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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Dr. Debra Jaliman’s Top 5 Skin Rules

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Even if you polish and moisturize your skin to perfection, you can still end up with breakouts and brown spots. Luckily, skin doctor Debra Jaliman is clearing up common questions in her comprehensive new book, Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top NYC Dermatologist(St. Martin’s Press). Here are five things she wants you to know:

Using a moisturizer with sun protection every single day is non-negotiable. “Daily sun exposure can lead to skin cancer—period. I know you want to be tan, but you don’t want to be a beautiful corpse. It also causes brown spots. I’m living proof that sunscreen can make a difference. I used to walk my dog first thing every the morning without SPF—it was only five minutes a day—and I got dark spots. Fortunately, brighteners like can Elure help lighten spots in a few weeks.”

You shouldn’t wait until wrinkles appear to start using anti-aging products. “Collagen production starts declining in your late ‘20s, so that’s the ideal time to start using retinols, antioxidants, and collagen-boosters. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum is a good one. Use a Clarisonic so the ingredients absorb better, then examine you face in the mirror, and ask yourself, Where will my wrinkles appear? You should concentrate on those areas.”

Zapping zits at home is easy with the right tools. “Mild cases of acne can be treated at home. Blue light devices are effective because they kill bacteria on the skin’s surface; Tanda’s works well. For breakouts, use benzoyl peroxide with lipo-hydroxy-acid for red, inflamed pimples, and salicylic acid if you have sensitive skin. Veltin is also a genius prescription product for acne-prone skin.”

Sunscreens with retinyl palmitate may do more harm than good. “Patients are always surprised that I tell them to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate—check your favorite sunscreen, it’s probably there. Since it’s a derivative of retinol, it increases cell turnover and makes you more susceptible to sun damage. In this case, it’s actually better not to use a sunscreen at all than to use one with retinyl palmitate. A good alternative is EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41; it doesn’t clog your pores and it feels like there is nothing on your skin.”

Dermatologists do more than just Botox.“Women come into my office all the time for Botox and I have to fight with them to also get a full-body check for moles. Finding melanoma at its earliest stages helps in the long run. So if you really think about it, Botox can save lives.”

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Allure Product Finder Review: CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes in Original

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WHAT THEY ARE:
All-natural antibacterial wipes

WHAT THEY DO:
Clean skin with essential oils

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil (antibacterial); aloe vera (moisturizer)

HOW THEY FEEL/SMELL/LOOK:
These moist, thick, and durable wipes have an appealing herbal scent.

WHY WE LIKE THEM:
Ideal for travel, these plush wipes won’t leave skin dry and chapped like alcohol sanitizers.

—Renee Trilivas

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Allure Product Finder Review: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

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WHAT IT IS:
A pearly pink liquid highlighter

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The velvety liquid goes on sheer and pinkish-gold.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
Mixed with foundation, this formula wakes up tired, sallow skin; swept over cheekbones, it adds a fresh, dewy glow. The only downside is an unexpected berry scent that may be a turnoff for some.

—Renee Trilivas

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Allure Product Finder Review: Clean Clear Radiance Body Mist in Shower Fresh

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WHAT IT IS:
A moisturizing body spray

WHAT IT DOES:
Exfoliates, tones, and moisturizes skin

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Aloe vera and glycerin (moisturizers); lactic and salicylic acids (exfoliants)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
This invigorating mist smells as clean as freshly laundered sheets.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
With its clean, slightly soapy scent, this mist refreshes from head to toe. Keep it in the fridge for a bracing pick-me-up in the summer, or spritz it on clean skin for a boost of moisture in the winter.

—Renee Trilivas

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Allure Product Finder Review: Mark Get a Tint Shimmer

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WHAT IT IS:
An oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 15

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The creamy formula gives the face a sheer, shimmery glow.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
A cross between moisturizer and foundation, this lotion evens skin tone while adding a healthy kick of color. But it’s not for the faint of pigment: The gold-flecked shimmer could look garish on fair skin.

—Renee Trilivas

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Allure Product Finder Review: Bumble and Bumble Black Hair Powder

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WHAT IT IS:
A tinted dry shampoo for very dark brown and black hair

WHAT IT DOES:
Absorbs excess oil and camouflages roots

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, magnesium carbonate, silicia (absorb oil)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
The aerosol deposits a generous, inky mist with a slightly unpleasant chemical scent.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
It soaks up oil between shampoos and adds texture, but the stark black color can dull highlights.

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Allure Product Finder Review: Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Venere

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WHAT IT IS:
A creamy red-orange lipstick

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The lipstick glides on smoothly, delivering opaque coverage and a satin finish.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
With just one swipe, it leaves an intense poppy color that stays put without drying out lips. Though the hue is gorgeous on all skin tones, it can make less-than-pearly whites appear a touch yellow.

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