It’s been five months, and maybe we managed to trim our own hair at some point or perhaps even DIY a pedicure here
or there, but our skin could definitely use something. Most of us are still reluctant to book nonessential
treatments, but here are ten smoothing, nourishing, glow-boosting, skin-enlivening steps you can take right now, at
home. Do all of them for a skin boot camp of sorts, or take what you need and leave the rest—each step is guaranteed
to make a difference.
Start every morning with vitamin C, first thing
No matter what your skin type, vitamin C is good for it (it helps fight free radicals) and makes it look
better: noticeably glowier, smoother, and brighter. Make it a habit every morning—this one stays potent till
the last drop, unlike many other formulas—and wait for the “your skin looks amazing” comments to start rolling
in. Smooth it on right after cleansing or, if you don’t cleanse in the morning, first thing before any other
Always. Be. Hydrating.
Wait a few minutes for the vitamin C to sink in, then moisturize. Oil—this one from Balmyard Beauty is great
for just about every skin type—works here, as does face cream. The new GOOPGENES supercream comes with
clinically proven results: 100 percent of our test subjects saw a significant improvement in firmness after
four weeks of using it, and 97 percent of them saw an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, which makes it
pretty irresistible.* We also love the silky, whipped texture and the way it instantly plumps up skin.
Eye cream is the makeup artist’s trick for making any person look better instantly; this one works overtime
as well. (In four weeks, 100 percent of test subjects saw significant improvement in eye-area firmness,
97 percent in elasticity, and 91 percent in crow’s-feet.*)
Wake up your face with vibration
If you really want to look amazing (lifted, smooth, less puffy) on a particular day, gold-vibrate all the
goodness of whatever skin care you’re using further into your skin. Work in an upward motion for about ten
minutes. The visible results (lifted, less wrinkled, firmer, smoother skin) last for an entire day, and truly,
the effect is pretty incredible. As a bonus, it helps push skin-care ingredients deeper into your skin to
optimize their results at the same time.
Once a week, swipe on a 15% glycolic acid peel pad before bed (there’s also a 5% version for people with
sensitive skin). Depending on your skin, you can do an every-few-days face scrub—make sure not to do it within
forty-eight hours of the peel, however. The results will pay off in terms of fresher, brighter,
smoother-looking skin (hello, goop glow), and exfoliation also helps you get the most out of every other
product you use, as ingredients can penetrate better.
Lift with nanocurrent
If you’re missing professional microcurrent treatments—or even if you aren’t but you want lifted, plumped-up
skin—this nanocurrent device works in both the long and short term, and it’s your answer. With nine different
electrical treatments, the handheld device addresses everything from sagging to breakouts. Use it for a few
minutes every day, a couple times a week, or monthly to support skin elasticity.
Supercharge skin with moisture and nutrients
Made with French clay (which might sound drying but somehow, combined with all the other amazing ingredients,
is incredibly moisturizing) and rose water, this mask is pure heaven for skin. Leave it on for ten minutes—or
half the day because it feels that nice—for dewy, fresh, ultramoisturized, alive-looking skin that’s calm, cool, and
glowier than ever.
Even out skin tone
This tinted moisturizer is made with forty-five active skin-care ingredients, including antioxidant
resveratrol, renewing peptides, and plumping hyaluronic acid. And the world’s most expensive reflective
pigments blend imperceptibly—and beautifully—into your skin, for the ultimate your-skin-but-better finish.
Your lips need a reset, too
This coconut-oil-, beeswax-, and shea-butter-infused balm-mask works during the day to moisturize, soften,
and leave lips faintly gleaming for hours; for an overnight treatment, layer on a few extra coats before bed.
It’s also unscented and essential-oil-free in case you’re sensitive.
*Based on an eight-week third-party consumer-perception and clinical study conducted on thirty-three women ages
thirty-five to sixty-five.