How To Have Flawless Skin And Keep All Your Vices

It Girl Caroline Vreeland—talented singer-songwriter, woman-about-town and great-granddaughter of the late fashion icon and former Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland—has flawless skin. But with her nonstop schedule and penchant for a few necessary indulgences like coffee and wine, how does she look so rested and fantastic 24/7? Her secret: the ladies behind holistic skincare salon Mad Beauty, Leslie Perlman Kritzer and Madison DeClercq. Here, their expert advice to getting Caroline’s flawless skin—no matter how guilty your pleasures or busy your schedule.

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"If you are one of those people who needs to jump-start your day with caffeine," says Kritzer, "remember to drink two glasses of water for every cup of coffee. Coffee is very dehydrating and is a natural vasoconstrictor, which means it makes blood vessels shrink, which leads to less blood and oxygen to the skin and brain. Caffeine also robs the body of vitamin C—this is aging. We recommend IS Clinical Super Serum Advance, which contains a 15% concentration of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and SkinCeuticals Hydrating B 5 Gel. These serums work very well together to combat caffeine."

"Wine is a natural vasodilator which means that it opens the blood vessels and increases blood flow and oxygen which can stimulate overheating (hot flashes) in the body and skin," says DeClercq. "This contributes to rosacea and acne flare-ups. Drinking red wine is like drinking grape juice—it’s very concentrated and filled with sugar. This too causes flare-ups. We love Knutek MD's 100% Oxygen Plasma Serum for its anti-inflammatory properties. We also love Knutek MD's Whipped Oxygen Cream for increased hydration and less inflammation—plus it smells yummy."

"Getting good quality sleep is essential for a flawless, glowing complexion," says DeClercq. "It’s when the body is able to repair itself. This is why it's best not to eat a big meal before retiring—digestion uses a lot of the body’s energy, which is then not being used to repair and rejuvenate. The product Good Genes plumps fine lines, increases epidermal thickness, brightens complexion and increases circulation. We also recommend Stemulation Serum which uses stem cells, growth factors and antioxidants to repair skin."

"Burning the candle at both ends undoubtably leads to burning out," says DeClercq. "Exhaustion depletes the necessary nutrients that reinforce the structural makeup of the skin (collagen and elastin). Our favorite skin rescues are Hibiscus Calendula Recovery Masque by Eminence Organics and Replenish Serum by Osmosis Skincare—both are packed with high levels of restorative antioxidants and growth factors that help counter the effects of harsh environmental free radicals and internal stress hormones that wreak havoc on the skin."

"Anyone that loves to exercise needs to counteract the damage caused by excess heat and perspiration," says DeClercq. "We recommend having facial wipes on hand like Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes to immediately wipe sweat off the face—especially the t-zone, back and chest. Also, bring a bottle of Knutek MD’s Oxygen Spritz which contains oxygen and tea-tree oil that prevents bacteria and fungus from forming on the surface of the skin."