Top Four Skincare Secrets of Doctors
Ever see a skincare specialist with bad skin? Ever wonder what secrets they know and what healthy skin solutions they use? Here are some secrets skincare specialists recently shared with more.com to keep their skin looking fabulous:
#1 They Power Clean
All dermatologists endorse daily cleansing with a mild, gentle cleanser. However, many doctors use cleansing formulas with glycolic or lactic acid to accelerate exfoliation and salicylic acid to unclog and refine pores. These ‘power cleansers’ also even out skin tone and correct blotchy skin.
Some doctors alternate their cleanser with a more aggressive exfoliator or at-home-exfoliator once or twice a week to ensure that dead skin cells are sloughed off, leaving the skin clean and glowing.
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#2 They Use Protection
All skincare professionals know the importance of protecting their skin from harmful UV rays and they apply sun screen unfailingly twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles, using a sun screen daily is the first line of defense and your skincare professional knows it!
Apart from damaging UV rays, dead skin cells are a skin’s major enemy because they clog pores and give skin a grey ashy appearance. After exfoliating at night, most skincare professionals apply a retinoid cream on their skin to speed up the rate at which the body sheds dead skin cells. Retin-A, a form of Vitamin A, not only stimulates collagen production to minimize fine lines, it normalizes cells exposed to UV rays, thereby undoing UV damage.
Retinoids can be irritating to the skin though. For a less aggressive approach, alternate retinoid cream with your daily moisturizer or blend it with your moisturizer to dilute its strength – either way, regular use of a retinoid cream will ensure that your skin is always renewing itself, keeping you younger, longer.
#4 They Fight Free Radicals
Free radicals from food, sun, or air pollution, damage the skin and cause premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Skincare professionals use antioxidant serums topically or take antioxidants internally to fight free radicals and reverse the damage caused from these sources. Most doctors don’t rely on topical serums, rather they boost their free-radical-fighting abilities by downing antioxidant rich foods and fruits – for a list of these anti-aging foods, read our article on Foods for Healthy Skin.