How Becoming a Doctor Changed How I Treat My Skin
Patients often ask me why my skin looks so great. My answer: I’m in the anti-aging business and I own askincare line.Early on, before wrinkles set in and hollows deepened, I began dressing up my face. Even after only a couple of years studying medicine, it became obvious it’s much more effective for facial rejuvenation to begin in your late 20’s than to have a reactive approach to erasing etched-in lines and a hollowed-out face.When I finished medical school in my late 20’s, I began protecting my skin against the normal process of aging by taking measures to slow it down. Biologically, we’re in a constant state of oxidative stress and our cells have a timestamp. So, the only way we can “look younger” is to decrease the rate of aging.How was I able to achieve results that so many of my patients notice?By being as diligent about taking care of my skin, as we are about brushing our teeth. This doesn’t mean spending hundreds of dollars on a luxury cream that will only last 6-months. If you keep skin hydrated using layers of serums and creams formulated with effective ingredients, you’ve already won half the battle.Far too many people begin thinking of skincare when it’s too late. Being a medical doctor really opened my eyes to the aging process and how important it is to be proactive. It also allowed me to study what ingredients aremost effective in combating signs of aging.The key anti-aging ingredients I look for are aloe, vitamin C, and plant hydroxy extracts.These organic, nontoxic ingredients arepowerful antioxidants that protect my skin and allow it to heal. It’s the foundation of how I’ve achieved beautiful-looking skin, but it’s not the only step I take.I also help my skin build more collagen by stimulating organized injury using dermal fillers. I’ve relaxed my forehead and frown lines with agents like Dysport and Botox but am always mindful not to overdo it.After a couple of years, I realized I could still maintain my look without needing as much. This subtle aesthetic approach has allowed me a full range of facial expressions and movement without any wrinkles. I’ve always steered clear of a “frozen” look, just in case I ever decide to go into acting as a second career!One of the best things I’ve done for my skin is to never leave the house without first applying an SPF.I remember to do this every day and incorporate it into my daily morning routine right after I brush my teeth. UV rays are the greatest cause of oxidative stress, soprotecting your skin against the sun is the first step toward more radiant skin. I recommend everyone give this a try.Above all, it’s important to remember that beauty is truly only skin deep.Practicing a healthy lifestyle is one of the best things you can do, not only for your skin but for yourself. You need to care for your body inside and out. It’s undeniable that following a sensible and nutritious diet is the most important basis for achieving a glowing complexion.So, now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to get back on track to eating healthy, nutritional meals. Your skin will thank you, but more importantly, it’ll make you feel great!
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