A Few Words in Praise of a Beverly Hills Skincare Secret

Moisturizing cow’s milk is changing faces, thanks to Linda Ross

Last month I made a wonderful skincare discovery: colostrum.

In the mood to enjoy a beautiful place with an away-from-it-all vibe, I had driven up PCH to visit the spa at the newly revamped Belmond El Encanto resort. I settled in for a Belmond Signature Facial (ask for Jennifer Espinoza, her hands are masterful), and experienced the equivalent of an ultra-relaxing bath with a decadent moisturizer but for my face.

After, I found out that Jennifer had applied Linda Ross Colostrum Mask ($92) to my skin after a deft massage and light peel. The creamy product is part of an ultra-exclusive line of skincare that you can’t even buy online. Linda Ross has been a skincare secret in Beverly Hills for so long and counts so many celebrities as fans that you could mistake a list of its devotees for a guest list for the Soho House—not that the skincare guru would ever name them. I reached out to her to ask about colostrum, which is derived from cow’s foremilk, which itself contains skin-loving vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and other special substances that regenerates the epidermis. She told me that colostrum containing 97 immune factors, 87 natural growth factors, and a variety of probiotics and prebiotics. “Colostrum is very healing on any skin condition, she said, “including acne. On healthy skin, it gives it a beautiful immediate glow! Many celebrities use it before work or an event and prior to the application of make-up.”

While sheet masks are getting their 15-minutes of fame, I’m now hooked onto this mask—which comes in powder form. Mix a tablespoon of the bovine powder with water and then apply it to skin after a good deep scrub. The formula doesn’t feel suffocating to the pores and dries quickly but it’s powerful enough to be my new miracle cure for late nights.