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.
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, colorescience.com.
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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.
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. If you’re already starting to see sagging, heat and ultrasound technology–like the FDA-approved Ultherapy–will do the trick.
It heats up the collagen deep within the skin and allows it to contract and shrink, giving you a tighter look. The procedure takes an hour at your doctor’s office, and you’ll see full results in four months. If you don’t want to shell out $1,000 to $4,000 for the treatment, try NuFace [$325, mynuface .com], an at-home system you can use to tighten your facial skin fast before a big event.”
Use a Modern Exfoliating Brush
“The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System [$149, clarisonic.com] has instant smoothing and deep-cleansing abilities, which is great for everyone–even my acne-prone patients. Plus, its sonic-wave technology decongests pores and allows your cleanser and topical products to dig even deeper.”
Perk Up Your Eyes with Caffeine
“Dark-circle products that contain vitamin K or caffeine (both of which stimulate blood flow to prevent pooling around the eyes) are effective if you use them every day. Pop the product in the refrigerator–cold temperatures constrict blood vessels and make puffiness go down.” Try First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller, $24, at Sephora.