Alpha-hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic, and citric acids. They have become increasingly popular over the last 20 years. In the U.S. alone, there are over 200 makers of skin care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids.
We consider ourselves quite the skincare fanatics here at Byrdie HQ—it’s hard not to be when our desks look like they could be featured in an episode of Hoarders: Skincare Edition (currently in the process of pitching that idea to A&E). However, we are well aware that our plight is a unique one and that the average woman is more concerned about what to use on her face rather than where to store her eighth cleanser of the week.
If you have chronic eczema, research from Northwestern University shows that a very diluted bleach bath (about ½ cup for a full tub, which is weaker than the chemicals in a swimming pool) kills the surface bacteria that cause inflammation.
“Red wine is the natural source for resveratrol, as it is rich in grape skin and seeds. I use this at night to improve skin pigmentation (it does this by lowering tyrosinase levels) and in my patients who have a little bit of adult female acne and redness, it works beautifully as a nighttime antioxidant to improve skin. It has also been shown to improve skin thickness without a drying effect seen in retinols. In terms of mechanism of action, resveratrol can bind specific polyphenol binding sites in the epidermis which can be used to prevent signs of aging.”
Radical’s anti-aging serum contains a clean, safe and effective blend of ingredients that aim to help improve the look of skin. It’s free from many of the harsh chemicals that are found in cosmetics and the company seems very reliable.*
Kollagen Intensiv is a natural product, produced to assist users in attaining a youthful and attractive appearance. It’s a formula formulated from a combination of natural ingredients, which function well in getting rid age spots.
The decision to buy an anti-aging cream is not easy, as it is directly related to skin health. There is a question of whether the product is safe to use or not. This product has passed no. of different tests, such as skin irritation test, safety/regulatory test for the United States, Skin Sensitization Patch test, and eye irritation study.
DailyClear Tinted Acne Treatment Cream is a great spot treatment for pimples, but you should not apply it all over your face. The 10% concentration of benzoyl peroxide can and usually does cause irritation on the unblemished skin.
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Why She Loves It: Nazarian considers this the gold standard of skin-care creams — a cocktail of the good stuff. “It contains heparan sulfate (a vital building block of healthy skin), antioxidants like vitamin A and E, and moisturizer-enhancing extracts. It decreases wrinkles and pigment/color irregularities with continued use, and it is extremely moisturizing while remaining non-comedogenic (it doesn’t cause acne),” says Nazarian. “It’s great for time-conscious people who still want a serious skin-care product because it acts like four products in one.” Uh, yeah, we’ll take two.
If you’re looking to minimize your exposure to toxins and chemicals in skincare, you can’t go wrong with anything from S.W. Basics. This moisturizing cream is made with three simple but powerful ingredients. After a few applications of this, forget about your dry skin; it won’t exist anymore.
“The single most important treatment you can do at home for radiant, glowing, younger-looking skin—the goal of all your anti-aging efforts—is daily gentle-but-effective glycolic exfoliation. That glowing, younger-looking skin is the result of skin being smooth (like a mirror or shiny new car) which can only be achieved, and then maintained, by daily exfoliation to remove the dulling, discolored dead cells that re-accumulate every day. Weekly exfoliation just can’t give your skin the consistent smooth texture to make it glow. This peel [from his own skincare line] contains two potent glycolic exfoliants that dissolve the glue that holds the dulling dead cells on, leaving the skin of your entire face bright, glowing, and refreshed.”
Do: Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Since a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, you have to protect your skin from the sun. Make sure the label reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’ so that the product does not tend to block pores.
Hydrating Moisturizer: “Some ingredients I recommend to look for in moisturizers are rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, phospholipids, cranberry oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil,” Rouleau says. “All of these ingredients mimic the natural lipids in your skin and do a better job of repairing your skin’s moisture barrier.” Try Perricone MD’s Nourishing Moisturizer ($80) or Intraceuticals’ Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream ($69) for a big dose of moisture that doesn’t feel greasy.
