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Category: Skincare

Welcome to the ‘Skincare’ subcategory of Doctor Contour’s ‘Evidence-based Beauty Advice’ section, where we dive deep into the world of skincare. As a medical doctor, I understand the importance of healthy, glowing skin and how it can impact our confidence and overall wellbeing. In this subcategory, I will share my knowledge and expertise on skincare, covering topics such as skincare routines, ingredient science, common skin concerns, and more. Join me on this journey to achieve healthy, beautiful skin that radiates from the inside out.

The Safety of Self-Tanning Products: Do They Cause Premature Aging?

Self-tanning products have gained popularity as a safer alternative to sun exposure or tanning beds. But are they really safe to use, and can they cause premature aging? This blog post explores the science behind self-tanners, their safety profile, and their potential to cause aging. We delve into the history of self-tanning products, how they work, and the difference between a real tan and a fake tan. We also examine the safety of self-tanning products and the potential for them to cause premature aging. In conclusion, while more research is needed to confirm the protective effects of self-tanners against aging, they are considered safe to use and are a safer alternative to sun exposure or tanning beds. We offer tips on how to use self-tanners safely and effectively to achieve a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow.

VIDEO: The Tanned Skin Beauty Ideal and the Safety of Self-tanners: Do They Age You?

In this video, we explore the science behind self-tanning products and their potential to cause premature aging. We take a brief look at the history of tanning and how it became a symbol of beauty and health in Western society. We discuss how self-tanner works, its safety profile, and whether it can cause aging. We debunk some common myths about self-tanners and provide expert advice on how to use them safely. Join us as we dive into the world of self-tanning and discover how to achieve a healthy, sun-kissed glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays.

From Status Symbol to Health Hazard: The History of Tanning and the Risks of Excessive Sun Exposure

From the pale skin ideal of the past to the current desire for a golden glow, tanning has a complicated history. While tanning was once a status symbol associated with leisure and wealth, it has since become a health hazard linked to skin cancer, premature aging, and other serious health problems. Despite the risks, many people continue to seek out tanned skin. However, there are safer alternatives to achieve a sun-kissed look, such as self-tanners and spray tans. By understanding the risks and adopting safe sun habits, we can still enjoy the benefits of the sun without putting our health at risk.

Skincare Essentials: The Products You Actually Need


Taking care of your skin can be confusing and overwhelming, especially with so many different products and routines on the market. But as a medical doctor who has had the opportunity to learn about skincare during a dermatology rotation, I am here to simplify things for you. In this post, I will explain the skincare products that you actually need to maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin.



1. SPF Cream

The first and most important product you need is SPF cream. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial for preventing premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. There are two types of rays to be aware of: UV-A and UV-B. Both can cause skin damage, but UV-A rays can still penetrate your skin even when the sun is not shining, so it’s important to wear SPF cream every day, regardless of the weather or time of year. Choose a broad-spectrum formula with a minimum of SPF30, but preferably SPF50, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours.


2) Moisturizer

The second essential product is moisturizer. Hydrating your skin can prevent dryness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and keep your skin looking healthy. Use moisturizer at least twice a day, especially after cleansing your skin. Depending on your skin type and the weather conditions, you may need a heavier or lighter moisturizer. Some moisturizers even include SPF, but remember to reapply throughout the day.



3) Retinoid

Retinoids are another crucial product for anti-aging. They increase cell turnover and collagen production, leading to smoother and brighter skin. Retinol is available in over-the-counter products, while the stronger version, retinoid, requires a prescription. Use cautiously and gradually to avoid skin irritation, and limit usage to 2-3 times a week. Consult with a doctor before using the stronger version.

4) Cleanser

Cleansing your skin is important for removing dirt, oil, and makeup. Even if you don’t wear makeup, pollution, sweat, and oil can still clog your pores and lead to acne. Choose a cleanser that suits your skin type, and don’t forget to double cleanse when wearing makeup.



5) Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects your skin from environmental damage, reduces the production of excess melanin, and stimulates collagen production. These properties help to brighten your skin, even out your skin tone, and keep your skin firm, smooth, and elastic.



6) Lip balm with SPF 

Lastly, don’t forget to protect your lips with lip balm containing SPF. Lips are vulnerable to sun damage, dryness, and chapping. Reapply throughout the day, especially after eating or drinking.


Incorporating these essential skincare products into your daily routine can help to maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin. However, if you have specific skin concerns, it’s important to seek professional advice from a dermatologist. Remember, skincare is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so tailor your routine to your specific needs and concerns. Stay tuned for my next post, where I will show you how to use these products in a day and evening skincare routine. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more skincare tips and advice.

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