Which acids can work wonders for your skin?

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When you hear the words skin and acid together, it may call to mind intense peeling or red-looking skin, but there’s a brighter side to this skincare story. Some acids are touted in the dermatology world for their hydrating, lightening and rejuvenating effects on skin—leaving a dull, complexion visibly transformed. Other acids are the first line of defense against acne and signs of aging.

Learning the ins and outs of acids can help you find the right products for your specific skin type or condition. Check out our list of common skin concerns and skin-friendly solutions with potent acid ingredients:

  • Age spots, brown spots or discoloration got you down? Changes in skin pigmentation are common in the course of a lifetime, yet they often affect how our age is perceived by others. Whether the unwanted marks are due to sun damage, hormonal changes (resulting in melasma), or other forms of hyperpigmentation, several acids come to the skin’s rescue in the REVERSE Regimen. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen dead skin cells, kojic acid and antioxidants visibly brighten, and salicylic acid exfoliates and refines skin for a more radiant complexion.
  • Agonizing over acne and post acne marks? Exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid and salicylic acid help renew the skin by shedding surface cells that contain abnormal or uneven pigmentation. This allows lightening agents or other active ingredients to more easily penetrate the skin. Try  UNBLEMISH Regimen to break the acne cycle—and diminish the visible signs it leaves behind on your skin.

Bottom line: Before using new acid-based skincare, always do a spot test to see how your skin reacts. Ease the products into your routine by using every few days at first, then build up to daily applications. Boosting your skincare smarts can lead you to the products most likely to deliver the best result of all: radiant, healthy-looking skin.

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FLYING FOR THE HOLIDAYS? TAKE OFF SIGNS OF AGING AND LAND IN STYLE

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From favorite foods to family traditions, there’s much to look forward to over the holidays—but spending long hours in transit is probably not one of them. Air travel can bring added stress to your skin and body, so this month we’re suggesting a few head-to-toe beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling refreshed—not frazzled—when you arrive.

  • Give your skin a head start to staying healthy. Apply an anti-aging moisturizer like REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream to your face the night before your trip, and remember to reapply right before takeoff.
  • For oilier skin, bring blotting papers and dab your face to remove extra shine without stripping vital moisture.
  • Frequent hand washing and antibacterial sanitizers are important to ward off germs while traveling, but they can also leave skin red and irritated. Carry REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment to replenish dry hands and keep your skin soft and hydrated on the go.
  • On overnight flights, bring a sleep mask and earplugs to get your beauty sleep, and don’t forget to apply REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression before your in-flight snooze to minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Keep lips kissably soft by applying REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. The peptide- and antioxidant-rich capsules will help visibly smooth lip texture and combat dryness from extreme travel temps (air conditioning or high heat).
  • Treat your skin to a pre-landing pick-me-up: A gentle swipe of REDEFINE Eye Cloths deposits anti-aging peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness.
  • Skip the foundation, mascara and lipstick, which are prone to drying and flaking in the harsh, high-altitude air of the plane cabin. Opt instead for a bare-faced look with just moisturizer.

 With a little extra mid-transit TLC, you can keep your skin from suffering the harsh effects of air travel and greet your friends and family with a fresh face.