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Secrets your dermatologist won’t tell you

Dermatologists Dr. Melanie Grossman and Dr. Jeanine Downie fill Willie Geist and Jenna Bush Hager in on how to get better-looking skin, including keeping your loofah and razor out of the shower, sleeping on your back to minimize face wrinkles, and exercising daily to get a natural glow.

Which tips can help take a few years off your skin? Dr. Jeanine Downie and Dr. Melanie Grossman share smart, easy-to-follow skin care advice you might not know yet:

Eye care

Never rub your eyes. The skin around your eye area is the thinnest on your body and you can easily exacerbate circles, wrinkles, and undereye bags. If you have allergies, take antihistamines. If you have eczema, use ice.

Pat on eye cream with the ring finger. It’s best to use your ring finger because it’s your weakest finger, so you likely won’t touch it too hard.


Exercise daily. Just 15 minutes makes a big difference! It boosts your circulation, gives you a glow, improves tone, not to mention it lengthens your life. If you have a puffy face, it’ll drain the swelling faster.

If you can, sleep on your back. That’s really hard to do, so try a silk pillowcase to minimize wrinkles (and sheet marks in the morning!) to avoid stripping your skin or hair of natural oils.

Skin care

Using sunblock daily is the most effective strategy. Drug or department store brand, use SPF 30 or above every day, rain or shine, every month of the year. A lot of the higher level sunblocks rub in better. And don’t forget to get broad spectrum UVA and UVB.

Remember your neck! Do moisturize and wear sunblock — and if if you have a rash, don’t scratch at it.

If you’re going for injectables (botox, juvaderm, etc.) avoid alcohol, vitamin E and fish oil for a few days before treatment to significantly decrease your chances of bruising.

For acne, less can be more. If you dry your skin out too much, you’ll just make it worse, so go easy on a drying soap, salycylic acid, or harsh creams.

Hair care

Your hair needs moisture too! Deep condition your hair to look young, especially in the winter.


Don’t keep your loofah or your razor in the shower as it might harbor major bacteria.