Turn Back the Clock: Expert Offers Tips for Youthful, Glowing Skin

2013-09-11 15:01
Beautiful Skin

What do you see when you look in the mirror? If wrinkles, lines, sagging and bagging are ruining your complexion, celebrity makeup artist, beauty guru, and Health magazine columnist Bobbi Brown has the solutions. We're sharing her best tips for beautiful, youthful skin.

Your Skin Type

Do you know your skin type? Bobbi says that you have oily skin if your skin gets oily just 15 minutes after you wash your face. Use a gel-based cleanser and a light oil-free moisturizer.

In contrast, if you have flaking or tight skin, it's dry. Use a creamy cleanser and thicker moisturizer. And try a hydrating balm for plumper, younger-looking skin.

Nutrition for Your Skin

What you put into your body shows on your skin. Because eating fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C can reduce wrinkles, eat foods such as citrus and cauliflower.

In addition, omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and walnuts improve your skin's elasticity. Wash all that food down with plain, pure water to stay hydrated.

Moisturizer for Oily Skin?

It might seem counter-intuitive to moisturize oily skin. But Bobbi explains that if you try to dry out your skin, your body produces even more. In addition, women tend to have oily skin only in some areas, so you might end up with dry, flaky skin on other areas.

What to use: "Look for an oil-free product and apply a dime-size amount all over your face. You'll get a healthy dose of hydration," says Bobbi.

Help for Extra-Dry Skin

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What if your skin is so dry that your makeup flakes off? Use layers, beginning with a lightweight hydrating cream, then following it with a thicker moisturizing balm.

Put your foundation on top of your moisturizing creams, and revive it throughout the day with face oil.

What to Do About Age Spots and Sun Spots

Do you notice dark spots on your hands? Bobbi explains that UV exposure causes these sun spots. You can use a foundation stick to hide them.

To permanently ban those spots, use an OTC lightener with hydroquinone or a prescription vitamin A–based cream like Renova.

Tips for Foundation for Healthy-Looking Skin

Heavy foundation doesn't feel good, and it can also be hard on your skin. Try preparing your skinfirst with a moisturizer, then mix a drop or two of that moisturizer with your foundation in the palm of your hand. Use your fingers to apply, then put a loose powder on top.

Another option: A lightweight tinted moisturizer.

Night Creams

Do you put on a night cream? Be sure that your skin doesn't feel oily in the morning, which is a sign that you've chosen the wrong one, says Bobbi.

recommends night creams with humectants (like glycerin and hyaluronic acid), which draw moisture into the skin, as opposed to occlusive ingredients that seal in moisture (such as petrolatum). Be sure to use the correct product for your own skin type.