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La Mer Expert Kumi Craig Shares Tips for Luminous Summer Skin

With a glitzy résumé that includes prepping beauties for fashion photography in magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, plus grooming high profile stars like Jon Hamm and Chris Pine for their red carpet close-ups, La Mer Expert Groomer Kumi Craig knows absolutely everything about making skin look radiant. This summer she’s visiting Saks locations around the country to give personalized La Mer consultations. In the meantime, she’s shared tips to give you a jump-start on flawless skin.  Are there essential steps for every skin care program? Everyone’s skin is different and it depends on each person’s skin concerns. I like to keep my regimen pretty simple and I encourage my clients to do the same. Everyone should incorporate a moisturizer into their routine and always use sunscreen. Should men and…

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With a glitzy résumé that includes prepping beauties for fashion photography in magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, plus grooming high profile stars like Jon Hamm and Chris Pine for their red carpet close-ups, La Mer Expert Groomer Kumi Craig knows absolutely everything about making skin look radiant. This summer she’s visiting Saks locations around the country to give personalized La Mer consultations. In the meantime, she’s shared tips to give you a jump-start on flawless skin. 

Are there essential steps for every skin care program?
Everyone’s skin is different and it depends on each person’s skin concerns. I like to keep my regimen pretty simple and I encourage my clients to do the same. Everyone should incorporate a moisturizer into their routine and always use sunscreen.

Should men and women approach their skin care differently?
For the most part, the same goes for men and women. Men need to keep their skin fresh and hydrated, especially if they’re shaving. I recommend The Radiant Infusion as an aftershave and to hydrate the skin under a beard.

What are your absolute no-nos?
When I’m preparing men for a shoot or the red carpet, I never like to use foundation. Instead, I apply La Mer’s SPF 18 Fluid Tint in Dark, because it gives skin a beautiful healthy glow without looking like makeup. Natural looking skin is key.  

What’s the best quick fix for stressed skin?
Hydrate and moisturize! The Mist really wakes up the skin—it’s like giving it a drink of water. For dark circles and puffiness, The Eye Concentrate with the silver tipped applicator is my go-to. I use it to massage under the eyes; it cools and gets the blood circulating. It really works!

Does the summer weather affect your skin care recommendations?
In a humid climate, skin doesn’t need a heavy moisturizer. I recommend The Moisturizing Gel Cream, a light, cooling option, for daily use. The Soleil de la Mer line with SPF 30 for the face, and The Reparative Body Sun Lotion are perfect for everyday.

Speaking of summer… To tan, or not to tan?
A little sun kissed glow is always nice, but never lay out without applying SPF.   I like a tan but no sunburns!

 

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