Jeannette Graf, M.D. is a renowned dermatologist, best selling author, she has a skin care line and contributes to many publications as an expert. Dr. Graf is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY and partner at Omni Aesthetics MD in NYC. She has is a frequent guest on shows such as Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The View just to name a few. Dr. Graf is frequently a contributor for magazines such as Allure, InStyle, Marie Claire, Details, Cosmopolitan and many more. She is a leader in her field and often refered to as “Doctor Peptide” because of her significant research on peptides. Dr. Graf serves as an independent consultant for cosmetic companies such as RoC skincare, Neutrogena, Aveeno and more.
Today Dr. Graf shares some skin care tips with us:
What is the best type of facial cleanser to use?
Dr. Graf: There are many different facial cleansers available – they must all be pH balanced to maintain the moisture barrier of the skin. The newest data has demonstrated that a wipe-off cleanser or balm is as effective at cleansing the skin as a rinse-off formula without disrupting the moisture barrier. One of my favorites is the Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover, which removes makeup, dirt and debris without stripping the skin.
If I wash my face at night should I wash it in the morning, and if so, why?
Dr. Graf: Yes! Skin repairs itself overnight and expels impurities through its microcirculation. Whatever debris is left on the skin must be cleansed before applying daytime skincare products.
Can you over exfoliate?
Dr. Graf: Absolutely! I see it all the time, especially with mechanical exfoliants, which can wound and irritate the skin.
Is there a right way to exfoliate?
Dr. Graf: Yes! Exfoliation is a function of normal healthy skin; however as we age and lose our moisture in the outer layer of skin, our enzymes are no longer able to perform this function, and dead skin cells hang on, making our skin look dull. My preference is using an at-home peel two to three times weekly at night – I like the Glytone Rejuvenating Mini Peel Gel, a 10-minute peel with Glycolic Acid.
What are the three skin care products that must have for my regime?
· A gentle yet thorough cleanser, such as the Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover (see above)
· Sunscreen with antioxidants such as EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, which is good for all skin types
· Retinol or Retinaldehyde at night, such as Avène RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream, which has Retinaldehyde, making the product a good option for sensitive skin, as Retinaldehyde is a non-irritating form of Vitamin A, yet very effective in stimulating cell renewal and promoting the production of collagen and elastin
Always in your fridge?
Dr. Graf: Kale and lemons – kale for salads and lemons, both for alkalinity; your body functions at its best when its internal pH is slightly alkaline; optimizing your alkalinity helps with overall vitality and also helps to improve microcirculation for a healthy glow.
Best advice you have ever received:
Dr. Graf: Add lemon to water for alkalinity benefits and make sure you eat 35-38 grams of dietary fiber in your diet daily. Dietary fiber, found in many fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes such as peas and lentils, not only helps to keep you regular, but also helps to lower cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels and can be of help in maintaining a healthy weight. As for how to estimate servings of the above food groups that can provide the daily 35-38 grams, there are guides which can be found online to help you keep track and count. For example, 1 cup of raspberries has 8 grams of dietary fiber- the most of any fruit! A small apple has about 3 grams of dietary fiber and ½ cup of legumes such as peas and lentils has about 5 grams of dietary fiber.
Tip for our readers:
Dr. Graf: Be sure to get plenty of sleep. The renewal of the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself occurs while sleeping. When you don’t get enough sleep, the lack of rest throws your renewal cycle off balance.
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