Beautiful, Healthy Skin

Body Care

Fingernails: Do's and don'ts for healthy nails
Are you taking good care of your nails? Here's what you need to know to keep your fingernails in tiptop shape

Skin Care

Dry skin
Ordinarily, dry skin isn't serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, creating fine lines and wrinkles.

Time your lotions right
Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin. Immediately moisturize your skin with an oil or cream to help trap water in the surface cells.

Treat acne-prone skin with care
Excessive scrubbing or washing can irritate your skin and actually make acne worse. So can using astringents and facial scrubs. Instead, wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser. To dry excess oil, try using an over-the-counter acne lotion that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Age spots (liver spots)
Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat tan, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun.

Sun Protection

Best sunscreen: Understand sunscreen options
Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance.

Sunless tanning: What you need to know
Don't want to expose your skin to the sun's damaging rays, but still want that sun-kissed glow? Consider trying sunless tanning products. Start by understanding how sunless tanning products work — and the importance of applying them carefully and correctly

Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin
Don't have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

Sunscreen smarts: What's your SPF IQ?
SPF stands for sun protection factor. The SPF number is a measurement of the amount of UVB protection a sunscreen offers. SPF is not an indication of how much time you can spend in the sun.

Aging

Bags under eyes
Bags under eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common as you age.

Dark circles under eyes? Check your nose.
Extra zzzs may not cure those dark circles under your eyes.

Age spots (liver spots)
Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat tan, brown or black spots.

Wrinkle creams: Your guide to younger looking skin
Many wrinkle creams and lotions sold in department stores, in drugstores and on the Internet promise to reduce wrinkles and prevent or reverse damage caused by the sun.

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