Dr. Doris Day, author of Forget the Facelift: Dr. Day Turns Back The Clock With A Revolutionary Program For Ageless Skin, is a top NYC dermatologist who has appeared on CNN and The Today Show and has written articles for Allure, ELLE, In Style, Vogue, Glamour and Redbook. I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Day last week about skin resolutions and turning back the hands of time – or at least making those hands feel a bit more gentle. Here’s what she had to say…
On the stat that roughly 50% of women wish they took better care of their skin when they were younger:
That other half just wouldn’t admit it. I haven’t met anyone from that other half yet! But there is so much you can do. No matter where your skin is at, what you do starting today can make such a big difference in how your skin looks and how you age going forward. Your skin is very forgiving
On trends and innovations in cosmetic dermatology for 2013:
Ultherapy uses high-density focused ultrasound and is the only device that is FDA-approved to give you a lift. We combine this with lasers. Plus we have our tried and true treatments like Botox Cosmetic.
On best skin practices in your 20s, 30s, 40s:
Anti-aging starts at birth. As soon as you’re out that clock is ticking and it’s time to take care of yourself and your skin. It does mean different things at different ages.
In your 20s, it’s about using retinols and sunscreen and being sunsmart.
As you hit your 30s, that’s when you can start adding in some treatments. That’s when things like Botox Cosmetic comes into play. And maybe some chemical peels and a lighter laser. The Clear and Brilliant is a great laser for your late 20s and early 30s.
As you move up into your 40s, Thermage and Ultherapy become more interesting types of treatments because we start to feel the sagging a little bit. So you keep doing what you’re doing in your 20s but you add on a few treatments that will help enhance and maintain those other results.
And sunscreen is in there all throughout. That is the single most important thing.
On hyperpigmentation and brightening:
Hydroquinone works really really well. And there are also some hydroquinone-free products. There is one I really like called Elure and there’s an over-the-counter version called Luminaze. Philosophy Miracle Worker has a great line to also help even out skintone. Using sunscreen along with that is critical.
On the single most important New Year skin resolution:
Use sunscreen every day all year round. There is sunscreen in everything these days. Your moisturizer, foundation, lipstick… You can layer it on. Look for sunscreen SPF 15 and higher.
Do you wish you could turn back the hands of time? Or as I tweeted right after the interview, “Soo using oil to get my savage 80s tan was bad??”
What are your skincare resolutions?