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. Don't forget to check out medicine cabinet must-haves in Skincare Mixology: The Minibar for products to treat anything from acne to fine wrinkles.
By Gina Way
Photo Credit: Grant Cornett
Cocktail: The Line Eraser
Cleanse: If fine lines and wrinkles are your concern, start with a mild face wash that also replenishes moisture with ingredients like glycerin, aloe, or panthenol. (For product recommendations, see "The Minibar.") These plump up skin so the surface looks and feels smoother.
Exfoliate: Removing dead cells allows skin to absorb antiaging ingredients and moisturizers more effectively. Try using pads soaked with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) like glycolic acid to exfoliate and prompt collagen production. treat: Apply a prescription-strength retinoid or an over-the-counter retinol product every other evening for antiaging benefits. "You can alternate between the AHA and a retinoid, but don't use them both on the same night or you risk inflammation that can trigger more wrinkling," warns Miami dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution.
Hydrate and Protect: Use moisturizers with collagen-boosting peptides or antioxidants like green tea and vitamin C that prevent and repair damage to collagen and elastin, the "scaffolding" that keeps your skin plump, firm, and lineless. Make sure to add a broad-spectrum sunscreen for day.
Top-Shelf Solutions: Fillers such as Juvéderm replace lost volume and minimizeor even erasefine lines ($550 and up per syringe). To temporarily subdue wrinkles and soften crow's-feet, try injections of a neurotoxin like Botox or Dysport ($375 per syringe).