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Choosing Facial Products

The Martha Stewart Show

It's important to choose skin-care products carefully -- not only to protect against dryness and wrinkles, but also to prevent skin cancer. This is especially true for your face, which is more exposed to the elements than any other part of your body.

Dr. Neal Schultz, a dermatologist in New York City, recommends four protective elements as part of your skin-care regimen: sunscreen, antioxidants, exfoliants, and collagen stimulators. He explains how to choose each of these products.

Sunscreen The risks of UV rays are well-known, but many people still don't make a habit of wearing sunscreen. Dr. Schultz suggests applying sunscreen every morning after cleansing and before moisturizing your face. Most people should look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 30 and UVA or broad spectrum protection.

Topical Antioxidants Antioxidants protect skin against the damaging UV rays that get past sunscreen. They also repair skin that has already been damaged. Dr. Schultz recommends Vitamin C-based topical antioxidants.

Exfoliants Exfoliants make skin smoother and restore luster to dull skin. They make enlarged pores appear smaller, help prevent breakouts, and fade any brown spots. It's best to use a gentle, chemical-based exfoliant with glycolic or salicylic acid.

Collagen Stimulator Collagen stimulators, also called collagen builders, help reduce lines and wrinkles, and they restore lost volume to make skin firmer. You can purchase moisturizers with collagen stimulators. Important ingredients to look for include peptides or beech tree extract.

When to Use It Morning 1. Cleanser and toner
2. Sunscreen
3. Collagen stimulator and/or moisturizer

Evening 1. Cleanser and toner
2. Exfoliant
3. Topical antioxidant
4. Collagen stimulator and/or moisturizer

Comments (4)

  • Darshana k Varghese 25 Jun, 2013

    i use fair&lovely and i do not use any other creams. is this alright for my skin?

  • PaddingtonLouise 25 Sep, 2011

    Neal Schultz made excellent suggestions in this segment, but I'm disappointed that the above article doesn't supply enough detail.

    Was interesting that he said what we eat doesn't affect our skin?

  • rosiemary 18 May, 2010

    you had products that were recommended, can you list them for me

  • veronicaty 17 May, 2010

    As a former magazine editor, I do understand the tempting economics of advertorials. Martha always seems a little embarrassed and awkward about it, but for the most part I think she pulls it off with minimal cheesiness. But today's skincare segment was just over the top. Martha was less obtuse about the plug, which made it seem like she was trying to sell the content as genuine vs. advertorial. This is the kind of stuff that makes me think twice about being such a devoted viewer of the show.