Simple? Yes. Predictable? Hardly. There are a multitude of ways to make skin look younger, fresher, and brighter—and they're things you never would have guessed.
LOW-TECH LOTIONS WORK
Yes, even that tiny tube of hotel face cream does something. Any emollient will not only temporarily plump up fine lines but also help prevent skin aging. "When we do a peel or surgery, probably the single most important factor in wound healing is keeping the area well moisturized," points out Richard Fitzpatrick, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Sun damage, he notes, is no different: A daily lotion containing glycerin, shea butter, or another basic hydrator "allows your skin to repair itself much more effectively." It also increases its mobility, making repetitive smiles and squints less punishing to the face. That said, the basics should be used only in a pinch. For daily use, dermatologists prefer moisturizers spiked with ingredients designed to boost cell turnover, stimulate collagen growth, and banish DNA-damaging free radicals.
RELAX, IT'S JUST A WORKOUT
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY EVERYWHERE
YOU DON'T NEED SUN TO FEEL THE BURN
TOO MUCH VOLUME CAN ADD YEARS
THERE'S NOTHING BOTOX CAN'T DO
PLASTIC BOTTLES DAMAGE MORE THAN THE PLANET
BEAUTY SLEEP CAN GET UGLY