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Secrets of a Top Skin Doctor

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Secrets of a Top Skin Doctor

Women line up–and pay big bucks–to see her, but you can get her advice for free. No appointment necessary. You wouldn’t take advice from a pudgy personal trainer, a chain-smoking M.D.…and certainly not a wrinkly dermatologist! Women’s Health contributor Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, clearly practices what she preaches. Here, her tips for gorgeous, glowing skin.

By Jill Percia, Women’s Health

Use SPF Powder
“I owe my spotless skin to my mom, who was vigilant about keeping me in the shade and applying sunscreen. And I’ve maintained the same SPF-wearing habits in adulthood. Every day I dust a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen powder over my regular SPF day lotion and makeup to deflect light, make my skin look flawless, and add an even stronger protective layer. It’s also handy for controlling midday shine in oily skin types.” Try Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30 Powder Brush, $50,

4 Common sunscreen myths busted.

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 a topical vitamin A cream to your face every night unless you’re pregnant or breastfeeding–it can be toxic to babies.

“The trick is to switch your potions seasonally. I use a prescription retinol in the winter (Renova is an emollient, moisturizing option that agrees with sensitive skin) and downsize to a gentler, over-the-counter version during the summertime to minimize redness when I’m exposed to UV rays.” Try Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream, $30, at drugstores.

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3:59PM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Thanks for this information.

3:44PM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Thank you!

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12:58AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

I hope readers note comments from others about checking online first eg Enviro Working Group, etc. No mention is made of the articles that persist about the dangerous chemicals contained in sunscreens. Please research for yourselves....

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Thank you Rodale!

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