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5 Philly Salon Experts on Spring Skin Care

By Emma Elsmo | February 19, 2019 | Style & Beauty

We all know our skin is hard enough to manage with influences ranging from stress to hormones, but add in rising and falling temperatures plus extra sun exposure and it becomes next to impossible. It can be infuriating to manage the ever-changing rollercoaster known as skin care, so it’s never a bad idea to ask for help. These five Philly women, a mix of salon owners and estheticians, are here to answer the pressing questions and give pro-tips for navigating skincare this Spring.


Mackenzi McErlean, Head Esthetician at Moxie Blue Salon

Mackenzi McErlean, head esthetician at Moxie Blue, believes that breakouts, dry textures and sunburn are all issues that plague skin in spring. “The transition from dry winter air to the warm spring months can send our pores into panic mode,” she says. McErlean recommends using ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash, which will help keep breakouts and oil at bay. 205 Race St., 215.608.8685,

Kelley Hughes, Owner of The Parlour Hair & Skin

You’ve heard it before… “invest in yourself.” And, yes, that means skincare. “Cold weather skin care is usually much more hydrating,” says Kelley Hughes, owner of The Parlour Hair & Skin. “In spring, we need lighten up, [so] steer clear of aggressive products that may do more damage than good.” Look to products like Vivant Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser and Shiva Rose Glow Face Balm for staying properly moisturized. 1339 Frankford Ave., 215.278.7613,

Tirzah Fowler Blair, Licensed Esthetician at CURE de Repos

“On the beautiful East Coast we experience extreme weather changes, and very much like our changing wardrobes we need to transition our skin care as well,” says Tirzah Fowler Blair, licensed esthetician at CURE de Repos. Maintaining morning and evening rituals are extremely important to the skin expert. She suggests adding in a 30 percent serum like Environ Mela-Even for a C-boost in the morning, and a gel cream like Environ Anti-Oxidant C-Quence Creme at night to help increase cell turnover and fight radical damage. 8133 Germantown Ave., 202.643.7377,

Annie Morris, Head Esthetician at Salon L. Manayunk

There’s no harm in going to a professional for a little extra care. “When spring comes, I highly recommend a gentle exfoliation such as a light Microdermabrasion Treatment, followed by a Hydra Radiance Peel,” says Annie Morris, head esthetician at Salon L. Manayunk. Both treatments help to brighten, smooth, and improve pigmentation. 4120 N. Main St., 215.483.2500,

Monique Mason, Salon Owner and Head of Skincare Program at Moko Beauty

Monique Mason believes that it’s not all about what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body. “The top issues are dermatitis and dehydration,” she says of skin transitioning from winter, “the first steps are to be preventative through hydrating by drinking water and taking Vitamins to aid collagen production.” 55 N. 3rd St., 215.922.6656,

Photography by: Photograph of The Parlour Hair & Skin. Photo Courtesy of Dominic Episcopo.