Wrinkles and soft, smooth skin
I love the brand EMK, which is a Beverly Hills-based company (gotta rep the homefront!) that uses plant placenta ingredients to fight wrinkles, scarring and sun damage. I know the word placenta sounds freaky, but essentially it’s just plant extract. And it works wonders on wrinkles, especially the firming eye gel ($65)! But, if that’s not your thing, I also use Epicuren products for my daily regimen. The Pro-Collagen Plus Serum (call for price) is like Botox in a bottle (when you’re in-between treatments...). In the summer, when your skin gets extra dry, I like to use the Ultra Rose moisturizer (call for price) at night, which is super hydrating and smells good too! During the day, I always make sure to have a moisturizer with sunscreen. At least SPF 30.
Problem spot quick fixes
Most people may not know this, but I suffer from a skin discoloration called melasma and bouts of adult acne, which started in my mid-20s and has been an uphill battle ever since. I’ve used Retin-A Micro since I was 17 to combat blotches, acne and discoloring. To that end, Garnier makes an awesome dark spot corrector ($17) and also a tinted moisturizer with vitamin C called Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector ($13) that helps cover up my imperfections. I am also obsessed with their Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller ($13). When I’ve had a late night, I put this on in the morning and no one would ever know I didn’t get eight hours! For shine, I love blotting papers. Neutrogena makes a great and cheap option that goes from blue to dark blue when you touch a greasy area so you can really see that it’s done the job! Can’t beat instant gratification.
Monthly maintenance -- your new routine
Once a week I take a steam shower to really get my pores opened up and exfoliated. If you don’t have access to one of these little pieces of hazy heaven, using a mask with built-in exfoliation, like Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate ($65) or Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliator ($35) works wonders too!
In lieu of facials, I try to see my dermatologist once a month for a microdermabrasion treatment. I usually pair that with a photo facial or Genesis laser to zap any age or sunspots and keep my face looking as fresh as possible. And, I’m a sucker for gadgets I can use at home. I’ve been using my NuFace Microcurrent machine ($325) for five years. It’s like giving yourself a quick face lift. I also have a Baby Quasa light therapy tool ($350) which uses four different light wavelengths to stimulate your skin’s cellular activity. They’re both investment products, but the cost is still better than paying a doctor for something more permanent!
If you stick to the basics, see your beauty doc as regularly as possible and embrace Botox (yep! I said the B word), you’ll keep your skin looking like it's only seen 25 years on this planet for longer than you thought possible.
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