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If you’re reading this, congrats! You’ve mastered a solid skincare routine—and we’d be willing to bet your complexion is already glowing as a result. But if you’ve FaceTimed with a beauty-obsessed friend, then you know there’s still so much to learn. That’s why building the perfect regimen is so satisfying: The more you learn, the healthier and more radiant your skin looks and feels.
Not sure how to go the extra mile? We’ve got you. We paired up with the skincare authority, Ulta Beauty, as part of their Love Your Skin campaign to help Skincare Savvies like you graduate to a more advanced routine. When you’re ready, order your products (many of which have been deeply discounted!) online, or for pickup via Ulta’s curbside service. Or check out the Skin Analysis tool in the Ulta Beauty app for even more customized recommendations.
Incorporate an Essence
Going straight from your cleanser to your serum is great, but what if we told you you’re missing out on an insanely powerful step in between? Right after you wash your face, your skin is vulnerable to moisture loss. Offset it by using a cotton pad to swipe on an essence, which is a lightweight—almost water-thin—liquid with hardworking hydrators and active ingredients. We swear by CosRx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, which uses, yes, a snail secretion filtrate to drench the skin in moisture, brighten, and repair the skin’s barrier. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell or feel sticky). It’s also loaded with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to plump and protect.
At some point or another, we all unknowingly damaged our skin with harsh facial scrubs. True skincare aficionados know that exfoliating acids are the way to go: They’re not only gentler, they also slough away dead skin cells more evenly and effectively. At night, after serum, apply a moisturizer infused with acids, like Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar. Its triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids improves skin’s texture instantly and over time, shrinks pores, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. And while many acid-based products can be harsh, three forms of hyaluronic acid make this formula gentle enough to use every day.
Try a More Intense Moisturizer
If you have a dry skin type (or your lightweight moisturizer just isn’t cutting it), it’s time to swap in a heavier hitter. Look for a formula labeled “cream” rather than “moisturizer” or “lotion,” and check the ingredient list for ceramides, lipids that maintain the skin’s barrier and keep moisture from escaping. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream not only has ceramides, but also deeply nourishing shea butter, calming colloidal oatmeal, and antioxidants to protect from UV rays and pollution.
Give Your Eyes Extra Love
Fun fact: The skin around your eyes is thinner than on the rest of your face—meaning it’s the first area to show signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. That’s why incorporating an eye cream into your routine is one of the most important things you can do when you’re revving up your skincare regimen. Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Serum combines the power of a serum with the luxurious texture of a cream or balm. Albizia extract and caffeine actively fight dark circles and puffiness while kangaroo flower and mitracarpus firm, lift, and smooth. Plus, pearl extract gives the eye area a fresh, luminous look.
Don’t Forget Your Neck!
Did you know many French women consider the neck an extension of their face? That’s because the skin there is similarly delicate and as exposed to the elements, so it ages just as quickly. The ultimate skincare flex is not just using your facial moisturizer on the area, but applying a product designed for your neck. Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus was built with the brand’s Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex to lift and improve elasticity and wrinkles, plus a brightening complex to help fade hyperpigmentation.