While we've been in denial about summer being over, it is. It really is. Now's the time to get your skin ready for--big sigh--winter. While pros generally recommend that you tweak your skin care when the seasons change, a facial is also a great way to combat damage from summer and to prep for the upcoming onslaught of winter.
We asked Mathilde Thomas, the founder of one of our fave skin care lines and owner of the uber-luxurious Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza here in New York City, to give us some DIY options for home. Because we can't all run over to the Plaza for a fancy facial or body treatment, can we? So read on for two of Mathilde's recipes--one to fix the mean things you did to your skin over the summer and one to moisturize your whole body once it gets drier and chillier out there:
ADD BRIGHTNESS and GLOW After sun damage, the goal is to restore brightness and glow to your face. The best way to restore luminosity is to alternate between warm and cold temperatures, and to use fruit to naturally nourish the skin:
-Let two tea bags sit in warm water (if you have a lemon to squeeze into the water, all the better!), the gently wring them to remove excess water. -Swipe them across your face, working from the forehead, to the cheek bones and then along the chin. Focus on the T-zone, which gets the most exposure to the sun. The warmth of the tea bags will open the pores and the tea is very draining to help remove toxins. -Then slice chilled grapes in half and use along each side of the face. The natural fruit acids in the grape will gently exfoliate and the sugars will moisturize the skin. The cold temperature will be soothing and tighten the pores. MOISTURIZE For the moisturizing recipe, it’s key to slough off dead skin cells and exfoliate as you’re depositing the nourishing ingredients into the skin. Using an oil as part of the process is what really helps to deliver the ingredients into the deeper levels of the skin to ensure hydrated, moisturized skin:
-Blend 1 part brown sugar, 1 part grape seed oil, 1 part honey and 1 part grape seeds. -Add about 10 pumps of your regular nourishing body lotion. Warm the mix slightly-- approximately 20 seconds in the microwave--then apply the mixture to the entire body. -The rounded edges of the brown sugar granules will rub off the dead skin cells (and are softer and less abrasive than a salt scrub) and the honey will nourish, while the oil moisturizes. Massage the ingredients into the skin, focusing on rough spots like elbows and knees, before stepping into the shower. Rinse thoroughly. Once dry, apply your regular body lotion to lock in moisture.