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Get Serious With Clients About Smoking

By: Barbara Salomone
Posted: December 1, 2011, from the December 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Deliver vitamin C. A powerful detoxifying vitamin C mask will help neutralize free radicals to counteract premature aging as it energizes the skin. It will help even out skin tone and texture, which can become noticeably discolored and rough for those who smoke.

At home. Recommend that your client continues to use oxygenating products with stabilized hydrogen peroxide at home. There are also daily topical vitamin C creams formulated with both natural and cosmeceutical vitamin C to help smoker’s skin naturally repair itself. A daily broad-spectrum SPF of at least 15 is a must as well. Be sure to have these types of products available in your retail area.

Make the recommendation

Above all, recommend that your client quits smoking. Even one recommendation can make the difference. There is plenty of smoking cessation help online, including and, so providing these types of resources may be all the client needs to get started on the road to a smoke-free life.


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