A dermatologist shares ideas for a healthy complexion.
What is my personal skin care procedure?
My skin care routine is diligent and purposeful. It is based on the AM and PM cycle. I start with clean skin, ready to absorb certain active substances as much as possible. All my products are hypoallergenic.
In the morningFirst, I wash my nightly products with natural soap or pH balance cleanser (Extremely Gentle), and then Rose toner. This prepares my skin to absorb the next set of products.
Then I apply highly concentrated water-based hyaluronic acid serum (Instantly Luminous), and then an antioxidant for green tea of high concentration (Green Tea Therapy) and eye cream (Advanced Corrective).
I supplement this antioxidant and moisturizing cocktail with a zinc oxide sunscreen that is a BB (Suntegrity) cream. It also moisturizes and dyes to serve as my moisturizer and base. At first it is sunscreen, and the remaining stages of this product are perfectly processed, which saves my time.
However, my priority is a wide spectrum SPF. Twice a week, I use an exfoliating scrub instead of detergent to wash my face (Bamboo and Clay Thermal Scrub).
Twice a week, I add a product with vitamin C to my green tea and drop eye cream (a professional cream for treating vitamin C). If I wear makeup, this is pure mineral makeup powder. My complexion is pretty good for a 60-year-old blond Californian who tanned as a teenager, so I don’t need to soften or hide my complexion flaws.
In the evening, in the evening I started taking off my sunscreen and daytime products with grape seed oil and a warm cloth. This is a good step that I borrowed from K-Beauty, and my skin loves it. Then I clean my skin with a mild detergent, pH balanced, and Clarisonic.
- If my skin is irritated by the weather or my rosacea threatens to flare up, I apply green tea, and then my daily face cream (from normal to dry), enhanced by my omega-oil.
- If my skin feels tolerant, I use my favorite anti-aging remedies – tretinoin (prescription) or retinol. Tretinoin is in a moisturizing base, but if I use retinol, I moisturize it by adding my daily face cream and booster oil to it.
I'm a big fan of glycolic acid, but as I get older, my rosacea becomes harder to tolerate the usual products with glycolic acid on my face. I used them in my 30s and 40s every morning. Now I include this wonderful ingredient in my routine, exfoliating with glycolic acid at least once a month.
If I could use only three skin care products for the rest of my life, what would they be?
This is a lightweight sunscreen based on zinc oxide, a professional product for green tea and retinoid.
What are my favorite skincare brands and why?
I have my own skin care line, and I mostly use them. The products are hypoallergenic, but at the same time highly functional, which corresponds to my values and priorities. I also like simple natural products, such as grape seed oil, for removing sunscreen based on oil or cosmetics. I used pure jojoba oil as a moisturizer. These are hypoallergenic and functional skin care options. Brands such as Hauschka and Weleda have natural, non-toxic and delicate options for sensitive skin, as well as deeply moisturizing. You should keep track of allergens in some of their products. I love the Suntegrity BB Cream Sunscreen and wear it daily. In my teens, I dedicated myself to Clinique, and many of their products are both functional and hypoallergenic.
What are my top 3 skin care tips?
- Every day, protect your exposed skin from the sun with sunscreen or clothing and look for shade. The sun destroys the structure of your skin more than time. Just say no to the sun.
- Focus on your skin from the inside with a healthy vegetarian diet and regular exercise. Skip daily junk food and empty calories, they appear on your face. Exercise makes your skin glow with vitality.
- Create a complete skin care procedure using compatible products. This means that put a tick in the "Clean, fix, moisturize and protect every day." You can make it as simple or as hard as you want.
What skin care procedures (dermabrasion, lasers, etc.)? Do I regularly do?
I had a series of IPL (5) and I do 2 times a year on the face, neck, chest, hands and arms. It made a huge difference to my skin. I do an ablative erbium laser for the face and neck once or twice a year. I have a face full of Allergan injectables, and for many years, Botox on my upper face and hyaluronic acid and the Juvederm filler family on my 60-year-old lower face. I appreciate the Allergan product development technology and I believe that they offer the safest of all injectables, so I do not care about other brands.
I do a peeling with glycolic acid once a month, and I like to do a face treatment with microdermabrasion about every 6 weeks.
My 60-year-old fair skin grew in California and tanned until the middle of 20 years. This sun damage would like to appear in my skin as the dull, wrinkled and spotty skin of an old lady. It takes effort to counter this.
What are my lifestyle habits that keep my skin in great shape?
- I eat mostly plants with a small amount of animal products, such as goat yogurt / cheese and some meat. I have a glass of red wine with dinner every night too! (Cured Italian meat is my guilty pleasure.)
- I always regularly go in for sports, both for my physical and mental health. I get at least 150 minutes of cardio workouts every week (at this age, a quick walk and a lap ride, but in my youth I did a more intense cardio). I do yoga and pilates every week.
- I spend time outdoors for the peace and recharge that he gives me.
- After undergoing BRCA breast cancer treatment, I also sometimes take a nap with the dog. I also consider the priority to sleep well for 8 hours.
At 60 years old, if I fall out of this well-being routine, my complexion begins to look as drained as I feel.
What is in my makeup bag?
Little! I wear blinc mascaras (I like their tubular technology. Any other mascara is smeared under my eyes as soon as I put it on). I use my pure mineral powder for shadows and rouge. I smooth and fill my lips with a Hauschka lipstick, and then add one of Suntegrity CPR SPF shimmering lipsticks to it. Sometimes I use my baked mineral powder on top of Suntegrity BB SPF cream if I take pictures or take pictures and want my skin to become more matte.
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