Introducing: Pre Serum
Just as a dry sponge is pretty much useless until you dampen it, skin better absorbs products if you first prime it. Moisturizing toner works, but if you’re already a fan of Elizabeth Arden, consider their newbie (right). Clinical studies found up to five times the collagen production when used before the line’s Ceramide and Prevage serums.
Night Cream 2.0
Inspired by Asian sleep packs (intense overnight face masks), this treatment combats the dry, dull, crinkly skin synonymous with late nights. The lightweight gel-in-oil formula offers tons of hydration and healing without greasiness.
Lancome’s Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector, $88, lancome-usa.com
Purity Meets Potency
In natural news, Echina cea GreenEnvy (a super powered strain of the herb) in Farmacy’s serum (below) protects collagen and fades spots, while Grown Alchemist’s botan i cal antioxidant serum (here) neutralizes three types of free radicals (most counteract only one).
Farmacy’s Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum, $65, qvc.com
Grown Alchemist’s Detox Serum Antioxidant+3 Complex, $55, grownalchemist.com
Korea is the go-to spot for skin-care inspiration stateside. Now with Sephora stocking Korean brands (such as Belif and Tony Moly) and new Korea-specific e-tailers (like Peach and Lily and Glow Recipe), access has never been easier. The coolest finds:
These tonerlike liquids go on post-cleanse, priming skin so it better absorbs serums and moisturizers.
Mizon’s Mela Defense White Capsule Essence, $34, peachandlily.com
Packed with moisture- magnet actives, these ultra light moisturizers hydrate as well as heavy creams do.
Belif’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb, $38, sephora.com
Mix with H2O and the algae-rich powder dries to a rubbery texture, so ingre dients can’t evaporate.
Lindsay’s Lavender Modeling Rubber Mask, $6, glowrecipe.com
Rethink the Spa…
…with these innovative ways to relax. (Bonus: They save time and money!)
Zeel and The Ritualist (prices vary) Uber-like apps (Zeel, in six states; The Ritualist in NYC) bring the spa—massages, facials, plus equipment and products—to your home or hotel in a few swipes.
Skin Laundry ($65 and up) This spa (currently in L.A., NYC, and Scottsdale, Arizona) offers one service: a 10-minute, laser-and-light facial, which cleans skin and stimulates collagen. Book one onSkinLaundry.com.
The Peel Bar ($50) Created by NYC derm Neal Schultz, MD, The Peel Bar (go to BeautyRX.com for NYC locations) offers his signature glycolic-acid peel with an aesthetician for a quarter of its usual cost.
Contour With Lotion
Put down the bronzer—Kendall-worthy angles are possible…from a bottle! The latest creams form an invisible film over skin’s surface, pulling it taut and lifting it in the direction you apply it. The effect disappears once you cleanse, but these sculptors also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, firming skin over time.
Estée Lauder’s New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape, $70, esteelauder.com