With so much buzz surrounding new, "miracle" ingredients, it's hard not to succumb to the temptation to try them all. But piling on products can ruin your good intentions. "Great, healthy skin requires a synergy of ingredients," Lancer says. Keep it simple — it's more important to be consistent with the products you do use. Also, layering on a number of products can be counterproductive — for example, if you apply a product with glycolic acid and then add a retinol or a vitamin C product, the two can cancel out each other's effects, ensuring you won't get the results you're after.
For an anti-aging dream team, Lancer suggests a vitamin C day cream and a retinol (we like SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0) for night to improve skin's tone. He also likes green tea extract's anti-inflammatory properties, and recommends stem cell formulas to promote the production of collagen, glycoproteins, and elastin.
Eat Your Water
We've all heard the mantra that we should drink eight glasses of water a day. But drowning your sorrows in water won't save your skin, because you're actually purging vital minerals from your body, according to Howard Murad, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Murad, whose patients are rumored to include Kristin Cavallari and Kim Cattrall, advocates getting hydration from raw fruits and vegetables.
The best water for your cells is found in foods like fruits and vegetables, Murad says. "Not only will you get a boost of important antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients, but it stays in your system long enough for your body to put it to good use," he explains. That means you should stock your refrigerator with cucumbers, pomegranates, avocados, apricots, mangoes, broccoli, and spinach.