5 Skincare Tips Dermatologists Know (That You Don't)

Every day, it feels like there’s a new ingredient, technique, or product on the scene with a bevy of skincare tips to go along with it. Innovation is a beautiful thing. But the classic skincare tips you hopefully acquired through middle school, high school, and college should never be forgotten: drink lots of water, never go to bed with your makeup on, don't smoke, etc.

“Avoid the sun, and when you can’t avoid it, wear sunscreen and a hat. 
“You have to get a full-body skin exam by a dermatologist by the time you turn 30. It’s important to have expert eyes take a look at any moles you may have and be able to follow them for changes in the future. Also, the dermatologist can teach you how to do a proper skin check on yourself. This is very important because melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, is almost 100-percent curable if caught in its earliest stages. If women are armed with information on what to look for, it may save their lives.” — Elizabeth Tanzi, MD
“We consider treatment steps to be anything between toning and moisturizing. Layering your serums and essences from thinnest to thickest helps the skin to absorb each layer most efficiently!
“Ginseng applied topically is one of my favorite skincare tips—it works to stimulate blood flow in the capillaries, promoting a healthy, firmed, glowing-from-within visage. Bonus points if you layer a product containing plumping hyaluronic acid with your ginseng!" — Sarah Lee and Christine Chang
“When applying a sheet mask, maximize adherence by snipping from the side of the nose fold to the eye hole. This will allow you to wiggle the mask just so, getting it closer to the under-eye area and preventing any tenting. If necessary, make a snip below the cheekbone and layer the mask over itself to maximize the fit further.