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Whitney Bowe, MD

She reaches for the bubbly. I use champagne as a facial toner. Champagne contains tartaric acid, which is similar to the glycolic acid I use in my office (both are AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids). It lifts away dead skin cells, unclogs pores and gently exfoliates the skin. After thoroughly cleansing your skin, take a cotton ball and soak it in champagne. Gently swipe across the surface of the skin. If you have really sensitive skin, rinse it off after five minutes, then pat dry and add a serum followed by a moisturizer. If your skin is not sensitive, you can leave it on and layer your night skincare on top (serum, moisturizer).

She juices up her SPF. I like to mix a few drops of a vitamin C serum into my moisturizer with sunscreen and lather onto my face, neck and d├ęcolletage every morning. Sunscreen filters only protect against 55 percent of free radicals, so I make sure to use antioxidants to neutralize the rest of the free-radical damage, as well as to protect myself from the UVA/UVB rays of the sun.

Dr. Bowe is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology PC, in New York City and Briarcliff Manor, NY.