Since we have neither the time nor money to visit a spa every week, we rounded up the next best thing: insiders' secrets to capturing that special glow at home. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
Make your own kitchen-cabinet exfoliant
Skin-cell turnover slows as you age, potentially causing your face to look dry or washed out. Combat that by mixing up this easy, at-home exfoliating cleanser twice a week: Combine 1 tablespoon superfine sugar (to help slough off dead skin cells), 1 tablespoon pure olive oil (to moisturize), and 1 tablespoon honey (this cleansing ingredient has anti-microbial properties to kill pimple-causing bacteria), says Ann Taylor, an aesthetician at the Spa at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. "Apply with gentle, circular motions for two to three minutes, rinse with warm water, and follow with your favorite hydrating cream," says Taylor.
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Supplement with D3
Many people who are low in this vitamin, a shortage
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Try some anger management
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