summer skincare

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Summer days are coming to an end, and whether or not you’re mentally prepared for the fall weather to come…your skin should be. After all the time spent outside, it’s time to give your skin a refresh. Whether it’s helping hyperpigmentation, dry skin or shedding dead layers built up from all that sunscreen, our Beauty Stylists are getting you ready for the new season to come with a roundup of their top picks to treat sun-damaged skin.

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Hot summer weather means your feet are (and have been) on constant display to the world and the elements. It’s prime time for backyard barbecues, tubing trips, stoopside soirees and every other sandal sitch you can imagine. If the thought of open sandals makes your toes curl (in a “hide me now” kind of way), it’s time to crank up the TLC on those sore, tired puppies and give them some much-deserved love.

Summer Foot Care at Home, 6 Tips and Products

To get the lowdown on best at-home foot care practices, products and tips, we enlisted the expertise of a nail therapist at Spa Nordstrom. Although we recommend seeing a professional pedicurist for trickier tasks like cuticle trimmings, a regular at-home regimen should keep your feet clean, smooth and, above all, healthy.

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Our Trending Now shop is all about summer beauty this month. To celebrate sunny days (and staying safe out in them), our East Coast Beauty Director Laksmi Sam shares her three expert picks for sunscreen.

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After a long, dreary winter, who doesn’t eagerly welcome the feel of warm sun on our skin? While Vitamin D does a lot to boost our spirits and inspire us to throw on shorts, sundresses and swimsuits, it’s important to care for and protect any exposed skin during summer months. To navigate it all–with so many sun products out there for face and body, and questions about how often to apply–here are the 3 sun items I think your beach bag really needs.

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Stylist Spotlight: Jane So

Jane So, a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist from Montgomery Mall in Maryland, shares her guide to flawless, radiant skin.


My mom and me

Growing up, I always admired how beautiful my mother was. She is my greatest inspiration: a fashion designer and artist who always rocked her own unique style. I was inspired to embrace my own kind of beauty and not be afraid to stand out. After exploring different positions in retail, I fell in love with being a beauty stylist. My goal is to bring true beauty from within. I want to inspire people to be their own kind of beautiful and feel confident in their own skin, just like my mother taught me.

I love being a beauty stylist because it allows me the freedom to not only express my creativity but to customize beautiful looks for every customer. As a beauty stylist, I can share my knowledge and teach people how to be their very best! I love that I’m able to provide personal product recommendations and create a one-of-a-kind beauty. I am your ‘go-to’ girl, your best friend for beauty and someone you can trust! I will be there whenever you need me and you can count on me to make your day an amazing one! I love what I do because it embraces all that I am and gives me the chance to share my beauty secrets and bring true beauty within everyone. Today, let me share my secret to flawless, radiant skin!

“Be the best version of you!” This was a fun one-on-one beauty master class I had with my customer Michelle, where we focused on achieving radiant skin.

Want to glow and shine bright like a diamond? This season is all about healthy, glowing skin, and I want to share with you some of my favorite products!

First, I cleanse by gently massaging Erno Laszlo ‘Phelityl’ Pre-Cleansing Oil into the skin. Then I dip my Erno Laszlo ‘Sea Mud’ Deep Cleansing Bar into warm water and massage the bar directly onto the face, rinsing with warm water after a few minutes.

Once the skin is cleansed, I protect with Clarins ‘Double Serum®’ Complete Age Control Concentrate before applying any makeup products. This powerful serum is made up of 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules. You will get firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, more even skin tone and less visible pores in just four weeks.

To add radiance, I use Laura Mercier ‘Radiance Bronze’ Primer to give skin a smooth, glowy surface. Wear this fabulous product alone or under your foundation for a sun-kissed glow. Hydrating, water-based gel preps skin with radiance. It’s formulated with a blend of jojoba oils and vitamins A, C and E to keep skin healthy.

Lastly, I touch up the face with CHANEL ‘Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15’ powder to add a soft contour around the frame of the face. This is a beautiful product that will enhance, brighten and bronze for a custom glow with a sheer, luminous finish.

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Whether we’re seeking out the sun or not, UV exposure is pretty much a given during the summer. We all know the risks of overexposure—from premature aging to sunspots and worse—but most of us still don’t apply protection every single day. Newsflash or not, the experts agree that everyday sunscreen is a must! Read on for their tips and recommendations.

