We are now in the dog days of summer and the intense heat we (have had) and are experiencing is wrecking serious havoc with both our skin and lives. This is especially true in the Las Vegas desert. But experts from the city’s top spas are willing to share tips from their arsenal of beauty secrets on how to attain the best summer skin and hair, whether guests prefer to splurge at their on-site spa or try a DIY remedy at home. For those of us who doesn’t live or plan to travel to Las Vegas anytime soon, I also included are some pretty effective beauty products available on the market.
Reinvigorate Dull Skin
Expert: Jane Cox, Director at BATHHOUSE Spa at Delano Las Vegas
Indulge: The harsh transition between winter and summer can make the skin look dull. To revive a sluggish appearance, BATHHOUSE Spa at Delano Las Vegas offers its Tropical Scrub and Massage, which features a guava-scented scrub packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to enliven and rejuvenate skin.
DIY: After being bundled up for so many months, Cox advises to let the skin breathe. It’s as simple as creating your own exfoliator – a sugar-and-salt scrub with equal portions sugar and salt mixed with your favorite essential oil – and applying a warm washcloth to the body. The mixture ensures that the dead cells of winter are scrubbed away, leaving skin smooth and bright.
For more than 80 years, Lancôme, the world’s leading luxury beauty brand, has epitomized beauty and glamour with a quintessential French touch. Women seeking the finest in beauty look to Lancôme for the highest quality in skincare, encased in timeless style and delivering scientifically proven results. The brand continues to strengthen its reputation as a makeup authority and skincare innovator, not merely keeping pace, but surpassing expectations by continually taking science and creativity to new levels.
You can also tone and soften with Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait Mist ($140, www.lancome-usa.com/): This superfine hydrating mist is powered by natural rosewater, known for its ability to soften and hydrate skin. Each refreshing spritz not only smells like a rose garden, but also tones and moisturizes on contact. Lock in deep-diving hydration with Lancôme Absolue Precious Oil ($185, www.lancome-usa.com/ ). This brilliant new face oil, made with Rose Essential Oils and seven other pure botanical essences, is brimming with natural antioxidants and vitamins to moisturize and revitalize all skin types. Drench your body in moisture with Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Lotion. Enriched with Royal Jelly, Shea Butter and Chestnut Peptides, the light-textured lotion absorbs easily and boosts your body’s own natural moisture barrier for long-lasting comfort. Skin is left feeling luxuriously silky and smooth. ($33, www.lancome-usa.com/). Transform dry, rough spots with Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Cream. Nurture extremely dry skin back to supple softness. Made with Royal Lipideum™, a unique technology enriched with Royal Jelly, the formula’s ideal for protecting skin against the effects of climate and seasonal changes, and especially good for softening rough spots. ($41, www.lancome-usa.com/)
Create a Summer Glow
Expert: Meredith Knaus, Lead Aesthetician at Spa Bellagio
Indulge: Who doesn’t want a flawless summer glow? While UV rays can leave lasting damage to the skin, Spa Bellagio solves the dilemma with its Body Bronzing with Exfoliation treatment, providing a safe alternative for achieving a beautiful golden tan. The spray tan includes a full-body exfoliation and customized sunless tanner application to give an instant glow that lasts for days.
DIY: To achieve a flawless do-it-yourself sunless tan, Kanaus’ biggest tip is to exfoliate before applying an at-home tanner. Using a mixture of coconut oil and sugar on the skin prior to a self-tanner application provides a foolproof way to create a long-lasting, streak-free glow in the comfort of your own home.
The experts from Curél Skincare know what it means to tackle dry skin issues so they’ve created a full line of moisturizing lotions for all skin types. Skin will feel happy and healthy all day long with Curél Daily Moisture Original Lotion. Featuring time-released moisturizers, this lotion hydrates and relieves dry, itchy, irritated skin. Clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisturizing, it will leave your skin smooth, comforted and intensely satisfied ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
If your skin is feeling parched from all the sun, choose Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion. Ideal for severely dry skin, this formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers.)
Sensitive skin? No worries, you can still feel radiant with Curél Fragrance Free Original Lotion. This fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic version of Curel Daily Moisture lotion also features time-released moisturizers. The dermatologist recommended non-greasy formula won’t clog pores, offers continuous hydration and is gentle enough to use on your face ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
Combat Sun Damage
Expert: Julia Shintaku, Lead Aesthetician at The Spa & Salon at ARIA
Indulge: For those who love to bask in the sun, The Spa & Salon at ARIA features the Island Guava Wrap, allowing sunbathers to repair dry or peeling skin. The perfect mixture of a smoothing exfoliate and buttery anti-aging guava cream creates a vitamin-rich body masque that leaves skin revitalized after a day in the sun.
