1. Facialist Aida Bicaj’s Summer Skincare Guide

    Long weekends, beach days and more time to play outside — summer is officially here! To help us welcome the season (and the sun and sweat that comes with it), we asked Biologique Recherche ambassador and celebrity facialist Aida Bicaj to share her must-have products and skin tips for summer. Aida is trusted by everyone from Kyra Sedgwick to Jenna Lyons and her Upper East Side spa is our CEO and Creative Director Yesim Philip’s go-to spot for facials. Here’s everything you need to know to have your best skin ever this summer!

    What products or steps in our routines are the most important to update for summer?

    Cleanse skin with milky cleansers, not foamy ones. Foaming cleansers can strip skin of off its natural oils. Also choose your toners carefully. Use toner that gently removes dead skin cells. My favorites for warm seasons are Future Cosmetics Boutique Floral Lotion No. 1 and Floral Lotion  No. 2, and, of course, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. One more tip: when it’s humid and hot, I prefer using serums in place of moisturizers. I recommend Future Cosmetics Boutique Beauty Drops No. 3, or Biologique Recherche Serum Elastine Pure and Serum Extraits Tissulaire.


    What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to summer skincare?

    Try to limit use of SPF to during outdoor activities, like at the beach, hiking, golf, tennis, etc. If you are just traveling from home to work, it is not necessary to apply SPF for a few minutes to sun exposure since SPFs do clog your pores if used continuously. Using hydrating masks, like Biologique Recherche Masque VIP 02 and Visolastine Plus, is a general recommendation.

    When it comes to SPF, what should we be looking for?

    I consider SPF an investment and always recommend top shelf SPFs, such as Medical Beauty Research SPF for face and body.  

    And if we get a sunburn, how should we treat it?

    Apply aloe vera. If the sunburn is rather severe, you may pour yourself a bath and dilute a pack of baking soda in it. It will help relieve the pain caused by the sunburn.  

    What’s the best way to take care of skin after a workout?

    Try to cleanse and exfoliate right after the workout.  


    What treatments are your go-tos for summer?

    Manual Lift: Our estheticians use a special technique to control the level of exfoliation using products derived from seaweed powder that mildly tweak the skin to restore elasticity. This treatment also stimulates circulation and the production of new cells that leaves your skin looking tighter, smoother, and healthier.

    Soin Lissant: Similar to the Manual Lift, this treatment targets sensitive, reactive, dull skin. Application of a mild powder and lymphatic drainage techniques leave the skin calm, smooth and tight.

    HydraFacial Treatment is created for all skin types and for any age. HydraFacial is gentle procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction of impurities, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. The results are immediate and lasting. Your skin will look youthful, plump and radiant. With regular use it will help to diminish enlarged pores and reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


    Your #1 summer skincare/beauty tip:

    Stay away from direct sun exposure.

    Visit Aida Bicaj at 30 E 67th Street, 5th Floor, New York, 10065.

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  2. Best Sunscreens for On & Off the Court

    Summer is officially here! And that means more time spent in the sun. Whether you’re working on your backhand or lounging at the beach, SPF is a must-have. We’ve rounded up our five favorites for the summer season and beyond — check out the guide below.


    Sunscreen Meets Primer: Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Primer

    Nothing is worse than sunscreen that leaves skin feeling slick and sticky. This sunscreen primer is lightweight, oil-free and leaves behind a matte finish. It will also give you broad spectrum (that covers UVA and UVB rays) protection.


    Totally Sweat Proof: Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen SPF 30

    Stay protected during your workout with this sweat and water resistant SPF 30 formula. It’s lightweight and fast absorbing, so you can get back on the court quickly. And don’t forget to wear a hat for extra protection!


    Protect Your Lips: Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm SPF 30

    This sensitive area needs sun protection too! This SPF 30 balm will leave lips protected and hydrated thanks to a combination of shea butter, honey and sunflower seed oil.

    On-the-Go Protection: Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

    Just because you put sunscreen on in the AM doesn’t mean you’re protected all day. The FDA recommends you reapply every two hours — and this SPF 50 mineral powder makes it super easy. Swipe on over makeup to add a layer of protection and help reduce shine.

    For the Little Ones: MDSolarSciences Mineral KidCrème SPF 40

    This gentle, mineral sunscreen is recommended by both the Skin Cancer Foundation and Environmental Working Group for kids. It offers broad spectrum protection that is sweat and water resistant so you won’t have to worry about irritation or stinging eyes while you’re at the beach.


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  3. 5 Workouts to Get You Ready for Summer

    The season of shorts, swimsuits and skin is on the horizon — are you ready? We put together a list of some of our favorite workouts, from yoga to rowing, that will leave you feeling (and looking) your best this summer.


    Humming Puppy Yoga

    Don’t let the name fool you — you’ll get in a good sweat with a yoga class at Humming Puppy. Start with the studios Unified class and work your way up to a strengthen Dynamic class. And that humming sound? It’s there to help you deepen your practice.


    Wear: Performance Capri & Side Mesh Bra. Mats are provided.


    Where: Studios in NYC, Melbourne and Sydney.




    Rumble Boxing

    Get in a workout and work out some aggression with a group boxing class at Rumble. This HIIT class features 10 rounds of jabs, hooks and uppercuts. You’ll like it so much, you might end up with your own pair of gloves.


    Wear: Performance Tee & Performance Capri


    Where: Studios in Chelsea, NoHo and Upper East Side, New York City.


    SLT

    Strengthen, lengthen and tone. SLT combines the best of cardo, Pilates and strength training into one powerful 50-minute workout on a Megaformer machine.


    Wear: Performance Capri & Shoulder Trim Tank. Don’t forget grippy socks!


    Where: Studios in NYC, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.




    Barre3

    Tone muscles while you balance your body in just one hour with this combination of barre and short bursts of cardio. You’ll work muscles you never knew you had.


    Wear: Halter Tank with Built-In Bra & Performance Capri


    Where: Studios located nationwide and in Canada.



    Peloton Digital

    If group fitness isn’t your thing, workout solo and on your own schedule with Peloton’s Digital App — no bike required. The app has everything from strength training to running, plus meditation, yoga and cardio workouts that you can do from wherever, whenever.


    Wear: Pointelle Trim Tank & Performance Capri


    Where: From your TV, laptop or phone screen.




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