FLARE Magazine: Get perfect SKIN with our guide to a runway-ready glow. By Michelle Villett
Great skin is always in style, but on spring catwalks, shows like Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Rag & Bone presented complexions so perfect they looked as if they'd been Photoshopped. Makeup artist Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon, describes the look as "cyberskin." "It's definitely our generation's statement: skin that is overly luminous and glowing," she says. But while supermodels may come by their flawless faces naturally, for most of us it takes a little work. Here, the experts give the play-by-play for achieving complexion perfection.
READY, SET, GLOW: The first rule of bright club: Don't rely on makeup to do all the heavy lifting. Adding products with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid or retinol (a topical, over-the-counter form of vitamin A) to your beauty regimen can bring radiance to your skin, says Dr. Mark Lupin, a dermatologist and owner/medical director of Cosmedica Laser Centre in Victoria, B.C. "Hyaluronic acid, which is also found naturally in our skin between the [fibers of] collagen, is very hydrating," says Dr. Lupin. He suggests using it in gel form, along with a product that has 0.5 to one percent retinol, which exfoliates and "not only helps with thin skin, pores and wrinkles, but also provides a bit of a glow." Glycolic acid, available in creams, toners and even cleansers, also brightens by gently sloughing off dead skin cells. Steer clear if you have sensitive skin, however, as it can be irritating. And unlike hyaluronic acid, you must use it separately from retinol, as applying both at the same time reduces their effectiveness.