PROBLEM 1: GREASY SKIN
“If you have oily skin, try not to over cleanse your face, as this leads to dehydration, sensitivity, and potentially more acne,” Mendelson tells Ecouterre. To keep oil at bay, use an oil-free hydration spray or serum that’s virtually weightless. (He recommends the beauty firm’s D20 facial spritz or Repêchage’s seaweed-packed serum.) “Look for something based on humectants, which help the skin absorb water but don’t add oil or weight,” he adds.
PROBLEM 2: ACNE
Mendelson recommends using an acne spot treatment like Jane Iredale’s “Disappear” concealer with green tea extract ($26) at the first sign of a blemish. (Remember not to pick at your skin, which can cause scarring and hyperpigmentation, he warns.) To heal zits and camouflage them at the same time, Mendleson’s calls upon the Zap & Hide dual-ended blemish concealer ($26). “It comes in three very easy-to-wear neutral colors, with a weightless texture that both heals and hides blemishes,” he adds.
To treat body acne, Mendelson suggests rinsing between showers. “This can include ‘cat baths’ at work with a wet cloth or mitt to help reduce bacteria in the sneaky places where perspiration occurs,” he says. Tip: Check out our roundup of do-it-yourself acne treatments you can make at home.
PROBLEM 3: HYPERPIGEMENTATION
“To treat hyperpigmentation, I recommend SPF, SPF, SPF! Oh, and SPF,” Mendelson quips. The best offense is a good defense, so never leave home without applying sunblock. To target existing problem spots, he suggests Repêchage’s Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask, a DIY version of the company’s Biolight professional facial. “This miracle mask targets discoloration and helps even skin tone,” he says. “The blend of Ecocert-certified seaweeds, willow bark, gotu kola, and glycolic and kojic acids exfoliate, rejuvenate, and oxygenate the skin to reveal a glow that lasts.”
PROBLEM 4: SUN DAMAGE
Masters echos Mendelson’s sunscreen recommendation. “To protect your skin in summer sun, always use a natural mineral sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in place of a chemically based sunscreen,” he says. If keeping to the shade isn’t an option, supplement your skincare regime with argan or pomegranate oil (Josie Maran Cosmetics offers a 100 percent organic option). “They’re light, easily absorbed into the skin, and loaded with essential fatty acids and antioxidants to help nourish and repair sun damage,” Masters adds.
PROBLEM 5: MELTING MAKEUP
An oil-control primer, like Jane Iredale’s “Absence”, which holds seven times it weight in oil without dehydrating skin, can do wonders, Mendelson says. “[Our primer] becomes a seasonal essential for many women, even those who don’t typically use primer other times of the year,” he adds. For quick touch-ups on the go, try a powder-free blotting sheet like Tatcha’s 100 percent abaca “beauty papers”, which draws excess oil from the face without disturbing makeup.
PROBLEM 6: FRIZZY HAIR
“To protect your hair, apply a light leave in conditioner, which will help keep your hair moisturized protect it from the sun and add shine to your locks,” Masters tells Ecouterre. To get a grip on frizz, as well as protect your locks from harsh summer elements, Masters recommends his certified-organic dry hair nourishment and defrizzer oil. Or try straight-up argan oil to nourish your follicles with a wallop of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, he adds. “Try to stay out of chlorinated pools,” he warns. “But if you do swim, make sure to wash and condition your hair afterwards. Before swimming I recommend applying an organic hair pomade generously to your entire hair shaft to help keep metals and chlorine from penetrating while providing moisture at the same time.”