Week 4 Look at the Big Picture Since you should already be starting to see a difference in the mirror, why not pull out the full-length version and apply what you've learned to the rest of your body?
Save More Than Face There's a saying that if you want to guess a woman's age, look at her hands. Our addendum: If she's wearing gloves, check out her neck. The skin in both areas gets as much exposure as the face but is even more delicate. Here's how to pamper it.
Hands count, too: If you're going to be outside, apply SPF 30 after washing.
Fatten Up Need an excuse to make guacamole? The "good fats" in avocados help boost skin's radiance-and usher in a host of health benefits. Michael Roizen, chair of the We/lness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, offers these guidelines: "Make 25 percent of your calories unsaturated fat, which is found in olive oil, avocados, and tlsxseeds: eat an ounce of nuts most days; and eat fatty fish three times a week."
• Protect and serve. As with your face, the most important move is to apply sunscreen to your hands and neck every day. Remember that half teaspoon rule? Squeeze out a second one for the rest of your exposed skin and get rubhing. If you tend to wash your hands a lot during the day, keep a tube oflotion spiked with SPF, such as Rodan + Fields Anti-Age Age Shield Hand Balm SPF 30, in your handbag . • Treat accordingly. You don't need products specifically made for the neck or decolletage. Face creams can do double duty, so don't stop applying your nighttime retinol or morning antioxidant when you hit your jawline-and wipe the remainder on the hacks of your hands. If you can see fine lines on your neck, pick a moisturizer with a silicone like dimethicone, or really anything ending in "-cone." (We like Olay Complete Daily Defense SPF 30.) They fill in some of the ridges between cells and seal the skin so it looks smoother.
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Unclogging Your Pores The desire to obliterate the desire to obliterate caused by clogged darkened thorough
acne often goes hand in hand with blackheads (those tiny black dots
oil and debris that has oxidized
the pores). Here's how to carry out a
without the red aftermath.
• Start with a scrub. Step one is to break down the sebum that gets stuck in the pores and causes the blackhead, a 2 percent or less salicylic acid exfoliator
Let it sit for about a minute on damp skin (this is important because the acid needs time to work), then rinse. We like Olay Pore Minimizing
Cleanser & Scrub (olay.com).
• Extract them. Yes, you can go after these suckers at home. But don't even think about using your fingers to do it. After you shower (while skin is stili damp), hold a cotton swab on either side of the blackhead, then gently press down. If it doesn't budge, don't force it. Abort mission and apply a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment .: • Grab the vacuum. Gadget-right
Everything about the Bliss Pore-Fector
down to the name-sounds
a bit gimmicky.
Until you use it. The metal device loosens dirt and oil with sonic vibrations
so you can gently scoop away the gunk
with the edge. Similarly, the new Rodan + Fields Macro Exfoliator
uses gentle suction to-remove
dirt, and oil (blissworld.com;
dead skin cells.
HealthExpt Bob Green Guide GoodLi .
The VaCUUIll Pack Executive beauty editor JENNY BAILLY powers up three new at-home microdermabrasion machines.
My bathroom looks like a high-tech control station (mission: silky, glowing skin). Next to my Clarisonic skincleansing brush, which stands next to my Tria hair removal laser (see "Beauty Adventures;' 2010), now stand a trio of microdermabrasion devices. They mimic the action of the popular spa treatment: loosening complexion-dulling dead skin cells with a crystal-encrusted disc, then vacuuming them away. Each has several levels of suction that let you customize the intensity of your exfoliation. (Trust me: Start slow.) The Rodan + Fields machine (above) is the most elaborate, with an LCD screen that indicates where to glide the tool and a timer that beeps when I need to move on to a new area of my face. It also has the most intense suction-after my fiveminute treatment, I'm beet red. The next morning, though, makeup glides over my incredibly soft, clear skin. The Riiviva and PMD Microderm (below) have similarly silkening effects. All three are meant to be used no more than once a week, and all three do the job. But because it's light, cordless, and left my skin only slightly pink, the Riiviva is the one that's going to score a permanent home at my personal skincare operations center. Do it ifyou ... don't have sensitive skin or rosacea.
riiviva.com. PMD Personal Microderm, $179; personal microderm.com.