How to Think Like a Dermatologist
Published Jan 09, 2013
Everywhere you look you see beautiful people with flawless skin. If you’re like me, you wonder how, what, where and why they have such gorgeous skin—especially if you know that one or two of these beautiful people have lifestyles that may, in a word, be skin-challenging.
It doesn’t help that every time you log on to your computer you see an ad for the newest skin cream that “definitely” erases wrinkles. Promises, promises, promises. Plus, it seems like you need a degree in biophysics to decipher all the new ingredients that are appearing daily in the latest lotions and potions.
I’ve tried them all, I’ve researched the ingredients, and I’ve prepared enough celebrities for the red carpet that I know secrets and shortcuts to flawless skin. After raising three sons, working in my dermatology office, and traveling as an international lecturer, I’ve got the inside skinny on skin. Whether you’ve got acne, wrinkles, red spots, or are just exhausted, tune in here for real bona-fide dermatologist advice to make sure that wear and tear of a busy life doesn’t show on your epidermis.
The good news is that the industry is on your side. Skin care in general is headed for better, more effective treatments that are targeted to specific issues. Think about it: all those executives at the beauty companies are aging and they want to look younger longer, too. And, of course, looking younger begins with beautiful skin, so, there’s a lot of money being devoted to R&D so we can all look our best.
In this continuing series, I’ll give you tips and insight on how to think like a dermatologist. You will learn what’s hot and what’s not, office procedures, new creams, new ingredients, and new at-home skin devices. Plus, I will recommend cheap alternatives to products and treatments that you can do yourself at home, including recipes for skin care made from what’s in your fridge and pantry. And, finally, we will talk: “Prevention!” I’ll give you advice on how to look better than you feel so you can feel better.
So, let’s kick off with a few basic guidelines:
Dr. Ava Shamban is a scientist, author, business owner, and supermom of three best known for her on-air expertise on “Extreme Makeover” or “The Doctors.” She is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, and recently published “Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal.” Her mantra? “Life happens. It doesn’t have to show on your skin.” Follow her on Twitter at @DrAvaMD or tune in for more tips on YouTube at DrAvaMD.