Health Watch — Summer Skin: Looking Younger

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about keeping your skin looking and feeling good during the summer months. When you see ads for the latest skin treatments in magazines, it may be tempting, but Dr. Sarah Weitzul, a cosmetic dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says good skin doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

The most important thing to buy is a sunscreen or moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Most signs of aging are caused by sun damage, so you can keep yourself looking younger by protecting your skin from the sun. To reduce the appearance of sun damage, use a retinoid, but these products can make skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so be careful. A product containing a hydroxy acid helps stimulate collagen, and products containing vitamins C or E help slow aging. For advice on taking care of your skin, talk to a dermatologist.


August 2007

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