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April 18, 2013

Insider Skin Secrets


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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, $35—and lukewarm, not hot, water—morning 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.

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