Four Simple Steps to an A-List Glow
By Marissa Hicken |
If this award season has taught us anything, it’s that the first step to being red-carpet ready is a fresh face. According to DDF Skincare founder Dr. Howard Sobel the first step to healthy looking skin starts with addressing your skin tone. Once that’s in check, you can cut back on foundation and reveal your glowing complexion. Even if you’re not anticipating attending an award show any time soon, you can get a celebrity glow by following these four skin tips from Dr. Sobel:
Time of Day Matters
Scientific research has shown that skin is more receptive to topical cosmetic treatments at night, while the skin experiences natural decreases in the moisture barrier and hydration, providing the most effective results from your skincare products.
Pick the Right Ingredients
Many hyperpigmentation and brightening products contain hydroquinone, but it can be too strong for some clients and many are also allergic to it. I recommend choosing a product with niacinimide and glycerin, such as DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer ($63), in which the ingredients are gentle on the skin, yet extremely effective in reducing the look of melanin build-up and discoloration.
The first step to radiant skin is exfoliating the skin properly. When you don’t exfoliate, dead skin cells will stay on the surface of the skin, clogging pores and creating a dull, uneven skin appearance. Find the best type of exfoliation for you.
Protect, Protect, Protect
The only way to protect against future discoloration is to wear sunscreen every single day. This is extremely important because sun exposure is the leading cause of dark spots, wrinkles and skin aging. You want to make sure to choose a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. The broad-spectrum protection will shield both the outer skin layers and deeper skin layers from damaging rays that lead to discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles over time.