Skincare + an interview with an expert

Skin is super important. Super, super important. I was lucky in the sense that I never had any spots growing up, except a few pimples around that time of the month. Because of this, I basically had young, fresh skin that I never worried about, except for it being suuuuper sensitive. Like, ridiculously sensitive.

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Although there are loads of products out there, I’m loathe to use them as I’m just so glad to have finally found a routine that works for me. No more flare-ups and itchy, irritated skin! Here’s what I use. Super simple stuff:

Garnier Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes
Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub
Garnier Skin Naturals Soft Essentials 24hr Nourishing Day Cream
Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream

I caught up with Dr Bassam Zeina MD, PhD Senior Dermatologist at Anana Clinic with some questions on how we can treat our skin to get the best out of it. I learnt a few things, perhaps you will too!

ED: What are the best preventative measures for aging skin?
BZ: Skin ageing is very complex. But to make it easy and practical I would recommend the following:

  • Wearing a good sun cream all year around including winter
  • If you are sitting next to a window you should remember that you need to wear sun cream. You are still exposed to UVA which causes ageing
  • I would recommend wearing sunglasses all the year round to prevent ageing around the eye and getting sunken eyes
  • There are treatments that could help to slow the ageing process and this includes the following:
  • Topical preparations such as topical Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and others.
  • Other treatments such as PRP (this was Kim Kardashian’s vampire treatment), some light treatments, and others
  • Eat healthily, including more greens and a low calorie intake
  • A good night’s sleep, 8 hours if possible
  • Stress isn’t kind on the skin. Manage it with regular exercise, meditation and yoga

Which ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin?
This varies from person to person. To confirm that you are allergic to a particular product, I suggest that you test it first for few days on your forearm. Just avoid anything you had a reaction to. Most people could avoid excessive washing with soap.

What does it mean if a product is Dermatologically Approved?
It means that the product was reviewed by a dermatologist. In real life it does not mean a lot. The key is finding products with proper studies into their safety. The more important question: is this the right product for your condition?

How important is sun care, really?
Very! It is the single most important factor when it comes to skin care. But, remember that we age specifically because of UVA. This is near to visible light and gets through clouds and glass – meaning that you even age on a cloudy day, and through glass. This is illustrated very strikingly by images like this one – of drivers who have aged dramatically on one side because of spending a lot of time next to windows:

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What tips do you have for women dealing with adult eczema?

  •  Take vitamin D. A multivitamin with Zinc is even better
  • Instead of soap, use a soap substitute
  • Keep skin lubricated. By keeping skin lubricated you reduce the need for medications such as topical steroids by 75 percent. If your skin is itchy, think of it as your skin asking you to put cream on it! The exact type isn’t crucial, you can use any cream or ointment you like. The key is to keep your skin lubricated – you can use over the counter preparations or ask your GP to prescribe you something specific. You can use things such as baby oil, coconut oil or others
  •  In winter avoid over heating your house, which can cause dryness. Consider methods to control the level of humidity. Simple wet towels over the radiators can suffice, but there is also specific equipment
  • Additionally, avoid extremely air conditioned environment. You’ll first notice their effects on dry skin around the eyes
  •  If the above did not help, please see your GP

Do expensive skincare products work better than inexpensive ones?
The key is to use the right active ingredients. Some expensive products smell and feel nice, and have good marketing. Interestingly high price could just be a part of the marketing strategy to make them more appealing. Simply go for a good sun cream, good Vitamin A or a good Vitamin C preparation.

 

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