Skin care on a budget

Skin care on a budget

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Keeping your skin healthy and looking its best doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank if you follow these practical tips from leading dermatologists:

  • Cleanse, treat, and prevent. Don't let a 12-hour period go by without using some sort of treatment or product on your skin (sunscreen counts).
  • Use sunscreen 365 days a year. This helps prevent sun damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots, or even skin cancer.
  • Get the most from your body moisturizer. In the winter, apply it to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture.
  • Consider using petroleum jelly. This common, inexpensive product has several uses for skin care including:
    • moisturizing rough, cracked feet, elbows, and hands; dry cuticles and lips; and peeling nails;
    • preventing chafing when running or biking;
    • protecting kids' scrapes and bumps; and
    • applying as a diaper ointment.
  • Use one or two skin care product lines at a time. Limiting product lines saves money and storage space.
  • Remember, a more expensive skin care product is not necessarily more effective. Some brands contain fragrances that may lead to skin problems.
  • Consider dual-function products. Examples include a moisturizer plus sunscreen and a lip balm with sunscreen.
  • Get the most for your hard-earned money. When choosing anti-aging products, look for ingredients such as vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acid.

    For more tips from leading dermatologists, visit: 
  • Saving face 101: How to customize your skin care routine with your skin type
  • Dermatologists can help separate fact from fiction for sun exposure, sunscreen and vitamin D

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