Skin care tips and secrets from female dermatologists

Many dermatologists often use professional-grade skin care products sold at medi-spas, dermatology offices, or specialty sites rather than the usual consumer products. However, let’s be clear. They are doctors and know what they are doing. Since many of these products contain higher percentages of active ingredients, ask your own dermatologist if they are right for you. That said, the team provided plenty of useful tips. Looked:

1. Customize your skin routine for your skin.

Make a plan for your skin – not your best friend’s or your sister’s complexion or what some celebrity over 50 says works for her. “Everyone’s skin and situation is different, so there’s no specific product that will work for everyone,” Lupenko says. “You may have more or less sun damage and varying degrees of problems like dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, a medical condition like rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis, or a sensitivity issue. like eczema.” Make sure your routine addresses your skin and its current condition.

2. Respect your skin’s level of sensitivity.

Many women find their skin more prone to redness and irritation at age 50. Some common ingredients like perfumes, alcohol and essential oils may be prohibited. Others — even those proven to improve sun damage and wrinkles — like retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, and chemical sunscreens may not work for you either. Know what triggers your sensitivity and ignore it, no matter how amazing the claims are. “I have delicate, sensitive skin, so for me, less is more,” says Jaliman. “I can’t use some of the harsher products other people can use, like retinol, and stick to formulas with peptides, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants.”

3. Use gentle, moisturizing soap-free cleansers.

Most dermatologists start their morning and evening routines with a moisturizing cleanser and skip scrubs, buffing brushes, exfoliating tools, and sponges. Cleansers with a gentle creamy formula and micellar water top their checklists. Jaliman even does a double cleanse with the two at night. “I apply a cleanser formulated with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and aloe to a cotton ball for gentle exfoliation and follow it up with soothing micellar water – which has a pH of 5.5, just like the skin – to remove any leftover makeup,” she says.

4. Sunscreen is essential every day, rain or shine.

Each of the dermatologists religiously applies sunscreen and all prefer mineral sunscreens, although brands and prices vary. Lupenko suggests we “try broad-spectrum baby sunscreens like Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection, Eucerin Baby Sensitive Mineral, and Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Mineral. The baby formulations are great for all ages — just marketed differently. But don’t you Don’t stop there. Lewis recalls that we “make sure to include the ears, lips and hairline in sunscreen”. Marmur layers her SPF. “I double up with SPF in makeup and mineral sunscreen,” explains- she says, while Jaliman always wears “a hat with UPF 50+ and UV 400 goggles for 100% sun protection, in addition to sunscreen.”

5. Update your moisturizer as needed.

The expiry date on the tube or jar always means the time is up. However, that’s not the only reason to buy new. Mature skin continues to change with age. Your face at 52 may be drier, more pigmented or wrinkled than it was last year at 51. It may be more prone to redness or more sensitive to things like perfume. Adjust your moisturizer (and all skin products) accordingly. And a reminder from Lupenko: don’t give up too soon. “Keep in mind that many products take two or three months to start working and six months to see a good improvement, so be patient!”

6. Let serums amplify your benefits.

Serums have become the new norm, much like hair styling products. You can do without it, but adding one will give better results. All dermatologists use at least one serum in their regimens under the day and night creams and Cheung uses four (you can layer them). Choose based on your skin’s individual needs, but know that each serum delivers a potent, highly concentrated dose of its active ingredient. You may want a vitamin C serum for extra brightening; a hyaluronic acid serum for extra hydration; a peptide or retinol serum for smoothing wrinkles; or an antioxidant complex to combat dullness and discoloration. And, yes, you always need an extra moisturizer!

7. Exfoliate, but gently.

While dermatologists often rely on in-office resurfacing procedures like microdermabrasion, “lunchtime” peels, or lasers, they also perform gentle exfoliation at home. The key word here is softness. Exfoliation — whether chemical or manual — removes dead cells that linger on your skin’s surface, unclogs pores, restores a healthy glow, and helps topical creams and serums work more effectively. A little is good; too much is not. “Mature skin tends to be deficient in estrogen, which makes it more prone to irritation, dryness, and a dull appearance,” Cheung explains. “Using chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids and retinol can help reveal fresher looking skin…but don’t overdo it!” She’s not kidding. Once a week for an exfoliating mask is enough for non-professionals and if you use retinol at night, it’s your built-in polishing system.

8. Look for proven ingredients.

Regardless of the price, brand, or potency level of the product, dermatologists depend on the same ingredients we do to restore smoother texture, improve our glow, and boost collagen so our faces look firmer and fresher. Their favorites include collagen boosters like retinol for those who tolerate it or peptides for those who can’t; hyaluronic acid and glycerin to improve hydration; vitamin C to lighten discolorations; niacinamide and aloe to calm and soothe; antioxidants to prevent and reverse damage caused by free radicals; and ceramides or vitamin E to protect the skin’s barrier layer and lock in moisture.

9. Use a separate eye cream.

Skincare experts treat the same eye issues we do by always using a specific product (not your face cream) to counter puffiness, dark circles under the eyes, fine lines and crow’s feet . Choose an eye cream or gel with targeted ingredients. Look for vitamin C to brighten; peptides to smooth wrinkles and crow’s feet; hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump dry, crepey skin; caffeine to reduce puffiness. And if you wear eye makeup every day, take Marmur’s nighttime makeup removal tip: “I use a shake-it style eye makeup remover (never wipe!) on the delicate eye area and I rinse with a super soft baby washcloth and I follow up using a damp Beautyblender sponge to remove any leftover mascara without tugging the skin on the lids.

10. Get enough sleep and exercise.

Both of these freebies are on doctors lists as daily skin boosters. “I try to get at least seven hours of sleep, wake up before 6 a.m., and do cardio and light weights for 30-60 minutes before work because sweat is the best cleanser and endorphins are the best booster. of brilliance”, explains Marmur. Need more encouragement? Lewis notes that sleep and exercise are key to improving our complexion “since they increase blood flow to the face.”

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