8 Skin Care Tips Dermatologists Do Themselves

Pros’ personal advice to make everyday a good skin day

Use Sunscreen

Pour on the enough protective sunscreen layers, (one of the best proven ways to keep skin youthful”) just to make sure you are covered.”

Eat a Skin-Saving Breakfast

The first meal of the day you may choose to include almonds. “They contain essential fatty acids, which help put the brakes on inflammation that accelerates fine lines, sagging, and blotchiness.” Not feeling like a nut? Salmon, tuna, and halibut are good lunch/dinner sources.

Bowl of Almonds
 

Take Time, Mask & Relax!

 If anyone has stress, it’s doctors. High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. Controlling stress keeps your skin calm—but that’s easier said than done. Taking a 10-minute time-out to apply a face mask and relax on her bed works for magic.

Beauty face mask

Protect with Powder

 Sunscreen stops working in less than 3 hours, so reapplication is key. For easy touch-ups, use powder sunscreen, It’s light, so skincare stays intact.

Pair Your Potions

A ‘cross-training’ regimen is the key to rapid rejuvenation. Some ingredients—like sunscreen and antioxidants in the morning, retinoids and peptides at night—work better as a team

Bathroom cabinet beauty products

Strike a Pose

 Yoga moves “like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations improve circulation—the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow.” Another reason to take to the mat: New research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging.

Cut Back on the Sweet Stuff

The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control,  stick to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains; they’re naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen.
Whole-grain cereal

Tea Up

The practice of drinking green and black tea is essential in safeguarding ones skin. Research suggests that both types of tea contain protective compounds—like EGCG and theaflavins—that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.

Green tea
Tips prepared by Dr. Pranav Pancholi, a qualified Skin dermatologist practicing as a cosmetic dermato-surgeon at Avane Dermatology Clinic, located at Yaya Center Nairobi.

 

Myths about Skin you probably believe!

  1. I need to Tan in the sun to get Vitamin D

“There are safer ways to get vitamin D than lying in the sun actual fro a variet of foods. Ultraviolet light is a carcinogen, just  like cigarette smoke. Think of it this way: If someone said you could get vitamin D or some other nutritional supplement from smoking a cigarette, would you take up smoking? Why get mutations in your skin cells to get vitamin D?

Instead, enjoy a sunny day by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying sunscreen‎. Ask your doctor about whether a vitamin D supplement is even necessary.

“Never, ever go to bed with your makeup on”

Most women think terrible things will happen to their skin by not taking off their makeup before bed. But the reality is it’s usually not much of a problem.

Think about it this way: What’s the difference between wearing the makeup on your skin for the eight hours that you’re sleeping as opposed to the 12 hours that you wear it during the day? There’s really not much of a difference, particularly if you sleep on your back. It is possible to get eye irritation from your pillow rubbing makeup into your eye but that’s very uncommon.”

 

Adapted from The Readers Digest

By Dr. Pranav Pancholi of Avane Dermatology clinic, A qualified Skin dermatologist practicing as a cosmetic dermato-surgeon at Avane Clinic, located at Yaya.