TO BANISH BREAKOUTS
A salicylic acid acne treatment helps kill blemish-fostering bacteria and prevent flare-ups.
Almay Clear Complexion Blemish Armor, $12, ulta.com
TO SMOOTH WRINKLES
The gold-standard anti-aging ingredient retinol increases skin cell turnover, which prompts collagen production to soften fine lines; apply on clean skin every evening, as the active ingredient can degrade when exposed to light.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil, $28, drugstores
TO STRENGTHEN SKIN
“Acne, eczema, and psoriasis—which all can be provoked by stress—weaken skin’s outer layer, causing moisture to escape and increasing sensitivity,” Dr. Wechsler says. Fortify skin by smoothing on a cream with ceramides (components of its barrier) in the morning and evening.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $52, peter thomasroth.com
TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Layer on a concentrated form of vitamin C—a powerful antioxidant—in the morning before your moisturizer to fight off inflammatory free radicals, which can interfere with the production of skin-plumping collagen.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Concentrate, $30, drugstores