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Skincare Tips From Expert Susan Perry

Susan Perry

Susan Perry (Photo Credit: susanperry.com)

Medical aesthetician Susan Perry is an expert on skin care. The English-born aesthetician has devoted her career to exploring the latest, most advanced skin care techniques and products available, eagerly integrating the most effective and promising of these into the practice. Along with plastic surgeon, Dr. Donald Brown, she created one of the first medical skin care programs in the United States. She has extensive experience in the latest products and technologies, including microdermabrasion, alphahydroxy peels, beta hydroxy peels, Obagi® skin care, and acne treatments.

Susan has put her expertise to use, suggesting following these simple steps for beautiful skin.

As you rush to get ready in the morning, take the time to start your day off right by following these steps. Your skin will thank you.

Morning Routine:

1. Start by cleansing skin with a non-soap cleanser, like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.

2. Gently exfoliate. Try Lancer Dermatology Polish.

3. Prevent and correct skin with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Perry recommends Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

4. Be sure to be protected from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays with a product such as Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70.

Evening Routine:

1. Cleanse skin. Perry says that most women over-moisturize their skin and are not as focused on the importance of cleansing skin.

2. Correct and repair with a retinoid. Retin-A prescribed by a dermatologist or RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream works well.

If you’re a girl on the go and this all sounds a bit too time consuming, make your skincare routine more concise. Don’t negect your skin, just choose products that serve multiple purposes. Perry suggests a great cleanser and exfoliant in one, Kiss My Face Start Up Exfoliating Face Wash. For anti-aging prevention (with Vitamin C and antioxidants) and sunscreen try Lancer Dermatology Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen. A tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and anti-aging cream in one bottle to try is Estee Lauder DayWear Plus Multi Protection Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15.

Besides skincare products and botox, there are natural ways to improve your skin. Eating well and staying hydrated should not be underrated. Sounds simple enough, but many of us need to change our eating habits. “You are what you eat,” so if you are filling up on unhealthy food, your skin will tell on you. Aim to drink at least eight ounces of water a day and eat foods that are anti-inflammatory and contain lots of anti-oxidants. Perry suggests eating low glycemic index foods, such as salads, bright red and green vegetables, omega 3 rich wild salmon, avocados, olive oil and blueberries. Perry shares her recipe for a delicious and nutritious drink: “I freeze yogurt (my favorite is Yoplait YO PLUS probiotic with Vitamins A & D). Then I put one in a blender with some ice cubes and fruit (strawberries or raspberries are great). Add some fruit juice (I like pomegranate) and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. I like Fiber 35 by Fit Smart. This blends up to a delicious, thick, creamy and very nutritious health drink. It’s packed with vitamins, fiber and anti-oxidants.” Enjoy looking and feeling good!


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