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You can’t open the newspaper without reading about our ailing economy. And most of us are looking for ways to scale back. A recent article discusses how the current state of the economy is causing some people to rethink what they‘re willing to spend on skincare.

The article quotes dermatologist Rutledge Forney cautioning us to be careful when cutting back. "What I try to do is urge people to not let go of maintenance when times are tough“, said Dr. Rutledge Forney, a dermatologist. Instead, she recommends being creative and protecting your face by wearing a hat and buying sunscreen.

Dr Forney also recommends opting to over the counter versions of skin creams if the prescription variety is too expensive. An example would be substituting retinol for retinoic acid ([Link Removed] for Renova or Retin A).

And lastly, the dermatologist advises that individuals not put off their annual skin cancer checkup. "If you see a changing lesion on your skin, if something bleeds easily or you see a mole that changes that’s the most important thing," she said. She says that's the time to see a doctor.

If you are looking for ways to maximize your skin care dollars, then consider the following:
1. Choose quality over quantity. A good way to clear out the clutter - look for products that contain sufficient concentration of active ingredients.
2. Forgo the nice to haves. Sure, we all love to pamper ourselves, but do you really need that $65 brown sugar scrub?
3. Seek out dual purpose products. Moisturizers with SPF protection for example. Just make sure that you apply enough to ensure it works optimally.  

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Can you think of a cleanser that is comparable to skinceuticals simply clean? It is $28 a bottle and lasts about 2 mos. But since I have to order it online (shipping costs) I would like a back up that nearly matches the ingredients.

      I just bought Lancomes high resolution refill -3x with spf 15. Any other alternatives?

      BTW I really like all the info you share. It’s always informative and helpful.



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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 25, 2009
    • I think a lot of women get caught up in the packaging or promotion of items that they really don’t need or can be purchased at much more reasonable costs. I stick mainly with the basics and things I know will work with my sensitive skin; those products usually aren’t cheaper but they have the quality needed.



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      Pharmagirl wrote Apr 29, 2009
    • Good drugstore brands include Neutrogena and Cetaphil. Cetaphil is a cleanser that works really well for sensitive skin and is recommended by many dermatologists.  

      Good luck.



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