We won’t deny it; in fact, we embrace it. Dr. Dennis Gross isn’t just a scientist, he’s a skincare saint. Here he lists his ideal commandments for a healthy, brighter and more youthful looking complexion.
#7 Thou shalt step away from the third flute of champagne.
While sleeping off the effects of too much Moët & Chandon, alcohol-dilated capillaries leak circulatory fluids into our body tissue, causing the skin to swell. When skin has poor circulation, the body actually creates extra blood vessels in attempt to rehydrate and repair.
#6 Thou shalt hit the lights out before 11PM.
Beauty sleep is a real thing! Regular sleep, at the same time, every night is a golden rule. It’s the easiest thing we can do for the health of our skin. From 11 PM to midnight, the renewal process of ‘cell mitosis’ (a division of skin cells) peaks whether you’re awake or sound asleep, this is when skin repair happens.
#5 Thou shalt wear SPF every single day.
It is the number one anti-aging tool, as said so by our doctor. Rail, hail or shine, research shows that a substantial amount of premature aging comes from incidental sun UV ray exposure when we’re least aware of it.
#4 Thou shalt rehydrate in an unconventional way.
The best way to moisturize is straight after showering, with the bathroom door closed to trap steam. Towel dry and apply your moisturizer. You have 1-2 minutes! Why? Showering adds significant water content to your skin. Seal it in with your moisturizer before it evaporates.
#3 Thou shall cleanse religiously in the shower.
We all know to never skip cleansing! The shower is a great time to massage a gentle cleanser into the skin. Pores are more open and the sebum is liquefied. Apply daily to dry skin with dry hands when you first get in, as it will bind more effectively to dirt and oil molecules. Deep cleaning becomes easier and more efficient.
#2 Thou shall seek Vitamin C immediately.
A noted favorite ingredient of Dr. Gross, look for skincare with this powerhouse ‘skin food’ nutrient featured in its formula. Vitamin C is critical to the body’s production of collagen, which is what gives our skin its youthful firmness, structure, elasticity and brightening.
#1 Thou shall understand the skin you’re in.
Knowledge is power. Eating habits, environmental factors and genetics: they all play a role in how your skin is behaving. Take the time to understand your skin. Then you can better ‘learn by concern’ when choosing the best skincare for you. In turn, achieving your healthiest skin possible!