6 Ways to Strengthen Skin

Everyone is born with skin that helps protect them from environmental stressors, and when skin is not properly cared for—think skipping moisturizer, sunscreen and antioxidants—those same stressors can cause skin to become fragile and accelerate the signs of aging. But thankfully there are ingredients, formulas and treatments that can help you reverse the damage and strengthen your skin for good.

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The Complexion Perfecter

Harnessing the healing power of chlorophyll, detoxifying blue-green algae and nourishing green tea, this gel-to-clay mask helps transform dull, tired skin into a stronger, healthier complexion while fighting the signs of aging. Perricone MD Chloro Plasma. $75, perriconemd.com

"This mask turns green as soon as you apply it to your skin. And, you can really feel it working."

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The Skin Smoother

This creamy formula infuses the skin with innovative ingredients that purportedly nourish at the cellular level while instantly boosting radiance and evening skin tone for a flawless look. Dior DreamSkin Perfect Skin Creator. $110, dior.com

"A little bit of this goes a long way toward softer smoother skin, and it leaves a refreshingly clean scent on skin."

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The Free-Radical Fighter

This concentrated skin-perfecting solution
is loaded with potent vitamin C that protects skin from the aging effects of free radicals for brighter, more radiant skin. DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Ultimate Vitamin C Booster Concentrate. $165, babor.com

"Use this on your face, neck and décolleté to get instantly softer skin with a healthier, more youthful glow."

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The Damage Reverser

By flooding skin with the strengthening duo of peptides and amino acids, this powerful serum claims to boost collagen levels so that your skin becomes firmer, stronger and tighter. PCA Skin Total Strength Serum. $86, pcaskin.com

"We love the lightweight texture and it leaves skin feeling so renewed."

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The Ultimate Skin-Repairing Ingredients

Coral Gables, FL, dermatologist Flor A. Mayoral, MD, says that several factors can contribute to weak skin, including aging and excessive use of topical steroids. But the number-one offender is sun exposure, which can lead to redness, mottled pigmentation that gives a confetti-like appearance on the skin’s surface, thin skin, and even cancer. Dr. Mayoral says, “Sunscreen is the best way to protect the skin and allow it to be healthy. Using one that contains green tea or using a product with a high concentration of green tea along with sunscreen can add to the photoprotective properties of the sunscreen and allows skin to better recuperate from sun damage.” She also suggests using collagen-building ingredients to improve skin’s firmness.

Easy-To-Incorporate Lifestyle and Nurtition Tip

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Hollywood's Skin Saving Facial

Celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas offers a number of targeted facial treatments at her New York spa, but when it comes to strengthening and reviving skin that has been weakened, she has a favorite. “I love an oxygen facial—it is made up of 98 percent pure oxygen and a serum of green tea, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and aloe.” The treatment works to promote healthy cell turnover and boost collagen and elastin production while plumping and hydrating for healthier, stronger, more youthful-looking skin. It’s also a favorite among Vargas’ celebrity clients, including Ashley Greene, because, Vargas says, “It literally can lift the face in seconds.” $250, joannavargas.com

Noninvasive Treatment With Little to No Downtime