An At-Home Glow-Bomb Facial from a Top NYC Pro

Written by: Brianna Peters


Published on: December 21, 2023


“Glow bomb” is how clients describe the bespoke facials at SoHo’s Ställe Studios. Founder and skin magician Elizabeth Grace Hand—whose booked-up schedule is a testament to her incredible skill—has all the secrets behind the glow. If you can’t make it in for an exceptional skin-reviving facial with Hand—a treatment at the very top of our wish lists—here’s how to approximate one of her facials step by step.

“The secret is nothing’s overly complicated,” she says. “Just follow the steps—they’re easy—and use the most nourishing, moisturizing products you can find. You’ll see incredible results.”

Step 1: Double Cleanse

“It takes longer than you think to really cleanse the skin, so don’t rush,” says Hand.

Cleanse 1

Hand likes to apply the cleanser and leave it on for a few minutes to emulsify the oil. “I love the de Mamiel cleansing balm because it’s full of hydrating ingredients to nourish the skin,” she says. “Then it’s got natural surfactants to melt away all traces of dirt, debris, makeup, and sunscreen.”

  1. de Mamiel
    Restorative Cleansing Balm
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Cleanse 2

Use a warm washcloth to wipe away the first cleanse and follow it with a gentle water-based face wash.

  1. Cream

    Augustinus Bader
    The Cream Cleansing Gel
    goop, $70SHOP NOW
  2. Foam

    Sofie Pavitt Face
    Clean Clean Cleanser
    goop, $34SHOP NOW

Step 2: Exfoliate Away Dull, Rough Skin

“I love exfoliating treatments for their brightening and retexturizing benefits,” says Hand. “This Skin Design London peel is chock-full of glycolic and lactic acids—two ingredients I love and use constantly in my treatments.” To take your treatment to the next level, use a steamer as you exfoliate. Hand loves the Dr. Dennis Gross one: “Keep it on for 10 minutes or less for maximum dewiness,” she says.

  1. Skin Design London
    The Cherry Gloss Peel
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  2. Dr. Dennis Gross
    Pro Facial Steamer
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Tip: Hand suggests keeping a stash of these peels on hand. “I use these only once a week because they’re powerful and work overnight,” she says. “They’re fantastic for anyone who is super limited on time—they brighten, wipe away dull skin cells, and require zero removal. You just swipe one on and go to bed and you wake up looking like a new person.”

  1. goop Beauty
    15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
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Step 3: Lift and Sculpt with Face Oil

Take 10 to 20 minutes to massage your face—Hand swears by it. “Pretty much every skin type benefits from facial massage,” she says. “It can do amazing things: help boost circulation, stimulate lymphatic drainage, depuff, brighten, and sculpt. Plus, it feels incredibly relaxing, which can help refresh and calm a dull complexion. I love to use this oil because it’s so soothing and doesn’t have any pore-clogging ingredients, so it’s great for all skin types, including blemish-prone.”

  1. Le Prunier
    Plum Beauty Oil
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Step 4: Nourish with a Mask

“The Augustinus Bader face mask is my all-time favorite mask,” says Hand. “It not only soothes redness; it also cools and moisturizes skin postmassage.”

Tip: Apply the mask with a brush. “The flat bristles give a smooth, even application, so you avoid wasting product,” says Hand. “And the softness makes it feel more like a luxurious in-spa experience.”

  1. Augustinus Bader
    The Face Cream Mask
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  2. Westman Atelier
    Foundation Brush
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Step 5: Supercharge with LED Light

“LED is one of the best things you can do for your skin and something I incorporate into almost every one of my treatments,” she says. Red light is designed to help stimulate collagen, while blue light is aimed at breakouts.

  1. Dr. Dennis Gross
    DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro
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Step 6: Treat with Serum

Serums flood the skin with concentrated active ingredients to target everything from dullness and blemishes to texture and dryness. Hand especially loves the Furtuna Skin and Emma Lewisham serums. “They’re my secret weapons to give skin that extra glow,” she says. “The Furtuna soothes and depuffs with olive leaf water and chicory, while the Emma Lewisham hydrates and brightens with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.”

  1. Furtuna Skin
    Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum
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  2. Emma Lewisham
    Skin Reset Serum
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Tip: “If you’re suffering from really dry skin, apply a hydrophilic serum, like Augustinus Bader’s The Serum, before following with an occlusive product, like the balm from Monastery,” says Hand. “It really works to keep skin moisturized and plump.”

  1. Augustinus Bader
    The Serum
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  2. Monastery Made
    Attar Floral Concentrate Balm
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Step 7: Moisturize Like You Mean It

Seal it all in with moisture on eyes, lips, and face—the goal is hydrated, supple skin. “I joke with my team that I want all my clients to be so hydrated and dewy that when they leave, there’s a trail of slime behind them like a snail,” says Hand.

  1. goop Beauty
    Glow Lotion
    goop, $58/$52 with subscription
    “This moisturizer is great for every single skin type, leaving it silky-soft, fresh, and luminous.”
  2. Furtuna Skin
    Rinascita Delle Olive Replenishing Balm
    goop, $225
    “I am fully addicted to this balm because it is rich enough for the driest skin and won’t break out those who are more acne-prone.”
  3. goop Beauty
    Vita-C Brightening Eye Cream
    goop, $58/$52 with subscription
    “I love this eye cream for its instant color correction, smoothing, and depuffing benefits. I love to keep mine in the fridge.”
  4. goop Beauty
    Clean Nourishing Lip Balm
    goop, $20
    “This lip balm is a moisturizing miracle. I always keep it on me to keep my lips soft and nourished.”

Step 8: Finish with Sunscreen, Always

“One of the steps people miss is daily SPF,” says Hand. “Whether you’re going outside or sitting inside by a window, you always need it. I love this one for its silky texture and zero cast.”

  1. DUNE
    The Mineral Melt SPF 30
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