What's a Good Beauty Regimen That is Not Too Time-consuming?

looking for good skin care tips.  thankyou!

Doctor Answers 2

Stick with Basics

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A basic anti-aging skin care regimen can take literally less than five minutes. I would stick with the two things that are proven to be of most benefit: a Retinoid at night and a sunscreen with an antioxidant in the morning.

The two Retinoids which are best since there is a wealth of literature backing them up would be Tazarac or Retin A: or any of their variants. If your skin cannot tolerate even the cream versions of these two (Renova and Avage), then try the OTC Retinols. One tip would be to request samples from your dermatologist. Not only would the samples help to ensure that you can tolerate these products, but you can sprinkle them in locations that you frequent: your car, office, bed-stand and bathroom.

In the morning, apply a sunscreen with an antioxidant. Revale ( with CoffeeBerry) is great, but Aveeno makes Ultra-calming Cream with Feverfew is also excellent. The December 2010 issue of Cosmetic Dermatology ran a study by McDaniel showing how effective Revale is for anti-aging. Incidentally, if you suffer from Rosacea this works as well as any of the prescription drugs in my opinion. You might make up little containers of the product of your choice and place them in your car, office and home Apply frequently during the day.

Virginia Beach Dermatologist

Sunscreen/sun protection and a retinoid daily

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The most important thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from over-exposure to the damaging rays of the sun. This includes applying a full spectrum sunscreen every morning. Even the little amount of sun you get each day going to and from work or running errands adds up. The best full spectrum sunscreens contain either high concentrations of superfine zinc oxide or are the newer products from Neutrogena and Aveeno that contain chemicals to stabilize the active ingredients.

The next step is to use a retinoid each night after cleansing. Tretinoin (Retin-A) has been studied extensively and shown without a doubt to improve the appearance and quality of the skin. Tretinoin is only available by prescription. There is a retinoid available over-the-counter called retinol. Retinol is eventually converted into tretinoin. It is about 20 times less potent than tretinoin, so much higher quantities are needed. Also, it may not be as stable.

That's it! Just cleansing twice daily, wearing a high quality sunscreen each morning, using a retinoid each night, and moisturizing as needed is a simple, but very powerful, skin care program.

Lawrence Osman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon

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