By Beauty Expert Grace Gold
Time is such a precious gift when you’re a mom; the last thing you want to do is wile away minutes in front of the mirror, blending layers of makeup or putting a ‘full face’ on. Yet that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking polished and put-together when duty calls. The savviest way to cut down on your beauty routine is to take better care of your skin. Good skin means you can get up and go faster, plus a radiant complexion just makes you feel better, too.
Here, my top skincare recommendations to get the best (and fastest!) results for moms.
BB creams are all the rage these days because they conquer three steps in one ‘ you get anti-aging skincare, sunscreen protection, and complexion perfection. But beware: some creams are too light in coverage for women who have issues they’d like to conceal (hello, all of us).
For skin tones deeper than olive-to-tan, Garnier’s rendition is a better fit, and the ‘Medium/Deep’ shade truly does work for dark complexions. The anti-aging ingredients aren’t as souped up as the Hydroxatone cream, but you still get skin-smoothing benefits plus a non-ashy sunscreen and far better color match.
I like Hydroxatone’s BB cream because the coverage is creamier, and the plant stem cells, peptides, ceramides, glycerin and vitamin E are legitimate anti-aging ingredients that will improve the health and glow of your skin. And titanium dioxide is natural, non-irritating and reliable sunscreen you can depend on.
People always ask me when to start using eye cream. My answer is yesterday. We all know that eyes show age first, but what many don’t realize is that the concentrated hydration of an eye cream alone can make a noticeable difference in tired, worn-looking eyes. Just caring for this one crucial area can take years ‘ and maybe even a decade ‘ off the face.
3. Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum, $58.
Containing 43% Dragon’s Blood (an antioxidant-rich red sap that comes from an Amazonian tree), this eye treatment targets the big three: wrinkles, puffiness and darkness. A packed ingredient list includes vitamin A, biopeptides, niacinamide and botanicals among others, making this formula well worth the price of admission. My favorite thing about applying it is the instant soothing sensation of the gel-like serum, which you can amp up by keeping the tube in the fridge.
A serum is the most potent skincare ingredient you can use, as a liquid form allows penetration of skin cells faster and more completely than any other type of product. If you’re oily, serum may even be all the hydration you need. If you’re drier, follow with moisturizer, but keep in mind that your serum is more important to invest in, as it’ll work harder for you ‘ and you can keep hydration simple.
4. SkinShift Serums, $69 each
Created by Austin, Texas doctor Ruthe Harper, MD, this line of serums comes in variations targeted to treat wrinkles, dullness, dryness and irritated skin. What’s in the serums? Today’s most advanced peptide technology, a stable form of vitamin C, pure hyaluronic acid and inflammation-decreasing botanicals make for formulas that will truly give you results. FYI, the moisturizing hyaluronic serum absorbs weightlessly on my oily skin, when I use it for flaking that occurs after I get too eager with application of my prescription retinoid, Atralin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 50 percent of adult women contend with acne at any given time. Between hormonal fluctuations and stress, it’s bound to happen to everyone at some point (and perhaps you can take comfort in that, because wasn’t the one good thing about no longer being a teenager supposed to be no more zits?!)
The most effective ingredient you can use over the counter is salicylic acid, which, unlike most other popular acids, is oil-soluble, meaning it can break through clogged pores. However, salicylic acid is still gentler than counterparts like glycolic and lactic acids.
Add this refreshing cleanser to your routine morning and evening if breakouts are a bother, and the one percent salicylic acid should clear pores without causing dryness. Glycerin, niacinamide and jojoba are included to hydrate and balance skin. The brand also makes overnight treatment pads, a moisturizer ($39 each) and spot treatment ($18) that all contain salicylic acid, should you need added ammunition against more stubborn breakouts.
Grace Gold’s beauty reporting credits include the TODAY Show, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Elle.com, AOL, Yahoo, Everyday Health, Dr. Oz’s YouBeauty.com, and weekly editorial columnist at Makeup.com. An NYU Journalism graduate, Grace worked a college side job as a LancÃ´me makeup artist, and fell in love with the industry, eventually carving a career niche that blended beauty with reportage. Her experience ranges the gamut from covering backstage beauty at over 200 New York Fashion Week shows, to creating content for today’s leading print and digital publications and interviewing A-list celebrities, to presenting on-air beauty segments. To connect with Grace, please visit www.GraceGold.com.
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