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Bare Faced Beauty – Creating the Perfect Canvas For Rocking #nomakeup

Although the summer is coming to an end we still have summer heat and humidity that can in some cases be at an all time high, you might be giving your foundation some serious side-eye. More layers mean your skin has less space to breathe and that also applies to the skin that begins above your chin. Giving your skin a break from makeup can be part of a whole lifestyle change that is presently trending with celebs as you might have seen in their Instagram post and according to them a huge game changer.

With the focus on good skincare, you can expect fewer breakouts and allergic reactions, smaller pores and a face that is more hydrated by avoiding the interruption of our skin’s natural cell renewal process. Believe it or not cellular turnover can be inhibited by makeup, resulting in dull, dry, lifeless looking skin.

If wearing makeup is part of your year-round, daily routine, particularly if you wear the works: brows, mascara, eye shadow, blush, foundation and lip color, then the idea of stepping out into the world naked can make you feel… well, naked. Seeing yourself all dressed sans makeup can look more like you’re getting undressed – at first. The truth is, all those times your significant other told you that you looked
great with no makeup they actually meant it. It might take some getting used to but once your skin begins to take center stage, you’re going to fall in love with the freedom that comes with going bare. Follow these steps to let the real you shine through:

Step 1. Exfoliate. To prepare your skin for its debut, eliminate dry, rough patches and refine and smooth overall texture and tone with a series of microdermabrasion treatments or peels. A diamond tip microdermabrasion wand ensures that dead surface cells are removed gently without damaging the skin. The mechanical abrasion lifts dead skin cells and impurities while the suction machine vacuums up all the gunk. The benefits of microdermabrasion include, flattening acne scars, improving hyperpigmentation and helping diminish fine lines and wrinkles. At Joanna Vargas, one of the ultimate resurfacing treatments is the Power Peel, which combines a diamond peel, LED light and oxygen therapies that will have you saying, hello, flawless. Ask your esthetician or dermatologist what kind of series is right for you. Usually 6 to 10 treatments are recommended for maximum results.

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask, $75 at Amazon.com
Joanna Vargas Power Peel, $45 minutes, $175, Joanna Vargas Salon 212-949-2350

2. Moisturize. Lock in hydration and keep skin keeping youthful and healthy by moisturizing day and night. Moisturizing also keeps oil production in check, ensuring that you don’t have an oil slick or a sandpaper surface.

Joanna Vargas Daily Hydrating Cream, $75 at Amazon.com

3. Say yes to serum. Serums infuse skin with high concentrations of active ingredients, boosting skin’s collagen production and making skin more radiant and ‘dewy’. Vitamin C serums, in addition to brightening skin, fade dark spots, firm and tone skin and boost collagen production, resulting in fewer fine lines and wrinkles. With a good serum, you’ll see more beautiful skin in as little as a week but after about 28 days, ooh, la la.

Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum, $150, at Amazon.com

4. Drink lots of water. In addition to a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking water is crucial to overall health, including the health of the biggest organ of your body – your skin. Water helps flush away toxins and can help reduce acne breakouts. Without proper water intake, skin appears duller and wrinkles and pores are more prominent. Aim for 8 8-ounce glasses a day and spread them out throughout the day. Your body can only absorb so much water each hour. Too much at once and you’ll just pee it out before it makes its way through your intestines, kidneys, circulation – and skin. So skip the guzzling (and the toxic plastic bottles) and have a refillable bottle in your bag or at your desk for easy
sipping.

Swell Water Bottle, 17oz, $35, swellbottle.com