Beautiful skin is one of our top beauty concerns. We soak up tips on how to get perfect complexions faster than our moisturizer absorbs, and we’re always looking for more—so we went straight to the pros. We caught up with the best celebrity makeup artists, dermatologists and facialists in the beauty business to find out all their best beautiful skin secrets—and we’re sharing them all with you.
OK, we’re not suggesting you drink a glass before bed. L’Oreal Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John swears by the powdered version for some skin TLC. “I learned this from my grandmother,” he explains. “She used to soak in a bath of powdered milk mixed with hot water at night. The lactic acid in milk helps to soften skin and makes it feel so smooth.”
In the morning, he suggests creating a paste with powdered milk and water and applying it to your skin like a mask. “Press into skin leave on until dry and then rinse off,” he says. “Skin is left extremely soft.”
Reach for Avocado.
Here’s another skin care tip straight out of the pantry! Celebrity Dermatologist Whitney Bowe suggests creating a mask with avocado and honey. “I recommend applying a homemade face mask of avocado and honey in order to reduce wrinkles and hydrate dry and flaky skin,” she explains. “Mash together ½ an avocado and two teaspoons honey until it’s a paste-like consistency, spread a light coating over your face, and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water.”
It’s one step you can’t miss for beautiful skin, and it’s key for removing dry, flaking skin and preventing breakouts. “Regular exfoliation is essential for a glowing complexion,” explains NYC-based dermatologist, Dr. Hadley King. “Keep it gentle, but effective with an ultrasound device like Instrumental Beauty’s Sonic Facial Brush ($40, drugstore.com) or with a gentle exfoliating cleanser such as Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream.” ($28, nordstrom.com)
Sir John also recommends using an exfoliation scrub of brown sugar and honey by mixing them up, exfoliating, and rinsing. He also opts for fruit enzyme peels. “These are great options to soften the skin before moisturizing and allow for improved product absorption.”
Don’t Forget SPF.
“Regular sun protection is critical to maintaining youthful skin,” says Dr. King. And we couldn’t agree more. Be sure to apply an SPF before you leave the house, and if you’re out in the sun and active, don’t forget to reapply. “I recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 45 daily, like Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer.”
SPF can be used for more than just sun protection, though. Sir John says it can actually double as a highlighter. “I like to use Kiehl’s Facial SPF ($31, kiehls.com) right after I apply makeup,” he says. “I warm the product between my hands to soften the consistency, and then tap on the cheek bones, pressing into the skin. SPF contains titanium dioxide, which is light reflective and gives this beautiful glow. Most people don’t know SPF is actually one of the best highlighters—especially in pictures!”
Give Yourself a Facial Massage.
They can do wonders for de-puffing your face—and with the right tutorial, you can do it at home. While facialists swear by this technique, Sir John even uses it before he applies product to create a look. “Before applying makeup on someone with normal to dry skin, I like to do a mini massage with L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil ($14, target.com),” he says. “This helps to stimulate blood flow and give skin a little vitality. I then use a water based makeup remover to remove the excess oil before applying makeup.”
Bonus—The Tip We Should All Remember.
Call it common sense, but we could all use a reminder about the importance of regular cleansing and moisturizing, which is why we’re throwing in this bonus tip from us. Wash your face on a daily basis (or more than once if your skin type allows for it) and take off your makeup before bed to clear your pores and keep dirt and bacteria from causing breakouts. Don’t forget to moisturize every day to help protect your skin’s natural barrier and prevent dryness. And when it doubt, talk to a derm about a routine that will keep your skin healthy and blemish-free.
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