Say what you will about Vicki Belo, but she single-handedly changed the face of dermatology in the Philippines.
Prior to her opening up a practice, people only visited dermatologists to treat burns, rashes, and other unsavory conditions. Plastic surgery was taboo, and those who availed of it went to great lengths to hide it. If nature didn’t bless you with flawless skin or well-defined features, you either accepted it or endured the social stigma accorded to people who went under the knife.
These days, it’s quite different. People regularly flock to dermatological clinics for facials, gluta-drips, and other treatments to keep their skins aglow. And while people are still hesitant about cosmetic surgery, it’s gradually being seen as something empowering rather than degrading.
Perhaps the most telling sign of Dr. Vicki Belo’s marketing success is how her name has become synonymous with beauty. To be “Belo-fied” now refers to getting a beauty makeover in these parts.
One thing remains constant, however. It’s that people still judge their dermatologist’s skill by what the latter looks like. After all, would you really entrust your skin to someone who doesn’t seem to be taking good care of theirs?
Conversely speaking, wouldn’t you love to raid a dermatologist’s medicine cabinet? I bet we’d come up with all sorts of amazing discoveries, but I’m also equally curious as to what we WOULDN’T find.
Thus, according to some dermatologists, there are half a dozen items you wouldn’t catch them slathering on:
- Exfoliating Scrubs.
- Tanning Oils.
- Spray-on Sunscreen.
- Hotel Soaps.
Do you like sloughing the dead skin off your face or body? Got an apricot-scented scrub or a Clarisonic brush at home? Guess what? Neither of those are good for your skin.
According to dermatologists, mechanical scrubbing can be more harmful as it’s quite abrasive. Alternatively, they advise chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, which gently breaks down dead skin cells.
*gasp!!!!!* But what about the cleanse-tone-moisturize routine??
Apparently, many dermatologists do without toners entirely as they find them unnecessary. As these just prep the skin for better absorption by wetting it, they simply put on their serums and moisturizers straight out of the shower.
Furthermore, many toners contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. (Do note that oily-skinned people can benefit from occasional swipes.)
Baking under the sun without any spf is bad enough, but applying tanning oils to speed things up is even worse.
For starters, these have very low SPF (sun protection factor). Secondly, the oils can clog your pores, which is a recipe for irritation and break-outs.
If you really want a bronzed glow, try slapping on some self-tanner instead. It certainly beats risking premature aging by basking in the sun for too long.
Speaking of SPF, sunscreen is a huge skincare must if you want to look youthful longer. On the other hand, the type of sunscreen you use also matters.
Sunscreen in a spray can, for instance, isn’t encouraged.
“Half of it goes into the air, barely any of it gets onto your skin, you’re breathing in half of it. It’s just not the right way to get good coverage,” says Schweiger Dermatology Group’s Dr. Rachel Nazarian.
Sure, they look all pretty and probably smell awesome, but you’re better off ignoring those fancy freebies. Skincare authorities concur that fragrance does nothing good for the skin, and can even prove harsh and irritating.
In a pinch, you can use hotel soaps on the body, but keep them away from your face. Stock your luggage with those facial wash samples instead, and use when needed.
What are parabens? They’re basically preservatives that prevent bacteria, mold, and yeast from developing in your skincare products. You can find these in many moisturizers, foundations, and anti-aging creams, as a result.
There has been no conclusive evidence to solidify their harmful effects on the skin, but most dermatologists steer clear of them regardless. So, if you can find some holy grail skincare products without any parabens, you’ve got yourself some keepers.
As a final note, do consult your dermatologist for all your skin-related woes. You don’t have to go to Dr. Vicki Belo herself, but at least make sure that they have good, clear skin, okay?