9 Skincare Habits of Dermatologists

9 Skincare Habits of Dermatologists

Choose the right cleanser
"For oily or acne prone skin, a salycylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great," says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. "For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser."

Watch what you drink
Skip the coffee for water, green tea or a green smoothie (without sugar)!

Follow a healthy diet
Eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index 
Eat food with omega-3 fatty acids, which increases your skin's ability to hold onto moisture.

Never forget the moisturizer
Moisturize right after you step out of the shower and shortly before bed.

Don't touch your face
We've all heard this thousands of times! Touching your face spreads bacteria and causes breakouts, which can lead to scarring.

Wear Sunscreen - Rain or Shine
Many people believe that they only need sunscreen when it's sunny or when they're outside. However, sunscreen is important 365 days a year - even when we're inside. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours.

Exfoliate a couple times a week
"We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen," says Dr. Gohara. To fight this, you should "choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn't dry as it exfoliates." 

Clean makeup brushes regularly
Avoid clogged pores by cleaning makeup brushes regularly. You can clean your brushes by using a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Massage bristles and squeeze the water with a towel. Lay brushes with the bristles hanging off the edge.

Sleep Well
In addition to getting your eight hours of sleep at night, wash your pillowcases. Bacteria accumulates on your pillowcase which can lead to breakouts. 

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