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August 2, 2013

Skincare Cocktails

Confused about which product combinations and treatments will give you clear, glowing skin? Here's how to mix the perfect signature "cocktail" for your complexion.

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Photo Credit: Grant Cornett

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Cocktail: The Skin Soother

Cleanse: If your skin is sensitive, look for products that contain anti-inflammatories like cucumber, oatmeal, green tea, calendula, soy, or chamomile. "Ingredients like these should be in every step of your routine, including your cleanser," advises Bucay.

Exfoliate: Avoid mechanical exfoliants (things like scrubs and washcloths that physically remove dead skin cells) and chemical exfoliants (ingredients like acids that dissolve or break up dead skin cells). Instead, Jaliman suggests smoothing on your cleanser with a dampened cotton pad, which acts like a super-gentle mechanical exfoliator.

Treat: "The reason your skin is sensitive may be because your current products contain active ingredients, like AHAs or retinoids, that are inflaming it," says Jaliman. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your antiag- ing efforts, though. Look to peptides to stimulate collagen production, and niacinamide, which inhibits pigment and has anti-inflammatory benefits. "Neither of these irritate skin," says Jaliman.

Hydrate and Protect: "Choose products that are fragrance-and alcohol-free," suggests Yagoda. If your skin is sensitive and dry, go with a soothing, ceramide-rich cream to strengthen the protective barrier. Normal-to-oily types should pick a lighter lotion that has hydrators like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. For daily protection, products with physical sunscreens like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are less irritating than those with a chemical sunscreen (oxybenzone, octocrylene). "In fact, zinc oxide is an anti-inflammatory—all the more reason to wear it," says Yagoda. 


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