Every time we walk into a dermatologists’ office, we’re amazed by the doctor’s seemingly ageless, pore-less and blemish-free skin. So, we had to know, what’s the secret (and why aren’t they sharing!). Thankfully, L’Oréal Paris recently signed Dr. Gervaise Gerstner as the brand’s Consulting Dermatologist, and she’s dishing on the insider-secrets dermatologists use to keep their skin looking nothing short of flawless.
5 Skincare Tips Dermatologists Swear By…
Glycolic Peels. Peels may sound scary, but fret not and make like Dr. Gervaise Gerstner and do them at home 3 times a week as well as in the dermatologist office (at higher strength) once a month to help with texture, fine lines, pore size and acne prevention.
Gentle Cleaners. You may think that a spanking clean face is the goal, but top-derms know better. So, put down your super-strength soaps and stop stripping your skin with strong cleansers. Instead, try cleansing just once a day with L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser. (Yup, no need to wash in the morning since your skin is clean and you’ve only slept on a presumably clean pillow.) If you suffer from acne, alternate with a salicylic acid based cleaner every other day to keep breakouts at bay without over-drying your skin.
Exfoliated Lips. Start by exfoliating dry skin with a toothbrush and then apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment if lips are super dry – it’s a great cracked lip balm.
Hydrated Hair. Use a deep conditioner or hair masque once a week. (Dr. Gervaise Gerstner sleeps with a hair masque on – or at least keeps it on during her gym workout – for added penetration.)
Sun Protection. Even on a cloudy, rainy day – wear sunscreen! Just walking from the office to Starbucks you get UVA/UVB damage, which leads to wrinkles, collagen breakdown and brown spots even though they may not get “tan” from such a short stroll. Also, we get sun through the car window. So, invest in a good pair on sunglasses too to prevent the squinting in the sun that can lead to crow’s feet.