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Skincare routines

Not sure what the best treatment is for your skin? Then why not do what the doctors do to their own skin? A recent article in the Daily Mail asked a number of dermatologists what their own daily routines were, and what we should and shouldn’t do. The results were surprising…

Dr. Nick Lowe, a consultant dermatologist in London and Los Angeles, says he avoids soap, using instead a gentler skin cleanser, which can be used in the form of an aqueous cream – a non greasy moisturiser that provides a layer of oil on the skin’s surface to prevent any moisture loss. He says the cheaper versions are just as good as pricier options, which is great news!

Dr. Nick Lewell, a consultant dermatologist from Norfolk, said that most people over-wash their skin, “if you have dry skin, you shouldn’t wash more than twice a week unless you are visibly dirty or smelly. If you have normal or oily skin, you can get away with washing more often, especially if you wash with an aqueous cream moisturiser”.

Both doctors were unanimous that we should all use a moisturiser as they reinforce the skin’s naturally protective oily layer. Without it, our skin would rapidly become dry and flaky. The dermatologists also recommended using cheaper versions of moisturisers, with Olay, Simple, Nivea and Vaseline being just some which were mentioned, as well as other pricier versions.

Naturally, all dermatologists recommend using a sunblock, naming it as the single most important thing you can do for your skin.  Dr. Bav Shergill from Brighton says that this should be no less than SPF15 and should also be efficient at blocking out the sun’s UVA rays.

Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting was asked if there is anything available on the high street to make our skin look younger. Her response was not very positive. “Many of the products available on the high street are designed not to work. They are formulated to cause as little trouble as possible. They are designed to sit on the surface of the skin – not penetrate it – so they don’t work. It’s as simple as that,” she said.