The softest, silkiest skin: How to get it now
You wash your face twice a day, but you still find yourself wishing for the beautiful skin you see in the magazines. The good news is that great skin isn’t reserved just for supermodels and superstars. Want to bring out your skin’s inner diva? Here's the best skin care routine for soft, silky skin -- no celeb status required.
In the morning and before you go to bed, use a mild daily facial cleanser and warm water. Gently massage your face in a circular motion. Don't ignore the often overlooked neck area! Rinse with several splashes of clean water, making sure all the cleanser is down the drain where it should be, and not left on your skin.
Scrub, scrub, scrub... but take it easy. Apply a soft facial exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells and get your face ready for the spotlight, even if it is only in your own living room.
Spritz a toner on your face and neck, and wipe with a soft cotton towel to clean off any sneaky little bits of cleanser that may be left behind. You need to make sure your soon-to-be soft, silky skin is a clean slate for moisturizer and any makeup you may use.
When it comes to eye serums and facial creams, "Apply eye products around the eye out to the ear with your ring finger, so as not to pull the delicate eye area," advises Richard Cacace, skin care expert and owner of Body Beautiful Spa & Laser Center, and creator of Richard Cacace Skincare Products and SpaDealsNYC.com. The trick is to dab it on; treat your skin like the delicate flower it truly is.
Looking for a moisturizer that works for your whole body, no matter what your skin type? Cacace swears by pure shea butter. Head to a heath food store, stock up on this natural hydrator and slather on generously.
One of the best proactive things you can do for your skin is to protect it from the sun's harmful rays. Give skin UV-fighting power by smoothing on a lightweight tinted moisturizer or foundation loaded with SPF. Then you'll be ready for your close up, both indoors and out.
Adopt this skin care routine and your skin will be paparazzi-ready before you know it. "Following this regimen morning and evening will achieve optimal results that can be seen in just a week or two," adds Cacace. "[That means] softer, clearer skin, reduction in fine lines, and firmer, more youthful skin."