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We spoke with Dr. Howard Murad to understand the effects of aging, the importance of hydration and exercise.
As they say, 30 is the new 20 and 40 the new 30. But what should we worry about? What are the lifestyle and skincare ‘must-haves’ we should be aiming for in our 40s?
Dr. Howard Murad has always been interested in the well-being of others: “It’s what got me to pharmacy school, then medical school, and ultimately the world of dermatology. Once I graduated as a dermatologist I realized that I could contribute to the creation of topical solutions that until then were not available ”.
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Over time, the expert has innovated with high-performance technologies and formulas. And not only that: it broke down barriers in the standard skincare routine by developing treatments that address specific problems, such as acne, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
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What is beauty according to Murad?
For him, beauty is determined by health: “When you are beautiful it is because you are healthy. The level of well-being, if you have had enough sleep, eat well and deal with stress in an adequate way, is reflected in your face, in the smile and in bright eyes… Beautiful skin looks healthy ”, he expresses in an exclusive interview.
The secret and power of secret ingredients
“At any age there is a common aging factor: as the years go by, the skin becomes increasingly dry,” says Howard Murad. Therefore, to maintain a fresh and lively dermis it is imperative to maintain high levels of hydration in our body and, of course, in our cells.
Therefore, he suggests using moisturizers and sunscreen on a daily basis. In addition to exercising to build muscle, it has a higher percentage of water compared to fat.
One of the enemies of youth is stress, so indulge yourself and enjoy the calming effects of nature
Likewise, you should “eat your water, not just drink it, that is, consume fruits and vegetables to hydrate yourself from the inside out. And not least, it minimizes stress! It dehydrates the cells ”, he explains.
Regarding the ingredients that you should look for in day and night creams, the specialist recommends opting for retinol, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.
The must of a healthy skin and what about cabin treatments, such as lasers, peels or any other recommended at this age?
Before selecting one, talk to your dermatologist about your needs. “It is key to address what is important to each one and their concerns, so that problems are treated effectively, whether with a peel, laser or topical treatment.”
“The damage caused by the sun even occurs when you are inside, sitting next to a window,” says the expert. “To minimize them, the skin needs antioxidants and an anti-pollution complex.”
What about nutricosmetics that promise to repair cellular mechanisms?
They are quite beneficial supplements on your 40th birthday, and Dr. Murad definitely recommends taking them. On the other hand, diet, lifestyle and emotional state have a tremendous impact on health. But, above all, in the state of the skin.
So it is vital to combine topical agents and inner dermis care with proper diet and regular exercise.
A life without wrinkles! Doctor Murad’s beauty ritual: cleanse, hydrate and protect yourself from the sun Murad, who has written more than a dozen books, notably Wrinkle-Free Forever, whose pages are full of his secrets on the subject, also reveals some of his infallible tips.
– To keep expression lines at bay, you must return to the concept of hydration: “Dryness causes fine lines, others deeper, dull skin and changes in texture. If you hydrate them inside and out, you will stay young for longer ”.
– ‘Over-processed skin’: Everyone knows what over-processed hair means, but we rarely hear this concept when it comes to the dermis. “It means exactly what you are thinking: too many products that are not suitable, are capable of causing additional damage and completely remove your skin from the desired results.”
– Beware of misconceptions about aging and what to do to delay its effects: It is essential to understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one is this: “The more critical you are, the less happy you will be. Appreciate yourself and your skin or, as I like to say: ‘Always be kind to your mind!’ ”, She concludes.
By: Alexis Mustri