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If you have dry skin, expect more dryness ahead, cautions Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, a dermatologist in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, who adds that normal skin can morph into dry skin owing to its new inability to hold on to moisture. Further complicating matters is reduced cell turnover. "The outer layer is a roof of dead skin, and it thickens as you age, so you need to exfoliate to see more of the fresher skin," Dr. Pearlman reports.
What helps: Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 a moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen and skin-brightening soy. Regular exfoliation will help cell turnover, stimulate collagen, and fade pigmentation. Use a gentle scrub that contains alpha hydroxyl acids, such as Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads once or twice a week.
What hurts: Avoid alcohol-based toners, which will dry out the skin.