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March 2, 2012

Anti-Aging Time Management

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BEAT DULLNESS

A dose of dewiness makes anyone's skin look better (and younger!) overall. Here's how to get your glow going by degree.

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6 months: Go all out. To bring back that baby-skin sheen, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer outlines a hard-core yet effective regimen, including red-light LED therapy ($250), to increase collagen and luminosity, and lasers, such as the skin-resurfacing AFT-540 (about $2,000), to remove sunspots and other skin irregularities. Consult your doctor to space out treatments over six months to allow skin to heal between visits.

2 months: Opt for a peel. Lancer uses a medical-grade skin-resurfacing mask from Sinnoqa ($1,000), popular with derms in China because it can be used on every ethnicity with reliable results. "It's a great way to even out skin tone and increase luster," says Lancer. "But you must stay out of the sun during the next 60 days."

1 week: Try the latest laser. Seven days before an event, Dr. Anne Chapas of Union Square Laser Dermatology recommends the new Clear + Brilliant ($400), a gentle laser that boosts radiance with almost no downtime. (Expect some redness for a few hours after the procedure.) "You can really see the results the next day," she says. "But if you're anticipating an event like a wedding, I recommend a week just in case you have any reactions."

5 minutes: Lighten up your makeup. You may be tempted to mix illuminating liquids in with your foundation, but Dubroff disapproves: "You end up with shine where you don't want it," she explains. "I like to be strategic with glow products." Instead, use a highlighter around the eye orbital and cheekbones for a dewy look without oiliness.


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