Everyone has them: Those secret “beauty concoctions”—a special mix of products that come about by trial-and-error—that somehow create the perfect formula to work absolute miracles. From simple combos to more bespoke blending that the experts rely on, here are some of our favorites.
1. Ultimate Dry Skin Remedy
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque + Half of an Avocado
For a Mega-moisturizing Mask: Besides being rich in vitamins A, D and E, avocado is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. “Making a mask with avocado is a quick way to boost hydration,” says celebrity aesthetician Gina Marí. “Add half of a mashed avocado to the mask for the ultimate dry skin remedy.”
Product Pick: AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque,$60, nordstrom.com
2.The Four-Minute Facial
Eye Drops + Strawberries
Fight Acne Without Redness: Mash up a few strawberries in a bowl and add a few drops of Clear Eyes. Apply the mixture to your face like a mask and let it sit for a few minutes (you may have to lay flat since it won’t “stick” to skin like a typical mask). “Strawberries are high in salicylic acid, which removes dead skin while also tightening pores. They are a natural skin toner that improves complexion, and Clear Eyes instantly takes out redness or dryness,” says Twin Farms spa director Erin Sehnal.
Product Pick: Clear Eyes Eye Drops, Starting at $3, cleareyes.com
3. Antioxidant Booster
Turmeric Capsule + Caffeine Capsule + Serum
Make Your Serum Work Harder: According to Encino, CA, dermatologist Alex Khadavi, MD, you can help repair sun damage while boosting the effectiveness of your favorite night serum or cream by adding caffeine and turmeric supplements to it. Just crush up one of each capsule and add a pinch of the mix to your serum or cream when you apply it. “It increases the antioxidant activity and the product’s ability to reduce redness, fine lines, puffiness and wrinkles and improve overall radiance,” he says.
Product Pick: Clarins Double Serum, $115, clarins.com
4. Natural Acne Fighter
1 Teaspoon of Low-fat Yogurt + J’ai Lone Zinc & Sulphur Masque
Fake a Facial: A secret that Beverly Hills aesthetician J’ai Lone has her acne-prone clients follow is to mix her mask of zinc, sulphur and witch hazel with low-fat yogurt (or even a capsule of a probiotic) to help clear up breakouts. “The calcium magnesium in the yogurt helps repair and cool skin while the zinc and sulphur work to purify. Together, it’s a great combination,” she says.
Product Pick: J’ai Lone Zinc & Sulphur Masque, $45, jaiofbeverlyhills.com
5. All-Day Dewy Skin
Regular Lotion + Marula or Almond Oil
Radiant Skin to the Extreme: Mix oil (almond or marula) into your regular moisturizer or lotion for intense hydration. “It’s great for dewy looks,” says makeup artist Stella Kae.
Product Pick: The Leakey Collection Omega Rich Pure Marula Oil, $78, Fred Segal, Santa Monica
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