Whenever I visit New York facialist Aida Bicaj, I leave with a dewier, nearly incandescent complexion. But even with that payoff as motivation—and even though getting pampered is part of my job (I know…poor me)—I can’t always carve two hours out of my day. Lately, I’ve been faking it at home with this cocktail of products:
Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial $45, sephora.com Before bed, I slather on this overnight cream (above), which contains turmeric extract to fade dark spots, sunflower wax and jojoba oil to smooth, and, yes, yogurt to moisturize. I wake up with supple skin—and sometimes a craving for Fage.
Lancôme Absolue Sublime Oleo-Serum $180, lancome.com While I liked the custardy texture of Lancôme’s original Absolue cream, it was too rich for my skin, so I’m thrilled with this lighter, camellia-and-citrus-oil-based formula (above, left), which gives my complexion a fresh-from-the-spa glow.
Amorepacific Future Response Age Defense Creme $195, amorepacific.com This cream has a nearly whipped consistency that feels great going on. It’s packed with green tea, pine mushroom extract, and a bunch of other botanicals that work to combat wrinkles and dark spots.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur $25, lorealparis.com It can’t compare to a professional pore cleaning, but this waxy cream does fill in each one with silicone while also camouflaging spots. As the name suggests, it gives skin that beautifully out- of-focus look—the real-life version of Vaseline on the lens.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme $49, dior.com One reason I look so well rested after a facial is that I usually sleep through it. This cream de- puffs and banishes dark circles almost as well as a nap does. »