Ask the Experts: Sarah Swanson Skincare

Sarah Swanson

The weather is finally heating up, which, to our skin, means a bad combination of sun, saltwater and sweat. We checked in with Quest skincare favorite Sarah Swanson to share her tips on weather-proofing summer skin.

Q: Should we skip the moisturizer in the summer?
A: Like sunscreen, moisturizer is important all year round. Because your skin tends to be oilier in the summer, I always recommend a lighter, water-based moisturizer.

Q: Is there any makeup that’s lightweight enough for hot weather but will also stay put at the beach?
A: Mineral makeup is definitely the way to go! Pure pressed base from Jane Iredale has SPF 20 and is weightless on your skin. It absorbs any excess oil that may shine throughout the day, and the blendability is phenomenal. There are also some great lip glosses and eye shades from Jane Iredale. One of my faves is her tingly mint and ginger chemical-free lip plump with added antioxidants like green tea, grape seed and pomegranate extracts.

Q: How can we prevent sun damage this summer?
A: Everyone knows the importance of sunscreen. However, the biggest barrier to using sunscreen is actually putting it on, particularly on work days. Sun protection should be worn everyday, regardless of the weather. Make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Most importantly, don’t forget to apply it to your hands, lips and the tips of your ears–three frequently overlooked areas. I like Healthy Skin Protection from Obagi for its fantastic protection and extra creamy texture.

Q: What can we do to correct sun damage that’s already occurred?
A: There are many options, depending on what you want to achieve. For hyper-pigmentation, including age spots and spider veins, a Photo Facial is your best bet. It uses intense pulsed light to restore healthy skin tones. Then there’s eMatrix, the new sublative resurfacing treatment, which is a truly revolutionary innovation. It not only rejuvenates skin, but by applying energy directly to the dermis it can produce more collagen to actually reverse fine lines and wrinkles caused from prior sun damage.

For more, make an appointment with Sarah at her skincare center at 988 Fifth Avenue in New York: 212.249.7546,