Top 5 Treatments for Glowing Skin

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2013

Fifteen top dermatologists divulged their must-have miracle workers. Then, we took them home and tested all 66 to find the five that really won best in class.

For Sensitive Skin...

When Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann sees patients with rosacea, she has a weapon at the ready -- the Yes to Cucumbers Calming Facial Mask with soothing vitamin E, aloe, and cucumber. Our delicate-skinned staffers loved it, too: "Every ounce of irritation vanished, and my skin felt tingly-fresh," said one (yestocarrots.com).

For Dry Skin...

The Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask could hydrate the Sahara with its super-saturating trio of shea butter and rose and magnolia essential oils. A go-to of Marcene Alexiades-Armenakas, a New York City dermatologist, the luxe cream-gel made our dry complexions dewy. It's an investment, but it only takes a quarter-sized dollop to work, so you may still have it by your one-year anniversary (neimanmarcus.com).

For Breakout-Prone Skin...

The oil-absorbing clay and sulfur in SkinCeutical's Clarifying Masque kill bacteria while botanicals deflate inflammation, says Miami dermatologist Alicia Barba. Our tester agreed: "My blackheads were gone, like I'd gotten a facial." Solo spot? Dot it with 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, then put this on top for 10 minutes (skinceuticals.com).

For Dull Skin...

"You can't do better for affordable overall brightening " were the words Bobby Buka, a dermatologist in New York City, used to describe Olay Regenerist Thermal Mini Peel. The self-warming glycolic-acid formula activates with warm water and loosens dead cells, revealing healthy ones below. "After a couple applications, my skin looked lit from within -- and so unlike my own," gushed one staffer (drugstore.com).

For Rough, Uneven Skin...

The RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks have a split personality our complexions can live with. Nubby on one side to buff away bumps and silky on the other to delicately cleanse, "It's as close to a microdermabrasion treatment at home as you can get," says Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City (available at drugstores).

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