We asked top dermatologists what they do, personal to keep their skin young, healthy and glowing.
To keep your skin supple splashing with cold water can work wonders. It’s one of the beauty secrets I learned in Sweden and France. For an American twist try making your own mist in a spay bottle. I put some cucumber slices in a spray bottle and keep it in my mini fridge at work. It refreshes and wakes me up in the afternoon! There are also some misting mineral waters in the beauty aisle that have added antioxidants like selenium that can protect against sun damage. Put one in your glove box and spritz your face when stuck in traffic.
I used to drink more than six cans of diet soda a day, but then I realized they had a lot of sodium (anywhere from 25 to 50 mg per can) That all added up to make my eyes and jawline puffy, so I cut back and eventually switched to a sodium-free diet soda. It satisfies my cravings and my skin looks a whole lot better.
The first meal of the day always has some almonds or walnuts. Nuts contain essential fatty acids, which really slam the brakes on inflammation. Inflammation accelerates aging; wrinkles, sagging skin, and blotchiness. Are nuts about nuts? Wild caught salmon, tuna, and halibut are great sources for fatty acids and good for your waistline and diet too, just make sure they are wild caught.
I started drinking green and black tea for my health and to cut back on coffee and soda, but now I drink 4-6 cups a day for my skin. Research shows that both green and black tea contain protective compounds—like theraflavins and EGCG. These help prevent the breakdown of collagen (the cause of wrinkles), plus they might also protect against skin cancer!
The best way to ensure younger looking skin is UV protection! To make sure you are getting enough sunscreen fill the hollow of your palm (about 1 teaspoon) with a 30 SPF (or higher) Broad-Spectrum sunscreen and then coat your entire face, neck, and ears. This is usually enough sunscreen for two coats but that's how you make sure you’re covered. Reapply every 3+ hours you are outside.
Sunscreen stops working in as little as 3 hours, so reapplying is key. For simple quick touch-ups try a powder sunscreen. Powder sunscreens are light, so your makeup stays intact.
A recent study found a tiny bit of tint can takes years off your face by giving you a healthy glow and by evening out your skin tone. The study found a healthy even skin tone is a key marker of youthfulness. Look for a moisturizing lotion combined with a low level of self-tanner.
Dermatologists suffer from stress too! High levels of tension and anxiety can spike hormone production that aggravates existing skin conditions like psoriasis and leads to new breakouts. Controlling stress not only keeps you calm, but has immediate effects on you skin. Try a relaxing 15-minute timeout! Put on a cooling eye mask or apply a facemask and then relax on the couch or on the bed. Sometimes a little spa or yoga music helps too. Light some incense. Every little bit helps! And make sure and turn off you cell phone!
Frozen corn or peas help soothe itchy, irritated eyes. We all know eating our veggies is good for us, but how about wearing them! One of the first things I do when I get home from a long day is to remove my makeup and put a bag of frozen corn on my eyelids for about 5 minutes. The cold helps reduce swelling and inflammation. Unlike inflexible ice packs, a bag of frozen veggies easily conforms to the shape of your eyes for a faster cooling and relaxing relief!
A tag team regimen can often be the key to rapid rejuvenation and healing. Ingredients like sunscreen and antioxidants in the A.M. and retinol and peptides in the P.M. can work wonders as a team.
Repeated jarring from high impact exercise like running can weaken collagen and lead to premature aging. So until a face bra is invented, stick to walking and pilates or yoga.
A good dermatologist will bend over backward for great skin. Well, yoga moves like sun salutations and downward-facing dog can improve circulation and give your skin that lovely yoga glow. Regular yoga practice besides keeping you fit and limber also reduces stress and gives you a much needed boost of oxygen through installing deep breathing techniques.