Dermatologists have seen all kinds of skincare concerns up close — from bad breakouts to brutal sun damage and everything in between. So what do these pros really want to tell women about their skin? Here, eight derms share the one thing they want all of us to know. And trust us: You're going to want to heed their advice.
1. BE CONSISTENT
“Keep it regular. Get into a habit of having treatments with a therapist you trust. It's important to work a program of treatments into your routine just like you would exercise to maintain fitness levels. Also, avoid changing ranges too often, it's confusing for your skin. Once you find something that works, be faithful.” Try: Dr Spiller’s Aloe Toner ($86, dr-spiller.com.au) – Dr Spiller Skincare Expert Sue Dann.
2. BUT DON'T BE AFRAID TO CHANGE THINGS UP
“The skincare regimen that worked for you for many years or even six months ago will change. That goes for the products we use on the skin as well as the structure of the face. Things change constantly, and good skincare maintenance means being open to change and not sticking to what has always worked for you. The key is to be attuned to your skin and not be afraid of making changes and switching things up.” — cosmetic dermatologist Dr Paul Jarrod Frank.
3. START AN ANTI-AGING ROUTINE ASAP
“You don’t want to wait until you start seeing the signs of aging to take action. Your skin ages in a multitude of ways starting at an early age. You may see signs of sun damage like brown spots on your face appearing in addition to structural changes like bone resorption [the breakdown of bone tissue] and loss of fat pads which cause fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily with an SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours when in the sun. You should also moisturise, moisturise, moisturise to maintain the skin barrier. And non-invasive lasers may be used to ward off skin pigmentation and fine lines as well.” – dermatologist Dr Marnie Nussbaum.
4. DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS CAN MAKE YOUR SKIN SAG
“One thing I’d like to tell all women is that after age 40, don’t lose weight too quickly or too much. When we’re younger, our faces stay smooth and lifted even when our bodies get lean. And, skin has more elasticity, so it bounces back when you lose weight quickly. After 40, if you lose too much weight, your eyes and cheeks get hollow, and your lips get thinner, making you look gaunt and severe. Skin has less elasticity, so it sags without the support of underlying facial fat. And, when you gain the weight back, it is more likely to go to your midsection, not your face.” – dermatologist Dr Jessica Wu.
5. DON'T SKIP THE DENTIST
“Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Dental health and bone density are important for the prevention of perioral wrinkles. If you have poor dental health, it can cause a loss of bone density in the jaw and cheeks. The bones provide structure and support for the skin. Loss of this support can lead to wrinkles and sagging of the skin.” – dermatologist Dr Debbie Palmer.
6. SUPPLEMENTS CAN HELP
“Collagen supplementation is key! Protecting our precious proteins, such as collagen and elastin (topically and internally), gives us the best results long term. I advise my patients to support their collagen and essential nutrient levels using bioavailable supplements.” Try: The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost ($39.95, thebeautychef.com) – dermatologist Dr Julie Russak.
7. SUNSCREEN IS EVERYTHING
“The most important thing you can do to minimise skin aging is protect yourself from the sun. Even five minutes a day adds up over a lifetime. The fight against aging is a marathon not a sprint, and on a daily basis you need to exercise sun protective behaviour and wear sunscreen. Avoid the sun between peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., wear sun-protective clothing, hats, and glasses, and use sunscreen with at least SPF 30." – dermatologist Dr Joshua Zeichner.
This article was originally published by Women's Health.