16 Skin Care Hacks that Dermatologists also Follow

By February 1, 2015Food for thought
16 Skin Hacks From Dermatologists

Today I am going to share some skin care hacks that are currently being used by top dermatologists from the world. Remember one thing, always eat clean and you will have no health and skin issues, our skin issues are mostly related with our diet and our lifestyle. Make some tweaks in diet and the way you are living and you will notice a good change in your skin and overall health. Let’s check these 16 amazing skin hacks now:

1 – Use Some Sunscreen Protection


Lisa Garner, MD, Garland, TX-based dermatologist and president of the Women’s Dermatologic Society says that she applies about half a teaspoon of broad-spectrum sunscreen with Vani Cream SPF 30, or higher on her face, neck and ears. “I usually have to apply two coats to finish what I’ve squeezed out, but that’s how I make sure I’m covered.”

2- Healthier skin is sun-kissed skin


A dermatologist in Cambridge, MA, Ranella Hirsch, MD discusses about her beauty routine and says “A little tint takes years off your face by evening out your skin tone.” It has been proven by recent studies that it is a basic sign of youthful skin. Hirsch’s routine includes Vani Cream Skin Cream+ A Touch of Sunless Tanner, a lotion with a low level of self-tanner.

3- Make breakfast a part of your beauty regime


It is a well known fact that as the first meal day breakfast holds a special place in your daily routine. For Doris Day, MD, New York City dermatologist, day starts with almonds. “They contain essential fatty acids, which help put the brakes on inflammation that accelerates fine lines, sagging, and blotchiness.” If you are not comfortable with nuts then tuna, halibut and salmon will just do the trick and provide you with good amount of fatty acids, not to forget fatty acids play a pivotal role for your general health and skin.

4- Dryness? Spray it away

Young woman with an aerosol can in her hand, close-up

Jessica Wu, MD, an LA-based dermatologist, likes to keep her skin moisturized and spray it numerous times with VaniCream Lite Lotion. The spring water is packed with good minerals and free from chemical irritants which help in protecting your skin aginst UV rays, powered by Sorbitol solution.

5- Enjoy A Stress Free Life


Stress is the worst enemy of skin. Elevated level of stress and tension rockets the production of hormone leading to breakouts or even worse it can create skin conditions such as psoriasis. Annie Chiu, MD, a dermatologist in LA says, “Controlling stress keeps your skin calm—but that’s easier said than done.” She further adds, “I turn off my cell phone after 8 at night. Every little bit helps!.” She also likes to take some time-out for herself and apply face mask and rest on her bed. A stress free life is the best life you can always wish for, so what are you waiting for design your schedule and give yourself enough time to enjoy the life without tenacity.

6- Powdered Sunscreen


The main problem of using sunscreen is that it wears off and needs to be re applied after every 3 or so hours. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, a Washington, DC-based dermatologist says that she use powder sunscreen for easy touch ups. “It’s light, so skincare stays intact. Give the powdered sunscreen a try and I hope you would not be disappointed by it.

7- Find The Right Combo


Mary Lupo, MD, a New Orleans dermatologist says, “A ‘cross-training’ regimen is the key to rapid rejuvenation. Some ingredients—like sunscreen and antioxidants in the morning and retinoids and peptides at night—work better as a team.” It is always good to find the right combination of ingredients to better suit your body, if you are confused about some medical mumbo jumbo consult your physician and ask him/her to suggest you some antioxidants and peptides.

8 – Keep some essentials on your nightstand


Francesca Fusco, MD, an NYC dermatologist finds it difficult to follow her anti-aging beauty regime at bedtime. She has successfully found a cure for it by keeping all the essential products in a skincare pouch on her nightstand so she can apply the products on her bed. So, ladies when are you thinking about putting one on your bed side, for a procrastinator like me this works the best.

9 – Say Yes to Tea


An NYC based dermatologist, Amy Wechsler started drinking black and green tea for taste in her teens and now she drinks up to five cups per day to protect her skin. Researchers have shown that these teas contain a compound like EGCG and theaflavinns which protects our skin and helps in preventing it against skin cancer and breakdown of collagen. Not only that green tea can help you lose some weight and it is overall an effective ingredient for a lady who wishes to be fit and slim.

10 – Iron for plumier skin


Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist in Metairie recommends her patients to pump in as much iron as they could when they are growing older. “I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older.” As a result, you will have firm skin from the neck down because of supportive and better muscle tone. She adds, “It’s like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body.” Iron is an essential mineral for your body, usually perceived as the mineral to produce blood but it is more than that ladies.

11- Say no to sweet


Glycation, the breakdown of sugars, has the abili ty to damage collagen which maintains the smoothness and firmness of our skin. To prevent the skin against this natural process from getting out of control and damaging the skin, Naila Malik, MD, a derm in Southlake, TX, only takes low-glycemic carbs such as whole grains. These grains are naturally low in sugar moreover the body process these carbs slowly thus limiting the loss of collagen. Remember carbs are good if you utilize them effectively.

12 – Avoid soda


Audrey Kunin, MD, a Kansas City, MO, dermatologist, just can’t keep her hands off of soda. She craves for diet soda and drinks up to six cans per day. Recently she has realized that all that sodium from the diet soda makes her eyes and jaw line puffy so she switched to another brand which is low in sodium but soothes her cravings. “It satisfies my cravings and my skin looks much better. Avoid cold drinks to stay healthy, once in a blue moon is good but drinking them regularly and excessively will make you obese and lazy. You can switch to organic juices instead of going for soda drinks, even the drinks labeled as diet do have substantial amount of sodium in it.

13 – Slather with care


Jonith Breadon, MD, a Chicago dermatologist says, “Mild cleansers are one of my best secrets.” Using skin cleansers does not only soothes your skin but it also protects it from acne and other skin problems.

14 – Put on vegetables


Jeanine Downie, MD, a derm in Montclair, NJ uses frozen peas to sooth her irritated itchy eyes. “Once I get home from work, I remove my skincare and put a bag of frozen peas on my lids for about 5 minutes.” Unlike ice packs, a packet of frozen peas is flexible and tends to take up the desired shape of the eyes easily thus affects them quickly. You can also switch to cucumbers to achieve some results, even if your eyes feel tired and weary try putting slices of cucumber and enjoy the soothing effects.

15 – Say no to impact Training

Woman exercises at home

Katie Rodan, MD, Oakland, CA, dermatologist says, “The repeated jarring of high-impact cardio like running can weaken collagen and lead to sagging.” She adds, “So until a ‘face bra’ is invented, I’ll stick to cycling and the elliptical machine.” A very good advice if you are really worried about your skin, the point is doing cardio but with less intensity. If you are an Olympic runner then you might face saggy skin after some years earlier than normal time.

16 – Yoga for healthier skin


For great skin, most of the dermatologists may bend backwards but a Washington, DC-area dermatologist, Hema Sundaram, MD, bends forward. Yoga moves such as “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 up yoga is that it has been scientifically proven that practicing yoga daily helps in reducing stress and inflammation thus slowing down the speed of skin aging. Try some yoga classes and feel the difference in your health and your skin too.

Well that’s about it for today, to recapitulate this whole article I would say its all about your diet and your daily activities that directly affects your health and ultimately your skin. You can also consult our skin experts at Cosmo Derme Skin Treatment Clinic, and we would love to provide you complete weekly plan so you can look beautiful Truly!

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