Beauty Tricks to Master

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22. Try a hair growth inhibitor. A prescription cream like Vaniqa or an over-the-counter option such as Aveeno Positively Smooth Moisturiz-ing Lotion ($8; drugstores) reduces the growth of coarse body hair that can be caused by hormone fluctuations.

23.   Invest in a magnifying mirror. 
To zero in on stray hairs—around your eyebrows and elsewhere—skip
the reading glasses and pick up a small magnifying mirror with suction cups. If you stick it on the bathroom cabinet, you may be surprised at what you’ll see in a different light.

Keeping your complexion clear
 The issue: Wrinkles, age spots and breakouts, oh my!

The tricks:
24.    Peptides. We repeat: peptides. Every single dermatologist we interviewed insists it is the most effective ingredient in serums and moisturizers to firm and lift. One peptide-packed product that works on all skin types: Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment ($98; sephora.com).

25.    Add retinol to your regimen. Whereas peptides plump and firm, retinol (or tretinoin, its Rx cousin, in products like Retin-A and Renova) smooths and evens out skin tone. Try ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22; drugstores).

26. Breaking out? Don’t even think about borrowing your teen’s medication. “Their acne products contain benzoyl peroxide, which is too drying for older skin. A product made with salicylic acid, antioxidants and calming ingredients will work just as well without leaving your skin dry and tight,” says Wexler. We like Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Lotion ($8; drugstores) and Pat Wexler Acnescription Overnight Acne Repair Lotion ($20; bathandbodyworks.com).

27.  Hormone surge? Up the ante. “Women can get cystic pimples well into their forties,” says Denver plastic surgeon Christine Rogers, MD. If you tend to erupt the week before your period (or, if you’re perimenopausal, around the time you feel like you’re PMSing), exfoliate with an at-home scrub or peel twice a month to keep pores clear and slough off dead skin cells, clear-ing the way for (and boosting the potency of) your treatment products, says Los Angeles dermatologist Zein Obagi. At-home scrubs that promise results without lasting redness: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle ($65; katesomerville.com) and Olay Regenerist Detoxi¬fying Pore Scrub ($9, drugstores).

28.  Fight fine lines—in the shower. Before you step under the water, massage a drop of grapeseed oil into the skin around your eyes for 10 minutes, Obagi says: “It will improve skin texture.” The oil is moisturizing, yes, but it also contains antioxidants that fight wrinkle-causing free radicals, which are deposited on your skin by UV rays and pollution during the day.

29.  Sleep on two pillows. “Keeping your head elevated prevents fluid from collecting around your eyes during the night and causing puffiness in the morning,” says San Antonio¬–baseddermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD.

30.   Put your eye cream in the fridge. “The cold temperature shrinks blood vessels and helps to minimize under-eye bags,” Obagi says.

31.   Moisturize in layers.
“For maximum plumping, follow your regular lotion with a heavy cream or facial oil. On really bad beauty days, I put on oil and wait an hour before looking in the mirror,” admits makeup artist Bobbi Brown, who swears by Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil ($60; bobbibrowncosmetics.com). A 10-minute moisturizing mask also plumps you up fast. We like Sonya Dakar Hydrating Blue Mask ($67; sonyadakar.com).

32.  Baby your neck and chest.  Because the skin there is so thin, these areas generally don’t age as well as your face—especially if you’ve been lax on sunscreen. “Using a moisturizer with retinoids or peptides will help,” says Miami and New York City–based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD. “But your skin in these areas is sensitive, so don’t use it every night—that could leave you overly red and flaky.”

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