You can maximize your skincare regimen with a bevy of treatments and hacks to get gorgeous skin while your body rests.
We enlisted the help of a couple of dermatologists and a celebrity facialist to get the secrets for achieving your best skin yet.
Don’t Skip out on Vitamin C—Especially Around the Eyes
One of the keys to achieving radiant skin is good old vitamin C. The super ingredient banishes dark spots and improves skin tone, revealing beautifully glowy skin—and who doesn’t want that? Dr. Talakoub reminds us to apply and massage around the eye area for a double dose of great skin. “Apply a brightening eye cream with vitamin C or licorice root extract from your temples to the inner corners of your eyes,” she says. “The vitamin C brightens dark under-eye circles while the outward massage helps improve lymphatic drainage, decreasing morning under-eye puffiness.”
Don’t Be Afraid of Oils
If you’re still on the fence about facial oils, consider this more reason to take the leap. “Oils protect the outer layer of the skin and provide rich antioxidants to prevent against DNA damage,” explains Dr. Talakoub. She suggests layering an oil under your night cream for optimal results. “Choose [an oil] that is non-comedogenic.
Avoid Salty Foods in the Evening
This is especially true on the nights leading up to the big day, Dr. Howe tells us. “If we’re talking about the actual night before the wedding, it can be helpful to avoid highly salty foods as they can lead to puffiness.” He also explains that puffiness under the eyes especially can lead to a tired look.
Go to Bed with a Clean Face
It starts with the basics, and the foundation of great skin is cleansed skin. “Wash your face with a cream-to-oil cleanser,” says Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. “Exfoliating cleansers can strip the natural barrier of the skin, leaving skin dry and dull. An oil-based or cream-to-oil cleanser is gentle on the skin and leaves the skin’s natural barrier unharmed and glowing.” She recommends Comfort Zone Remedy Cream to Oil Cleanser.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Believe it or not, one kitchen essential can gently exfoliate the most sensitive or breakout-prone skin without the need for harsh scrubbing or a chemical-laden peel. Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas explains, “Raw apple cider vinegar is perfect for any skin type and particularly amazing for people who break out. It exfoliates, balances the skin, and it also helps calm breakouts and heals them quickly.” Vargas suggests applying a small amount all over your face like you would toner using a cotton round.
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