From Vogue magazine, a New York Dermatologist, Whitney Bowe, M.D. gives us 5 suggestions that will give a perk to our skin naturally. She says, “It’s about making smart decisions over doing more things”. Here’s 5 great tips for better skin from a dermatologist.
1)Get some decent sunglasses
Whitney tells us that sunglasses are important for two reasons: They prevent the repeated blinking and squinting that can create new wrinkles to form, plus, they protect the delicate skin around the eyes from UVA/UVB damage. The harmful skin effects from the sun are cumulative so best to hide delicate, wrinkle-prone areas from those rays.
2) Take a daily probiotic
Whitney Bowe says there’s new evidence that indicates that probiotics (good bacteria in capsules, etc.) are excellent for the radiance of the skin.
“Calms down inflammation, slows down signs of aging, protects against sun damage and free radicals,” she imparts. Plus, you can get your probiotics from supplementation with capsules, a good yoghurt with live probiotic cultures, and even fermented sources like miso and kombucha.
3) Double up on skin products
She also tells us that two of the more important products to use are a serum that is applied first to the skin and then layered with a nourishing day or night cream over it. She says the best time to double up is at night, when the skin is repairing itself. Try a serum and night cream with peptides and antioxidants, she suggests, so that they work while you sleep.
“When you layer a serum underneath a cream, the serum actually penetrates deeper into the skin.” When you use the serum, you should, “ layer it under a hydrating night cream to seal the moisture in.”
4) Green tea, please
Whitney also suggests to alternate your morning coffee with a cup of green tea as well. While coffee has been proven to be a powerful antioxidant and actually protects the skin against skin cancer, green tea has a few tricks of its own. Green tea will protect the skin against collagen degradation so is best for anti-aging. Best idea: Alternate your cup of java with a soothing green tea. You’re getting a powerhouse of antioxidants that way- plus you’re covering all your bases.
5) Cleanse at night
Turns out our mothers were right. As a last tip, Whitney Bowes tells us it’s important to cleanse thoroughly at night. It doesn’t just help to slough off those dead skin cells but it also helps to rid the skin of dirt and pollution that sticks to our makeup and face moisturizers. Believe it or not, those pollution particles create free radicals which can actually cause brown spots. Who knew? Well, it seems that extra five minutes spent cleansing is well worth it, no matter how much we’re dying to hit those sheets.