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The Superfood This Internal Medicine Doc Wants You To Use As Skin Care

The entire episode is filled with tips about how to approach your own routine. Here are three, but tune in to learn more.

Use your time in the shower wisely.

There are many ways to make your skin care routine more effective, while being less work. “This isn’t a daily staple, but it’s a hack I’ve started doing recently and I’ve found it to be a game changer for my dry skin: Hydrate your skin while you’re still in the shower,” she says, noting that she often brings in a hydrating serum or oil into the shower with her. “Then after I wash my face, I put on that hydrating layer, especially if I’m going to be in the shower for a while to shave my legs for example. Or you can use something like a sheet mask–the steam will make it feel amazing.”

And while this trick may not magically turn back the clock overnight, it can certainly help keep your skin moisturized, soft, and plush post-shower. It can be particularly useful for those with sensitive or dry skin that reacts to hot water. (This is you if you experience flushing, itching, or inflamed skin post shower.) Plus, “dry skin can cause premature skin aging and damage–it’s really important that you keep your skin moisturized,” she says.

Superfoods make great topicals.

The superfood to topical pipeline is very real. We’ve already seen it with several ingredients, like green tea, quinoa, and pomegranates. The buzzy one that she thinks will be everyone’s radar soon? Red ginseng.

“I just got back from Korea and I forgot how big it is there. It’s this incredible superfood that we most often associate with consuming it because it can support your immunity. But there’s great research that shows it can help the skin when used topically too,” she says, noting she’s using the DONGINBI Red Ginseng Daily Defense Essence EX right now. “It’s anti-inflammatory, acts as an antioxidant, and can even support your skin dealing with UV damage.”

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Nurture your microbiome.

“I’m really excited to see the concept of your skin microbiome come alive. Your skin is this ecosystem of billions of organisms, and we want them to live in this happy homeostasis because it will give you healthy skin,” she says.

While she notes that we’re still learning about the best ways to care for the microbiome, two easy ways to encourage balance are by paying attention to your product’s pH and through biotic ingredients.

“You want to keep your skin pH at around 5.5, so it’s important to look for products that are formulated to keep it there,” she says. “You can also use products with prebiotics and postbiotics, which give your skin’s ecosystem what it needs to be healthy.”

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