Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Skin Care Tips from Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur


The entire team at The Makeup Examiner loves the summer … who doesn't right? Although the warmth and fun-in-the-sun activities are a blast, and much-needed reprieve from winter, summertime presents its own set of unique issues that may leave you wanting to stay covered-up! Do you know the best ways to keep your skin looking great throughout the warmer months? Well, TME was fortunate to catch up with Dr. Ellen Marmur to find out how to get, and how to keep, our skin looking sexy all summer long!

The Makeup Examiner: What's the best way to maintain skin moisture during the warmer months?


Dr. Ellen Marmur: The first question I ask my patients who suffer from dry skin is what are they using to cleanse themselves with. For most, this is not something they even really consider as they use whatever is in the shower or what's on sale at the drugstore. So the first step to set yourself up for success is to trade in the soaps and body washes that use harsher cleansers for a body wash with milder ingredients. After the shower, the next step is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Use a thick moisturizer while the skin is still damp and continue to apply throughout the day. The third step, and of course one that is even more important during the warmer months, is to apply sunscreen every time skin is exposed to the sun. 


Shaving and summer go hand-in-hand. What can we do to retain skin moisture before, during, and after we shave? 


Dr. Ellen: If you shave during your morning shower, apply moisturizer the night before you shave. Pay attention to the cleanser or shave cream you are using and seek out a product that won't strip essential oils from your skin. After you shave, immediately apply additional moisturizer while skin is still damp and then apply sunscreen before exposing skin to sun.


SPF is a given when we venture out, but what is the lowest you recommend?


Dr. Ellen: Broad spectrum UVA UVB SPF 30 is my lowest! Unless we are applying a shot glass, or a golf ball, amount of sunscreen lotion, we are only getting a fraction of the number of the SPF on the label. So don't skimp on sunscreen. You will still get sun even with SPF 50!


How often should SPF be reapplied?


Dr Ellen: Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. There is no reason to forget or avoid this, because sunscreen formulations are more elegant and cosmetic than ever.


What are your three "must-dos" for summer skincare?


Dr. Ellen:
  1. Moisturize your skin three times a day! This will prep your skin for its natural glow.
  2. Avoid harsh soaps that strip your essential oils and use mild cleansers.
  3. And WEAR your sunscreen! There are no excuses.


Dr. Ellen Marmur

Dr. Ellen Marmur is a leading dermatologist and Founder of Marmur Medical in New York City. Dr. Marmur is recognized and admired expert in skincare and women's health dermatology, and is an Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Genetics & Genomic Research at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Marmur is also the author of "Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin".

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