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Derm Reacts to Best & Worst Beauty Advice from Moms

by: Annie Lam

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Derm Reacts to Best & Worst Beauty Advice from Moms

by: Annie Lam

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked you to share the best and worst beauty advice that you’ve gotten from your mom or mother figure. We got so many great (and not so great 😬) tips from the mothers in your lives. For some people, their first exposure to skincare and beauty is through their moms. So what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than highlighting their beauty advice? Our medical director Dr. Aimee Paik is going to be sharing her thoughts on if these tips are worth following. Does mom really know best? 

The “Best” Beauty Advice From Your Moms

❌   Never pull down on your face when applying product

While pulling down on your face aggressively could potentially speed up signs of aging, gently applying products in a downward direction does not have a major impact on loss of firmness or sagging.

🕶  Avoid sun exposure. My mom is 57 going on 45

Yes! We recommend being diligent with your SPF and limiting sun exposure when you can, especially when using retinoids like tretinoin. We also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat while outdoors! 

🐢  She taught me to love retinol & to start slow!

Go mom! Retinoids are the gold standard for treating acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. While “retinol refers to the over-the-counter formulation which is less effective”, Dr. Paik says, this is solid advice. Starting slow is also a great tip to help minimize dryness and irritation when introducing retinoids to your routine. 

🧣  Moisturize your neck

Bringing your moisturizer down to your neck is definitely a good tip. The neck can experience a loss of collagen over time, so keeping the area well hydrated can go a long way. 

The “Worst” Beauty Advice From Your Moms

☀️  Laying out in the sun to help with acne and uneven skin tone

Increased sun exposure can lead to sun damage and increase risk for skin cancer, especially without proper SPF protection. Using tried and true acne treatments like retinoids are much more safe and effective.

🥥  Coconut Oil every day

We don’t recommend applying pure coconut oil directly on the skin because it can be comedogenic (clog pores). We recommend using a moisturizer instead to complement your prescription treatments. Look for one with ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin! 

👀  Products make your skin worse. Just do nothing 

Not using skincare at all can definitely do more harm than good. Keeping a basic skincare routine is a great way to keep your skin happy and healthy. If you have skin conditions like acne and rosacea, there are many clinically-proven treatments that can help! 

👩🏽‍🔬  Sunscreen has toxic chemicals, don’t use it 

Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in your skincare routines! The sunscreen filters that are used in the US are tested by the FDA and are safe to use. Being diligent with your sunscreen will help prevent skin cancer, sun damage, and premature signs of aging. 

Dr. Paik’s Advice From Her Mom: “My mom was great about hair and make-up advice but my dad was a dermatologist and gave me the best skin advice. He had me start using sunscreen and tretinoin on a daily basis since I was a teenager. Of the many things I have to thank my dad for, this tip is definitely one of them.”

So there you have it! Some amazing beauty tips that you can feel good about taking, and some that you might want to stay away from. A special shoutout to all the moms and mother figures out there - thank you for all you do. Happy Mother’s Day! 

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