Skin Secrets: The Dirty Deets From A Dermatologist

By  September 02, 2014

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Dermatologists handle major skin issues on a daily basis. And to maintain a flawless face throughout the sweltering months of summer, there’s no one better to turn to for beauty advice. We snagged a few secrets from Dr. Jody Levine and found out how to correct everyone’s biggest skin-care mistakes, which beauty buys can pull double duty, and even which ingredients don’t blend well with the rest of your skin-care routine.

 Add More Moisture and Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Regardless of whether it’s a messy, mundane chore or it just constantly slips your mind, moisturizing and protecting your skin is top priority any time of the year. Dr. Levine admitted she sees plenty of problems that stem from skipping a salve. “A lot of what I see comes from dry skin,” she said. “You get itchy from dry skin, you get eczema, your skin is more likely to get a cut. Not moisturizing would be my number one.”

Save the Scrub
As important as cell turnover is for radiant skin, scrubbing too much can make matters worse by leaving your skin raw. In lieu of a loofah, Dr. Levine recommends using scrubs with gentle beads, brushes, and low doses of glycolic acid to get softer skin. She also recommended shaving with the Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive to ensure your stems stay soft through the summer without irritation. “I don’t believe that people should scrub more than one or two times a week,” she said. “Too much scrubbing actually promotes more dead skin to grow. I think one to two times a week is enough.”

Make the Most of Your Medicine Cabinet
We’ve heard recipes for a slew of homemade beauty treatments, but Dr. Levine clued us in to a few we weren’t familiar with. “I know if you mash up an aspirin and put a little honey in it, it does help pimples go down,” she said. The aspirin reduces redness, and its salicylic acid helps clean it out, while the honey holds on to moisture, not germs. Vaseline is another medicine-cabinet must. “You can use it to take off your eye makeup and then also put it on your lips for dry lips or skin for dry skin,” Dr. Levine said. “I also use it when I get cuts; when you have a cut, you want to keep the skin moist.”

Be Careful What You Combine
We’ve all snapped up a product we expected to work wonders only to have it backfire when added into your routine. A retinol paired with benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acid, or vitamin C can seriously irritate skin and make it sensitive to the sun, depending on your skin type. “I think that irritation is the main factor that would stop you from using two products together,” Dr. Levine said. “It may or may not—some people’s skin can tolerate these things, and others can’t.”