Inside a Spa Director's Beauty Bag: Virginia Lara

Here are the products you'll find in this spa director's beauty bag. // Credit: adisa/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Virginia Lara, spa director at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, shares some of her personal faves.

Biologique Recherche Quintessential Serums: “I can’t live without them. I mix and match them depending on what my skin is asking for. One of my favorites is the Elastine Pure, which offsets the skin’s loss of elasticity and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.”

Biologique Recherche Serum

Linda Meredith Amazon: “I love it, especially to fight those cold and snowy days in Boston or during beach vacations. I apply it after being exposed to the sun. It helps to repair the skin’s natural barrier, adding softness and smoothness factors.”


Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush: “I am a loyal Jane Iredale makeup girl. I started using it more than 15 years ago after going through a serious skin allergy problem on my face. My dermatologist recommended it, and I have not stopped using it since. A must have for me is the Barely Rose PurePressed Blush, formulated with minerals and antioxidants to soothe and nourish the skin, giving it a natural glow.”

Aromatherapy Associates

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath Oil: “It’s a complete treat to have a good night’s sleep, especially when I travel. For me, it is very important to have quality sleep time. Chamomile helps to calm the mind and body, vetiver acts as a natural sedative, and sandalwood provides comfort.”


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