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The Fast Track to Glowing 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.
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If You Have Dry Skin
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.
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If You Have Normal Skin
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).
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If You Have Oily Skin
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.