Proactive and Pretty
“I had bad skin in high school, but Proactiv’s three-step system really works. I’ve been using it off and on for the past few years, but when I get lazy and stop, I totally break out.”
“I rarely wear makeup. La Roche-Posay is a favorite. The brand’s products are mild and odorless. They’re gentle on my skin.” Leighton’s into the Hydraphase Line and the Anthelios SX.
“When I break out, I use toothpaste: I just dot it on the spots, and they dry up!”
“I’m totally hooked on Neutrogena’s Wave. It leaves my skin so smooth, and it’s so convenient on the road.”
Scrub Your Skin!
“I use St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub to exfoliate the skin. It eliminates all the dead skin as well as blackheads, leaving my skin smooth and soft.”
—Beauty Smartie Dana, 19, Redlands, CA
“I use a light coat of Oil of Olay’s SPF lotion and let it dry a little bit before I put my makeup on.”
“I cleanse twice a day, and I use BenzaClin once a day. Another thing that I always tell people, even though I don’t listen to my own advice, get some sleep. Sleep is incredibly important for clear skin. I don’t get enough of it, and the times that I have enough, I definitely had a healthier glow. Twice a week I’ll do a clay mask, or something like that. Also, if you want to be in sun, please use SPF, it’s important.”
Brush Off Breakouts!
“Make sure to wash your makeup brushes regularly with brush cleanser or baby shampoo. If you use makeup sponges, use disposable ones and discard them after each use. These tools can accumulate bacteria, which can lead to breakouts. Dirty brushes can make the most expensive skin-care routines go to waste.”
—Beauty Smartie Cindy, 22, Brooklyn, NY
“Sensai face wash has changed my life. I just washed my face and smiled! That is a miracle.”
Before any makeup, Kristen Bell’s skincare secret weapon is to give herself an at-home facial with Kate Somerville’s Kate in a Jar, $85, katesomerville.com. “My skin feels rejuvenated and has a healthy, clean glow,” says Bell.
“Make sure you wear sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 15, everyday to prevent premature wrinkles and sunspots. I love to use Oil of Olay’s oil free moisturizer with SPF 15!”
—Beauty Smartie Bianca, 19, San Jose, CA
“When I discovered bronzer in 10th grade, I kind of went to town — I looked like an Oompa-Loompa! But my mother taught me less is more.”
“I’m always having to pinch my cheeks because my face (even when I’m embarrassed) does not flush. Never, ever!”
“I use a mask once every week, and it calms down the oils in my skin.”
—Beauty Smartie Jami, 16, Murrieta, CA
“When I was younger I had problems with my skin, so as long as my skin is clear, I feel lucky. Getting a pimple sends me back to when I was 13! You know how some girls grow up overweight, and then when they lose weight they still feel self-conscious? Well, I was always skinny, but I have that uncomfortable feeling about my skin.”
Mad for Moisture
“I make sure to wash my face every night before I go to bed. I’ve been using eye cream since I was 19, and moisturizer. I can’t get out of the shower without fully lathering my whole face and body with moisturizer.”