Quick Fixes for Radiant Skin
Achieving a dewy complexion doesn't require a heap of products, beauty school, or a year of prep. These doctor-approved smart regimens will do the job in just four weeks.
Find out what routine is right for you and which products can work wonders based on your skin type.
You're missing natural oils that help keep skin healthy-looking and trigger cell turnover, which makes it smooth.
Your Skin Routine: Morning and night, reach for a hydrating lotion like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream that contains glycerin, ceramides, or hyaluronic acid. Twice a week, use a micro-bead, soap-free scrub like Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening (at drugstores). If you're uber-sensitive, try a cold whole-milk compress instead.
Instant Fix: Apply an illuminating liquid foundation with a damp makeup sponge. Try Sephora Collection Instant Radiance Foundation.
Even balanced complexions with regular oil production need a boost.
Your Skin Routine: Sweep 10 percent glycolic acid pads over a clean face daily -- or every other day if you're irritation-prone. Follow with a moisturizer with SPF. To exfoliate and deep clean, apply an alpha hydroxy mask like Sephora's Nude Miracle Mask for 15 minutes once a week.
Instant Fix: Use a flesh-toned highlighter on the tops of your cheeks and along brow bones -- we like L'Oreal Paris Magic Lumi Highlighter (at drugstores).
Reign in the slick the right way. "Don't over-cleanse," says Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist in New York City. "It could cause more oil."
Your Skin Routine: Apply 0.05 to 0.1 percent retinol like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum (at drugstores) to clean skin at night; it'll remove dead cells trapped under excess sebum and help decrease oil production, too. Follow with a light, oil-free moisturizer. A weekly salicylic acid peel like the Suki Renewal Bio-Resurfacing Facial Peel will keep pores free of buildup.
Instant Fix: Get rid of shine with a mattifier before applying makeup. Try Professional Mattifying Gel.
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