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How to find anti aging serums

Looking for the best anti-aging serum? Finding the perfect balance of moisture and effectiveness in an anti-aging serum isn’t easy, and with hundreds of anti-aging products out there, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s where our readers come in.

With the help of Total Beauty readers, you can pinpoint the right skin care serum for your budget and skin type. Whether you’re looking to fill wrinkles, plump up skin or retain your youthful glow, these anti-aging serums will have you looking ten years younger, according to users. Discover which face serums, both in the bargain and luxury categories, generated top ratings, and finally end your hunt for the best anti-aging serum.

Why it’s great: One 32-year-old user claims people think she’s 20, thanks to this product. Other reviewers say this anti-aging serum gives you fast results. “In the last two weeks I’ve used it, I have noticed a difference in my dark spots — which have noticeably faded,” says one reviewer. “My skin also feels so smooth and very soft.”

Why it’s great: “The greatest face serum around,” says one user of this product. Several reviewers received the serum as a sample and invested in a full-size bottle once they saw how “velvety-smooth” their skin had become. “It is great for people with blemishes and actually seems to speed the healing process,” says another reviewer, adding that it makes for “the perfect makeup primer.”

Get your amazing skin soothers

Fast-paced jobs and rocky relationships can induce some major anxiety, and while stress can obviously take a toll on your psyche, it also wreaks havoc somewhere totally unexpected: your face.

“Stress causes the body to produce increased cortisol,” explains New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD. “Cortisol increases sebaceous gland production of oil, which can lead to acne breakouts, clogged pores, and patchy, red, itchiness on the cheeks and nasal area.”

And that’s not all. While emotional stress can leave your skin looking red and irritated on its own, a few too many cocktails, overexposure to the sun or a dip in an over-chlorinated pool can be a total complexion killer, as well. Luckily, we found the ten best serums, creams, lotions, and masks to calm stressed out skin — no matter what the cause.

Whether you’re stressed out over starting a new job, or you’re so busy your daily fluid intake is made up entirely of coffee and wine, you’re going to need products that are a bit more intense than your usual regimen to battle stressed out skin. Skyn Iceland Detox Kit for Stressed Skin, $35, is a complete kit that contains a face wash, night cream, eye pen and daily lotion made from a blend of antioxidants, Icelandic Glacial Water and cranberry seed oils. This vitamin-rich detox kit will bring your skin back into balance.

If the combination of sunshine and stress has left your skin ultra red and flakier than a French pastry, slather on thisSkinCeuticals Phyo Corrective Masque, $55, to reduce irritation and minimize dry patches. Whether you’re fighting a post workout flush or severe windburn, the mixture of cucumber, thyme, and hyaluronic acid make this formula the perfect fast-acting relief for red skin. Pro tip: Keep it in the fridge for an ultra-cooling, after-sun soothing effect.

Overnight Treatmentsr For Your Skin

Food, water and sleep are the top three things necessary to sustain human life, but keeping all three in check is easier said than done. Eating? No problem. Staying hydrated? A little more challenging, but we’ll aim for the recommended 2.7 liters a day. Getting a good night’s sleep, every night? Try explaining that to our bosses, our smartphones, our pets, our kids… oh, and our brains.

The science of sleep is a complicated one, particularly in these modern times, but it’s scientifically proven that solid sleepers tend to have 100-percent better-looking skinthan those of us who struggle to get our eight hours. (Literally, that is a statistic that exists out there in the world.) That said, there’s no point in repeating the facts until we’re blue in the face. Sometimes the best you can do is to make the most of the sleep you aregetting — by taking extra care to treat your skin while you snooze, whether it’s for 4 hours or 14.

Appropriately, embracing skin care that works while you sleep is the best way to reap the beauty benefits of, well, beauty sleep. Overnight skin treatments aim to work with the body’s natural circadian rhythm to target the skin when it’s at its most receptive, so not only will you face the day feeling refreshed, but your skin will look the part. Slather on one of these nine genius nighttime formulas and hit the sack … and maybe the snooze button, too.

All skin types will find their match in this two-step treatment, which combines a vitamin-rich anti-aging serum with a nourishing, skin-plumping moisturizer layered on top. The duo work together to soften, brighten, and otherwise recharge the skin in a single night’s sleep. You’ll wake up glowing, guaranteed.

