Six Common Skin Problems, Solved!
Problem #1: Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Causes: Mostly sun exposure, though repeated use of muscles -- to pucker, squint or frown -- are also responsible.
Beauty Fix: "Exfoliation softens skin, making superficial lines less noticeable," says Maritza Perez, M.D., director of cosmetic dermatology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City. For the most dramatic results possible without a prescription, Perez recommends a cream that contains retinol, a derivative of vitamin A that stimulates production of collagen, the fiber that keeps skin smooth and firm. To improve penetration of the retinol, the latest products contain gentle exfoliating ingredients. Two to try: Olay Total Effects Intensive Restoration Treatment with VitaNiacin and Pond's Dramatic Results Active Face & Neck Moisturizer with glycolic acid. For faster results (about 12 to 16 weeks) try Renova, a prescription retinoid cream.
Health Saver: If you do nothing else, wear sunscreen every day, and your skin will begin to repair crinkling and wrinkling. Choose an SPF 15 or greater formula that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Try Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer .
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