Health Watch — Great Skin: The Magic Formula (part 2)

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about skin care. Previously, we listed the first two steps toward great skin without spending a fortune on all those magic-sounding formulas at the cosmetics counter. There are two more key steps suggested by Dr. Sarah Weitzul, a dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

After using a sunblock and a retinoid, you should use a preparation containing a hydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid. These stimulate collagen production. The best choice is a cream that contains one of these ingredients instead of a soup of all of them.

Finally, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will help slow aging. You can also get these through a healthy diet. Dr. Weitzul says you don’t have to pay a lot to get all these skin treatments. For the best advice on your skin, visit a dermatologist instead of the cosmetics counter.



February 2007

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