What is dermatologist's secret for clear skin

Beauty tips: Dermatologist reveals secrets of skin care

Time and again, t-online.de asks dermatologists about all aspects of skin care. But how intensely do they take care of their own protective cover? We asked a dermatologist what is important to her in terms of care and what her biggest no-gos are.

Tubes, bottles and jars are stacked up in many bathrooms because we want them all: beautiful, smooth and rosy skin. But does it really have to be that much care? "No," says Dr. Uta Schlossberger, dermatologist from Cologne and member of the professional association of German dermatologists (BVDD). With her, less is more.

It has to be straightforward

"Since I work a lot and have three children, things always have to be quick and uncomplicated for me. So just not ten pots and pans, but as few products as possible," she says. For body care in the morning, she uses a lotion with five percent urea after showering. A light day care product is used for the face. That's it.

Urea supplies the skin with moisture

The active ingredient urea (urea) occurs naturally in the skin and supports moisture penetration. It has a smoothing effect and prevents dryness. It also has slightly antibacterial properties. For sensitive skin, such as atopic dermatitis, urea can help relieve itching and redness and relax the irritated areas. Urea also supports the skin in shedding dead skin cells.

Fragrances and preservatives are taboo

Since the dermatologist is allergic and struggles with mild hay fever, she takes great care not to irritate her skin additionally in order to prevent further allergies. "I consistently avoid fragrances and preservatives. In the past, such products were only available in pharmacies. Today, body care products that have been tested as 'good' are even available from discounters."

Face cleansing only with water

In the evening, the dermatologist only cleans her face with water - with the exception of the TV shooting days when she uses make-up. Then she applies a slightly richer night care product. She is also minimalist when it comes to hair care: "Since I have very thick hair, I only wash it once a week with a mild shampoo and then condition it with a conditioner. I don't use hair masks."

The dermatologist's motto: Less is more. She also tries to convey this to her patients. Because the more ingredients the skin is exposed to every day, the more likely it is to react stressed. Redness, eczema, itching and dandruff are then part of their defense reactions. The risk of allergies also increases.

Constant product changes are stressful for the skin

According to the skin expert, the biggest body care sin is frequent product changes. "Constant trying out and the constantly changing active ingredients and ingredients are simply not good for the skin," she emphasizes and advises. "Anyone who has found care they can take should stick with it."

Eye cream not necessary

A lotion for body care after showering, day care for the face and night care from the age of 35 - nothing more is needed, according to Schlossberger. Anyone who would like to use an eye cream can do so, but it is not necessary. The face cream is already sufficient for good care.

Not everyone can tolerate active ingredients from nature

And what is the opinion of the expert on natural skin care, such as vegetable oils or a hair conditioner made from vinegar? "This is a very difficult topic. As an allergist, I see many patients who believe that substances from nature are a compatible alternative and then develop allergies. Caution is advised here," she warns. "For this reason, I don't try something like this myself - but my teenage daughters do. With the do-it-yourself recipes from the Internet, eczema can quickly develop." It is best to always test new products on a small area of ​​skin first and see how it reacts.

Sun protection prevents wrinkles

But it's not just about proper care. If you want your skin to be firm and rosy for a long time, you should follow a healthy lifestyle. Because beauty also comes from within. Fresh air, sufficient vitamins and not using cigarettes are among the most important skin protection measures, according to Schlossberger. And: "Always protect from the sun. The UV light makes wrinkles. Today I regret my youthful sins when I see my cleavage and the sunspots there."

Too much UV light also increases the risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is therefore also important for health. This also applies to regular mole screening. From the age of 35, everyone with statutory health insurance is entitled to an early diagnosis of skin cancer every two years.

Check moles regularly

But even in between, you should always take a critical look at your own moles in order to recognize possible changes at an early stage. "I used to have my moles checked every two to three years. From the age of 30, then every six months to annually," says Schlossberger.

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