Beauty Buzz. Less is More: The Skinny on Skincare. Second City Style Fashion & Beauty Blog

January 8, 2007 • Beauty


If you think 15 pounds is the only thing you should be dropping this month Natasha Singer (New York Times) has some bad news for you: it’s time to drop about five of those jars that make your medicine closet interesting for peeping eyes but sad for your storage needs. She reports that according to Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden, a back to basics regimen is what the doctor should be ordering. “It gave me a headache just to look at all of those products,” Dr. Cook-Bolden said. “Just two products, a gentle cleanser and a good sunscreen, are enough daily skin care for most people, and you can buy those at a drugstore or a grocery store,” she says.

Not only should you slim down but you should forget most of your gourmet goodies. According to Cook-Bolden and the other advocates of the dermalogical diet, if you’re spending more than $30 on anything more than soap, sunscreen and maybe one or two more items, you’re the sucker du jour. Singer reports that even the tried and true Consumer Reports study found that a three-step regimen of Olay Regenerist products costing $57 was slightly more effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles than a $135 tube of StriVectin-SD or a $335 combination of two La Prairie Cellular lotions. So don’t put your money where your mouth is (at least not on those laugh lines) and put a glow on your face with the purchase of a new Chloe blouse for spring, instead.

The three back-to-basics products recommended:


1. CETAPHIL® cleanser about $10.40


2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen $20.30 at


3. Olay Total Effects 7X Visible Anti-Aging Vitamin Complex (or whichever product suits your skin needs). $24

–By Joanne Molina of Second City Style Magazine


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