Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

It’s hot, hot, hot and I know…. I know….you’d rather be thinking about pouring a margarita than thinking about your pores. Well, along with the heat comes some serious skincare issues so read on and we’ll have your skin ready to face the rays and the heat before you can say Hampton Jitney!

Zap the caps….those unsightly little leg capillaries that is. Let my Sharonna become your Sharonna at TriBeCa Medspa when she takes care of you with her Cutera Laser. We all bruise differently so give yourself some time to heal before baring those gams. Check out all of the other great state of the art services at this very cool spa.

You don’t really want the person behind you looking at your back and thinking “Eeewww!” do you? Treat yourself and enjoy the serene Shizuka Spa in midtown for some pampering and to get your back in tank top shape with their fabulous bacial….that’s a facial for your back. Shizuka applied her own line of cleansers (made w/ mineral water from Mt. Fuji), masks (pumpkin enzyme, then seaweed), skin fresheners and moisturizer all the while giving me a massage that put me right into the zen zone. After a cup of green tea in the tranquil lounge, my back was ready to face the world.

For spa DIYers, mix a pitcher of sangria and invite the girls over for an in-home spa night of facials and bacials. Start with an exfoliating mask such as the Natural AHA Fruit Acid Mask followed by AHA Fruit Acid w/Apricot Toner, both from Aubrey Organics. Then, you and your fruity friends can finish off with White Grape Body Lotion by Freeman.

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It’s one thing to show off our shining talents, but our shining T-zones? I don’t think so sunshine. I have dry skin and so I asked my oily skinned friends to try out products and vote. Okay, they said it wasn’t as fun as voting for the next idol, but they were good sports about it and gave it their all. Winners were Tease Zone by Derma Doctor and Deglazing Matt Velvet Dust by EmerginC. They also loved Unblemish by Rodan+Fields, this cute little purple packet of blot papers is different from the usual stack because it contains Zincidone which soaks up excess oil better than paper alone.

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Luzern Serum Control Absolut was the fave product my slick panel of experts voted for as a winner for acne-prone skin. This organic treatment serum controls acne, redness and excessive oil production, yet is good for sensitive and all skin types.

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Pay attention to these rays of information from our skin experts:

Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Soren White says that those who regularly have chemical peels must be extra careful about protecting their skin from the sun and suggests lessening the percentage of the dose during summer months. For those that have only been thinking of having a professional peel, it might be best to wait until the fall to get your first one.

Expert esthetician Olga Lorencin-Northrup reminds us that at the end of the evening make sure to wash off all traces of SPF with a gentle cleanser and not to use skincare products with SPF for nighttime. Why risk possibly clogging pores with a product you don’t need? Of course, our experts told us to remind you that protection is better than repair. The best tan is one that comes from a bottle or a sprayer. Use a vitamin C serum and a good, fresh sun block (throw away the old ones); don’t neglect to apply on ear tips, hands, décolletage and re-apply regularly when outdoors, wear a hat with a brim and drink your milk. (No they didn’t say that. I wanted to see if you were paying attention.)

Sensitive skin often gets red and blotchy in the summer. Soothe away redness with True Comforting Care Mask. It even comes with its own paint brush like the pros in the spa use which makes it fun (as well as easy) to apply so you’ll use it regularly. Sm-art!

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Lastly, put your best foot forward twinkle toes. Keep your feet sandal pretty with Zia Ultimate Foot Moisture. It softens dead skin with shea butter and almond oil yet also refreshes with peppermint and rosemary to cool down after walking on that hot pavement.

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Whether you’re at the sandy beach or up on tar beach, have a great summer. See you in September!

www.tribecamedspa.com
www.shizukany.com
www.aubrey-organics.com
www.freemanbeauty.com
www.dermadoctor.com
www.rodanandfields.com
www.emerginc.com
www.luzernlabs.com
www.truecosmetics.com
www.zianatural.com
Dr. Soren White, www.skinmdny.com
Olga Lorencin-Northup, www.kinaraspa.com

Originally published July 2007
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