I was cured, all right.
Summer, the season of glorified overindulgence and alfresco soirées under harsh sunlight, means one thing: pre-party skin detoxing is a must. So how can one get gorgeous glowy skin between one party and the next? To find out, The Salonniere sat down with Joanna Vargas, the celebrity facialist responsible for the dewy complexions of stars from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sofia Coppola to Gretchen Mol and Mandy Moore. The good news? Vargas says it can be done in a matter of days. Don your chicest pool-party swimsuit, and join us as we dive into Vargas’s party-perfect-skin plan, which will have your complexion ready for its closeup in three days flat.
Healthy eating is key to a clear complexion.
Three Days before the Party: Clean Eating + Greens + Avoid the Aperol Spritz
When it comes to clear skin, the idea of “glowing from within” is real, and you should start eating clean foods immediately. What to include (and exclude) three days before a bash? Add in the greens.
“Eating greens will help oxygenate your skin, encourage lymphatic drainage, and keep you de-puffed and glowing from within,” says Vargas. Her favorite (and the easiest) way to get in a daily serving of greens is a hydrating and nutritious smoothie made with avocado. “It has Omega 3 fatty acids to keep the skin’s lipid layer moist and plump. Greens are also great for dry complexions because they are oxygenating and bring life to the skin.”
Vargas’s client Karlie Kloss glows at the Musée Rodin this summer. Photo via @karliekloss.
But you can’t wash down your greens with rosé at lunch or chase them with Tate’s Bake Shop cookies either. “Alcohol is horribly drying, inhibits the digestive system, and causes breakouts, and sugar can cause your skin to break out immediately,” Vargas warns.
Vargas with a client in her New York facial studio.
Two Days before the Party: Facial + Exfoliate + Skip the Extractions
Pining for a pore-fect complexion before tomorrow’s soirée? Book a facial, but skip the extractions. If you like extractions (we don’t blame you), Vargas says schedule a cleansing facial two weeks ahead so you won’t have to contend with post-extraction redness. Two days before, Vargas suggests getting an exfoliating facial by a professional.
“Makeup looks best on hydrated and exfoliated skin, so if you are looking for a flawless glow, you want the skin to be fresh,” says Vargas, who claims exfoliating is the secret to red-carpet readiness. “Exfoliating is something women tend to skip in their routine, but it makes skin look incredible.”
If you don’t have time for a facial, you can exfoliate at home with Vargas’s exfoliating face mask that uses lactic acid and volcanic ash to draw out impurities. We love it because it also brightens the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Yogurt is a quick and easy blemish treatment.
At this point, if your skin looks great except for a sudden blemish, don’t fret. Joanna’s favorite quick-fix for a spot is something you probably already have in your refrigerator—yogurt. “Dab a bit of yogurt onto the blemish,” says Vargas. “The lactic acid, along with the probiotics, will calm and heal it fast.” We also like Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which will dry up just about any pimple overnight.
Day of the Party: Hydrate
It’s party day. By now, your skin should be looking its best and brightest. As a cherry on your skincare sundae, Vargas recommends starting the day by hydrating your skin with a moisturizing face mask. Joanna loves the organic Strawberry Rhubarb Mask from Eminence, which plumps, hydrates, and lightly exfoliates your skin. After that, your skin should be primed, prepped for makeup, and fête-ready.
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