—Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) are tried-and-true anti-agers—they exfoliate, increase cell turnover, promote collagen growth and can minimize the appearance of existing age spots and fine lines. Other buzzwords to look for in over-the-counter products: glycolic acid and AHAs, also excellent exfoliators, and peptides, which are building blocks for the skin.
—Nighttime is the best time for skin to reverse damage and rejuvenate. While you're sleeping, your skin repairs itself, rebuilding collagen and reducing photoaging with the help of the right active treatments.
—Remove eye makeup before cleansing face to avoid too much rubbing around that delicate area.
—Gently wipe a cotton ball saturated with remover downward (instead of sideways). Then softly wipe upward, whisking away any leftover liner or mascara.
—Sensitive spots, like neck and under eyes, are particularly prone to dryness and benefit from specially formulated products. Never apply facial creams near the orbital rim (below eyes) or the edge of your chin.
—Soothe irritation with a cotton cloth soaked in cold soy milk. Leave compress on for 10 minutes.
—The soy will calm and hydrate while allowing moisturizing products to sink in faster.
—Apply products, starting with the lightest formula first (e.g., a serum). Tap softly or pat to help active ingredients penetrate skin.