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Skincare Expert Joanna Vargas’ Tips For Finicky Skin

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The secret to glowing skin? Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas says healthy fats and plenty of green juice.

Yesterday it was 50 degrees in New York, and today the temperature is back up to a balmy 75. Is it any wonder my skin is alternating between overly dry and overly oily? It turns out I’m not alone. NY-based facialist Joanna Vargas (her client list includes stars like Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams) says, “This time of year is really key because everyone’s skin starts to freak out…It tends to get patchy and dry and somewhat sensitive.” Luckily, the skincare guru has some tips for easing the transition. 

Eat Healthy Fats

Vargas says that you have to think about improving your skin from the inside out, which means adding more healthy fats to your diet. “Avocado in your salad, olive oil as a dressing instead—those kinds of things are going to help your skin maintain a good balance.” Vargas likes avocado as a smoothie ingredient, like in this Chocolate Love Smoothie.

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5 Questions For…Negin Niknejad, Holistic Facialist

As soon as I met Negin Niknejad, I understood why an increasing number of New York women are asking her to save their stressed-out skin. The Iranian-born aesthetician has an amazingly calm demeanor—it’s no surprise that she is a yogi and has studied Ayurvedic healing in India. A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Niknejad opened her own Chelsea skincare studio where she solves even the most stubborn complexion issues. She kicked off our recent session by offering me a cup of rose and nettle tea and washing my hands with a homemade chai-scented scrub.

What truly sets Niknejad apart from other facialists is her strictly DIY philosophy: she makes all her treatments by hand with natural and organic ingredients—from local fruits and veggies sourced from the Union Square Farmer’s Market to exotic ingredients like rose water (which features prominently in all her facials). She takes the same amount of care with her JustBe Skin line of products. 

Niknejad treated me to an hour of bliss that included a raw honey mask to moisturize my dehydrated skin, a clay mask to cleanse and decongest my pores, and the least tear-inducing extractions I’ve ever experienced. I also got the chance to chat about her favorite ingredients and her SPF regimen—read on to get Niknejad’s best skincare tips!

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