Just like your hair experiences product buildup — so does your skin. Product buildup can result in dull, rough, congested skin, and blackheads. After a summer spent piling on BB creams, suncare, and self-tanning wonders, it’s time to get your skin in top condition to meet the cold, dry air of winter head on. For dry, thin skin, stick with more gentle exfoliants with even-sized microparticles without sharp edges that won’t cause irritation, and use less frequently. For thick, oily skin that needs extra help, you can bump it up a notch and exfoliate daily to weekly, depending on the product and your lifestyle.
These are our 6 best bets for polishing away dead cells to reveal smoother, softer, and more radiant complexion.
ZO® Medical Vitascrub ($80) -- An Aegean blue fine microbead scrub that contains lactic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA), polylactic acid, vitamins A, C and E, this beauty chemically exfoliates dead skin cells and fights free radicals to boot. Use daily for oily skin, and 2-3 times per week for normal to dry skin for a spa-like experience.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($78) -- Polish away dirt and pore clogging oil with this creamy high potency scrub containing pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid, jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile.
Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub ($24) -- This is not for the weak at heart. A thick and robust face scrub, it contains walnut powder along with chamomile, aloe vera, and comfrey to energize the skin and soothe. Definitely not for daily use -- suggest once or twice weekly and best for young, acne prone skin types.
Rituals Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Cream ($22) -- Part of the Tao Ritual collection, this exfoliator has a rich and creamy texture plus Chinese Bamboo, this mild exfoliating formula gently removes dead skin cells, while boosting circulation.
Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening Refining Buff Cleanser ($28) -- Lovely wild rose oil is the signature ingredient in this gentle cleansing scrub that is perfect to use in the shower daily.
Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Scrub ($69) -- This C+C Vitamin Scrub helps to brighten skin and give it a boost of energy with a soul-inspiring light citrus fragrance.
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It is a beauty secret that dates back to the Golden Age of Hollywood — the humble eyebrow. The late Lauren Bacall was a woman with attitude and great eyebrows, while Audrey Hepburn’s thick, luscious pair emphasized her cheekbones. A slight tweak to the arch of your brow can lift years off your face for less time, pain, and money than an appointment for injectables. Whether you want to give a rounded face more definition, or to soften a sharply angled facial structure, beautiful brows brighten your eyes, leave you looking slimmer and more refreshed.
For an instant result and painless facelift, reach for one of these 6 great brow shapers.
Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor ($44) -- Create brows with impact thanks to Tom Ford Beauty's Brow Sculptor. Its unique calligraphy tip puts you in control of the shape. Offered in 4 sculpting shades.
Clinique Instant Lift For Brows ($16.50) -- The easiest way to create beautiful brows on the go: fill in and shape brows with this two-in-one applicator. Then run the universal highlighter under the brows for maximum wow factor.
Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings ($32) -- This bestseller includes tiny brushes and tweezers for any brow emergency. Apply brow wax to lock down unruly hairs and add shine. Then brush on brow powder to deal with sparse or undefined areas.
Lancome Eyebrow Crayon ($26) -- This pencil glides on easily and gives a natural finish. The trick to making penciled brows complement, not spoil your make-up look, is to blend and position them with the brush on the end.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo ($26) -- This micro-slim pencil is two times smaller than traditional pencils. Achieve precise and defined brows that stay put from sun up to sundown. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.
MAC 'Veluxe' Brow Liner ($20) -- The secret to this liner is rich powdery formulation that offers a matte and velvety smooth finish. Finish off with Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set for all-day power brows.
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There are dark circle correctors, and then there are dark circle correctors (operative word being ‘CORRECT’).
From Clinique’s uber popular Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($39.50) to the latest flex-tipped wunderkind, Avon’s Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector ($30), the market is filled — no, littered — with items that promise the supermoon and fall short. But there are those that are the quiet achievers and Avon’s Dark Circle Corrector is one of them. Scientists at the company have worked overtime to create a key ingredient — what they call a Shadow Erase Complex — which includes kudzu root extract and fennel fruit extract that promise to brighten dark circles and smooth uneven texture.
The formula is chameleon like in the fact that it instantly matches different skin tones and blends in seamlessly, and it has self-adjusting sheer optics that illuminate the eyes. The drill is simple: swipe the flexi-tip beneath your eyes and watch your dark circle issues melt like ice.
I used this on a daily basis and hoped that my genes wouldn’t get in the way (most eye creams have failed me like a makeup artist with a bad hangover). No matter how much I apply eye creams and pray for pale, my under eyes remain a constant shade of slate. For the price point, this is a good buy, especially when there are many more expensive (and often, less reliable) ones out there.
Another top dark spot contender is Lumixyl Revitaleyes ($65). Unlike most eye creams that focus on treating only one cosmetic problem, Lumixyl® Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream contains Decapeptide-12 (also known as Lumixyl Peptide) which works on wrinkle formation but also delivers hydration, repairs inflammation, and treats under-eye circles. According to New York plastic surgeon Bryan G. Forley, “Revitaleyes targets the six common eye concerns, including such as hyperpigmentation, iron deposits, inflammation, fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration, and it has the clinical data behind the brand to prove these claims.”
No matter what dark circle remedy you choose, Dr. Forley says, “Sun protection with SPF30 is an absolute must — even as fall and winter approach — to keep lower eyelid discoloration at bay.”