ELLE Canada: October 17, 2013 - Beauty Tutorials
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ELLE Canada: October 17, 2013 - Beauty Tutorials

Beauty tutorials: The secrets to flawless skin

By Sarah Thompson
Breakouts, red spots and dry patches are reserved for teenage skin, right? Wrong! As sad as the truth may be, skin-related issues affect all of us at any age. The good news is that there are a variety of skin care treatment options available to you. The key to winning this beauty struggle lies within simple dermatology secrets and makeup artist tips (trust). Use this skin care tutorial as your ultimate guide to attaining clear, even and flawless skin.

Dermatology treatments for a flawless complexion
If your skin is prone to frequent acne blemishes, oil and itchiness, book an appointment with your dermatologist to fix these skin care concerns at the root of the problem. We spoke with Dr. Lisa Kellett – a Toronto based medical dermatologist—for her easiest skin care secrets to a flawless complexion.

1. Be sun savvy
Stop those dark areas and sun-induced lines before they even start. “Avoid the sun. This means sunscreen everyday, a hat and avoidance. The best way to treat sun damage is to prevent it,” says Dr. Kellett.

2. Stay away from smoking
This is basically a given—if you want to have flawless skin and keep it for life, avoid picking up a cigarette. “Don’t smoke. Smoking, via a number of mechanisms, results in dull looking, unhealthy skin,” says Dr. Kellett.

3. Exfoliate daily
Use the right exfoliant (and use it often) to clear your pores of impurities for healthy, flawless skin. “The fastest and cheapest way to get healthier-looking skin is to exfoliate,” says Dr. Kellett. “The caveat is that you must use the right cleanser. It cannot be foaming as they are often too drying so use a gel-based exfoliating cleanser with small particles.”

4. Get a good facial
Facials are a great way to revitalize your skin, but make sure you’re visiting an experienced aesthetician. “Avoid extractions during facials, they can cause scarring, marks and cyst formation,” says Dr. Kellett.

5. Use Vitamin C and retinol
Adding natural elements back into your skin to boost its tone and texture without harsh chemical residue is vital. “Apply a Retinol 1% liquid nightly. Retinol acts to remodel collagen, which is one of the building blocks in the dermis of the skin,” says Dr. Kellett. “Apply a Vitamin C 25% or higher liquid in the morning as it acts as an antioxidant and is helpful in decreasing brown spots.”

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