DuJour Navigation

A Facialist’s Top Skincare Secrets

Beverly Hills esthetician Gina Mari shares her tricks of the trade for keeping your skin looking its best despite the spring and summer heat

Circ-Cell Dew pH Perfector

Skincare Regimen
“I am constantly product-testing, so there’s really no set regimen, though a couple of my favorites are Circ-Cell’s Dew pH Perfector ($60, circcell.com) and Goldfaden MD’s Bright Eyes ($55, goldfadenmd.com).”

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes

In-Office Treatments
“Being a former surfer, sun damage is my primary concern, so I rely on Microchanneling and LED Infusion to keep noticeable pigmentation at bay. Though it keeps my feet planted firmly on the earth, gravity is not my friend now I am in my mid 40s, so my wonderful estheticians help me to defy nature with regular Microcurrent treatments.” 

Good Fats
“During the summer, people tend to get dry skin from swimming, spending too much time in air conditioning and, of course, being out in the sun. A natural remedy we love and find most beneficial is avocado oil. Not only is it hydrating for skin, it also has healing properties and several health benefits.”

Sun Protection
“The single most important product to protect your skin from harmful rays is a physical sunblock, even on a cloudy day as 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays pass right through the cloud layer. I recommend that sunscreen be re-applied every two hours, unless you are swimming or sweating throughout the day in which case, re-apply every 30 minutes. Despite claiming to be waterproof, most sunscreens can lose their effectiveness after 30 or more minutes in the water. Even when you are not in the direct sunlight you are still being affected by its harmful rays. EltaMD SPF 41 is one of our favorites. In addition to being non-comedegonic, chemical and paraban-free, it is available in a sheer tint that looks beautiful under makeup or alone.” 

Fresh Sugar Roll-On Deodorant Antiperspirant

Staying Cool and Dry
“A spritz of Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist ($24-$35, jurlique.com) to the face, neck and décolleté can be quite refreshing and will stop the heat and humidity from getting the best of you. I also love Fresh’s Sugar Roll-On Deodorant Antiperspirant ($18, fresh.com) with Fresh Sugar’s Lemon Blossom Perfume.” 

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Quick Makeup Fixes
“We find ourselves always searching for ways to look our best while on the go. A clean face is the first step to flawless skin (I love Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes). Another quick fix to looking your best is L’Oreal’s Voluminous Curved Brush mascara. Lastly, Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna and Orgasm blush instantly gives you a sun-kissed glow with a subtle shimmer. Finishing it off with Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm with SPF will give you a hue of color so you look radiant but natural.”

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Banish Breakouts
“If you are having a problem keeping your back clean and clear, there may be a very simple fix. Sometimes the conditioner we rinse out of our hair in the shower will remain on our body even though we think we’ve rinsed it off. To avoid breakouts on your back, make sure to put long hair up and give your back an extra rinse before getting out of the shower. Try using exfoliating mitts and a body scrub, like Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. From there, throw your hair up in a towel and give your back a spritz with Murad’s Clarifying Body Spray ($37, murad.com).  

Benefit bronzer in Dallas

Tan Envy
“Custom airbrush tanning is the best option for a flawless tan for a special event, but there are great self-tanners and bronzers out there that will make you glow on a daily basis. Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan is brilliant! It’s goof-proof to apply, and the spray can allows you to evenly cover hard to reach areas like your mid-back. Also a great bronzer with shimmer can be applied to face, neck and décolleté to add a shade of color. Try Benefit’s bronzer in Dallas ($28, benefitcosmetics.com) all over and top it off with their blush in Dandelion ($28, benefitcosmetics.com) on the cheeks and you will have an enviable bronze.”

Gina Mari Skin Care; 9350 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 204 ginamari.com