7 Skin-Perfecting Tricks Every Beauty Editor Knows
Beauty editors make a living grilling skincare experts on their best complexion tips and tricks in the interest of passing them on to you, dear reader. We generally share everything we learn, good and bad, but there are a few things we don't talk as loudly about. Maybe it's an underground K-beauty product we can't stop using, or de-puffing massage technique that seems super-common until a friend asks, "Um, what are you doing?" It could just be a habit we've formed without noticing (like layering serum under a sheet mask for a moisture boost), and thus never thought to share. It's these juicy tidbits, the extra skincare stuff we do, that makes all the difference to our complexions. In the interest of true beauty editor transparency, we've pulled together seven skin-perfecting tricks every beauty editor uses.
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Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($158)
Retinols are that rare example of a buzzy skincare ingredient that truly lives up to the hype. Beauty editors are all about it for its ability to minimise both pores and fine lines. (Truth—incorporating retinol into your skincare routine is the best at home anti-ageing move you'll ever make.) This cult oil from Sunday Riley is formulated with retinol, plus soothing oils like avocado and chia to minimise potential irritation.
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream ($9)
If you're serious about skincare you've probably made a habit of switching up your moisturiser to suit the seasons. (Summer = gel cream. Winter = rich balm.) Beauty editors know that the skin's needs can change daily, making a customisable moisturiser better able to cater to your skin than a seasonal pick. Choose a plain moisturiser (zero actives please) that suits you for summer, and spike it with four to five drops of oil, like jojoba or rosehip, when your skin is in need of extra nourishment.
Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum ($85)
It's easy to get carried away searching out active products to treat specific concerns, but beauty editors never forget that optimum hydration is key to healthy skin. A dehydrated complexion looks dull at best, and old (and more heavily lined) at worst. Drinking 8 glasses of H2O a day helps, as does misting your face several times a day, but a targeted hyaluronic acid-rich serum is of prime importance.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush ($79)
Sunscreen application can be confusing. Depending on which type you use (chemical or physical) there are a whole host of rules that dictate how it should be applied and when. Still, one thing remains constant—all sunscreens need to be reapplied to be effective. To refresh their UV protection without messing up their makeup, beauty editors opt for sheer SPF powders like this one from Colorescience.
Bioderma Sebium AKN Fluid ($26)
Spots don't always happen overnight, to be conveniently discovered when you wake up. They can start sprouting while you're at work too. Sadly, go-to treatments like Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion ($24) or Payot Pate Grise ($45) are out in this instance. (Dave from Finance is *not* going to understand why you have pink blobs all over your face.) In the office, beauty pros keep an invisible blemish buster handy to heal spots before they have a chance to get worse. This one from Bioderma is a favourite in the Byrdie Australia office.
Fountain Beauty Molecule ($60)
Beauty editors are huge fans of ingestible beauty boosters like this one from Fountain. It contains resveratrol and hyaluronic acid, two ingredients proven to promote younger-looking skin. If you're looking for a leg-up in the complexion perfecting stakes, this type of supplement makes it possible to nourish your skin from within.
Beauty editors are well aware of the damage rough treatment of the skin can cause. Tugging and pulling when applying products (or just rubbing your eyes) can cause broken blood vessels and wrinkles. Either pat on skincare products with your hands or use just the fingertips and tap your entire face to speed up absorption—a technique called "piano fingers".