The Morning Rituals of Top Dermatologists
Sue Ann Wee, MD, a fellowship-trained laser, cosmetic and general dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City.
Wake-up time: 8 a.m. most weekdays. I like to sleep in on the weekends.
Morning skincare: I like to apply two types of moisturizer and two types of sunscreen. I [start with] my favorite prescription moisturizer, EpiCeram, which features three key lipids to repair and strengthen the skin barrier, since I have eczema-prone skin. To maximize retention of water in my skin for all-day hydration, I use an occlusive type of moisturizer on top, such as Aquaphor ointment. I blot off the excess with a clean towel. Then, I apply a double layer of sunscreen: a high-SPF zinc sunscreen with DNA-repair enzymes (such as those from Neova) and Peter Thomas Roth's CC Cream SPF 30 to enhance my natural tone and to ensure I haven't missed any spots. My regimen is akin to wearing armor for my skin!
Go-to breakfast: An important part of achieving radiant skin requires the raw materials to build and protect collagen, so I am mindful to include enough complete protein, vitamin C, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and balanced amounts of minerals in my diet. For breakfast, I eat a protein-rich meal such as egg whites and Greek yogurt and drink a cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juice. A couple times a week, I'll take a teaspoon of Norwegian cod liver oil, since it's a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. I have also cut down on coffee and started drinking more green tea. Coffee has been shown to have negative effects on collagen production and may spike the stress hormone cortisol, whereas green tea has been shown to have skin-protective as well as other beneficial health effects. I also drink two to three glasses of water in the morning before I leave for work. What we eat and drink is truly reflected in the health of our skin and body.
Favorite workout: Every morning, I strengthen my core using Pilates-type exercise.