Skin Secrets From A Top Dermatologist
Dr. Downie also has a plan for rosacea, a problem that many women have which causes redness, flushing and blotchiness. “Rosacea is also caused by stress and too much sun exposure.” Unfortunately, she says, it does not respond well to topical treatments. She prefers lasers to zap the blood vessels that cause the redness. She also suggests women adjust their glasses. “The pressure of glasses can affect the skin. Also avoid spicy food and caffeine.” She sees an increase in rosacea because of the decrease in the ozone level and the use of tanning beds. “Don’t ever use tanning beds or they will come back to haunt you.”
How to prevent lines and wrinkles? Her basic advice is protecting the face and neck with VIVITÉ® moisturizer with SPF 30 or Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 55 or SPF 85. She is a proponent of sun block and says she uses it every day and covers every bit of her neck and face “up to the rim of the eyes.”
Dr. Downie, who has a private practice in Montclair, New Jersey, appears frequently on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning, America” and “The View.” She writes for “The New York Times,” “O, The Oprah Magazine” and “In Style" and is the author of “Beautiful Skin of Color.” She also has her own strict beauty regime to keep her skin looking good and staying youthful. She uses Juvederm, a filler, every six months, uses Botox every three months and has glycolic peels every month in the winter. Those are her dos. Her don’ts: She doesn’t cross her legs to prevent spider veins. And she never leaves home without that sunblock. And, oh, yes, she lasers the hair on her upper lip once a month. Result: She looks darn good!
Myrna Blyth is editor-in-chief of ThirdAge.