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When you think of the crème de la crème of skin care, La Mer is a logical go-to. Its healing Miracle Broth, crafted from sea kelp and packed with vitamins and minerals, is the stuff of legends, perfectly formulated to repair and rejuvenate sun-damaged skin. So it should come as no surprise that La Mer’s lead makeup artist and global ambassador, Patrick Ta (who happens to work the famous faces of Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba and the whole Kardashian crew), has a serious sun-care regimen worth exploring.
We interviewed Patrick to get the rundown on his must-have La Mer products for summer and tips on how best to apply them. Turns out, we’ve been applying sunscreen and makeup in the wrong order for years. Consider us corrected.
What are the best pre-sun treatments for the face and body?
For the face, La Mer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily UV Protecting Fluid. It’s so important for me to use sunscreen because I want to avoid getting sun spots as I age due to my family’s history of getting them early. For the body, I recommend the La Mer ‘Soleil de La Mer’ Reparative Body Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I also love this product because it simply is a great moisturizer for the whole body.
What’s the best way to apply SPF? Over or under makeup?
SPF should always be applied after your skin care routine but before your makeup application. If you’re being photographed, I would recommend not applying sunscreen until afterward to avoid flash-back.
Are there special precautions to take with the delicate eye, neck and chest areas?
When applying eye serums, use your ring finger as it provides the least amount of pressure around the eye area. When applying serums or lotions on the neck and chest area, use circular motions.
How should we be treating sunburns?
I use La Mer’s After Sun Enhancer. It has a gel-like texture that cools and soothes the skin. It also really helps bring the tan to the surface, leaving a beautiful sun-kissed glow.
After being out in the sun, what’s the best way to care for your face?
After washing my face, I LOVE to use the La Mer Renewal Oil, followed by The Moisturizing Gel Cream and The Eye Balm Intense. And of course, if you’re heading back outside, remember to put your Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Protecting Fluid back on!
Any other pro tips for summer skin care?
Keep your skin hydrated—the sun really dries it out. The Renewal Oil is my number one for this and can be used not just on the face but on the ends of your hair, on your hands and on your cuticles. And I can’t stress enough how important wearing an SPF is, even on days when the sun’s behind the clouds. So make sure any time you step outside, your skin is protected.
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