Facials are amazing—glowing skin, smaller pores and a kind of can’t-compete-with workout for your face that magically makes it look better. But, like most good things in life, openings in your schedule and setting aside the time don’t always mesh together for these monthly skin-maintenance sessions. So, when your skin needs it—but your growing to-do list tells you otherwise—turn to these fixes.
Best for: Makeup Buffs Who Are Picky About What Sits Under Their Foundation
The word “blur” is almost always a slam-dunk skin-care adjective for those who suffer from large pores—and pretty much any other skin problem—and Lancôme’s brand-new Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur] Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector is offering up that wildly sought-after claim with a new category of beauty: The skin finisher. The anti-aging–packed formula wears like a primer under foundation (but polishes and smooths skin so effectively that you’ll likely consider wearing it alone) and, although it sounds contradictory, manages to mattify, make skin look hydrated and give a boost of radiance all at the same time.
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Best for: Holistic Skin-Care Lovers and Pretty Much Anyone Who Wants Glowing Skin
It’s nearly impossible to compete with one of Tammy Fender’s facials. The skin-care guru’s Palm Beach spa is a little slice of relaxation heaven where tiny touches like customized aromatherapy sniff-tests, fresh fruit and veggie juices and delicate (yet decadently delicious) cucumber-toast snacks make you fall in love even before you step foot in a treatment room. The best part? When you do emerge from that tiny cocoon of pure bliss, your skin magically emits a kind of “luminosity” you never thought was possible. For those who can’t make a trip to Palm Beach, try the Travel Treatment Kit, a six-piece completely customizable collection that can correct pretty much any skin-care concern.
“Performing an at-home facial at the end of the day is perfect. Your skin can rest without makeup as you sleep—and, after all, so often our spa clients say they could just drift off after one of our facials,” adds Fender.
Best for: Frequent Travelers and Those Suffering From Dehydration
Facials in flight? At a time when most airlines are making it hard to order a free water in the air, GlamGlow’s new ThirstyMud is being touted by the brand as a “20-minute treatment to use in-flight to prevent skin dehydration.” Containing real coconut, raw honey, ginger root and pure vitamins of C and E to give dry complexions a dose of serious hydration and an instant “dewy” look.
Best For: The “I-want-anti-aging-products-but-I’m-still-battling-breakouts” Crowd Who Also Appreciates Products That Contain EcoCert Actives
Billed by Tata Harper herself as “a facial in a bottle,” the line’s Resurfacing Mask provides an instant glow, minimizes pores and redness, and fights breakouts and blackheads with its unique pink gel-cream-like formulation.
Best for: Those Whose Skin-Care Preferences Sway More Toward the Powerful Peel Variety
Perfect for even the most sensitive skin types, Perricone Blue Plasma is a no-rinse peel (yes, you don’t even need water) that plumps, resurfaces and makes pores look virtually invisible.
Best for: Those Who Suffer From Dehydration but Still Get Oil Slicks Midday
It’s pepperminty, powerful and packed with pore-purifying salicylic acid and skin-soothing aloe and cucumber but the real star of this intensive, deep-cleaning mask is freshwater silt, a toxin-absorbing mineral-rich ingredient that gives the mask its potency.
Best for: A Fast Face Prep Before a Big Night Out
Noelle Herzog, owner of Swiss skin-care line Karin Herzog, a line that’s rooted in the beauty benefits of oxygen, recommends applying a hyaluronic acid serum to clean skin, letting it sit for one minute, applying a mask on top of it and then waiting ten minutes to rinse. So what will this quick duo do? “It’s like a mini-facial that smoothes fine lines, erases signs of fatigue, evens the complexion and restores radiance within minutes,” she says.
Best for: Those Who Prefer a Peel-Off Mask to Make Sure Their Products Are Working
With unique ingredients of honey, honeysuckle and a blend of Korean medicinal herbs, Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask “peels-off” impurities and dead skin cells to detoxify and give life to dull, dehydrated skin.
Best for: Skin-Care Connoisseurs Who Prefer To Whip Up Their Products in Their Kitchen
According to New York aesthetician Mandy Epley, when her clients can’t come in for a facial, she recommends using what they have in their cupboards. “Canned pumpkin, in particular, is great. The fruit enzymes in it help to get rid of dry, flaky skin, plus it as vitamin A and vitamin C. Just apply to damp skin and leave on for 10 minutes.” Don’t have time for a DIY mask? “Using organic apple cider vinegar as a toner is really effective. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and it balances the pH level in your skin,” she adds.
Best for: A Quick Skin-Perfecting Pick-Me-Up
Annee de Mamiel Facial Mist fuses potent flower essences with peptides and prebiotics for a skin-soothing spray that instantly refreshes skin, and according to the company, also helps calm the mind.
Best for: Anyone Who Doesn’t Love the Look of Their Pores
A modern twist on microdermabrasion, bliss micro magic microdermabrasion treatment features detoxifying volcanic pumice, energizing peppermint and soothing vitamin E and aloe—a mix that, when used twice-a-week, powerfully, yet gently, exfoliates dead skin cells and pore-polluting impurities.
Best for: Supersensitive or Redness-Prone Skin Types
Clinically tested for use on skin that’s been compromised after lasers or chemical peels, SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Masque also provides a mega dose of hydration and a protective barrier for skin that suffers from redness.
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