When you want deep exfoliation, do it longer, not harder, as you cleanse your skin. “Don’t think scrub when you’re using one,” since too much force is harmful, says Kenneth Milstead of Bliss Hollywood spa.
Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
We get it: Ruling the world from one’s iPhone leaves little time for diligent skin care. But “by your mid-20s, you really need to start paying attention,” says Kristina Holey, a holistic facialist in San Francisco. Breakouts, brown spots, and dry patches are likely on your mind. But using too many products can irk skin and clog pores. Here, experts highlight the decade’s most common challenges — and everything you need to overcome them.
Oil-Free Moisturizer: Lest you think your skin’s oil production warrants skipping moisturizer, know this: Your skin can actually get oilier when it’s dehydrated, by overcompensating. With this in mind, choose a light, oil-free moisturizer with sodium PCA and glycerin in the ingredient list—they’re humectants that will help your skin retain moisture. Our oily-skinned editor reaches for Intraceuticals’ Hydration Gel ($88) and Be the Skin’s Botanical Moisturizing Soothing Cream ($35).
Don’t have time to get a real glow? You can still look radiant with the simple combo of blush, highlighter under your eyes and a little Smith’s Rosebud Salve on the contours of your face. Bam! Instant skin pick-me-up.
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We do most of our acne fighting in our sleep—after all, we’re usually too busy covering it up during the day to actual heal any zits. A lot of acne happens because our pillowcases get covered in bacteria, which causes breakouts. That’s why you should change or wash your pillowcase at least once a week. Or, you could go one better and buy a SleepCycle Clean Sleep Pillow Case ($30, skinlaundry.com) from NYC facial bar SkinLaundry. It’s charged with negative silver ions, which give it anti-microbial properties. Although there’s no way to measure the difference, your skin will be noticeably smoother after sleeping on one for a few nights. Plus, it lasts up to 50 washes—that’s almost a whole year of good skin.
Cleanses Skin: Milk is a natural cleansing agent. Just mix about 2 teaspoons milk with 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply this on your face, leave for 15 minutes and wash off for clean and clear skin.
Treat uneven skin tones with lightening ingredients. If you want to reduce hyperpigmentation or dark spots on your face, choose ingredients that will lighten these areas. Some products that may be effective include:
Genetics is the main cause of an oily skin. When oily skin runs in the family, chances of all family members to have an oily skin are unavoidable. A genetically oily is more likely to include clogged pores and breakouts.
No time for a post-gym shower? Pack a stash of wipes, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Heidi Waldorf. Almay’s Oil-Free makeup-remover towelettes ($6; at drugstores) cleanse away the dirt that triggers breakouts.
According to Refinery29, things like washing your face with hot water or applying acne medication to an unpopped pimple can cause redness, so it might be time to make an upgrade to your typical behaviors.
Face Oil: If your skin is extremely dry, you can swap your p.m. moisturizer for a nourishing face oil like Shiva Rose’s Face Oil ($105—you can read our full review about it) or Mun’s Brightening Youth Serum ($95), both of which are 100% organic and full of hydrating natural oils.
Hyaluronic acid is part of the body’s connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate. Aging destroys hyaluronic acid. Diet and smoking can also affect your body’s level of hyaluronic acid over time.
Promising Review: “I have very dry skin. I tend to go to Macy’s for my skin care products. But being on a budget, I decided to give this a try. And I’m excited to tell you that I actually like this cleanser BETTER than Clinique’s Dry Skin Cleanser. I wipe it on and off with a wet washcloth. My skin is softer with this stuff than with more expensive cleansers! I’ve had no breakouts and no flaky skin! For cleansers and cold creams, this stuff wins hands down!” —Jessica
“The night before a big event, exfoliate skin and use over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream in lieu of moisturizer and eye cream. It’s an anti-inflammatory that takes care of any swelling, under eye bags, puffiness, and redness. Just don’t abuse it, like anything used in extreme amounts, it has its side effects.” -Yelena Yeretsky, anti-aging specialist board certified in aesthetic medicine, New York City