Advice from Sonya Dakar
When West Coast women get serious about their skin's health and well-being, their first SOS call goes out to skin specialist Sonya Dakar, a 28-year veteran of the business of beauty. Sonya's clients range from Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz to pop diva Britney Spears and funny lady Tracy Ullman.
What's the best way to keep skin balanced all summer?
In summer you are often dealing with oilier skin because heat tends to stimulate your sebaceous glands, which produce more oil. Add to that sweating, dust and pollution and suddenly your pores are larger. It's important to keep pores clean. In the morning, wash your face with a good cleanser. Look for ingredients that cool the skin, like extracts of menthol, eucalyptus and cypress. Younger women in their 20s might need chlorophyll extract, which is also an antiseptic, to help prevent acne. Follow the cleanser with a light moisturizer that contains SPF 30.
At night add nutrients to your face. First exfoliate skin with a mild, deep-cleansing scrub to get rid of dead skin and help unblock pores. Then use a light moisturizer and an eye cream.
On a weekly basis, apply a mask to balance the pH of your skin, which will improve its texture. For a nice cooling pick-up during the day, use an aerosol facial mist that contains botanicals. My Aromasol mist can be sprayed over makeup, and in fact will help makeup stay on longer.