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Falling Back To Skin Basics

Originally Posted: September 30, 2010

Dr. Paul E. Kelly, M.D.

Now is the time to think skin repair and correction. (beauty-advices.com)

Southampton - Late Winter and the majority of the Spring season are spent readying our bodies for the "reveal." Now is the time as leaves begin to change and cover the ground to think skin repair and correction.

Skin damage comes from many sources with the sun being a huge contributor to not only the aging process but to malignancy. It makes perfect sense to initiate a corrective routine at least once a year - one designed to buff our skin surface, even the color that has become splotchy and correct some of the cellular damage that leads to skin cancer.

The corrective component of a good fall skin routine is marked by aggressive exfoliation and in some, the addition of a skin product to blend and even the facial skin color. Mechanical means of exfoliation are found in the form of the beaded scrub, the peel away mask or a minor procedure called microdermabrasion. Cream based exfoliants such as glycolic acids and derivatives within the Vitamin A family are perhaps most compatible with a busy fall schedule. These products are simply applied to the skin at home twice a day with the end result being bright, less wrinkled skin.

Most glycolic products are available over the counter with the more aggressive Vitamin A product in the form of Retin-A requiring a prescription. Retin-A has the added benefit of reversing cellular changes which lead to skin cancer.

All of the above will begin to pull away the old dead cells of skin which are not only preventing moisturizers from effectively hydrating our skin, but also leading to that drab, sallow appearance. An effective routine will also even the color of the skin and through increase in cellular turnover lead to healthier and less damage skin.

Also, top off your daily skin routine whether sun or shine with an effective sunscreen.

Dr. Kelly, MD is a facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kelley currently practices with ENT Allergy Associates. www.peconic-faces.com

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