In the latest episode of the Chanel series “In Conversation with Dermatologist Amy Wechsler”, Dr. Wechsler, a trusted advisor to CHANEL Skincare, shares the five leading skincare mistakes: too little sleep, neglecting to cleanse and moisturize, tanning, overdoing exfoliation and skipping sunscreen. Watch the video to hear her explanations…
Here is an in-depth look at Dr. Wechsler’s advice as provided by Chanel:
1. Staying Up Late
More and more, Americans are burning the candle at both ends, and sleep deprivation has become the new normal. It causes stress, which can damage skin and exacerbate skin conditions, from acne to eczema. While you sleep, your body repairs the damage of the day, and interrupting that process by staying up too late or waking up in the middle of the night will slow down cell renewal. Try going to bed early and rising at the same time every day. When your sleep is synchronized, your skin glows and you look younger.
2. Neglecting Facial Cleansing and Moisturizing
We’re all tired at bedtime, but sleeping in a full face of makeup and a day’s worth of dirt, oils and pollution clogs pores and causes all kinds of skin problems, and going a full 24 hours without moisturizing is a recipe for dry, wrinkly skin. Remove eye makeup with a gentle eye makeup remover and wash your face with a mild cleanser before you go to bed. Follow with a good moisturizer. In the morning, rinse your face with water or wash, and apply moisturizer and a sunscreen.
Taking five minutes for skincare at the beginning and end of the day is an investment in great-looking skin.
Dr. Wechsler suggests:
CHANEL Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover and CHANEL Hydra Beauty Crème.
Sunbathing is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Tanning booths are even worse for you because they emit concentrated UVA rays, which penetrate deeper than the UVA and UVB rays found in sunlight. One session in a tanning bed increases your risk of melanoma by 50 percent.
You may already look ten years older than your peers if you’re tanning. If you love the look of a tan, use bronzer or self-tanner. No one can tell the difference, and it may save your life.
4. Overdoing Exfoliation
There’s this misconception that if it doesn’t hurt or sting, it’s not working and that is NOT true. You have to treat skin really gently, like it’s baby skin, because it’s really sensitive and can be fragile. If you overdo it, you can actually make the situation worse. No one should be scrubbing their faces with painful beads or something that stings a lot. It only causes irritation. Exfoliation should be gentle; it should never hurt. You can go to a dermatologist’s office for a light microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel. Or you can exfoliate at home with a low percentage of glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
5. Skipping Sunscreen
There’s a myth that you’ve done all your sun damage by the time you’re 18 years old. This is a dangerous myth because it can either make people feel hopeless or give them license to not protect themselves. The truth is that you can do a lot of sun damage at any time in your life, but if you were unprotected until you were 18 and you start wearing protection at any point in your adult life, it will help.
Be sure to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 every day – the equivalent of a shot-glass full of sunscreen for the body and a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face. For workdays, reapply if you go outside for lunch and before the commute home if the sun is still out, even if you’ll be in a car. If you’re in the sun, reapply every two hours. If you sweat, reapply frequently. If you swim, reapply after you towel dry.
Be mindful and stay out of direct sunlight between 10am and 2pm. It is simply not good for you. Use common sense. I never sit in a convertible during the day in the sun, for example. It’s just too much sun exposure.
Dr. Wechsler suggests CHANEL UV Essentiel SPF 50.