If there's one thing we're fans of at Byrdie Australia, it's creating in-salon results from the comfort of our couch or bathroom. A quick sweep of our vanities will reveal a slew of sheet masks, serums and high-powered products filled with active ingredients designed to replicate that I just stepped out of a facial vibe—we've never met a brightening treatment we didn't like.
Much like performing your own extractions, delving into cosmeceuticals requires a light hand and some technical know-how. And as using too many or combining certain actives can exacerbate certain issues, it pays to do your research. Here, we're sharing how you can do your own radiance-boosting facial at home.
One of the easiest ways to reboot your complexion is to perform a resurfacing treatment using two of our favorite ingredients—glycolic and lactic acid. These are forms of AHA, a gentle yet potent exfoliant and are commonly found in cosmeceutical cleansers, toners and specially-formulated peels. These ingredients are generally safe for photo-aged, sun damaged or acne-prone skin and are known for their skin prowess—these babies help with hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and acne. (Phew.)
Another favorite ingredient is vitamin C. Not only does this antioxidant fight off free radicals, it also works to smooth uneven skin tone and enhance brightness. You'll find it in many high-performance serums designed to be worn day or night. (Some forms of vitamin C can become unstable when exposed to sunlight, so be sure to check whether your product is suitable for use during the day.)
When delving into at-home treatments, it's best to use products from the same range and always follow the brand's recommendations. This ensures you won't be doubling up on ingredients or cancelling any actives out. Dr. LeWinn's Reversaderm range contains a cleanser, serum, peel, regenerative cream and mask designed to be used over a two-week period, which gives your skin ample time to regenerate and recharge.
A good cosmeceutical cleanser can be used daily to remove makeup and residue without irritation. For a deeper clean, leave on the skin for 1-2 minutes—the 12% glycolic acid may tingle, however if it becomes uncomfortable, remove immediately.
Peels can be used every second day if you're on a two-week program, or just once a week as part of your skincare regimen. Spread a fine layer across your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 20-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
On a non-peel day, a mask is great for weekly detoxification. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing to reveal super-clean skin.
We've waxed lyrical about our love for serums time and time again, so we won't say more than this: if you're not already, get on board. We're particularly fond of versions with vitamin C and resveratrol for tackling sun damage, age spots and acne scars, like Dr. LeWinn's Tri-Collagen Accelerating Serum.
A good moisturizer should mimic the skin's lipid structure to help restore the protective barrier. Shea butter, French saffron and vitamin C are just some of the deliciously hydrating ingredients found in this regenerative cream.