The Naked Truth
Your skin is the largest and one of the most important organs in the body. It provides protection against infection, the environment and allows the body to heal from wounds. The average adult has some 22 square feet of dermis, which weighs approximately 8 pounds. Without skin, we would literally evaporate. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon reviews the proper care and treatment of skin.
Hollywood’s most sought-after skin guru, Kate Somerville, shares her most effective anti-aging secrets that help keep some of your favorite stars looking young and fresh. Kate’s number one piece of advice? Exfoliate.
“You should be exfoliating twice a week,” Kate says. “That’s what’s going to give you that gorgeous glow. It’s going to keep your skin youthful, and it will allow the other products that you spend a lot of money on to work better.”
Benefits of Exfoliation
• Detoxification for the skin
• Brightens the complexion
• Gets rid of dead, dull skin cells
• Reveals healthy, younger skin
• Reduces fine lines and sun damage
• Improves skin tone
• Kills bacteria and prevents break outs
• Improves product penetration and treatment results
Exfoliate at Home
1. In the shower, soap body thoroughly, then rinse
2. Rub exfoliating scrub all over, then rinse
3. Towel dry
4. Apply your favorite body lotion
Do-It-Yourself Foot Facial
• ½ cup kosher salt (very coarse)
• 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
• 1 tablespoon tea tree oil
• 2 tablespoons mineral oil
• 1 tablespoon sodium bicarbonate
Massage paste onto your feet and leave for 10 minutes. Wash off and use a pumice stone to rub callused areas. Apply a glycolic pad (use a brand that contains 20 to 30 percent glycolic acid) and leave on for five minutes. Finish by moisturizing feet with lotion or cream.
Win an autographed copy of Kate Somerville's book, Complexion Perfection! Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin by Hollywood's Leading Skin Care Expert.
Skin cancer affects approximately 1 million people per year and is the most common form of cancer in America. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It begins as a tumor in the melanocyte cells, which produce melanin, a pigment found in skin, hair and eyes. If undetected, the cancer can spread rapidly.
Ninety percent of skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun's harmful rays. Dr. Drew and E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork discuss the best ways to protect your skin. Early detection is the key to surviving any cancer, and skin cancer is no exception.
Dr. Ablon demonstrates how digital mole mapping works on Tara, 32. Mole mapping allows dermatologists to monitor their patients’ skin with greater precision.
Doctors recommend having a skin exam once a year. “Check your birthday suit on your birthday!” Dr. Ablon says.
Skin Cancer Breakthrough
Dr. Steven O’Day, Director of the Melanoma Program at the Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, shares information about Ipiliumab, a new drug developed for the treatment of melanoma. Ipiliumab is currently under review by the Food and Drug Administration.
Learn more about melanoma and skin cancer.