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April 18, 2013

Insider Skin Secrets

Believe it or not, some women hear "OMG, your skin looks amazing!" all day long. Imitation being the best form of flattery, we asked four pros—who make complexion perfection their business—what they use at home.


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Madhère, an NYC-based cosmetic surgeon, world traveler, and beauty-product junkie, finds her favorite buys on trips to India, London, and Paris, as well as her local Whole Foods.

CLEANSER: I pick up Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash, $6, whenever I'm in London. It's a gentle cleanser that's perfect for both my oily T-zone and the dry periphery of my face.

MOISTURIZER: After cleansing, I mist alcohol-free SanRe Rosy Fresh Organic Revitalizing Facial Toner, $26, to restore moisture. Then I put on a multivitamin concentrate like (1) Lierac Mèsolift Serum, $60, and a sheer moisturizer, such as (2) Natura Bissè The Cure Sheer Cream, $160, mixed with (3) La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen, $32. Most of these are water-based, so they don't feel heavy.

EXFOLIATOR: I alternate a clay mask and an apricot scrub that I got from an Ayurvedic doctor in India. The scrub is gentle, and the clay extracts impurities from the pores as it soothes the skin.

FACE-SAVER: When my skin feels dry, I apply (4) Acure Argan Oil 100% Certified Organic, $15, at night. And (5) Crème de la Mer, $150, is my repair cream. I bring sample-size jars on trips to use throughout long flights. Both of these help prevent water loss from the skin, yet they absorb rapidly and don't feel greasy. I warm a dollop of La Mer or a few drops of oil between my hands, then place them on my face and neck.

FACIAL: Every three to six months, I do a Vitaglow face treatment, which involves microinjections of hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants in the face—it doesn't hurt, I promise. This French technique stimulates collagen production and increases circulation to make my skin glow.

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