Start from Within
"Embrace an inside-out approach by combining a balanced, healthy diet and supplements with your skin-care regimen," says NYC-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel. "500-1,000 mg supplements of purified fish oil will keep your skin hydrated and naturally moisturized, and they can also help minimize symptoms of eczema."
Noxzema Consulting Dermatologist Hilary Reich adds, "The importance of fish oil is widely touted for cardiac health, preventing cancer, improving memory, and keeping our immune systems in check. When your insides are healthy, your skin looks its best."
Yearn for Youthful Eyes
"Pay special attention to the under-eye area," says Dr. Reich. "This uniquely contoured, sometimes translucent skin often fails to conceal underlying blood vessels, thus causing dark shadows. As the thinnest skin on the body, the eyelids tend to be very sensitive. I tell my patients that finding the right eye cream is a matter of trial and error. I recommend IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex a water-binding hyaluronic acid that combines a cocktail of vitamins and collagen-building copper peptides so it plumps and smoothes fine lines, reduces dark shadows, and refines the under-eye skin texture."
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Slough It Off: Physical Exfoliants
"Exfoliation is key in order to remove the dead, complexion-dulling skin cells that accumulate on top of your skin," says Annet King, director of Global Education at the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. "When you exfoliate, you're revealing fresh cells underneath, evening out the skin's surface, and giving it a healthy glow."
"Try mixing corn meal with warm water," says Mzia Shiman from OC61 Salon and Spa in NYC. The DIY money-saving mixture can act as a scrub. Use it twice a week.
Slough It Off: Chemical Exfoliants
"Exfoliate with a well-formulated alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product," says skin-care expert Paula Begoun. "You don't need both AHAs are generally best for dry, sun-damaged skin while BHAs are best for acne- or blackhead-prone skin. As a result, you will see increased smoothness, improved skin tone, and fewer wrinkles."
Try Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid, $18.95; paulaschoice.com
Cover All Your Bases
"Make sure you drink plenty of water," says Dr. Evans. "As an alternative, try coconut water it's a huge trend in Hollywood right now and helps to naturally keep you hydrated."
"Dehydration causes inflammation and aging," says Ken Simpson, founder of Skin 2 Skin Care. "Stay away from energy drinks and soda."
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Kick the Habit
"Avoid smoking," says Dr. Christine Rodgers, EnPointe Skin Solutions' expert. "In my practice, I can spot a smoker's skin a mile away. The difference in texture, wrinkles, and pigmentation is enormous between smokers and nonsmokers."
Adds DermaDoctor founder Dr. Audrey Kunin, "For every 10 years you smoke, your face ages 14 years."
Step Up Your SPF
"Never go out without SPF 30 on your face, neck, ears, chest, and hands," says Simpson. "This will help keep dark spots and premature skin aging under control. If you're driving a long distance, keep applying SPF 30 on your hands, face, and neck. And don't forget that glass doesn't filter UV rays, even in your home or office!"
Try Patricia Wexler M.D. Daily Defense Anti-Oxidant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, $29.50; bathandbodyworks.com
Turn Down Tanning Beds
Slough Away Debris and Dead Cells
Pollutants aren't just grimy, they can clog pores and prevent new, younger cells from shining through. Maintain your skin luster with a good, daily cleaning.
Maximize Your Moisture
Say No to Sulfates
See Your Derm Regularly
In addition to your annual mole-check, seeing your dermatologist on a consistent basis will allow him or her to help your game plan your best strategy for anti-aging. The more comfortable you become, the better the results.
Wait It Out
Protect Your Skin Year-Round
"Ninety percent of aging is due to sun exposure," says Texas-based dermatologist Dr. Naila Malik, "so adequate sun protection is an absolute must!"
"One out of seven people in the United States will develop some form of skin cancer even people who never burn," adds Dr. Murad. "Regardless of your activities, the time of year, the weather, or your skin type, you are exposed every day and need sun protection."
Smooth Your Smooch
"Most people often neglect their lips, which if you think about it, makes up almost the lower third of your face," says Sharonn Itilong, founder of Crater Lake Company. "Here's a simple homemade scrub recipe that's effective to get plump, smooth, kissable lips: Take some white sugar, mix some olive oil, and scrub your lips. Also, get into the habit of running your toothbrush across your lips in a gentle scrubbing motion to exfoliate."
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Reduce Under-Eye Circles
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Get Your Beauty Rest
Prepare Your Acne Attack
"There is at least 10 percent of the American population (at least 30 million) who suffer from adult acne," says Dr. Bank. "If you have cystic acne, benzoyl peroxide will only dry out the surface of your skin. Treat these deeper cysts and nodules with a warm or hot compress several times a day to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. The heat helps to emulsify the sebum, which helps it emerge to the head faster. It can also stimulate reabsorption, thereby shrinking the size."
"For patients with mild acne, the best way to start treatment is with over-the-counter products," says Dr. Robin Blum, brand ambassador for Clearasil. "Look for products that contain 2% salicylic acid, like Clearasil Overnight Serum. Salicylic acid is especially helpful in treating acne because of its ability to penetrate the follicle. It also functions as a mild exfoliant, helping keep the pores clear of debris. In this way, it reduces blackheads, whiteheads, and breakouts on the skin."
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Improve Spot Coverage
Pick a Physical Block
Protecting your skin is important, but if your sunscreen formula is making your face break out, it's time to move on. "Opt for physical blocks like zinc oxide (titanium oxide is the other)," says Colleen Shimamoto, educational adviser for DermaQuest Skin Therapy. "This ingredient shields us from the sun by reflecting UVB and UVA rays. Sunscreen formulas made with zinc are generally nongreasy and nonirritating, making them especially good for acne, sensitive skin, and anyone who wants to prevent aging and sun spots."
Try DermaQuest ZinClear SPF 30, $51.50; skinstore.com
Say Hallelujah to Hyaluronic Acid
"Your skin needs its daily dose of water, which is more than your intake of H20," says Shimamoto. "Sodium hyaluronate, more commonly known as hyaluronic acid, helps balance your skin, bringing it to a normal pH level. "Balanced skin is optimal for all healthy skin functions. When this ingredient is used in cosmetic formulations at a high concentration (check the ingredients list and make sure it is some where in the middle or toward the top of the list), it will leave your skin plump and 'dewy' looking."
Try dermHA Hyaluronic Therapeutic Creme, $34; dermha.com