Someone once said our eyes are the windows to our souls. We disagree. Or, at least, we believe that our skin says a lot more about us than our eyes do. This gossipy organ, in fact, seems determined to tell the world about every hour we’ve ever spent in the sun, every night we’ve ever gone sleepless, and every boozy beverage we’ve ever savored.
To help you figure out how to silence whatever your skin is broadcasting, we begged a few well-kept skin-perfecting secrets off of some of the best dermatologists and skin care experts in the business. Take heed, and take down your toxic tattletale!
“Hands and the décolleté are a sure giveaway of a person’s age. The same protective and anti-aging products used for your face can be applied to those areas as well. Look for creams that have a mixture of hydrocortisone, retinol, and hydroquinone. Also, pick one anti-aging product and use it consistently, over a long period of time to yield the best result.” — Dr. Marc Malek, plastic surgeon and skin care expert
“Simply use coconut oil! Incorporate it into cooking instead of using vegetable oils. Drink coconut water to revitalize the skin. Use coconut oil for undereye circles (just a dab).” — Dr. Ava Shamban, author of Heal Your Skin
“Start using retinol in your 20s. Retinol is one of the best anti-aging ingredients. It boosts collagen production in the skin and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Starting early on will slow down the signs of aging.” — Shani Darden, celebrity esthetician and skin care expert
“Never wash your face with hot water because it will dry out your skin. Use lukewarm water instead. Also, for a quick glow, soak a washcloth in cold water and hold it against your face for a few seconds. The cold will stimulate blood circulation, causing your skin to look refreshed and glowing. A similar trick is to put a spoon in the freezer until it is cold and hold it under your eyes to fade dark circles, creating a more awakened appearance.” — Dr. David Bank, dermatologist based in Mt. Kisco, NY
“Use baking soda as a gentle exfoliant. Also, take a collagen building supplement called choline stabilized orthosilicic acid, which is proven to boost collagen production by 30%-40% (try this: SKINSHIFT Collagen Defense). You may also want to use a wrinkle relaxing peptide like acetyl octapeptide-3 (try this: SKINSHIFT Wrinkle Treatment Serum- formula 132) to lengthen the effectiveness of your botox treatments (or in place of botox).” — Dr. Ruthie Harper, creator of Skinshift and owner, The Laser And Skincare Clinic in Austin, TX
“The most important part of our daily beauty routine is often seen as the most basic one: moisturizer. I hadn’t committed to one brand until I discovered these organic moisturizers by Kimberly Sayer of London. They both give my skin SPF 30 protection, which is absolutely necessary to prevent sun damage year-round. So many moisturizers lack SPF or max out at 15, but SPF 30 is really what you need for effective protection.” — Green Beauty Expert Sophia Uliano
xx, The FabFitFun Team