We all understand the importance of a balanced diet, exercise and getting enough sleep to both our general health and our appearance. But sometimes we do everything right and still have skin problems that detract from our otherwise healthy appearance. Here’s an overview from Dr. Francesca Fusco, a New York City dermatologist and author.
How often can you safely exfoliate the skin on your face?
There are several things that factor into this answer. Skin type, concurrent products being used and of course the kind of exfoliant. For a “general” answer though, once a week is safe.
How often can you safely have a facial?
I recommend a frequency of once every six to nine weeks. Most people do a seasonal facial.
Is any age too young to use Botox or other fillers? Some girls, only in their teens, have frown lines, for example.
There is no age restriction on the package insert. This is a very subjective situation. That said, in my practice I don’t inject teens with Botox for cosmetic reasons. If a patient in her late 20’s, however, has crow’s feet or frown lines I will consider baby doses of Dysport or Botox.
When sun is the best source of vitamin D, should we not allow some sun exposure without an SPF?
Ten minutes of sun exposure, three times a week will give sufficient Vitamin D.
The hands seem to show age more than other areas of the body. Is there any way to keep hands young looking?
There are so many rejuvenating procedures for hands: peels, microdermabrasions, Fraxel to erase brown spots, Thermage to tighten skin and fillers to plump them.
Do cosmetics hurt our skin?
A good cosmetic product cannot harm the skin. Try to use products labeled as non-comedogenic so they don’t cause or aggravate existing acne. And always be sure to wash off makeup at bedtime.