Start your day with Sharon + Mike
Karen thank you, you probably whipped out that huge jar of petroleum jelly may be to kind of grease down your skin. At some point that’s what we do in the wintertime – prevent that ashy elbow, ashy heel; national winter skin relief day is Saturday so we have invited a pro to give us some glowing recommendations for our skincare routines – no tubs of goop required. Dr. Jeanine Downie is a board certified dermatologist – she is also the founder of Image Dermatology in Mont Clair New Jersey – good morning to you doctor, thank you for starting the day with us!
Good morning! Thank you so much for having me on!
You got it! You are glowing, but you are the dermatologist. But for so many of us, this is a real problem during the winter months – we switch up our skincare routines, we are trying to protect what you doctors advise is the largest organ our skin what should we do every day?
Well, I recommend this time of year I am in the northeast – I am in Northern Jersey in Mont Clair New Jersey – I recommend a humidifier for everyone all across the country right now because that will add extra moisture to your skin, your hair and your nails. It does not matter if it’s the coolness Sharon or if it’s the warmness – that is personal preference and it can’t just be on your radiator it has to actually be free standing in your bedroom and then extra moisturizer – extra moisturizer for your face your neck your hands, and your entire body you gotta drink more water so it is important to hydrate when it is hot – it is important to hydrate when it is cold. So now it is cold so drink a lot more water – if your you know 151 pounds then that is like a 11 glasses of water a day, 8 ounce glasses of water a day and sunblock Sharon – sunblock is still really important. Every single day spf 30 or more, with reapplication.
Now do you see that – we always forget about that sunblock don’t we and people think well black people we don’t – we need that! Right? To stay youthful and keep our skin healthy – what kind of products though should we have in our bathrooms, that are go to products.
Okay – so anti-ageing serums I like to say and it is never too you know early to start – so I have patients that are in their teens and 20s that are already using anti-ageing stuff, so we call that pre-rejuvenation – if you are in your 40s and 50s then it is rejuvenation.
I like that!
You see how that changed little? The subtleness there?
The SPF 30 cream for your face, and for your neck and for the backs of your hands and then a lot of women will use a powder puff brush in the middle of the day. Sharon interesting enough we react to indoor lighting and outdoor lighting. The blue light from the phone the computer, the apple watch, the Ipad – all of it, we react to all of that.
So even if you are indoors on zoom all day – you still need to put sunblock on you still need to reapply it.
And absolutely no tone Sharon – we need to tone our muscles. You know what I am saying?
I do! Show off!! You look great!
You are funny! Thank you we don’t need to tone our skin at all that is a complete rip off, it strips your skin and it can age you – no toner.
Wow! Your arms look so great – Michelle Obama has nothing on you! But what about you know that age old thing that your grandma probably told you, petroleum jelly Vaseline these heavy products on your skin, is that a good idea – does it like shield it or does it clog the pores?
Regina King actually does a great commercial right now for Petrolatum but the bottom line is for most of us it can actually block your pores – and it can break you out!
So I think it is critical for your lips, especially with all the mask wearing that we are doing – a lot of people right now with Omicron are double masking – it is really important for your hands and it is really important for your feet – petroleum jelly in general. So I would say absolutely for those 3 areas, but for a lot of us it could clog our pores so I would not recommend it for the face necessarily.
So you brought up masking I want to go there next – I see and I have had it myself sometimes you get like a little bit of a break out right here and I know some people think it is because they are re-using some of the masks or they are adjusting constantly and maybe that is messing with their skin – what can you share about that?
So the disposable masks need to be changed quite often – so many of us in the medical profession will use the KN95 or the N95s and we change them frequently during the day. If you are using a cloth mask you should wash it with a gentle cleanser, you should not be picking – I tell my patients don’t pick at your skin.
That is just going to make anything much worse, and then quite frankly you know like I had to last night, I had a giant acne pimple come up right here – use a spot treatment overnight and then cover it and then be about your business, because I could not be on camera with you today Sharon with a giant pimple that I knew came up from my mask last night.
It is gone! And you know I don’t know the obsession with these – another dermatologist a great one you said it yourself, Dr. Pimple Popper– but we are obsessed it is like it is calling us to do something do something but you are saying you don’t want to do that?
Don’t pick it!
Yeah! And lastly we are almost out of time but I can tell you eat right and clearly you work out and you are beautiful but what about what you do eat? What should we eat for our skin? And what should we avoid?
So limit your soy limit your sugar. Sugar can actually increase your wrinkling, and it is very inflammatory – limit your nuts even though I recommend most people to be on a Mediterranean diet with nuts, increase exercise brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and sleep! You know what I am saying? But I mean the bottom line is the more inflammatory foods we eat – the worse our skin will be, so we need to limit gluten limit, soy and definitely limit corn those things are all very inflammatory, and peanuts also – unfortunately are also very inflammatory so those are some of the things to think about with that.
You are like the best girlfriend we all need you because I feel that if I just hung out with you I’d do and eat exactly what you do and it would be great!
Oh thank you!
We want you back! Thank you Dr. Jeanine Downie!
I would love to come back!
Thank you so much for starting your day with us – you are great, you look great!
Thank you so much Sharon.
We need to steal a little piece of you! Have a good one! Thanks so much!
Thank you Sharon happy new year!