skin texture and tone that are comparable to results we used to get from fractional resurfacing lasers that would leave you out of commission for days,” he says. We polled the top doc on how he keeps in fit form.

1 “My absolute favorite line for shaving for men is Proraso. Its old-world feel and packaging brings a nostalgic joy to the act of shaving, and it is packed with shea butter and botanical ingredients such as green tea extract and thyme extract that are soothing to sensitive facial skin.” Single Blade Balsamo Dopo Rasatura After Shave Balm in Azur Lime, 3.4 fl. oz. for $36, by Proraso at nordstrom.‌com

2 “Meditation has become an increasingly more important part of my life. I find that setting a short time aside for meditation each day provides endless benefits in both my professional and personal life.”

3 “In choosing products for my daily routine, I look for [ones] that are going to actually work, that also emphasize ingredients derived from nature and avoid any potentially harmful ingredients.” Mod Skin NYC So Much C Cream, 1 fl. oz. for $86

4 “Once a week, I like to use a mask as part of my skincare routine to cleanse and detoxify my pores, and normalize the oil content of my skin." Clarifying Clay Masque, 2.4 fl. oz. for $52, by SkinCeuticals at

Photo by Sai Mokhtari

Lauren Abramowitz
The downtown maven expands to offer everything from Botox to biomarkers.

“As a cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine practitioner, this was the next logical step,” explains Park Avenue Skin Solutions founder Lauren Abramowitz of the newly launched sister wellness division, Tribeca Wellness Collective. “Beauty stems from within, so without internal health on a cellular level, exterior beauty remains shallow.” Abramowitz shares that she will also open a practice in Southampton this summer. “Our list of services now includes everything from Botox, dermal fillers and various laser treatments to B12, metabolism-booster IV infusions in conjunction with medically guided weight loss, PRP (platelet rich plasma), hormone replacement therapy, peptide and human growth hormone therapy, customized IV infusions (ozone therapy, hydrogen peroxide therapy, vitamin drips), biomarkers blood paneling, blood cleansing, genetic testing, as well as stem cell treatments (harvested from the patient’s fat),” she says. “Our long-term strategy is to be a 360-degree lifestyle medicine brand where we help our patients at all stages of life and through all lifestyle aspects of their anti-aging journey.” We asked the yoga devotee to share her inside-out beauty regime.

1 “My am routine consists of a vitamin C brightening serum and collagen-boosting serum followed by hyaluronic acid serum for hydration, ending with a medical-grade microionized zinc oxide sunscreen.” Vitamin C Pro-Collagen Brightening Serum, 1 fl. oz. for $109, by Citrix at; sunscreen SPF 30, 1.6 oz. for $38, by Glycolix Elite at

2 “My signature scent is Santal 33 from Le Labo. Our Tribeca flagship practice has the Santal 33 diffuser in our waiting room. So does my NYC home as well as my Hamptons home. Call it an addiction, if you will!” Santal 33 Pure Oil, 0.5 fl. oz for $295, by Le Labo at Saks Fifth Avenue

3 “I have the majority of Oribe hair products, which allows my hair to air dry with a natural wave. I am too busy to fuss with my hair.” AirStyle Flexible Finish Cream, 1.7 fl. oz. for $42

4 “At night, I use Tazorac, a prescription-strength retinoid, glycolic acid exfoliating toner and White Caviar cream by La Prairie.” La Prairie White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire, 2 fl. oz. for $695

Photo by Julie Goldstone

Dr. Frank Lipman
As an innovator in integrative and functional medicine, Dr. Lipman plots the path to true wellness.

“Up until this point, Be Well has been solely focused on cleanses and supplements,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, who shares that his booming wellness brand ( is evolving to become a lifestyle brand that curates products, education and services across the entire wellness field. In addition to his fifth and most recent book, How to Be Well ($30, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the new offerings will include healthy snacks, smoothies and pea protein ice cream, as well as Be Well summits twice per year to share the latest research, innovations and products. We asked the doc for his personal prescription.

1 “My Be Well brand of supplements, powders and shakes are of the highest quality, and are what I consume and recommend to all my patients. They deliver therapeutic doses of premium ingredients and are well-researched for their effectiveness.” Whey protein in chocolate, $69

2 “I strongly believe that what one chooses to use on their body is just as important as what they put into their body. As a result, I use and recommend only products that I trust to be nontoxic. Some of these trusted brands include Beautycounter, Sumbody, Cocokind Skin Care and Drunk Elephant.” Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, $68

3 “How to Be Well is a manual of the essential skills that anyone can use to navigate safely and smoothly through the wild terrain of wellness today. It is filled with the everyday habits and practices you can deploy to launch a healthy lifestyle—or to sustain it, or even master it, depending on where you are starting from and your level of expertise.” How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life, $30, by Dr. Frank Lipman at

4 “I believe that fitness is essential to good health, and I feel grateful to have the time and space for a regular fitness routine. This includes yoga, which I have been practicing for over 20 years. Gaiam and Manduka are my go-to yoga brands, and I have been inspired by the work of the MNDFL meditation center in NYC.” Gaiam reversible yoga mat in Mystic Sky, $35

Photo by Julie Goldstone


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