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04-29-11 | Posted by


As busy women we’re forever looking for ways to streamline our beauty regimen. But have you ever wondered what a dermatoglogist considers absolutely essential? Here are a few insider secrets from New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco for maintaining a beautiful complexion without devoting half a day to beautification.

Use SPF Powder

Every day, dust a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen powder over your regular SPF day lotion and makeup to deflect light, making your skin look flawless, and adding an even stronger protective layer; it’s also handy for controlling midday shine in oily skin types.

Switch up Your Retinol

If you use only one anti-aging product, make it topical vitamin A, which unclogs pores, prevents the buildup of dead skin cells, diminishes lines, lightens dark spots, and makes skin glow. Apply a pea-size amount of the cream to your face every night. 

 Go Easy on Injectables

Muscle freezers, like Botox, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s important not to go overboard. Baby Botox is a smaller amount which is administered more frequently and you won’t end up looking frozen or balloon-faced.

 Stop Yo-Yo Dieting

Rapid gains and losses of 10 or more pounds stretch the skin, making it slower to bounce back, so preserve your face by maintaining a healthy weight. 

 Use a Modern Exfoliating Brush

The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System has instant smoothing and a deep-cleansing ability, which is great for everyone—even acne prone individuals. Its sonic-wave technology decongests pores and allows your cleanser and topic products to dig even deeper.

 Perk up Your Eyes with Caffeine

Dark-circle products that contain vitamin K or caffeine (both of which simulate blood flow to prevent pooling around the eyes) are effective if you use them every day. You can also pop the product in the fridge—cold temperatures constrict blood vessels and make puffiness go down.

For more beauty tips from Dr. Fusco, visit WomensHealthMag.com.

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