10 lessons we learned from dermatologists
From dermatologists we learned the most important lesson of all when we take care of the skin: their sunscreen is the number 1 anti-aging cosmetic. If it is not used daily, it is of little use to use the rest of the cosmetics because only the sunscreen used with devotion can prevent the 80% photoaging. But there are so many foolproof lessons we have learned from people who know more about the skin. Here are 10 skincare lessons we should all learn.
# 1. The relentless relationship between acne and hair conditioner
Christie Kidd, Kendall Jenner’s dermatologist, explained it a long time ago and other dermatologists confirm it. When you have the skin prone to acne, it is preferable to avoid using hair conditioner when showering: you can replace one conditioner without rinsing after leaving it. Or, at least, it is necessary to pay particular attention so that it does not come into contact with the skin, blocking the pores and aggravating the problem. In that case there are several options: either tie the hair with a clip leaving the conditioner to work, or follow the procedure recommended by the Kendall dermatologist, especially when it comes to avoiding that the conditioner also ends up on the back and worse than in jargon defines bacne (back acne). What to do? Wash your hair, apply conditioner, rinse, collect hair and lather your body.
#2. Make vitamin C the first Cosmetic you put on your skin
Thanks to dermatologists, we have become aware of the importance of using a sunscreen every day for good skincare. Similarly, experts suggest using vitamin c as the first ingredient to be applied every morning, in the form of serum or concentrate, before the moisturizer and sunscreen. The dermatologist Ricardo Ruiz he already said it in his book Antiaging. How to keep your skin younger: “The only recipe that works to keep skin looking younger is a serum or a vitamin C cream in the morning together with sunscreen. And combine it with retinoic acid and alpha hydroxy acids at night“.
# 3. The open pores of the skin will never close (but we can improve their appearance)
Although there are cosmetics and tricks that promise to “close” the pores of the skin, dermatologists insist that this is not possible. “The pores of the skin can only be kept clean,” says Dr. Ana Molina, which refers to the fact that the dimensions are different for each type of skin and person and that only age can modify their dimensions since the skin loses elasticity. Of course, although the pore cannot be closed, it can be cured so that it appears optically finer with cleansing and exfoliation. Dermatologists also recommend the use of creams with retinoic, glycolic or salicylic acid to make the pore less visible, but there must be an expert prescription.
# 4. The importance of removing eye makeup to prevent bags and dark circles
Removing eye makeup shouldn’t be an option. It is right and necessary to do it. But not just for a problem hygiene, but it must be done because, as the dermatologist explains Eduardo López Bran, if the makeup remains in the tear ducts it can cause inflammation and infection. In addition, the expert also has another recommendation to avoid the water retention in the area of dark circles which is involved in the formation of bags and dark circles: sleep with an additional pillow to lift the head.
# 5. Sunscreen is reapplied (even when you’re putting on makeup)
So explains the dermatologist Natalia Jiménez: “Despite all the advances in photoprotection, unfortunately, we currently do not have a ‘total sun protection that will last for 24 hours intact. There are numerous studies showing that 80% of a sunscreen’s “barrier capacity” is lost within two hours of application therefore it is essential to touch it up during the day. “Therefore, if we want our photoprotector to carry out its mission, it is necessary to reapply it even after applying make-up, for this reason the dermatologist recommends two alternatives: mineral powders with photoprotection or sprays with SFP.
# 6. A peel-off face mask that hurts when removed is not a good mask
“In no case, a mask that will be beneficial to our skin will cause pain during application or removal,” says the dermatologist Lidia Maroñas. And, if that happens, it can cause it dermatitis irritating and, in some more extreme cases, abrasions skin. Not to mention the fact that experts also question its effectiveness in cleaning blackheads since “They only remove the most superficial layer of the skin and in this way the blackheads reappear soon “.
# 7. The need to invest in a good shower gel
And this implies not being influenced by greedy and exotic perfumes but choosing a soap or a bath gel with an acid pH 5.5. “We must learn to make an effort to spend the right money for personal hygiene. If we wash with alkaline soaps, which are foamy and have excellent smell, the lipid layer that protects the skin is destroyed, the skin becomes dry and irritated, “says dermatologist Julián Conejo-Mir Sánchez.
# 8. Do we overdo the cleansing of the body?
Soaping all the skin of the body daily is another common mistake that dermatologists often refer to. Especially when you rub your skin persistently with soap and water, which alters the external fatty barrier that protects the skin. That’s why dermatologists, especially in case of dry skin or dermatitis, recommend limiting the daily application of soaps to essential areas (armpits, groin and intimate area), limiting widespread use throughout the body to two or three times a week.
# 9. Sunscreen is better off without oil
Especially if you have the mixed skin – the most common – or with a fat tendency or acne. As stated by Dr. Paloma Cornejo, sunscreens are the cosmetics that cause the most blackheads. Therefore, it is essential to choose an oil or gel-free texture to avoid this problem.
# 10. Vitamin K against bluish dark circles
For this color of dark circles, so common in fair skin, dermatologists recommend creams containing vitamin K. The reason? According to Paloma Cornejo, this vitamin strengthens the vascular wall and the coagulation mechanism, improving the microcirculation blood in the area.