Perfect Skin Secrets from Celebrity Dermatologists (Guest Post) Guest Writer: Sophia Smith

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Flawless blemish-free complexion is not a myth, or an elusive unattainable dream. If you haven’t been able to achieve it yet, it’s only due to the fact that you haven’t had proper guidance. Every skin type has its unique set of rules and needs, and in order to cater to yours, who better to turn to than a renowned dermatologist?

These professionals know skin better than anyone else in the world, and celebrity dermatologists have worked with a large number of women, all with a different set of issues and needs. They’ve seen and treated it all, and now you have the opportunity to snag some of those secrets for yourself.

Better safe than sorry

Better safe than sorry

A woman who has rightfully earned the title “the red carpet dermatologist”, Dr. Ava Shamban is the first person to turn to when pursuing that perfect complexion. Her set of advice is fairly simple (and affordable), which enables every woman to have great skin even on a budget. According to her, amazing skin starts with the things we do every day. That means that taking care of your skin daily brings about more benefits than addressing a problem once it’s already occurred. She swears by the mighty four – first off is a nice and gentle cleanser. Then sunblock steps onto the stage and your perfect choice can be found in Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30. An SPF all year long is the key ingredient of healthy skin. In the words of Dr. Ava, “The way you protect your skin today will absolutely affect how it looks in the future.”

After an SPF comes the moisturizer; locking in moisture is paramount to skin elasticity, radiance and resilience. The nighttime routine definitely calls for something active. It can be an antioxidant, peptide, retinol, or a combination of all three – but at least one should become your second nature. Retinol is as close to a magic potion as us humans have been able to concoct. It helps regenerate skin and fosters collagen production while you get your quality sleep time. One thing of the utmost importance is removing makeup before going to sleep. According to Dr. Lancer, this is one of the biggest skin crimes. It’s not just a matter of skincare, it’s the foundation of hygiene.

Always be gentle

Always be gentle

Supermodel Kendall Jenner has been very candid about her skin issues. Namely, the model has been fighting acne for a very long time. Her dermatologist’s advice: never attack the skin with harsh products. Dr. Kidd emphasizes the importance of being gentle when treating acne-prone skin. She is a strong advocate against abrasive products, scrubs, rotating brushes and even washcloths. “Using anything abrasive on acne can increase inflammation of the zit, actually making it worse,” she advises.

Use gentle face washes and only your hands to wash the face, then gently dab it with a soft towel and apply moisturizer for your skin type. Wash the face three times a day, especially if you wear makeup on regular basis.

One product to rule them all

One product to rule them all

The one product that hasn’t been given sufficient attention, and which according to Dr. David Colbert is the only product you truly need is serum. This skincare product is appropriate for all ages, skin types and even genders (pass it on to the men in your life). If you’re wondering what serum is and what it does for you, Colbert explains clearly: “A serum is usually a water-based delivery system, in which potent active ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, and acids are introduced into the skin for anti-aging effects.”

As we all crave youthful-looking skin that shows little signs of aging, serum is definitely a product worth implementing in our skincare arsenal.

Go beyond skincare products

Go beyond skincare products

As you’re able to see from the skincare recommendations given by some of the best dermatologists out there, you don’t have to break the bank in order to look fantastic and there are numerous products out there that do the work and are incredibly affordable. However, no skincare regimen will give you the results you crave unless you take care of your body and skin from within. Nutrition, fitness, sleep and stress management are equally if not even more important than slathering the skin with products. Turn to dermatologists’ approved superfoods, take up a sport, make sure you get your beauty sleep and a great skincare routine is then just icing on the cake.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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5 Summer Skincare Tips for A Healthy Glow (Guest Post) Guest Writer: Emma Lawson

Apply Sunscreen

Summer is almost around the corner, and although we love everything that it brings, we have to consider how it affects our skin. Everything from simple poolside fun to all day on the beach can have a negative impact on your skin health. Chlorine and salt water can be irritating, while the sun can dry out your skin and lead to premature aging. Not a very appealing outcome, right? Don’t worry, all of these misfortunes can be avoided with proper skincare that includes cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating. However, there are still a few things that can be done if you want to achieve a healthy glow. Here are five of them.

1.     Use Non-Toxic Sunscreen

Apply Sunscreen

Most of the conventional sunscreens contain toxic chemicals (e.g. parabens, homosalate, cinoxate, etc.) that can cause serious damage to your skin. Mineral sunscreens are usually a better choice for your skin because they contain beneficial ingredients, such as zinc and titanium. The time when you apply the sunscreen is also important. You should apply it 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside, to be sure it is fully absorbed until then. It is always useful to wear a hat and sunglasses.

2.     Steam Your Face

Steam Your Face

Besides the regular skincare routine, steaming your face can be an ideal way to unclog the pores and cleanse the skin in order to avoid having those nasty acne breakouts during summer. Fortunately, giving yourself a steam cleaning in the comfort of your home requires no specialized knowledge or equipment:

  • Just fill a pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • Transfer water into a glass bowl, place your face over the bowl, and drape a towel over your head.
  • Stay over the steam for up to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water
  • Place vinegar on a cotton ball and rub it over your face to remove the debris.

3.     Use Natural Products

Use Natural Products

Just as with the sunscreen, other conventional skincare products are also packed with various toxic chemicals that can do your skin more harm than good. Summer is the time when you need something lightweight and gentle for your skin. That’s why it is better to turn to Dermalogica products that can repair your skin without causing any further damage. Mineral makeup is another wise choice.

4.      Consider Natural Solutions

consider natural solutions

However, most of the skincare solutions you need can be found in your very own kitchen. Here are some ideas:

  • Massage your skin with coconut water for softness and glow.
  • Use lemon as a tan remover.
  • Rosewater is great for a daily wash.
  • An evening massage with cold milk will cleanse and moisturize your skin.
  • Yogurt and honey can be great moisturizers.
  • Watermelon and cucumber juice will truly freshen up your face in this hot season.

5.     Take Care of the Sensitive Areas and Look Beyond the Face

Look Beyond Your Face

First, the most sensitive areas of your face are those where your skin is the thinnest. Those are the area around your eyes and your lips. The application of a lip balm and sufficient water intake can both help in facilitating your protection against UV rays, but you should search for a balm with SPF and exfoliate your lips from time to time. As for the area around your eyes, besides the usual sunscreen application, you should wear sunglasses and apply an eye cream every night. Your face may be the biggest secret-teller, but you should also nourish your body with sunscreen and body butter.

While you are having the time of your life in the summer sun, your skin is going through a lot of issues, and since it is always there to protect you, you should also try to protect it. In return, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful complexion and a healthy glow.


Author Bio:

Emma Lawson is an online article editor at She likes to do explore the true meaning of “a healthy lifestyle” and share it with her audience. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson 


5 Summer Skincare Tips for a Healthy Glow