Need a complexion intervention ASAP? Turn to this powerhouse serum. Packed with potent antioxidants, gentle exfoliating acids, fatty acids and more, this formula isnot messing around when it comes to rejuvenating, resurfacing and brightening skin that’s dull, uneven, blotchy, dry or irritated — or all of the above.

Tattoo Technique Your Brows

Tattooed makeup has come a long way. Gone are the days of harlequin eyebrows and overdraw, one-dimensional liner. Today’s tattoos look pretty and natural — and tattooed brows are especially realistic.

The process of brow tattooing — which is now often called microblading — is a meticulous art that doesn’t puncture the skin as deeply as a traditional tattoo. “Instead of using a machine, I use a more precise hand held tool,” explains Piret Aava, better known as The Eyebrow Doctor. And she uses the microblading tool to create thin lines that look like real eyebrow hairs. The end result is unbelievably natural.

You’ll want to have the treatment done by someone like Piret, because she’s a true brow artist. She’ll consider the shape of your face and brows as well as your skin tone before microblading. Other than that, there aren’t many reasons anyone who fills in their brows shouldn’t have them tattooed. Read on to find out if eyebrow tattoos are right for you.

And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, you’re probably willing to apply 10 different serums and visit the dermatologist on the regular to keep your face looking as young as possible, but what about your hands? They’re lucky if they get a little lotion once and a while.

Even though no one wants wrinkly, crepe-y, speckled hands, most people don’t take many preventative steps to avoid hand aging. “Hands are our fastest aging body part,” says Elle Sirot, a top hand model and creator of Sirot Skincare. “They are constantly exposed to the elements in all seasons, and the hands are our full time tools fulfilling every action that we do throughout the day. All of that is hard enough, but when you add in the biggest culprit of aging hands — the constant wear and tear from washing our hands dozens of times each day — you can see why many women have ‘hand horror.'”

To avoid (or start to reverse) “hand horror,” Sirot highly recommends wearing gloves when you do household cleaning — especially washing dishes — and avoiding drying hand sanitizers. Aside from that, it’s all about treating your hands like your face. Spend a minute or two on a basic skin care routine, and apply SPF during the day.

Face Injected Even if You Dont Have Wrinkles

Despite working in an industry where I could’ve had my face injected with neurotoxins (like Botox) or fillers (like Restylane) countless times before I even turned 30, I resisted the siren song. I’m 34, and I’ve done nothing (if you consider lasers, peels and facials nothing). But I don’t have many wrinkles, so I haven’t felt the need for Botox, and because of my chubby cheeks, I never thought fillers were for me.

Then, I spent some time with the Galderma team (they make the filler Restylane), and I started to wonder if avoiding needles for the last 12 years has been a mistake. You see, there’s solid scientific evidence that injecting your face with a hyaluronic acid filler like Restylane will encourage your body to produce more collagen — meaning your skin will look younger and plumper longer. And there are similar benefits to using neurotoxins early: They freeze wrinkles before they form.

So I set out to answer the question: Should you get injections even if you don’t have wrinkles? And most doctors agree that if you want to preserve a youthful look as long as possible, these products will help. Here are the reasons someone without wrinkles should still consider toxins or fillers.

I asked New York City plastic surgeon and founder of theYouth Corridor Clinic Gerald Imber, MD, if he’d administer a neurotoxin to a young woman with absolutely no wrinkles, and he suggested thinking about genetics. “Often, I take family history into account,” he says. “If one’s mother and grandmother have no wrinkles, I take a wait and see attitude. Otherwise, small amounts twice a year are a good idea.”

Los Angeles dermatologist and founder of SKINxFIVE Ava Shamban, MD, explains how the aging process is different for everyone: “Some people who are 30 look 20, and others who are 30 look 40,” she says. “This decade difference in physiological age versus chronological age holds true across the board.” And if you’re starting to look older than your years due to genetics — even if you’re only 25 — injections can change the way you age.

Even if you don’t have expression lines (yet), early wrinkles can manifest themselves as “resting bitch face” — which can be treated with injections. “RBF occurs when a person frowns, and the observer is unclear whether the person is thinking hard or concentrating or just plain angry,” says Shamban. “In this case, I am treating the frown lines and occasionally the lateral, corners of the mouth to prevent that drooping, angry expression.” With a treatment like this, you won’t freeze away all emotion, but you will prevent those expression lines — and you’ll look a lot less bitchy, too.

