6 Steps to Glowing Summer Skin
Good news: You can now buy “good genes”
It’s time to give your skin a little TLC before you start showing it off all summer. From feeding your epidermis better (yep, we do that now) to slathering on a hydrating night cream, here’s how to get bright, glowing skin in six steps--whether you want to hit the spa or DIY at home.
In order to glow, we must exfoliate and get rid of the dead skin that’s hanging on for dear life so that new skin can shine. This can be as easy as nabbing a great scrub to use at home or as “complicated” as treating yourself to a Renée Rouleau salon treatment.
At home: Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub ($38)
Now that you’ve exfoliated, it’s time to open up those pores and remove all the gunk. Efficient extractions partnered with a powerful product equals squeaky-clean summer-ready skin. Houston-based skin-care goddess Sunday Riley knows the importance of a good lactic acid. Her Good Genes (and radiant, clear skin) can be yours for a price. Pair that with a True facial at Exhale Spa and you’ll be on your way to “wow” again.
At home: Sunday Riley Good Genes ($105)
At the spa: True Facial at Exhale ($150)
This list would be limp without Joanna Czech and her famous facials. TheBalancing Exfoliating Lotion by Biologique Recherche may smell a little funky, but it’s a total must-have for revealing your most amazing skin.
At the spa: Vitamin C Facial at Joanna Czech (from $300)
Probiotics. Amino acids. The facial food game has gotten serious. As skin technology is improving, so is the research to support nourishing your skin the same way you do your body. Formulated by a Harvard-educated doctor, Tula products are packed with probiotics and are like “a smoothie for your skin.” And we don’t know about you but as soon as Bliss Spa’s Fully Loaded Facial was described as “the whole skin-chilada,” we were hooked.
At the spa: Fully Loaded Facial at Bliss ($215)
A smooth, supple complexion starts with skin that’s moisturized, and heat can really dry it out. The Moisture Drench facial at Four Seasons Resort and Club is designed to replenish skin after being exposed to harsh environmental elements (hello, 100-degree summers). And this Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque from Kiehl’s is proof that quality quick fixes exist.
At home: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque ($35)
At the spa: Moisture Drench Facial at Four Seasons Resort and Club ($155)
Sunscreen isn’t just for beach days anymore. Luckily, brands like San Antonio-based Supergoop! are making serums, CC creams and even setting mists so that you have no excuse not to protect yourself. Making up for lost time? The Remodeling Face treatment at The Spa at The Joule restores elasticity, stimulates circulation and re-sculpts the facial structure. Plus,you can go early and hang out at the underground pool, UV rays not included.
At home: Supergoop! (Serum, $42; CC Cream, $32; and Setting Mist, from $8)
At the spa: Remodeling Face treatment at The Spa at The Joule ($325)