Women around the world ask what Jennifer Lopez does to get her radiant skin.
How can a regular person get their skin to be as healthy as the celebrities? You can sub in nearly any famous woman—Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Oprah or Chrissy Teigen. They all have skin worthy of envy.
We asked a dermatologist what you can do to achieve happy skin. The answers may surprise you. Our social media manager Nicole Derosiers decided to try some of these tips and wrote about her results.
Forget the expensive serums or facials, healthy skin comes from some basics.
“I’d spend less time focusing on how much water you can drink per day and getting the exact right number of hours of sleep every night,” said Dr. Vlad Ratushny, MD, PhD, a dermatologist at Massachusetts Dermatology Associates and MassDerm Hair Transplant Institute in Beverly, Massachusetts. “Of course, you want to stay hydrated and sleep, but there are other things you can do during your day that will have an immediate impact.”
Dr. Ratushny’s suggestions are below:
- Focus on moisturizing skin. The basis for radiant, happy skin is moisture. Dry skin can look patchy, irritated and the opposite of glowing. Moisturizers like CeraVe cream have ceramides in it which restore natural components of the skin barrier. Other types of moisturizers like Skintensive Fragile Skin Moisturizer (a product developed by Dr. Ratushny), have a natural organic coconut oil base and are rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and arnica, to deeply moisturize the skin and help with any bruising or skin fragility. Nicole: Growing up, we always had to be moisturized! I’d been loyal to a water based cream for over ten years. So with colder weather coming, I decided to opt for a thicker cream like the one Dr. Ratushny recommended. After about a week and a half of use, I can certainly tell that my skin feels more moisturized and firm.
- Avoid hot showers. Long, hot showers can dry out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. This can make conditions like eczema worse. Dryness can make your skin itchy and scaly and hot showers are no compliment.
Nicole: I could spend my entire evening after a long day and intense workout in a hot shower! And did I mention it’s cold? So a lukewarm shower over the past week or so has not been my favorite part of the day, BUT, my skin doesn’t feel itchy like it normally does after a long hot shower. It has taken some getting used to, but I’m noticing the difference.
- Using mild soap like Dove or Cetaphil. It comes back to those oils—most soaps wash away your skin’s natural moisturizer leaving it bare and dry. Mild soaps don’t do this. Some, like Dove, even soothe sensitive skin through moisturizing ingredients.
Nicole: I made the switch to Dove last year and have noticed a significant difference. Plus, I am quick to use either coconut oil or Palmer’s lotion immediately upon exiting the shower to keep the skin from drying out. This all seems to help!
- Consider a humidifier for winter if your skin is drier. Winter air is dry, and humidifiers put moisture back into the air. There are lots of benefits to breathing humid air during winter. It can help stave off colds, give you glowing skin and even help preserve your real wood furniture.
Nicole: I got rid of my humidifier when it broke at the end of last winter. Since then, I’ve noticed just how DRY it can get. I live in an apartment where I cannot control the heat so late at night it’s especially stifling and the presence of a humidifier would help my late night dry throat leaps and bounds. After reading this article…it’s in the mail.
- Avoid tanning and always use sunscreen. UV rays from the sun damage the skin’s DNA. It can cause brown spots on the face and even more importantly can lead to skin cancers. If you’re going out, even on a grocery store run, slather some on your face for protection. Dr. Ratushny recommends using at least an SPF 30 sunscreen with re-application every 2 hours if you plan to be out during a sunny day.
Nicole: I’ll be honest, I’m terrible with sunscreen and love a nice golden glow. But (for better or worse) having started working at a hospital, I’m slowly incorporating more efforts to protect my skin from the blazing sun. So long story short, I’m working on it (insert nervous smile here).
- If you’re prone to acne, abstain from sugar and dairy. There is some evidence that sugar and acne are linked. Sugar has long been thought to cause inflammation and dairy contains an adequate amount of natural sugars. Additionally, some have shown that lower-glycemic foods can be beneficial for those suffering from acne.
Nicole: This was an absolute fail. I generally use milk alternatives but am a cheese aficionado. Plus we have a chocolate drawer in the office and I usually make multiple trips a week. I did a full two months without visiting—I think it’s time to bring that back.
If you think your skin could use a pick-me-up, speak with your health care provider about ways to improve your skincare routine.