Get Awards Show Worthy Skin

Glowing skin is basically a prerequisite for hitting the red carpet, but how do celebritiesalways manage to look so good? Thanks in part to social media, it’s become less of a secret that there’s a full team behind every celebrity’s flawless face. Celebs have aestheticians and makeup artists who recommend and apply the best skin-care products in the industry, starting with red carpet facials in the weeks before show time and ending with last-minute touch-ups before they step in front of the flashing cameras.

While a dazzling collection of gowns or a team dedicated to lip gloss application isn’t likely in our future, a red-carpet-worthy glow looks good on everyone. We caught up with some of our favorite skin-care experts in the industry to find out just how stars prep themselves for some of the biggest nights in entertainment. After all, the classic red carpet question, “Who are you wearing?” can be just as easily applied to skin care as to clothes. Ahead, skin-care secrets from the glowing skin gurus behind Beyonce, Emily Blunt, Rihanna and more.

Skin that stays dewy in the red carpet crowd — and in front of all those flash bulbs — is a major achievement. Cut toJane Iredale Hydration Spray, $30, which Rihanna’s makeup artist Mylah Morales uses to keep Rih looking fresh. The refreshing spray is best “prior to applying foundation as a way to prep the skin for all day, long-lasting coverage,” she says. Morales swears by the Balance formulation of the spray, which contains all natural essential oils like grapefruit, algae and orange peel.

Stars do more than use just mask and moisturize on red carpet day. Regular facials are part of celebrity skin maintenance, says aesthetician Valentina Budnaysky of thePaul Labrecque Salon and Spa. Budnaysky has treated Blunt with the salon’s hour-long Bio Sculpt Lift & Firm Facial. It provides “immediate results to brighten, tighten and oxygenate the skin,” which makes it perfect right before your next big event. “I recommend receiving treatments beginning four weeks out, coming in once each week leading up to the big day,” says Budnaysky. “If you can make it in on the actual day, that’s recommended, too,” she adds. This treatment also comes with a red carpet price tag: $220 for 60 minutes.

How to Get Great Skin on the Cheap

The journey to youthful, hydrated skin can be a pricey one, but it doesn’t have to be. Our reviewers went on a hunt for the best drugstore moisturizer — one that boasts all the qualities of a hundred-dollar face moisturizer for a third of the price.

So what does it take to be named best drugstore moisturizer? We’re talking hydrating properties, fast absorption, a non-greasy texture and most importantly, results. We trusted our TotalBeauty.com readers to comb through the hundreds of drugstore moisturizers on the market to find the No. 1 best drugstore facial moisturizer. With these 11 top-rated face creams, say hello to a perfect (and reasonably priced) complexion. Click through to find the best drugstore moisturizer.

TotalBeauty.com Average Member Rating: 8.6*
Why it’s great: No matter what your skin type, this hydrating, non-greasy drugstore moisturizer works wonders, according to readers. One reader with oily skin in some areas and dry skin in others writes, “This is lightweight, and it hydrates, but sinks in completely. No shiny, greasy finish … and my flaky spots are smoothed over.”

Why it’s great: The name says it all, as readers claim this ultra-hydrating face cream doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, leave you greasy or cause breakouts. “No breakouts, no whiteheads and certainly no rashes from this baby,” says one reader. Users also love how quickly this drugstore moisturizer sinks into skin and claim it even makes their makeup last longer throughout the day. “It is very moisturizing and it feels like heaven when you rub it into your skin,” gushes one reader. “This is perfect for sensitive, or not-so-sensitive, skin.”

Why it’s great: In addition to smoothing skin, this product corrects dark spots, reviewers report. “After only five days of morning and nighttime use, my acne scars have already faded, and my complexion appears much more even,” a user writes. Reviewers enjoy the product’s “incredibly light,” “non-greasy,” texture as well.

Tips to find best face moisturizers

Skin types vary, and so must your moisturizer. Despite our differences, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of face moisturizer.

Dry skin types can certainly attest to this. Without a daily dose of hydration your skin would be flaky, itchy and tight. Luckily, this list of the best moisturizers includes products that deliver intense hydration that lasts all day without causing breakouts or greasiness.

