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The Cosmetics Restriction Diet

Img_moist_cream Thanks to Cyn for directing me to The Cosmetics Restriction Diet, published in yesterday's New York Times. It's about a movement by dermatologists to promote simple, inexpensive solutions for skin care.

They are prescribing simplified skin-care routines requiring at most three steps: soap; sunscreen every day, no matter the weather or the season; and, if necessary, a product tailored to specific skin needs, whether a cream for pimples or pigmented spots, or a vitamin-enriched moisturizer for aging skin. Each product, they say, can be bought at drugstores for $30 or less.

I'm totally convinced that it's consistent use rather than the product that makes all the difference. That's not to say all products are the same. But, it's about choosing the right stuff.

I loved this quote for the imagery:

“I am seduced by fancy packaging as much as the next person,” Dr. Brademas said. “But I have a theory that all these skin-care things come out of the same vat in New Jersey.”

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You are absolutely right...it is regularity and the capacity of the skin to get used to the product that it starts making a difference.


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Worth to try. The problem is there is so many skin products out there that don't work so it is difficult to trust them any more.

Sara Blythe

True. You have to choose only a few products and stick to them. You gotta have a beauty regimen that works. Always look at the back of the label for ingredients and do some research. Don't just buy anything that's new and looks good in the cosmetics market. It wouldn't hurt to hit the books once in a while.

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