“I have a three-step method,” says Los Angeles celebrity facialist Vanessa Hernandez.
“Less is more,” says Hernandez. “Many of my clients get sensitive skin because they’re using too many products.” It’s a vicious cycle: You use something, and it causes redness or inf lammation, so you try something else, which makes it worse. Scale back to a fragrance-free cleanser, such as Youth to the People Age Prevention Cleanser ($36) and a hydrating serum, like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum ($18) both morning and night. If you’re still seeing red after a few days, look for a product with avocado oil, says celeb facialist Joanna Vargas, who counts Jessica Alba as a client. The fatty acids in the oil keep skin hydrated and tame flare-ups. She recommends her Joanna Vargas Daily Hydrating Cream ($75).
Use eye cream, says Hernandez. The eye area has the thinnest skin on your face and is the most delicate, so fine lines appear easily and then are hard to treat. Your facial moisturizer isn’t nourishing enough for under the eyes, plus it isn’t likely to have ingredients like vitamin K to target dark circles. Try Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Eye Cream ($39).
Try a facial mask. Masks are jam-packed with active, good-for-you skin ingredients, so they make a big difference. Plus, you can get stuff done while one works. “Some of my clients have admitted to me that they wear a mask while they’re in the car!” Vargas says. Sheet masks, which come presoaked in individual packets, are easy to use: Just rip one open and place the cotton mask on your face. We like the Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask ($8). Vargas recommends her at-home mask recipe, which depuffs, soothes, and revs circulation to create a nice, natural radiance.
Vargas’s At-Home Facial Mask
1 tbs. Grated potato
1 tbs. Grated cucumber
1/2 cup yogurt
1 carrot, grated
1 bunch parsley, minced
Mix well and apply all over skin and eye area.
Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
You really should! Or at least make vigorous, upward strokes as you apply them, Vargas says. Facial massage is a great way to wake up a dull, tired complexion because it encourages your lymphatic system to deliver fresh nutrients to your skin cells. The afterglow you get is a bonus.