Perfect Skin for Summer

28Apr10

Miranda Kerr was fresh-faced at a pool party in Beverly Hills earlier this week.

Winning the battle against blemishes, fine lines, and dull skin isn’t easy—but with hot summer days looming, foundation, blush, and cover-up won’t be the steadfast companions they were in winter and spring. To avoid a meltdown (literally), lighten up: Jeanine Downie, MD, of Montclair, New Jersey, says the surest path to a brighter, smoother, and clearer complexion is to take proper care of it. Here, the best ways to get your skin in shape for summer.

Use a Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

The first step to achieving perfection, says Downie, is to chemically slough dead skin cells with a daily glycolic cleanser, followed with a physical exfoliator up to four times a week (oilier, more acne-prone skin can exfoliate more often). “Look for scrubs that contain spherical, pliable microbeads versus grains with rough, scratchy edges to avoid irritation,” she says.

Go for Multitasking Serums

Next, Downie says to use a powerful multitasking serum. Her go-to: Vivité Vibrance Therapy (“It’s stronger than over the counter products, and only sold in doctors’ offices”). The gel contains natural antioxidants such as licorice, mulberry, grape, and green tea to brighten, even skin tone, and protect against free radical damage—plus soy and retinol to build collagen, and glycolic acid to exfoliate. “A lot of my patients use the product twice a day—once in the morning and once at night, while others only apply it in the evening,” says Downie, who points out that the retinol in the product may cause sensitive skin types to become more susceptible to the sun’s UV rays.

An effective yet less potent drugstore alternative to Vivité, says Downie, is the new Aveeno Ageless Vitality, which similarly smooths, brightens, and perfects.

via Perfect Skin – Skin Brightening Products on ELLE.com.

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