After practicing dermatology for 30 years, Ive had countless people ask me for my best skin care advice, my favorite products and what my magical skin secrets are.
Being a part of the skin care industry for so long has taught me that great skin is something thats coveted by most people. Everyone wants their skin to look young, healthy, radiant and beautiful, and thats not just women. Its men as well.
No one wants to look old or tired. Everyone wants their skin to have that sparkle, that glow. There are few better compliments you can give a person than You look young for your age, and theres a reason for it.
Well, after 30 years, Ive finally decided its time to lay everything out on the table. Ive decided to go straight to the source to bring you the best skin care tips and advice from the people who know best: others in the skin care industry.
Ive surveyed other doctors and employees, and Ive also asked my partners at DermWarehouse to share their secrets, tips and best advice for skin that will look young and healthy for years to come.
About 90 percent of skin aging is from the sun. Its only 10 percent that comes from genetics and muscle movement. The most common habit I see that causes significant health and skin-related problems down the road is not wearing sunscreen on a daily basis.
This is a habit that I try to instill in my family and my patients. Its something so easy to add to your daily routine, yet so many people skip it or forget about it.
Many people think that unless theyre planning to be outside for the entire day, going to the beach, exercising, etc., sunscreen isnt necessary. [H]owever, you should apply sunscreen anytime youre outside, even if just for a few minutes.
If youre walking to work, taking your dog for a walk and running back and forth between your car and stores to do errands, this is all time that youre spending outside with your skin exposed to the sun.
Dr. Alan Parks, Dermatologist, Eastside Dermatology and Co-Founder, DermWarehouse
Start thinking about your skin care routines at an early age, and remember that beautiful, young-looking skin wont stay that way forever if you dont take care of yourself. Start thinking about products you can use to prevent aging and sun damage in your 20s, and once youre in your 40s, 50s, etc., youll be thankful you did.
It always pays to be proactive. One of my favorite products is Skinceuticals C E Ferulic. It provides antioxidants, Vitamins C and E and Ferulic acid, which help prevent collagen breakdown and replenish lipids in the skin.
Its used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and youll start to see results in a few weeks. I also love the Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. I wear it every day.
Stefanie, Co-Founder, DermWarehouse
Keep It Clean
Its surprising that many times, clearing up acne is as simple as keeping your face clean. I love to work out, and I always make sure to wash my face as soon as Im done. One of my favorite face wash products is the Glytone Acne Self-Foaming Cleanser.
Jason, Co-Founder, DermWarehouse
Remember Were All Different
There isnt one product or one skin care routine that works for everyone. This is not a cookie-cutter process, and you should always make decisions on your skin based on your own skin type, age, concerns, etc.
You also cant use the same products at 50 or 60 that you used at 20.
As women age, they begin to have increasing wrinkles and lines on their face and neck and often lose volume in their face. In addition to their normal skin care routine of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen each day, additional products should be added to help these issues and to delay the aging process of the skin.
An eye cream, smoothing serum with retinols, and a neck firming cream should be added along with a Vitamin C brightening serum. These products will help diminish fine lines and wrinkles and slow the process for further ones to develop.
Robin, Co-Founder, DermWarehouse
Weve given you our best tips and advice, and now its your job to put it all to good use. The overwhelming message here is as follows: Wear sunscreen, be proactive in regards to your skin care and keep your face clean.
Most importantly, however, is to make sure to visit your dermatologist regularly. A yearly full-body skin check is key in preventing skin cancer. Any changes in size, shape or color of a mole should be looked at by your dermatologist.
Be aware and proactive about your skin, and this will ensure healthy results. Apply all of these great tips, and youll be on your way to younger, more beautiful and immeasurably healthier skin.
This article was originally published on DermWarehouse.