Every year about this time, my skin starts to freak out for no reason, totally out of the blue. I can never figure out why this is happening at first, but then I realize I’m using the same thick cream I used to brave 15 degree weather. When it’s pushing 70º, changes are definitely in order. So I went to skin expert Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Facialist and Founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, to get the scoop on what we should do (and not do) to help our skin get ready for spring and summer. Here are her tips:
1. Exfoliate More: During the winter months, skin can be sensitive, dull and almost grey. “Once the weather changes, you can step up your exfoliations to twice a week and get your glowing skin back,” says Vargas. This applies to your body too. Vargas recommends dry brushing your skin before you get in the shower. “Two minutes a day of dry brushing will exfoliate, stimulate collagen, and firm your booty in time for the beach,” says Vargas. Try: Olay Skin Smoothing Cream Scrub, $7 and Earth Therapeutics Far Reaching Body Brush, $9
2. Ditch Heavy Creams: “It’s a good time to switch out your heavy creams and lotions in favor of a lighter serum,” advises Vargas. The weather isn’t as harsh and drying, so you don’t need so much heavy moisture — plus there is more humidity in the air (in most places, at least). A daytime serum is also great to apply under your sunscreen, adds Vargas. Try: Joanna Vargas Skincare Daily Serum, $85
3. Wear Sunscreen Every Day: I’m serious. Every. Day. Vargas loves the mineral powder SPF’s on the market right now. ”Most are SPF 30 to provide protection from sun damage and are great over makeup, she says.” They are also easy to reapply throughout the day and they help eliminate shine on the skin when the weather is hot and humid. Try: Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30, $15.
4. Ditch Your Retin-A: Any product with a retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You also risk major sun damage as the result of overuse, explains Vargas. Protect your skin by laying off for the summer months.
Now, go out and enjoy the weather!
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The Product: Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, $38
Why: I’ve never been one to obsess over an eye cream. To be honest, if you’re using a fabulous moisturizer that’s loaded with anti-aging and line smoothing ingredients, you don’t really need to use eye cream. But lately, I’ve been swiping on the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel just because it looked like something that might feel amazing to slather on. Doesn’t every love affair with a product start this way?
I wasn’t necessarily expecting for this to be a magic eraser for crow’s feet or anything. I just thought I’d give it a go to see if it would make any sort of difference. Maybe my skin care routine would have room in it for an eye cream? It surly wouldn’t hurt to try it. It’s packed with ingredients like peptides, Arginine, Calendula extract and Cucumber extract after all.
After I used the blue tinted gel for a couple of weeks, I can’t say that the skin around my eyes looked any different. To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention to that. But, I simply couldn’t stop using it. It just felt good to spend the extra 20 seconds to glide this along my eye area. Because it’s a gel, it offers a nice, yet totally subtle, cooling sensation. It’s almost like a glass of crisp Pinot Grigio for your eyes. It helps them unwind a bit after a long day. Soothing, cooling and comforting. It’s been a couple of months now and I’m still using it. That’s got to mean something, right?
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My hands look one hundred years old. The combination of dry winter weather with constant hand and baby bottle washing are the culprits. Yes, I could wear rubber gloves to prevent the scalding water from sucking the life (er, hydration) out of my skin, but somehow that seems like such a chore. Washing all of the bottle bits and pieces are enough work.
But, I’m finally realizing I need to start taking better care of my hands or I’ll pay for it later. Thankfully, Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa sent a few handy tips my way.
I followed a little at-home hand treatment she recommended. I even got my husband in on the scrub portion. He was amazed by the results. Here it goes…
Make an at-home sugar scrub to slough the scales off your hands and fingers.
3 Tbs Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
Few Drops of Essential Oil (I used my favorite stretch mark-preventing oil: Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil, $35)
Combine the ingredients and “gently rub the scrub into the hand in circular motions starting at the center of the hand and working your way to the tips of the fingers. Repeat on the underside of the hand and then again on the other hand,” says Hadley. Let the scrub sit on your hands for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat hands dry.
Add even more moisture to your skin with this trick: “Fill two plastic freezer baggies 2/3 full with a thick, moisturizing cream and heat in the microwave until very warm but not hot [test the temperature]. Place each hand in a bag for about two minutes to deeply penetrate the skin,” says Hadley.
The result? My hands look a lot less flaky and dehydrated, and because it was so easy, it was actually quite enjoyable. I might just have to make this a weekend ritual.
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Let me start by professing my love for makeup and beauty books. I have a large stash that I’ve collected over the years and I refer to them often for tips and inspiration. However, in all my years of reading and reviewing books, I have never read one like this one: cover to cover in one sitting.
How To Look Expensive, A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank, $25, is written by the ultimate beauty editor, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig. She’s not talking about the hoity-toity, show-off expensive, but “chic and understated, polished and professional, your personal best,” expensive.
I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down. This book is easy to read with basically everything you might want to know about hair, skin and makeup — with product recommendations to boot. Pomerantz Lustig offers practical tips from the industry’s very best makeup artists, stylists, colorists and Dermatologists. With sections like, “Four Chic Ponytails That Will Make You Look Luxe,” and “Five Lipsticks Mistakes That Cheapen Your Makeup And How To Avoid Them,” you will be certain to find tips that you can use. And you don’t have to be part of the 1% to do it.
Do you like beauty books?