We are privy to a lot of insider beauty knowledge at Byrdie because it’s our job to seek out the most interesting advice from the world’s biggest beauty experts. We’ve heard a lot of skin tricks over the years, so when a tip really surprises us, we want to share it with you. With that in mind, we called on five dermatologists to let us in on their most unusual skincare advice. Since the weather and our busy schedules are wreaking havoc on our complexions right now, give these a try right away or save them for your New Year’s resolutions.
Keep scrolling for the most unusual beauty tips they told us.
Trick Your Skin
“Apply an oil, like Colbert MD Illumino Oil (£100) before your day or night cream, the oil molecules behave like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting the active ingredients drive deeper and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface.” — David Colbert, MD
Forget the 8 Glasses of Water Rule
“There is little scientific evidence for this advice! More water just means more trips to the bathroom and the constant flushing of water through your body can mean a loss of vital minerals. Replace one glass of water a day with an extra portion of raw fruit or vegetables. They contain structured water which is more efficient and has the ability to better penetrate water into our living cells. Increased ability of cell membranes to hold water within a cell is a fundamental marker of youthful-looking skin.” — Howard Murad, MD
Spots Need Medicine
“If you have a small spot, crush an aspirin and put a few drops of water on it to make it a paste and apply to the blemish to help reduce its appearance.” — Maryam Zamani, MD
Limit Your Grains
“Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know a diet high in sugar is not only bad for your body but also your skin. Eating too much sugar causes blood sugar and insulin levels to rise quickly, which can result in micro-inflammation and the release of free radicals. A high-sugar diet can also aggravate skin conditions such as acne. If you’re trying to eat healthy, beware of grains and starchy foods. As soon as we eat starch, our body cuts it down into sugar so it is important to moderate your starch and grain intake if you really want to keep your skin in top condition.” — Stefanie Williams, MD
Wear More Makeup
“If you live in the city, use a heavy-duty moisturiser or apply a little more makeup. The worst pollution is from diesel and dust particles and these can age you just as badly as the sun. By applying this heavier layer, you are physically blocking these particles from penetrating the skin.” — Michael Prager, MD
Do you have any unusual skin tips? Share them in the comments below.
Opening Image: Imaxtree