SHOW-OFF SPOT: Upper Chest
There's a lot women want to get off their chests—most notably, sunspots and those dang diagonal lines that pop up in your thirties. A retinol cream, like StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment, builds up collagen over time to tackle both problems. Start with a pea-size dab a few nights a week; work up to every night.
For a faster fix, blur spots and lines by dusting a gold-toned shimmer powder over your collarbone. Try Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Bronzing Shimmer Powder.
SHOW-OFF SPOT: Upper Back
Whether from hair-product residue or rubbing against a gym mat, this hard-to-reach area is ground zero for back acne. Prevent breakouts by using a shower gel with salicylic acid daily (like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, and gently exfoliating the area a few times a week with a mildly abrasive mitt or a Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush with Extension Handle (brush,
Need to bring out the big guns? For more acute acne, spa back facials (such as Bliss Spa's chestial/backcial, can deep-clean pores, while doctor's-office lasers like the Isolaz (about $350 per session) can reduce redness and flatten blemishes, says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D.
SHOW-OFF SPOT: Midriff
Two reasons women with rock-solid abs still cover them up: "Stretch marks and tiny red dots called cherry angiomas," says Fusco. To minimize newish stretch marks (the purple kind), rub on a product like Bio-Oil ($12, at drugstores) before bed (the blend of vitamins E and A and PurCellin Oil reduces redness and hydrates skin); once the marks whiten, you'll need a Fraxel laser treatment. Cherry angiomas can be zapped with an electric needle-like tool (about $250 for a dozen or so).
SHOW-OFF SPOT: Shoulders
Got pesky brown spots? Topical brighteners like SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, applied once in the morning, can fade them.
But the easiest way to enhance shoulders (and hide discoloration) is with a little fake color. Makeup artist Emily Kate Warren prefers quick-dry foams like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse . Apply a touch extra on the top of your shoulders, where the sun hits naturally, then blend down your arms.
SHOW-OFF SPOT: Side Waist
If, despite a virtuous diet and loads of crunches, you still have love handles, rub 'em daily with a caffeine- and algae-laced firming cream like Lierac Paris Body-Slim Stomach & Waist. Then do a little IRL Photoshop with highlighter: After exfoliating in the shower, swipe on bronzing lotion that has some shimmer, which will cling to and accentuate angular parts of the torso like your pelvic bone and ribs; tryScott Barnes Body Bling.
WHAT ARE THOSE BUMPS?!
We've all dealt with irksome skin nubs—here's how to lose two of the most common types.
SPOT IT: Small red or white bumps on arms, thighs, or butt, caused by the buildup of keratin, (a skin protein) in hair follicles. It kinda looks like chicken skin.
TREAT IT: A daily exfoliant containing glycolic or lactic acid (as in DermaDoctor KP Duty)
SPOT IT: Itchy red bumps that appear on your hands, arms, or back of legs, usually when skin is dry or you're stressed
TREAT IT: Anti-itch creams (such as Sarna, Itch-X, and Aurstat Hydrogel) and oral antihistamines help. Serious cases may need prescribed corticosteroids.