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5 Things Dermatologists Love

Time and time again, these skin beautifiers are recommended by dermatologists because they work, no prescription required.

Time and time again, these key ingredients are recommended by skin doctors, no prescription required.

 

1.  GENTLE NON-FOAMING CLEANSER
Dr. Sandy Sknotnicki-Grant, Bay Dermatology Center: “Every day, gently cleanse with a non-foaming, low detergent cleanser. The foaming aspect ‘de-fats’ the skin of it’s protective lipids.”

Beauty Guide Recommends  These three cleansers–Spectro Jel, Cetaphil, and Dove Bar Soap–are in the Beauty Hall of Fame. Consistently recommended because they’re low in additives which contribute to dry skin.

 

2. CERAMIDES
Dr. Skotnicki-Grant: “The latest studies says ceramides are really important for dry skin. Ceramides are the moisture-capturing fat layer in the outer portion of the skin which is lost with all this washing and low humidity. You want to replenish them so, ceramides are an important ingredient.”

Beauty Guide Recommends
Curél Itch Defense Lotion with Advanced Ceramide Therapy –  An effective, affordable body lotion that soothes eczema prone skin and is gentle enough for babies 6 months and up.
Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum  – Capsules of  pre-measured, skin identical ceramides help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.

 

4.  RETINOL
Dr. Katie Rodan, C0-creator, Proactive: “Retinol is a gentler form of  vitamin A (aka as Retin-A) and just as effective. There are retinol receptor in the epidermis and when retinol binds to them it tells your collagen to increase production.” One percent is the highest amount of retinol allowed by Health Canada for over-the-counter products.

Beauty Guide Recommends
RoC RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Night Cream – Formulated to work through the night when skin is  most receptive to it’s repairing benefits.
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum – Contains Pro-Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, which works to boost collage and elastin in our skin, as well as Vitamin C antioxidants.

 

4.  GLYCOLIC ACID
Dr. Kathy Fields, C0-creator, Proactiv:  “It’s the smallest and most penetrating of the AHAs, providing hydration and exfoliation of dead surface skin cells that can block pores and dull the complexion. A true beauty ingredient, it’s an excellent way to hydrate skin as well as a beneficial agent for acne prone skin.”

Beauty Guide Recommends
Proactiv Revitalizing Toner – Yes, it works and is so affordable. Alcohol-free, it’s formulated with glycolic acid  to gently exfoliate layers of dead cells and help unplug pores.

I use both these products daily.  NeoStrata Toning Solution Level  exfoliates skin without over drying. For severe acne-prone skin, this solution can be compounded with prescription drugs to achieve optimal results. Follow with NeoStrata Smoothing Cream Level 1, a mild yet effective exfoliation for first time users with minor problems or with sensitive skin.

 

5.  SPF PROTECTION
Dr. Fields: “The number one wrinkle cream is sunscreen. It’s protection against dis-colouration, brown spots and wrinkles. We all need sunscreen, even men, and yes, even people of colour. We think that black skin has a pretty high SPF naturally, but in fact, it’s good for about an SPF 3, perhaps as high as SPF 6 for very dark complexions.”

Beauty Guide Recommends
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 60 – The crème de la crème of facial SPF protection. Lightweight and fast-absorbing with a matte finish, so no greasy look. Water-resistant, fragrance and paraben-free. Perfect.

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