If we had the power to time travel, we’d jump at the chance to go back and correct some of our unwise beauty habits faster than you can say “1.21 gigawatts.” But since that’s not an option—yet!—we’ll have to rely on some of our most trusted beauty tools and tricks to turn back the clock. Here’s how to rewrite your own beauty history:
Even once your actual pimples have cleared, those spots have a habit of sticking around for months on end. Try a daily cleanser that fades the appearance of acne scars while evening out your skin tone, like DDF® Brightening Cleanser. Combine that with a treatment that minimizes redness and inflammation like Evologie® Intensive Blemish Serum, which uses willow bark extract to heal the ghosts of pimples past and combats new breakouts with tea tree oil and salicylic acid. Just make sure to avoid too much sun or unnecessary poking and prodding, which can increase the chance of scarring.
Dark Spots and Discoloration
Acne scars can also lead to the dark skin patches otherwise known as hyperpigmentation. Battle these imperfections, along with sun-induced age spots, with the help of a professional-grade treatment like dr. brandt®’s dark spots no more. Using an exclusive blend of stabilized vitamin C, olive leaf extract, and zinc PCA this wonder formula battles free radicals and helps stop the formation of aging pigments. Follow it up with a daily brightening treatment like Origins® Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum to keep the inevitable signs of aging and damage at bay.
While we’ve all read enough beauty mags to know that there is no miracle cure for cellulite (blame the family genes!), that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few tricks for masking its appearance. We love Caudalie’s Divine Legs, which pairs the brand’s patented antioxidant grape-seed polyphenols with a subtle tint to give the illusion of firm, imperfection-free legs. Get a more intense glow by trying a sunless formula like Whish’s SPF 15 Self Tanner, which settles into a natural bronze.
Believe it or not, even some beauty editors find themselves guilty of serious nail neglect. Between biting our nails during deadline-induced hysteria or just plain old laziness, we’re happy that there are some mega-moisturizing products to help whip your hands into mani ‘gram shape. Try dousing your fingertips in Caudalie’s Divine Oil and soak up the nourishing benefits of grape, hibiscus, sesame, and argan oils.
Don’t resort to posing for pictures with a close-mouthed smile just because of some coffee-induced discoloration. Instead of asking you to give up caffeine (we’d never!), we suggest you fight the effects of your daily habit with the help of Supersmile’s amazingly effective (and gentle) whitening products. Try their Professional Whitening System, which pairs their brightening toothpaste with a whitening accelerator to help erase the stains of lattes past.