Now that you're diligently exfoliating and your skin is baby smooth, make your face glow-y and dewy and—for lack of a better word—radiant with these hydrating, firming, and brightening ingredients.
Ceramides: Your skin has natural enzymes that help slough away dead cells, but they become inefficient if your skin is dry, explains Graf. Always choose moisturizers with ceramides. In addition to hydrating, they reinforce your skin's natural moisture barrier. Our pick: Elizabeth Arden
Ceramide Premiere Activation Cream SPF 30.
Retinoids: "Your skin reflects light even better when it's firm," says Brandt, who recommends a prescription-strength or over-the-counter retinoid (we like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream) to stimulate collagen production.
Vitamin C: This potent antioxidant brightens skin and helps fade the sun spots that make your skin look flat and dull—a double whammy. We like Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum.