Insider Skin Secrets
By Gina Way
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Subject
DR. MISBAH KHAN
Khan, an NYC skin doctor, is cautious about caring for her hypersensitive complexion, and has discovered the most hydrating, healing (and simple) solutions for head-to-toe dry skin.
CLEANSER: I wash my face with Elure Advanced Facial Wash, $35and lukewarm, not hot, watermorning and night. It's mild but takes off oil, dirt, perspiration, and makeup.
MOISTURIZER: I apply Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cream, $430, on my face and neck when my skin is slightly damp. It seals in moisture, but it's not heavy. I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $15, on my body post-shower, and the hydration lasts for at least 24 hours. It's been a life-changer for me.
TREATMENT: For antiaging, I layer a prescription retinoid over my night cream once or twice a week. The retinoid penetrates through, but it's much less irritating on my skin.
EXFOLIATOR: My sensitive skin doesn't tolerate chemical exfoliation well. Once a week I use Clarisonic Refining Skin Polish, $25, with the (1) Aria brush, $199, which is gentle but leaves my skin radiant.
SUNSCREEN: I like Elta MD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 tinted sunscreen, $27, because it's hypoallergenic and paraben-free, and the universal shade matches my skin tone. If I'm going to be outdoors a lot, I use (2) SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, $32.
FACE-SAVER: On days that I have a television appearance or a special event, I put on (3) Guerlain OrchidÉe ImpÉriale Mask, $365. It adds a lot of hydration and glow to my skin.
LIP CARE: Instead of lip balm, I apply CeraVe Renewing SA Cream, $23, which has salicylic acid, at night to moisturize and smooth my lips.
HYDRATION: I do anything I can to maintain hydration, which helps prevent my skin from drying out and keeps eczema at bay. I have a humidifier in my bedroom and keep it running all year round. I even take a small Air-O-Swiss Travel Humidifier, $40, on the road.
TREATMENT: I do low-level Fraxel, about $1,200, on my face and neck every four to six weeks. It stimulates collagen production, reduces fine lines and brown spots, and makes my complexion glow with no downtime.