DIY: Shintaku has a recipe to create a similar scrub at home. After applying a thin layer of virgin coconut oil to make the scrub more effective, mix three parts raw sugar cane and one part coconut oil with one piece of blended summer fruit, such as guava. Spread this mixture from head to toe and leave on for five minutes to rid skin of redness and irritation.
It’s also no secret that even stepping outside can impact your skin – leading to clogged pores, dry skin and even wrinkles and age spots – so make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your skin looking and feeling great including using Avon’s Skinvincible Collection to protect against those environmental factors.
Imagine a cream that could make your skin look virtually immune to aging, extreme temperatures, pollution, UV exposure and other external factors can all cause dehydration and premature skin aging. Avon developed ANEW Clinical Skinvincible to not only help shield your skin from this daily assault, but to also reduce the look of age signs that can result from it—even diminishing the look of wrinkles your skin has had for years. Avon’s ANEW Clinical Skinvincible Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and ANEW Clinical Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream ($36 each available through an Avon representative or www.avon.com) repair the look of years of age damage and, when used together, they optimize skin health. These multi-tasking hypoallergenic products are suitable for sensitive skin yet deliver the powerful anti-aging benefits of a treatment with all the hydrating nourishment of a moisturizer.
ANEW Clinical Skinvincible SPF 50 lotion and cream contain technology targeted to help protect against environmental aggressors, including pollution, smoke, free radicals, UV rays, extreme heat and cold, that can lead to visible signs of aging. The result of using the Anew Clinical Skinvincible SPF50 lotion and cream together as a regimen is improved overall skin health, including even tone, texture and clarity. Formulated with UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection, the Multi-Shield SPF 50 lotion is packed with an advanced blend of antioxidants. The Deep Recovery Cream, formulated with Avon’s exclusive SmartRepair Technology, picks up where the day formula leaves off, reducing the look of age signs that can be caused by environmental aggressors while you sleep.
It’s also important to use cooling products to avoid red, peeling skin! Rejuvenate it with the Sun Bum After Sun ‘Cool Down’ Collection. Featuring a Spray, Gel and Lotion enriched with soothing Aloe and Vitamin E, providing an intense hydration to gently restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. For your face, Lumene Bright Now Shine Control Cream-Gel is OIL FREE and makes skin look and feel smooth and fresh. This moisturizing cream-gel is also rich in antioxidants from COOLING Arctic Cloudberry and highly effective encapsulated vitamin C.
Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, keep it moisturized and turn back the signs of aging with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30. This multi-level anti-aging cream is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging and uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance ($69; Kohls.com).
The complete CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE Collection is a revolutionary anti-aging skincare line that recognizes most visible signs of aging skin comes from the sun. It combines multiple award winning and critically acclaimed anti-aging ingredients into a nourishing vegan formulation that helps roll back damage and protects against future damage with better than full spectrum protection. Inspired by the vision of supermodel, actress and mother of three, Christie Brinkley, the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection ($21-$69) addresses multiple signs of aging and contains products that are formulated to help defend against Infrared damage. Most creams only defend against UVA and UVB which represent just 7% of the sun’s rays that reach us. The reality is that 54% of the rays that reach the earth are Infrared rays. This breakthrough product line is among the first in the US to defend against damage from Infrared rays. The line includes:
Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment (1.0 oz.): This powerful anti-aging treatment is designed to work with skin’s natural circadian cycle to help reverse the signs of aging and revitalize the look of skin. By supporting the skin’s natural energy, the cream helps improve firmness and elasticity and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish (3.0 oz.): Exfoliate skin with this creamy scrub that leaves skin looking more radiant, moisturized, and refreshed.
Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment (0.5 oz.): Minimize the look of bags, puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles with this serum, which instantly firms and brightens skin under and around the eye.
Uplift + IR Defense Firming Neck & Décolleté Treatment (1.7 oz.): Visibly tightens and brightens the skin in the delicate neck and décolleté area. Uplift supports the skin’s natural collagen and elastin production for a firmer, smoother neckline.
