Brighter, Tighter Skin is Possible — Are You Ready
Young skin has three main things: brightness, tightness and dewiness. So naturally, everyone’s chasing this “trinity of youth”. They interrogate their dermatologists, probe the internet and consult their friends, but with the endless buffet of options available, it seems impossible to find the gems that work. Truth be told, getting brighter, tighter skin is possible, but part of this journey is learning about clinically proven ingredients — not popular gimmicks and trends. We gathered insights from the top celebrity facialists and dermatologists of L.A. to bring you the red carpet standards.
Prep your pores
Pores don’t get enough attention. But when we’re talking about making skin brighter and tighter, we must get down to a micro level and consider how pores affect your complexion.
Sonya Dakar, the Beverly Hills skin expert who treats Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore, is all about pore purification. As she explains, “If your pores become clogged with oil and dirt, your pores can expand, leaving you with large pores even after blackheads are gone.” Since clean pores stay tighter, your whole face appears more lifted and toned.
Let’s talk about how to tighten your pores for brighter, firmer skin.
Wear less makeup
Less is more, always. When we wear heavy makeup through the day, it gets enmeshed with all the other impurities that collect on our skin: allergens, bacteria, pollutants and oil.
L.A. based dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer who treats Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham weighs in on the matter. “For HD and performance reasons, the less makeup they [people] wear, the better life is,” he reveals to W Magazine. But if you need some coverage, opt for tinted moisturizer like the Glowin Cream by EMK. It gives skin glowing color using natural plant extracts that act as a barrier against pollution and temperature changes.
Use a brightening cleanser
Skin that looks alive is stunning. A face wash can help achieve this goal if it contains active ingredients for cellular renewal.
Dr. Lancer is a strong believer in this type of biopeptide skin care. By treating the skin with amino acids for protein repair and alpha hydroxy acids for exfoliation, you’re left with a supple, polished complexion. Miss Universe, Maxine Medina follows a biopeptide skincare routine to maintain her air-brushed-looking skin. “I love the Aurora Cleanser”, she reveals to fans. Containing bioplacenta proteins and firming peptides, the Aurora cleanser is a classic Hollywood favorite.
Toner is essential for brighter, tighter skin. Due to its astringent effects, toner closes the gaps between cells, shrinking the pores. As celebrity facialist Joanna Czech explains, “when we cleanse, our pH balance can get thrown off.” Toner works to restore the pH balance to prevent oily skin (and big pores).
Joanna recommends using a rosehip toner to keep your skin closest to 5.5 pH. “This will allow other products to penetrate and work best," reveals the beauty guru whose clientele includes celebs like Anna Wintour, Uma Thurman and Kate Winslet.
The Bloom Toner by EMK contains rosehip, amongst other plant ingredients like Agave Cactus Bioplacenta, Ginseng root and Algae.
Pamper from AM to PM
After the age of 30, your skin demands higher maintenance. You won’t get nearly the same restorative benefits by taking beauty shortcuts — like recycling the same skincare routine both morning and night. Since our skin has specific needs at different times in the day, your anti-aging regimen should change with your body’s cycle from AM to PM.
Daytime: Protect and hydrate
During the day, our face is exposed to a war zone of germs and impurities from the atmosphere. To combat these forces, our skin needs two main lines of defense: moisture and protection.
For protection, Sonya Dakar recommends using topical vitamin C like the Rescue Serum by EMK to brighten and tone skin. Then follow with a daily moisturizer or anti-aging cream that contains Hyaluronic Acid for a smoothing effect. “Hyaluronic Acid is another key ingredient you should look for in cosmetics to help with hydration," says Joanna Czech. Simon Cowell and Madonna swear by this skin-plumping ingredient.
The Supra Face Cream contains Hyaluronic Acid, along with plant-based antioxidants and collagen. Also, invest in a dark circle eye gel — its lightweight texture is suited for AM protection, while in the PM, you can treat your dark under eye circles with a denser cream.
Finish your daytime routine with an SPF skin guard to prevent UV-related photo aging and dark spots.
Night: Lift and repair
During sleep, your skin goes into self-repair mode. That’s when you take advantage of your skin’s natural healing cycle to get maximum anti-aging benefits.
As Joanna Czech explains, “your skin is 60% more potent to absorb nutrients at night while you are resting compared to during the day.” You can use richer, vitamin-dense anti-wrinkle creams, containing special ingredients that hydrate slowly over several hours. And if you’ve got reactive, blemish-prone skin, you should be using an acne treatment before bed.
Dr. Lancer recommends a biopeptide skincare routine at night. He loves the Victoria Set by EMK, inspired by Victoria Beckham, one of his regular celebrity clients. The set has all your AM and PM essentials, including a glowing skin serum to boost your complexion and a dark circle eye gel for brighter peepers.
We all want to flaunt a more radiant version of ourselves. By following the clinical advice of the pros and getting all your vitamin ABC’s from the right products, you’ll be beaming with brighter, tighter skin.