DAY 7: SOAK UP MOISTURE Always follow an exfoliation session with a moisturizer. Once skin is polished and free of sluggish cells, pores are more receptive to deep hydration and nourishment. Reapply face lotion every morning and evening (or as needed). When shopping for a moisturizer, look for brightness-boosting ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, mulberry extract, and grape-seed extract.
UV rays can also shrink small blood vessels, giving your skin a mottled, reddish appearance, and they break down the skin's connective tissue (collagen and elastin fibers), without which skin loses its strength and flexibility and becomes creased, wrinkled, or saggy. Our recommendation: Hit the bottle. Yes, really—as long as it’s a bottle of self-tanner. Exfoliate well, then evenly apply a 50-50 mix of color and moisturizer to your face, neck, and chest to radiate good health.
Fluid retention is most likely caused by your lifestyle—sodium- or alcohol-laden diet, late nights, smoking, stress—and poor circulation. Eye cream that contains vitamin K will increase blood flow to the area, returning the undereye area to its normal state. While applying it, gently press various pressure points—the beginning and end of the brows, corners of the eyes, and temples—to aid in fluid reduction. Photo: iStockphoto