Dr. Stephanie Williams is a clinical dermatologist based in Central London. She has extensive experience in her chosen field. She is also the acclaimed author of the well-received book, Future Proof Your Skin- Slow down your biological clock by changing the way you eat. However, today we are not talking about the book. We bring you 10 top tips that she gives out about caring for your skin the right way! And she throws light on quite a few of the wrong practices too…Skin Care Dermatologist

#1: What you eat affects the state of your skin and the rate at which it ages!

And this includes sugar and all the other things that are unhealthy for you. Skin is the largest organ in the body – and the most visible. And when your body is unhealthy, the direct effect is felt on the delicate facial skin – you have breakouts, dullness, blemishes and all other kinds of issues!

#2: Not everyone who claims to be a dermatologist actually is one!

A dermatologist is not just a therapist who has a cursory idea about skin. Only an actual doctor with a general medicine degree from a recognized university, followed by specialist training in dermatology can be called a dermatologist. So make sure you are seeing the right ‘doctor’.

#3: Not everyone’s skin is going to gel well with a facial

Facials can be good for many people’s skins. But did you know – if you are prone to acne, breakout or rosacea, a facial can actually aggravate the condition?

#4: A Clarisonic brush may not always be the best thing to use

For people living in polluted cities, a Clarisonic brush is a great addition to your skin cleansing kit. Just one brush actually cleans the pores and prevents breakouts and acne. BUT if you already have breakouts or acne, then do make sure to give the brush a miss. Like the facials, it will only exacerbate the condition.

#5: Moles aren’t always harmless

Whenever you get a mole, get it checked out by a dermatologist ASAP. Moles are usually harmless, but you never know when one is actually a malignant growth. In fact, you should do a monthly self-checkup of your full body for the appearance or growth of any moles.

#6: Patience is one of the major ingredients in any acne cure

If you start to treat acne while you are still in the stage of developing pimples and inflammation, then you only treat the symptom for the time being – and the acne will come back. You should wait and let the acne ‘burn itself out’, so to speak. And then you should target the scarring.

#7: Face wipes are NOT a permanent substitute for cleansing

Wet wipes should only be used on the face when you are traveling or do not have access to clean running water and your skincare products.This should be a temporary solution at best. They do not clean very effectively and aren’t good for skin in the long run.

#8: Stress ages your skin more than age does!

Stress releases a hormone called cortisol in your body. And cortisol is harmful for skin – it ages your skin much faster than normal. So handle stress and you will find that your skin’s aging will automatically slow down.

#9: Skincare products should always be matched to skin types

People with sensitive skin – be it acne prone or excessively dry – should always choose products that are specifically formulated for their skin type. The wrong skin products only worsen the problem.

#10: Aqueous cream actually irritates skin if left on

Many people use aqueous cream to clean their faces, or as a moisturizer when they have dry skin or eczema. What they do not know is that aqueous cream actually contains sodium lauryl sulphate. This is actually a detergent that irritates the skin and causes more harm than good.

So there you have it – 10 tips that actually bust quite a few myths most women tend to believe. And now that you have the actual information from a real dermatologist – you can start taking the right care of your skin too!

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