We SAID: Summer Skin Prep

Staff Writer

The official start to Summer is still a couple of weeks away, so there’s no time like the present to get your  hair and skin in top shape for the coming season.

HAIR

Easy does it. Put down the blowdryer and step away from the flatiron. The best way to keep hair in top shape for summer is to leave it alone. Keep it clean and summerskin 5conditioned with sulfate-free selections by DermOrganic and SheaMoisture. For best results, wash and condition hair the night before. Part into sections and braid or twist and let dry naturally overnight. In the morning, pull down sections, use a wide tooth comb or fingers to shape (add moisturizing/styling products to taste), and let it go.

Hair accessories are your friend. Make the most of scarves, wraps, hair-friendly ties. The less you fuss with your hair, the less prone it is to damage and  breakage. Plus, it’s too hot for a blowout that’ll last until you break your first sweat. And really, who needs the frizz?

FACE

If you can swing it, start the season with a good facial. If not, break out the Clarisonic and get to work. Thrice weekly exfoliation will help keep skin clean and clog-free. If you haven’t already, summerskin 7immediately get into the habit  of moisturizing and protecting your skin with type-specific care.

Topping the list: SUNSCREEN! Do we even need to say it? If you haven’t previously, amp your SPF in everything that touches your face. Invest in a good one, and make it a mandatory part of your skin care routine. We’re huge fans of Dr. Goldfaden Sun Visor. The spray formula works under or over makeup. summerskin 8It’s sheer and absorbs without any greasy residue or ashy white finish.

Stay light with makeup. We love NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 35) or By Terry CC Cellularose Treatment (no SPF) for the most natural finish. Both formulas require the smallest amount to make a major difference. The result is your skin, but better. Oily types can top these tints with Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow powders. summerskin 2They can be used alone or with foundations or tinted moisturizers to give skin a sun-kissed glow.

Keep makeup simple with cream to powder foundations that need little more than fingers to apply. Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Duos multitask for eyes, cheeks and lips. One swipe offers a sheer flush, two or more packs pigment for subtle but statement-worthy makeup. Do away with raccoon eyes with a waterproof mascara. Or waterproof your personal favorite with Anastasia Lash Genius. A final coat over your mascara seals it and keeps it from smudging or flaking off.

BODY

Like the face, the best way to bring out the best in your skin is with a treatment. We recommend a good scrubbing. Start with a dry brush before a bath or shower, and summerskin1polish skin to perfection with a gentle moisturizing scrub. We’re huge fans of Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub. The combination of ground coffee, sugar and jojoba oil is designed to remove dead skin cells and nourish newly revealed skin in a single action. For best results, use it at night and seal in hydration with a super rich moisturizer like Habibi Organic Essential Body Balm.

Don’t neglect your feet. Even if a regular pedicure isn’t in the budget, keep heels buffed and toenails clipped (and cuticles neat). A little maintenance goes a long way to get you summer ready from top to bottom.

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