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7 Skin Care Tips Dermatologists Do Themselves

Black woman putting on face lotion

April 8, 2019

Pros’ personal advice to make everyday a good skin day

1. 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.”

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 PotionsA ‘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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.
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.

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