To kick off the year, Dr. Jean-François Tremblay, dermatologist, medical director of MédIME, Institut de Médecine Esthétique generously offers his recommendations to take good care of our skin, our bodies, and our health for our overall wellness. Here are his 10 beauty commandments.

1 – You shall clean your skin twice a day

This is the basic gesture of a healthy skin and yet many people skip this vital step. The skin, regardless of type, must be thoroughly cleaned morning and night to remove dirt and excess oil and minimize the risk of pimples, blackheads and inflammation. Cleaning also allows better absorption of ingredients in your creams, serums and anti-aging products.

Tips from Dr Tremblay: To maximize the effectiveness of your cleaning ritual, massage your cleanser in circular motion on wet skin and rinse with warm water. Also, choose a cleanser for your skin type for more efficiency.

 

2 – You shall not go a day without antioxidants

Antioxidants are essential to fight against free radicals which, when produced in large quantities, attack healthy skin cells. They thus degrade and die more rapidly, without being renewed as quickly as it should as a result, skin laxity wrinkles and dark spots appear. On a daily basis, we should consume sufficient quantities of food with antioxidant properties such as blueberries, green tea , raspberries and spinach to name only a few and enrich our skin care routine with products containing antioxidant ingredients such as vitamins A , C and E.

Tips from Dr Tremblay: For antioxidants to have a real impact on the skin, three criteria should be respected: the stability of antioxidants in the chemical formula of the products, the extent to which they are absorbed by the skin and the concentration required for effectiveness without causing irritation. To choose your antioxidant-enriched skincare products, book your appointment for a consultation, we will be happy to help you choose the right products for your skin.

 

3 – You shall protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun

The sun has multiple effects on the skin. Some of these effects are beneficial as the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin by the action of UVB rays. However, exposure of the face or back of the hands of a few minutes a day is enough to produce the required amount of vitamin D, which helps calcium absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Beyond those few minutes of daily exposure, you are exposed to harmful effects on the health of the skin such as premature aging and skin cancers. Should apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 30 and apply every two hours, summer and winter.

Tips from Dr Tremblay: For sensitive, reactive or intolerant skin, choose physical sunscreen when buying your sunscreen. These filters form a barrier which reflects UV radiation but are not absorbed by the skin as are the chemical filters. Physical filters are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

 

4 – You shall be physically active on a regular basis

Studies have shown that regular physical exercise slows skin aging and even helps to rejuvenate the skin. According to the study conducted by the University Mc Master, 65 years old volunteers followed a moderate exercise program two to three times weekly for three months. The results concluded a qualified benefit of “outstanding” with skin that has literally rejuvenated by several years. The specialists in particular explained the results by the production of bio-stimulants factors by muscle cells, positively affecting the entire body with an anti -aging effect on the skin.

 

5 – You shall treat yourself with relaxing massages

In the long-term, stress and anxiety affect the whole body and skin is no exception. When stress becomes chronic, it has biological implications and accelerates aging of the skin. Under the effect of stress, blood flows back to the vital organs to give them more energy and oxygen and the means to respond quickly to the situation that generates stress. The skin finds itself less well irrigated and less «fed» by blood cells. It becomes dull and regenerates less easily.

Tips from Dr Tremblay: A healthy lifestyle, including a regular practice of physical exercise, a daily time for relaxation, good sleep habits and a healthy diet can be effective against stress. Massages are an effective way to fight stress by reducing muscle tension. Regular massage sessions have the effect of reducing cortisol, the stress hormone. You should know that cortisol inhibits the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, which significantly reduces the skin’s ability to regenerate.

 

Don’t miss the Part 2 of our 2015 10 beauty commandments in the next edition of MedIME’s Blog.

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