Nothing truly worth having comes easy and that rings true as we listened to world-renowned beauty expert Margie Lombard recall her journey to success. Surrounded by the striking and revolutionary design of Morpheus at the City of Dreams, we were honored to have been invited to meet the woman behind the facials of Princess Charlene of Monaco and supermodel Claudia Schiffer.
Margie’s anti-aging program attracts an A-list clientele around the world for efficiency and quick results. Her products consist of powerful, revolutionary ingredients combined with advanced therapy techniques that deliver a flawless finish. We asked her why she approved Macau’s Morpheus Spa to be the first in Asia to launch the Stem Cells Illuminating Facial, she replies, “Morpheus associates art with design and everything here is world-class. It was natural for me to create something exclusively for this destination. And the Platinum Mask by Margy’s Monte Carlo is certainly one-of-its-kind in the world. It’s something magical and special that’s only available in Macau”. Revealing that her inspiration for her products is deeply rooted in her personal preference and own skincare journey, we yearned to learn more about this remarkable woman’s beauty secrets.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? How did you develop such an interest in the skincare and beauty industry? What started all of this for you?
I am a cosmetologist. That is really my background in Paris when I graduated from the distinguished Carita School. At a very young age, I already had a passion for beauty therapy. And I believe, I was a really good therapist and cosmetologist. I eventually moved to Switzerland to Mabrouk Institut Esthétique in Gstaad, Switzerland and started acquiring a big and more prominent clientele. I think that when you’re devoted to your work, it manifests and bears fruits. I grew my knowledge and my skills and even the most discerning clients entrusted me with their facials and skincare.
The year 1995 was when we launched Margy’s Monte Carlo products. It wasn’t easy but we focused on deep elements of our products, the caliber of service and we continue to thrive to this day. We branched out and our progress continues.
What is your beauty philosophy?
Having a beauty philosophy is not an easy one. I think it’s observing simple but effective ways like not using water for example. Unbeknownst to many, water can be bad for the face. These days, it contains certain chemicals in it that may be harmful to our skin.
You opened your first Spa in Monaco over 30 years ago in 1988, can you tell us about your journey from then to where you are now?
In 1988, I launched my first spa in Monte-Carlo. It’s such a beautiful place filled with the glamor of royalty and Hollywood. It was the beginning of a great following of glamorous clientele from all over the world jetting to the destination. We continue to build the brand and I must say we have had great success in Russia. We are very selective about the locations where we showcase our products, believe in the quality and high standards of our partners and our selection process is very careful and very meaningful to us.
You have developed your own range of products. Why did you decide to create your own? What makes them different? What is your hero ingredient?
I was a pioneer in collagen way before people even realized what collagen truly was. I believe the success of my brand is because of my commitment. I am the person behind every output and that makes a difference. We focus deeply on quality. We use biomimetic formulas in the products and they contain all the components of our skin. These elements replenish and strengthen the skin in unimaginable ways.
The Platinum Mask by MARGY’S Monte Carlo–exclusive to Morpheus Spa worldwide, is only available in Macau, why is this a must-try beauty experience?
For me, Morpheus is the best hotel on the planet right now. The design is magnificent, and the services are all truly exceptional. I am in awe and the “wow effect” is really important to me and the brand. We have set high standards for our product and service. And, I am very meticulous with how we present our brand and to have it in a space as incredible as this, we wanted to create something extraordinary, something special for this place and that’s The Platinum Mask.
What’s the biggest mistake people make with their skin, in your opinion?
It’s definitely using water on your face. I suggest the use of a cloth. Rinse your face with a damp towel.
What are three things we can all start doing today to improve our skin health for the future?
- Don’t use aggressive products on your face.
- Use good cleansing products for your skin combined with proper protection.
- Use a serum as a shield from the harsh weather. Invest in a long-lasting moisturizer. The skin is like a plant and you must water it every day that means to moisturize it.
If you could go back in time and tell your younger self a few beauty secrets, what would they be?
Of course, I wish I knew what I do now. But it’s all about going through the experience.
The Platinum Mask by Margy’s Monte Carlo has been exclusively developed for Morpheus. It aims to slow down collagen depletion and the break-down of elastin. This revolutionary mask can stimulate cellular growth of the basal layer, the deepest layer of the epidermis, and regenerate skin cells for a firming effect.
Morpheus Spa Morpheus, City of Dreams Macau, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, +853 8868 3432, www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/morpheus