Everybody has their own unique skin concerns, which means that there is no one-size-fits-all skin care regime that will work across the board. Marie Claire has concocted a series of skincare cocktails that is designed to combat three common skin issues: wrinkles and lines, acne and sensitive skin.
- "The Line Eraser": For those plagued with lines and wrinkles, a mild moisturizing cleanser will help to make skin look plumper and smoother. An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) will serve to exfoliate and boost collagen production while a retinol product has anti-aging benefits. Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer that is rich in peptides and anti-oxidants (e.g. vitamin C, green tea) to keep it firm and line-free.
- "The Acne Annihilator": Banish blemishes with a salicylic acid cleanser at night. Keep pores clean and unclogged with glycolic pads and exfoliate with a mild daily scrub. Apply a pimple treatment cream or put on an anti-inflammatory sulphur mask once a week. To keep acne-prone skin hydrated, use an oil-free moisturizer with hyaluronic acid.
- "The Skin Soother": People with sensitive skin should use products that feature anti-inflammatory ingredients like cucumber, oatmeal and green tea. Avoid mechanical exfoliators (e.g. washcloths) that can irritate sensitive skin and opt for chemical ones (e.g. acid) instead. Avoid AHAs and retinoids that can be inflammatory and look to products with peptides for anti-aging needs. To moisturize, pick something that is fragrance and alcohol-free. A ceramide-rich cream is particularly good for protecting sensitive skin.
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[Via Marie Claire]