Following fashion week, my skin was dehydrated and patchy so of course I needed to enlist the expertise of Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection. Before I hit up her 5th Ave salon, I had a few burning skincare questions for the master esthetician.
Choupette Social Girl: What’s your advice on “beauty eating” and the best ways to get that glow from within?
Joanna Vargas: Eating healthy is obviously good for many things, but if you want glowing skin, it is more important than you think to have a good diet. I find that the best skin diet is one that involves eating veggies of different colors for every meal and a green juice every day. There is really no substitute and it works on everyone!
It’s important to eat well for your skin. The skin needs basic vitamins and nutrients to achieve a glow from within. I am a big believer in nutrition for the skin yielding EVERYONE the best results. You don’t have to be born with great skin and anyone can have it! Every time I see Naomi Watts walk a red carpet I am struck at how luminous she looks. This is absolutely the result of eating greens every meal, even breakfast, and always wearing sunscreen. After two kids she still has an incredible figure and veggies is the answer. Eating greens will help to oxygenate your skin, encourage lymphatic drainage and keep you de-puffed and glowing from within!
CSG: What’s your morning and night skincare routine and what products do you use?
JV: I always wash my face at night, so in the morning I simply rinse my face with tepid water. I don’t like using extreme temperatures on my skin because this tends to dry it out. I apply my Rejuvenating Serum to my face and neck and follow with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I don’t wear much makeup for work – I think it’s nicer to see clean, fresh skin. I apply a bit of mascara and a Laura Mercier lip color.
I never go to bed without washing my face! I use my Vitamin C Face Wash, which is a foaming exfoliating cleanser. I take my makeup off with that as well because I hate fussing with tons of products. I follow with my Daily Serum – the skin needs greens, and my formula is packed with vital greens for the skin. I apply it all over, even to the eye area. It makes the skin hydrated and lightens and brightens my face for morning. If I have a big event the next day, I will sometimes go to sleep with my Exfoliating Mask on my face. It really brightens and exfoliates for a nice clean palette in the morning for makeup!
CSG: How would you recommend changing out your skincare routine for Fall? What stays and what goes?
JV: Skin needs more TLC during the fall because the transition from humid to cold weather can be extremely drying. Dry skin is so fragile, and you have to do more to protect your lipid layer. I suggest adding a day cream to your routine that contains soothing Shea and cocoa butter – they melt at body temperature so they go right into the skin and stay there all day, so you don’t end up feeling dry halfway through the day. Also, another great ingredient to look for is avocado oil. It contains so many amazing vitamins for the skin and lymphatic system, so it will depuff, hydrate and soothe the skin.
CSG: What is one bad skincare habit you wish everyone would quit?
JV: Not using sunscreen. People wonder why Julianne Moore has such great skin. While her facials are extremely important, her lifelong use of sunscreen is really her biggest anti-aging secret.
The number one mistake most women tend to make is they skip exfoliation. I encourage women to make exfoliation a priority twice a week so you look like you have just had a facial.
A common beauty mistake that I see clients make is they tend to grab whatever cleanser or bar of soap happens to be available in the shower that day. It’s horrible for your skin because it throws off the pH balance of the skin and causes either breakouts or extreme dryness. Bar soaps are too drying and often are not fine enough to handle cleansing the delicate skin on your face.
CSG: There are so many different types of facials out there. How do you know which is the right one for you and which ones should you do at what age?
JV: I think in general the twenties are all about getting the skin healthy and to stop breaking out. The thirties are all about keeping the skin balanced and maintaining moisture. Once you hit forties it’s all about collagen production. I think one should do anti-aging in some form no matter what the age, but there are obviously some priorities that are particular to each time in your life. Ultimately you want a facialist to be able to identify your skin properly and recommend the right thing