The pro, who originally moved to Los Angeles to model, pivoted when she had a calling to work at a spa. While employed at a skin care clinic, Darden had a chance encounter with Alba, who would eventually encourage her to launch her own business. “I didn’t expect for it to blow up into this big thing, but it did,” recalls Darden. Fast-forward five years, and not only is Darden expanding her space, but she’s launched her own celeb-loved products.
But like most of us, Darden putting the latest lotions and potions to the test. Below, she pro reveals her favourite products for luminous skin.
“I love to give myself a little at home facial on Sundays so that I start my week with a glow. I suggest exfoliating first, then applying an ultra-hydrating sheet mask. This one has about half a bottle’s worth of serum!”
“Removing that dead layer of skin on the surface is essential for getting a glow. I love chemical exfoliants because they are effective but not as harsh as a granular scrub.”
“I can’t live without my Texture Reform! It’s a gentle serum that boosts collagen in the skin, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizes pigmentation.”
“Antioxidant protection should be an essential part of every skincare routine because it can help reverse the signs of environmental and sun damage. Free radicals from UV exposure and pollution will deplete the collagen in your skin. Vitamin C helps to prevent oxidative stress.”
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com