Oily skin types might use moisturizer less often, but you actually need it just as much. Because people with oily or acne-prone skin often apply drying products, your skin may start to produce more oil to balance it out (yikes). But using a light moisturizer (especially one with oil-control properties) can help keep skin in balance and cause it to produce less oil over time. Thankfully, this list also includes light moisturizers that are perfect for oily skin — ones that don’t cause breakouts or extra shine, but do offer some hydration.

If you have sensitive skin, you know that a good moisturizer can calm redness or flare-ups from skin issues like eczema. Most sensitive skin will benefit from a basic moisturizer without a lot of added chemicals or preservatives, and there are plenty of products on this list that fit the bill.

So check it out. We’re sure you’ll find the best moisturizer for your skin.

Beauty Treatments If You Get Engaged

Date: check. Venue: check. Dress: check. But what about your skin? Your hair? Your bridal beauty regimen requires a little more planning than just scheduling hair and makeup trials — especially if you really want to radiate on your wedding day.

To achieve complexion perfection and shampoo commercial-worthy strands, you’ll want to start planning pretty much as soon as that sparkly rock is on your finger. Ahead, experts share the seven beauty treatments to book as soon as he pops the question, along with a convenient schedule to follow.

As you begin your bridal skin regimen, you want to start with a clean slate (i.e. complexion), and a deep cleansing facial is the best way to do so, says Klara Chrzuszcz, owner of theSkinCeuticals Advanced Spa by Klara Beauty Lab in New York City. Steaming and extractions will help clean out your pores, ensuring anything you do from now on will be more effective.

But with facials it’s not a one-and-done type deal. Chrzuszcz suggests discussing your skin with your aesthetician at this appointment and scheduling regular facials between now and the big day. “A monthly facial is ideal, but if that’s not an option, as often as you can is better than nothing,” she says. Work with your go-to skin guru to devise the routine — including at home fixes as well as in-spa treatments — that’ll get you glowing by the time you don the big white dress.

Before you say your “I dos,” it’s time to see the light — literally. “Light therapy is great because you can’t overdo it,” says Chrzuszcz. “It’s an amazing modality that boosts energy in the skin cells and can treat different skin concerns.” If signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, are your primary concern, opt for red light, which stimulates collagen production (note, this should be done a little further out, since the effects aren’t instantaneous). To treat acne-prone skin, blue light gently and effectively minimizes bacteria and soothes skin, says Chrzuszcz. Plus you can do it as close as two weeks before the wedding.

Lately more and more brides have been game for going under the needle in the name of a flawless face. After all, fillers or botox can be an effective way to smooth out lines and wrinkles fast.

Of course, botox and filler first-timers probably do not want to try injectables right before their wedding. If you’ve never gone under the syringe, but want to, book an initial appointment as soon as you get engaged, as far out from your wedding as possible. Pay close attention to the results, how long they last and what you do and don’t like. If this isn’t your first rodeo, plan on Botox or similar neurotoxins a month out; any closer to the date and your muscles may not have time to fully adjust and let the effects settle, advises Chrzuszcz. Filler injections can be scheduled two months prior, since they tend to last a bit longer.

How to wake up with perfect skin

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is great, but what if we told you there’s a way you can do even better? What if we told you there’s one simple step before you crawl under the covers that can give you the complexion of your dreams?

With a promise that big, we’ll give you the answer up front: night cream.

Slathering on a quality night cream before you go to sleep can lead to clearer, smoother, glowier skin. And all you have to do to make it happen is sleep — it doesn’t get much easier than that.

So how do you find the right one, you ask? Start with these night cream reviews. Our readers have tried more than their fair share of face creams and reported back to us with which picks are firming, anti-wrinkle and even acne fighting. Now all you have to do is peruse their reviews and decide which of the many options you’ll love.

A few things to keep in mind as you weigh your choices:
1. Pick a cream that works with your skin type. You want to add moisture while you sleep (it’s the best time to do so since you can look greasy for a bit without being in public), but oily or combination skin needs less hydration than dry skin.
2. Focus on your biggest concerns. Whether it’s acne, uneven skin tone, fine lines or wrinkles, there’s a product for you. Just make sure you find the right one.
3. Give it some time. Most night creams are not going to miraculously transform your skin in one night — they take days and even weeks to show their full effects. So be patient, and don’t forget to apply the product every night.
4. Get enough sleep. If you’re only in bed for three hours, that night cream isn’t getting much time to work its magic. Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye; it’s better for your health and gives your products ample time to sink in.