What top hairstylists, makeup artists, and skin experts do to unwind.

By Real Simple
Updated April 11, 2009
"Monthly facials are ideal, but if you tweak your skin-care routine, you can maintain radiant skin for up to eight weeks," says Los Angeles aesthetician Sonya Dakar.Every night after cleansing, use a toner that contains salicylic acid to slough off pore-clogging dead skin cells, suggests Diane Berson, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, in New York City. If you have dry skin, focus on the areas where pores often clog.Once a week, apply a clay-based mask to help draw out dirt and excess oil. (Use the mask twice a week if your skin is oil.)To keep skin smooth, use a mild at-home peel two times a month. Look for one that contains alpha hydroxy acids, which exfoliates skin gently.Maintenance Tools 1. Clay mask.Bioré Purify Self Heating Mask, $6 at drugstores.2. Gentle peel.Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System, $25 at drugstores.3. Salicylic acid toner.Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3, $12.50, clinique.com.
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Hairstylist Mark Garrison, New York City

“I give myself a manicure and a pedicure every week. My father gave me my first dopp kit as a kid.”

Dermatologist Tina Alster, Washington, D.C.

“I apply Lancôme Nutrix Soothing Treatment Cream to my hands, cuticles, and neck every evening. I love its smell, and it really moisturizes.”

Dermatologist Doris Day, New York City

“I like the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. I use it every day to clean my skin gently and completely.”

Aesthetician Nerida Joy, Beverly Hills

“I’m big on cleansing my skin. I wash twice at night―first with a clean washcloth, then with my hands.”

Dermatologist Lisa Airan

“I like to take baths with green tea, lavender oil, or Epsom salts. It’s relaxing and softens the skin.”

Makeup artist Leslie Lopez, New York City

“Once a week, I use a mild facial scrub from Dr. Brandt Skincare to remove the dead cells from my skin. To make your complexion look glowing, it has to be prepped.”

Makeup artist Brett Freedman, Los Angeles

“On Thursday or Friday, I do an at-home mask. It prepares my face for the weekend. It feels good, and it’s a nice little reminder that Saturday and Sunday are on their way.”

Makeup artist Gucci Westman, New York City

“I like to make homemade scrubs for my skin. I use sea salt, oats, ginger, honey, and lemon.”

Manicurist Jin Soon Choi, New York City

  • “My favorite thing to do to unwind is to get a massage and a good night’s sleep. It rejuvenates me and makes me feel beautiful.”
  • For quick stress-relieving tips, see Relax in an Instant.