Close Up Instant Wrinkle Smoother & Treatment (0.33 oz.): This breakthrough formula tightens skin on contact for immediately tighter and smoother skin. This Formula maximizes anti-wrinkle effects and reduces the look of under-eye puffiness, providing visible results in less than two minutes.
Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash (3.0 oz.): This foaming gel cleanser is gentle enough for every skin type, but powerful enough to remove impurities and makeup while leaving skin feeling smooth and soft.
Correct Uneven Skin Tone
Expert: Alisa Vidaurri, Lead Aesthetician at ESPA at Vdara
Indulge: Summer heat and sun can cause uneven skin tone, brown spots and dryness. The Personalized Facial at ESPA uses targeted results to repair these issues by creating a specialized regimen for each spa guest and customizing their treatment based on individual needs.
DIY: One of Vidaurri’s favorite household ingredients to include in an at-home facial mixture is lemon juice. To eliminate brown spots, fade acne scars and minimize pores, DIY-ers can cut a lemon in half and mix the juice with one tablespoon of honey to create a personalized mask. Apply to clean skin and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing to create a brighter, tighter complexion.
Brighten and Correct Dark Spots with Lancome DreamTone: Specifically designed to diminish the look of dark spots and blotchiness, these pearly serums (available in fair, medium and dark tints) gradually even out skin tone while hiding imperfections. Each silky formula feels amazing, and offers just enough coverage to disguise sallowness, redness and blemishes. Meanwhile, teeny flecks of shimmer leave your skin looking instantly more luminous. ($99)
Flaunt a Beach Blowout
Expert: Stephanie Doud, Director at The Mirage Salon
Indulge: Regardless of their proximity to the coast and its salty ocean air, many women long for beach-inspired tresses. To achieve this look, the specialists at The Mirage Salon use Alterna Caviar Repair to protect the hair from damage and breakage. Hair is then moisturized with Alterna Bamboo Beach Leave-in Conditioner, blow-dried and finally finished off with a splash Alterna Summer Sunshine Spray.
DIY: To create an easy at-home beach blowout, Doud suggests applying coconut oil to damaged ends, then wrapping hair in a damp, warm towel for 20 minutes, followed by a wash. Towel dry hair until it’s slightly damp then, braid it into sections and blow dry the remaining moisture. Undo the braids and complete this look with a light mist of hair spray.
Busy summers can leave us worn down, feeling tired and in need of a night of R&R. Take a night to treat yourself luxuriously with KORRES and Hästens for the combination to your best sleep (and skin) yet.
“Beauty Sleep” has a whole new meaning with KORRES Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil. This overnight beauty booster delivers firming, lifting, and anti-wrinkle action hile replenishing essential skin moisture overnight. A blend of six oils—black pine, cold pressed jojoba, grape seed, organic cold pressed argan, apricot, and cold pressed sweet almond—help restore lipids naturally for skin that is incredibly nourished and noticeably softer. Soy bean and wild yam complex strengthens skin while activating lipid production for increased skin elasticity, smoothness, and hydration. Facial contour is visibly improved, density is restored, and skin is instantly visibly lifted with spilanthes acmella, a natural plant extract. Apple seed extract supports natural collagen synthesis while alaria esculenta extract improves skin elasticity. Black pine polyphenols help restore skin suppleness, volume, and contour for noticeable results by morning ($62; Sephora.com).
KORRES Greek Yoghurt 3-in-1 Cleansing, Toning & Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion is a multitasking, calming, and healing emulsion that features euphrasia—also known as eyebright extract—which reduces redness, swelling, and irritation, along with antioxidant macadamia and sunflower oils to moisturize and protect skin. The result is a formula that cleanses, tones, and removes even the most stubborn makeup from face and eyes ($24; Sephora.com).
ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser is an innovative Tri-Phase Cleanser that contains a gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask all-in-one! Moringa seed extract cleanses and removes make-up whilst multi-functional jojoba spheres gently exfoliate and melt to leave your skin clear, nourished and smooth. Finally, pumpkin enzymes gently dissolve dull cells, revealing a beautiful, radiant, healthy glow. The beautifully versatile cleanser suits all skin types and ages, leaving your skin feeling beautifully clean, nourished and visibly radiant ($55, espaskincare.com).
If you can deal with the heat at night, drift off dressed in the most comfortable pajama set you’ll ever know with Hästens Blue Check Pajamas. Featuring the chic Hästens blue check pattern, this set includes a long sleeved top and matching pants, both made of supple, soft cotton ($190; Hästens Stores nationwide; for more information, please visit: www.hastens.com).