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March 24, 2011

Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

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Photo Credit: Pierre Bourrier

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Rich, emollient formulations are best for dehydrated skin. Your products should contain humectants (like hyaluronic acid and glycerin) that attract moisture to the skin, and emollients such as shea butter and squalene to lock in that hydration.

Cleanser: Go with a non-soap cream or milky formula. "Foaming cleansers tend to be more drying," says Alexiades. Be sure it has plenty of emollients and fatty acids that fortify the skin's protective barrier.

MC Recommends: Dr. Brandt Skincare time arrest® crème cleanser, $50.

A.M. Moisturizer/Sunblock: Shea butter, coconut or jojoba oils, and antioxidant-rich vitamin E heal as they moisturize and won't be too greasy under makeup.

MC Recommends: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 Sunscreen, $20.

Eye Cream: "The skin around the eyes is much drier than the rest of the face," says Medlock. Moisturize day and night using an eye cream with a humectant such as glycerin, which plumps skin (and fine lines).

MC Recommends: Avon Anew Platinum Eye & Lip Cream

Antiaging Treatment: Take this opportunity to bind more moisture to the skin — apply a hydrating serum underneath moisturizer morning and night. Added antioxidants such as green-tea extract, pomegranate, or vitamin C make a serum even more beneficial.

MC Recommends: Clinique Pore Minimizer Refining Serum 1.4oz / 40ml, $40.

Exfoliator: In conjunction with your nightly retinol cream, use an exfoliating product twice a week. Fruit enzymes will be gentler than glycolic or salicylic acids on parched skin. "Natural enzymes act as little Pac-Men to gobble up and break down the dead cells on the surface of your skin,"says Medlock.

MC Recommends: Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel, $38.

P.M. Moisturizer: Look for a rich cream containing ceramides, lubricating lipids that "get deep into the skin and replace natural oils," says Tanzi. Make sure it also has a strong antiaging component: retinol to speed up skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen formation, and antioxidants to perform DNA damage control.

MC Recommends: RoC Mulit-Correxion Night Treatment, $25.

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