Tempted to corner the dermatologist you meet at a cocktail party for her best skin care advice? No need. We asked top experts in the field how they keep their skin young, fresh, and glowing 24/7.
#1.Get Some Rest:
Daily moisturizing is the best defense against dry skin. Applying lotion right after you step out of the shower seals in the moisture that your skin has just absorbed. And since hands are often the first indicators of aging, invest in a heavy moisturizer to keep in your bag, car, and office.
“A little tint takes years off your face by evening out your skin tone,” which a recent study found is a key marker of youthfulness, says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Cambridge, MA. Her favorite for a natural look: Olay Complete Touch of Sun Daily UV Moisturizer + A Touch of Sunless Tanner ($15; drugstores), a lotion with a low level of self-tanner.
Jodi Ranson, an esthetician at Utah’s Golden Door Spa, recommends honey for taking care for dry, cracked lips. “It helps to heal wounds and hydrate parched skin, plus the anti-viral properties make it a good cold sore remedy, too.”
#5.Eat a Skin-Saving Breakfast:
The first meal of the day for New York City derm Doris Day, MD, includes almonds. “They contain essential fatty acids, which help put the brakes on inflammation that accelerates fine lines, sagging, and blotchiness.” Not feeling like a nut? Salmon, tuna, and halibut are good lunch/dinner sources.
#6.A LITTLE OMEGA:
“A Mediterranean diet full of fish, fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and tea provides the skin with the good omega fatty acids,” says Dr. Macrene Alexiades, director of an NYC-based research clinic and private laser and aesthetic dermatology practice. “This diet also has the antioxidants your skin needs to maintain a healthy glow and reverse sun damage.”
#7.Protect with Powder:
Sunscreen stops working in less than 3 hours, so reapplication is key, says Washington, DC-based derm Elizabeth Tanzi, MD. For easy touch-ups, she uses powder sunscreen. “It’s light, so skincare stays intact.” Her fave: Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Powder SPF 50 .
We know you don’t apply hair products to your face, but the residue can end up there anyway. Next time you apply hairspray, cover your face with a clean towel to protect your skin. Also, use a sweatband when you hit the gym to keep the products from dripping down when you begin to sweat.
#9.Develop a Bedside Manner:
“I often find it difficult to stick to my anti-aging regimen at bedtime,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, an NYC derm. To avoid missing her evening routine, she stores these products in a pretty skincare case she keeps on her nightstand. “So if I’ve forgotten—or was just too tired to apply products at the sink—I can do it easily while in bed.” Her must-haves: Renova (an Rx retinoid), EpiCeram (an ultrahydrating Rx moisturizer), SCO lip balm, Earth to Skin Care Cracked Heel Renewal, Creative Nail Design Solar oil (to soften cuticles), and Listerine White Strips.
#10.Strike a Pose:
Most derms will bend over back-ward for great skin. Hema Sundaram, MD, a Washington, DC-area dermatologist, bends forward. Yoga moves “like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations improve circulation—the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow.” Another reason to take to the mat: New research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging.