Faced with lines, saggy skin and brown spots (that weren't there in May!), we're already online searching for the new Holy Grail of wrinkle treatments. Unfortunately, any de-aging product covers its tush with a claim of "visible results in four weeks." Who can wait that long? Driven by the urge for immediate gratification, we either give up on the new stuff in a week and go back to our old ways or hurl ourselves into the arms of a good cosmetic dermatologist and his arsenal of lasers, Botox and fillers. Don't! Decades of beauty editor experience have taught me to pay it forward with these instant skin makeover tips to keep you going till long-term changes kick in:
Clear the decks. A layer of barrier junk like dead cells, flaky skin and makeup residue blocks penetration. Even a five-star cream won't work then. Gentle sonic brushes bump up your normal cleanser to dermatological level. Splurge! These do last with replacement heads every couple of months, while cheapo drugstore models fall apart and are abrasive on mature skin. Your complexion will look healthier immediately! Use textured makeup wipes to remove face makeup, then follow with cleanser and cream up. Cleanser alone leaves unseen makeup residue to clog pores and block treatment. Try: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, Clarisonic Mia 2, Simple Sensitive Skin Expert Cleansing Facial Wipes.
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