Our eyes may be the windows to our souls, but you sure can tell a lot about a person by their skin. And that’s what attracted Francesca Fusco, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, to her chosen field. “I did an elective in dermatology in medical school and became intrigued by how you could look at a patient’s skin, hair, or nails and gain insight into their health or predict a medical condition before they said a word about their medical history,” says Fusco, who is also an assistant attending dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “I found that fascinating, and I knew immediately that it was for me.”
Perhaps a long-time personal hobby also nudged Fusco toward her field. As a fan of Jeopardy! and trivia in general, Fusco says it was a natural fit. “When you study dermatology, you have to know the cutaneous manifestation of every possible disease—and I actually find that fun,” she says.
The most surprising thing Fusco has discovered from working with patients for over a decade? That people don’t realize how much lifestyle, diet, and stress levels affect their skin and hair. One of her biggest mantras: “Healthy skin and hair are possible for everyone with proper nutrition.”
Fusco’s favorite skin-care ingredient is vitamin A. “[Retinol] has always been and will always be the gold standard for skin and cellular health, and it’s also the best topical anti-aging ingredient,” she says.
Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System “This is a staple in my personal skin-care routine, and I suggest it to even my youngest patients who suffer from acne.”
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser “The brand’s products are thoughtfully formulated and well tolerated by a broad spectrum of skin types. This cleanser is thorough, gentle, effective, and can be used with the Clarisonic.”