Your Guide to Perfect, Glowing Skin in 2 Weeks or Less

Just in time for New Year's Eve…

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Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

You are gorgeous just the way you are, my dear. But if you wanted to amp up your natural radiance to get glowing skin, stat, we’re here to help. We chatted with celeb favorite esthetician and skincare expert Renée Rouleau on how to boost your skin to its ultimate brilliance, whether you’ve got two weeks, a few days, or just one hour before a big event (say, January 31).

Rouleau gave these exact tips to Demi Lovato in advance of last year’s Grammy Awards, so if they are good enough for the pop star, they are good enough for us.

If you have two weeks…

Two weeks out from a big event, hang in there—literally. “I recommend hanging the head upside down every night for three minutes, beginning two weeks before the event,” says Rouleau. “You should notice that after three minutes, a slight redness will appear on the skin and in the long run it can make a big difference in getting and keeping an inner glow, to appear ‘lit from within.’”

If you have one week…

Once a week before leading up to a big event, give your skin a smoothing and hydrating facial. Start with a gentle but effective peel, full of AHAs, BHAs, and enzymes (Rouleau makes a rockstar version called Triple Berry Smoothing Peel that clears blemishes and clogged pores). “Multiple skin smoothing acids gently dissolve dry, expired cells and create even skin tone for a smooth-as-glass finish,” says Rouleau.

Follow up with a detoxifying mask to prevent stress-related and hormonal breakouts; I don’t have enough words to describe how incredible Rouleau’s Rapid Response Detox Mask is at prevents and clearing up acne stat.

Then, for the two two nights leading up to the big event, do the peel and detox mask again each night. This will deliver as close as possible effects as Rouleau’s celeb-approved Red Carpet Facial, if you can’t happen to see her beforehand.

If you only have one night...

Great news: You can do a ton of little switches that’ll make a huge difference in the quality of your skin the day before the event. (And most of them are DIY and nearly free—hooray!)

  • Sleep with your head elevated on two pillows. This promotes drainage of fluids around the eyes.
  • Drink a lot of cold water and avoid salty foods to control under-eye puffiness. Lack of water and eating foods high in sodium will cause retention of fluids around the eyes, which leads to swelling.
  • Get a good night’s sleep to avoid under-eye puffiness. Staying up late will naturally cause you to yawn more. The act of yawning causes eyes to tear up, which then increases fluid around them, causing swelling and puffiness, especially in the morning. It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason!
  • Drink warm peppermint tea the morning of the event to boost blood circulation. This gives the skin a vibrant glow and helps clear the mind.
  • Don’t pick at any blemish on the skin or use a drying spot treatment (which can make the skin crusty and too dry for makeup). In order to achieve a flawless makeup application, you have to start with a smooth canvas. It’s best to leave blemishes completely alone so the bump can be properly concealed under makeup. If you do wake up with a pimple, use Daytime Blemish Gel, a non-drying spot treatment, throughout the day to reduce swelling—this works great under or over makeup.
  • Reduce dark circles and puffiness in the morning by performing a gentle massage in circular motions using the ring finger. This helps to stimulate stagnant blood flow that can contribute to darkness—especially from lack of sleep. This also helps to encourage proper drainage to help get rid of puffiness. An under eye brightener, like Rouleau’s Vitamin C Eye Brightener or Chantecaille’s Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum is then applied to infuse this area with anti-wrinkle peptides, vessel-strengthening anti-inflammatories, soothing plant extracts, and skin illuminators. A treatment cream will reduce dark circles and brighten tired eyes, making it truly a miracle. 
Read More About Perfecting Your Skincare Regime:
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Published on December 18, 2017 - 11:55am EST

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