Are Your Skin-Care Products Too Serious?

Illustrated by Madelyn Somers.
Do you really need a heavy-hitting product? Or, will a lightweight essential do? At 54, I certainly need some heavy hitters — but I can make expensive products last longer by alternating with a maintenance product. After several months with a serious anti-ager, I can sometimes afford a little break; I will invariably end up going back, but at least my credit card gets a respite for the time being. Here are some of my favorite refresh-and-repair combos (rest assured that even my lightweight essentials pack a punch beyond their weight class).