These are the skin-care tips the pros live by.
1. Use any downtime to do a skin treatment.
“I keep extra beauty treatments in my car in a little bag. When I’m in bad traffic (at a red light of course), I apply serum, an eye mask, teeth whitening strips, eyebrow gel, and more!” -Francesca Fusco, dermatologist, New York City.
2. Practice a facial massage to fight wrinkles.
“Many people (myself included) frown and scrunch their faces at night, leading to frown lines and crows feet. To relax my face, I do facial acupressure for a few minutes at bedtime. Press above your inner eyebrows, temples, and next to your nostrils, holding for 10 seconds each.” –Jessica Wu, dermatologist, Los Angeles, and author of Feed Your Face
3. Hydrate your skin from the inside out—and outside in.
“Despite what you hear all the time, the amount of water you drink daily doesn’t translate into proper skin hydration. It’s vital to hydrate your skin from the outside in with serums, creams, and hydrating mists.” –Dendy Engelman, dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
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4. Avoid hot showers that can be drying.
“I never wash my face with hot water–it’s too harsh. Only tepid water at the sink.” -Elizabeth Tanzi, clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center
5. Apply sunscreen to your neck, chest, and hands first.
“Apply sunscreen to the neck, chest, and hands before the face–these areas age faster and are harder to improve than the face. We often forget to apply sunscreen there even though they’re exposed as much as the face.” –Doris Day, dermatologist, New York City
6. Use hydrocortisone to fight swelling in a crisis.
“The night before a big event, exfoliate skin and use over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream in lieu of moisturizer and eye cream. It’s an anti-inflammatory that takes care of any swelling, under eye bags, puffiness, and redness. Just don’t abuse it, like anything used in extreme amounts, it has its side effects.” -Yelena Yeretsky, anti-aging specialist board certified in aesthetic medicine, New York City
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7. Keep a light peel within arm’s reach in case you need to freshen up fast.
“Always have a mini spa treatment at the ready in case you get a Tinder match you want to meet or have drinks with your boss. Glycolic or salicylic acid wipes, a lightweight moisturizer, and lip polish, for example.” –Ava Shamban, dermatologist, Los Angeles, and author of Heal Your Skin
8. Don’t ever rub your eyes.
“If you rub your eyes like you are scrubbing a pot, your eyes will look black like a pot! When you’re taking off eye makeup, gently wipe off mascara as if you’re touching an egg.” –Jeanine Downie, dermatologist, New Jersey
9. Let your lips guide your skin care routine.
“One tip to know when your skin is ready for seriously creamy moisturizers: Your lips feel dry first, so you know the humidity has dropped, and it’s time for more moisture.” –Ellen Marmur, dermatologist, New York City
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10. Never fly without SPF.
“I put sunscreen, Chanel UV Essentiel 50, on before day flights since UVA goes through airplane windows. I also sit on the aisle. ” –Amy Wechsler, board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, New York City
11. Check the menu for skin-saving fatty acids.
“Your diet has a huge impact on your skin. Avoid starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates like white bread and rice and instead opt for foods high in omega 3’s and fatty acids like avocados and salmon to help give you that youthful glow.” –Whitney Bowe, dermatologist, New York City