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Beach-bronzed skin is a summer must. But the consequences of overexposure are not so hot. Our experts Debra and Kate are sharing their top sun-care picks & tips and making it simple to soak up the rays without getting burned.

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Pool-Party Pretty, Pronto

Ahh, summertime, when cold-weather gear gives way to…bathing suits. The first pool-party evite hits your inbox and you realize you never got around to those extra Pilates classes and spa appointments. No need to panic or send lame excuses—these pool beauty lifesavers will get you head-to-toe-gorgeous in no time flat.

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Mascara is the one makeup item most women won’t leave the house without, but who wants to look like a raccoon in the pool? On the other hand, removing waterproof mascara can often be a bear. CARGO ‘Better than Waterproof’ Mascara truly lives up to its name, and comes off (when you want it to) with warm water and gentle pressure—no need for special eye-makeup remover.

With no time for a waxing or dealing with ugly razor bumps, you’ll be glad to have the Bliss ‘Trim & Bare It’ Grooming System. This handy cordless gadget has four attachments for trimming and micro-shaving delicate areas (and also can be used on eyebrows and facial hair). Best of all, you can use it in the shower to cut down on prep time.

Self-tanner: the slimming, concealing gift to bodies everywhere. We love Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel—it dries ultra-fast, and the oil-free, streak-free formula gives you a natural golden (not orange) color that lasts.

When it comes to poolside makeup, most of us want to look carefree and water-sporty, but could use a little help to cover imperfections or dark circles. CARGO ‘blu_ray’ High Definition Concealer is waterproof, long-wearing, and designed for completely natural-looking coverage in places you want it—with a line-smoothing ingredient to boot.

Kate Somerville truly gets pool appearance anxiety: her ‘Body Glow’ Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is the perfect topper for self-tanner. Not only does this lightweight lotion give you the best kind of sun protection, it contains caffeine for firming, algae for conditioning, and mango butter for softening (and a delicious smell). Bonus: light-reflecting pearls make your skin glisten beautifully in the sun.

To add extra glow to your cheeks, try AERIN Beauty Multicolor for Lips & Cheeks. This natural, radiant color looks gorgeous on every skin tone, and its subtle, luxurious rose scent makes you feel like you’re poolside at a bungalow in St. Barth’s. (Currently available in selected stores; call a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist or Live Chat to order now. Available online mid-July.)

Wearing lipstick to the pool sends a signal you’re that person who never gets her hair wet (like your mom). Up your down-to-earth factor with Dior ‘Addict Lip Glow’ Color Reviver Balm, which looks pinkish in the tube but deepens when applied to lips for a soft, natural-looking tint that lasts for hours. (It also contains sunscreen—Mom will be happy.)

The one place it’s essential to look ‘done’ is your toes. Get in the spirit of the season with Deborah Lippmann The Mermaids Summer Collection: fun, sparkly shades that glisten like treasures in the sea. (Beauty Stylist Sarah Zaret, Nordstrom Mission Viejo, turned us on to this pool-perfect line. Thanks, Sarah!)

Shop our full collection of summer essentials including sun care, skincare, makeup and fragrance.

[Story & photos by Stefanie Frank]

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Get your glow on and gear up for summer at our in-store Summer Beauty Event. Our makeup and skincare experts will work one-on-one to show you what’s new, what’s essential and how to make it all work for you. Plus, when you spend $125 on beauty or fragrance you’ll receive a hot-pink jelly clutch filled with selected samples—free! So grab a friend, find a store near you to make an appointment—and enjoy an afternoon that’s all about you. We’ve even created a handy shopping list with our picks shown below to print out and bring with you.

Our top-ten summer beauty essentials:

1. Foundation with SPF. Our pick: Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42.

2. Sunscreen. Our pick: Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face SPF 50+.

3. Bronzer. Our pick: Vincent Longo La Riviera Sun Face & Body Bronzer in Beauty Sin.

4. Nail polishOur pick: NARS ‘Pierre Hardy – Ethno Run’ Nail Duo.

5. Lip balm with SPF. Our pick: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Rosé.

6. Waterproof mascara. Our pick: Giorgio Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ Waterproof Mascara.

7. Foot Cream. Our pick: philosophy ‘soul owner’ exfoliating foot cream.

8. Self-tanner. Our pick: Xen-Tan Dark Lotion.

9. Hair remedy. Our pick: ALTERNA ‘Bamboo Beach’ Summer Sun Recovery Spray.

10. Summery fragrance. Our pick: Hermès Un Jardin sur le Toit.

Learn more details about our event here.

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