Stressed Out Skin? Celeb Facialist Joanna Vargas is Here to Help

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Joanna Vargas (celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection,) is one of the most well-known names in the world of skincare, and with good reason. Her facials are awe-inspiring, and as someone approaching hoarder-levels of face wash, serum, moisturizer, and beyond, I can confidently say that Joanna’s products are some of the absolute best–year-round.

One reason I love her collection is that it’s small. It’s not overwhelming. Each product serves a distinct purpose. Five items (for now), and each is excellent. So–when I found my skin lacklustre and even (gasp) breaking out after NYFW, I knew just who to consult. Here are JV’s exclusive tips on how to restore your skin to it’s best self after a change in routine (be it a flight, fashion week, or just a stressful day)!

Why does a change in routine sometimes wreak havoc on our skin? (i.e. going from sitting at a desk, to running around, staying up very late to cover the shows, or anything of the like)

A change in routine affects the skin because the body relies on our regular patterns of sleep and diet to manage stress. Sleep is the body’s big chance to repair itself from all the damage and stress we put it through during the day. Less sleep means the body really can’t finish the repair cycle which, in turn, means more inflammation and breakouts.

More running around means higher stress levels. If someone isn’t eating well, or is simply experiencing higher stress levels than usual, this will cause more internal inflammation. This makes our skin get red and patchy more easily, and gives us a harder time digesting our food properly. Lack of digestion causes breakouts and internal inflammation and can result in eczema.

Skin needs more TLC during the fall especially, 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.

Should you do something to prepare your skin for a change in routine?

I always tell clients that my job is to figure out a fix for the skin in spite of their busy schedule.

Good skin care begins with a good diet. If you are breaking out or if you simply have dull skin, the best solution is to add more greens to your routine. I also recommend, applying my Daily Serum, which is like green juice for the skin because it stimulates the lymphatic system, oxygenates and hydrates without clogging skin.I always start with drinking more greens. I personally love Dr. Lipman’s Recharge shake (ed note: shoutout to my Dr.) because it’s quick and easy. I encourage clients to carry around those little envelopes so they can just mix it with water on the go. Another quick fix is a shot of chlorophyll in the morning before a long day. It actually gives you energy and will act as your skin’s savior for the day.

What can you do to “press reset” on your skin?

My secret weapon is a treatment called the Power Peel. It’s a detoxifying, resurfacing peel followed by LED therapy and oxygen to make them look like they have spent the last month in a health spa! Their glow is restored, and all the tired dehydrated skin is gone.

Exfoliation is like mini facial to restore your glow instantly!  My favorite at-home technique is super simple. I cleanse the skin and then apply my Exfoliating Mask to sleep in overnight. It will flatten any breakouts that you might have and I love that it evens out pigment in the skin so you look even and fresh in the morning.

What can you do to protect your skin during a crazy week, shift in your schedule, be it fashion week or anything else?

Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom. It will add just enough moisture to the environment to give your skin the chance to do some real healing.  For those who are afraid of the bacteria that sometimes can accumulate in a humidifier, you can even get a little one that attaches to a mini water bottle. Another great tip for dealing with winter skin is to throw a half an avocado into your morning smoothie. The extra fats in avocado will make your skin soft and smooth from the inside out!

Thanks JV! <3, Sara