By Marissa Oliva
A skin-care routine is like a math equation. Sometimes, the sum of 12 different products is perfectly dewy, soft skin. Other times, you can simplify the problem and still get the exact same result. That’s just what happens when you use these three products in tandem. We may not be mathematicians, but we can say with complete accuracy that your complexion will be unbelievably smooth and radiant when you follow this simple, straightforward regimen. In partnership with DERMA E, the details of our perfect-skin equation are right here.
First, check your face wash. Harsh formulas can strip skin of its moisture and fatty acids. You want something that will cleanse without leaving your face feeling tight. DERMA E’s Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste is a great, nourishing pick. It’s made with golden turmeric to help brighten and even tone while removing dirt and oil. The brand only uses clean, paraben-free ingredients, which is a nice plus.
A weekly chemical exfoliation in the form of a rinse-off peel works in a few different ways to set you up for your best complexion. First, it gently sweeps away dull, dead skin cells, boosting radiance, fading dark spots, and softening lines. It also helps any skin-care product you layer on top absorb more effectively (more on that in the next step). Once a week, spread a thin layer on freshly-washed skin, let sit for about five minutes (it may feel slightly tingly — that’s normal), then rinse with cool water. We love the DERMA E Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel, which is packed with brightening and collagen-building vitamin C, citrus fruit peel puree to even out tone, and exfoliating glycolic acid.
The key to the last step is to layer on hydration with a rich lotion like DERMA E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer. This one contains another hefty dose of vitamin C, and because you will have just exfoliated, your skin will drink it up, making it extra luminous. Apply a nickel-size amount, and massage it into your face and neck in an upward motion for at least 10 seconds. At night, you can seal in all that moisture with a face oil, like DERMA E Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Oil; in the morning, sunscreen is a must (try DERMA E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen). And while the peel in step 2 should only be used once a week to avoid irritating your skin, using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer in conjunction with face oil and sunscreen all seven days of the week will only boost your gleamy results.