Today I have partnered up with one of my favorite companies DOVE to talk all things skin related. I was able to ask Dove’s Dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba 5 questions that I thought my readers would be interested in knowing in regards to their skin. When it comes to taking care of your skin (if you are at all like me) you probably have a lot of questions. As I have become a mom and entered into my early thirties I realize more then ever how important it is for me to really understand the ins and outs of skin care.
One of the topics I wanted Dr. Barba to touch on was underarm care (yeah I just went there). I have always been someone who sweats a lot, so finding the right type of antiperspirant for me is key especially since I like to get my daily workouts in. So when she told me about Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant and how it offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus skin care benefits with its NutriumMoisture Formula I was all in. I mean 48 hours–that is amazing mamas!
This was such a fun project to work on as I love to provide you with the BEST recommendations for outstanding products and the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is definitely a must. Below check out my interview with Dr.Alicia Barba. She gives a lot of great skin care advice so you’re sure to learn a thing or two.
1. How many times a day should women put on antiperspirant?
If you’re using a good antiperspirant, you should only need to apply once a day. The way antiperspirants generally work is that the active ingredient temporarily blocks the release of sweat from the sweat ducts. The salts dissolve into the skin and forms a protective layer over the mouth of the sweat ducts, which reduces perspiration in the underarm. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection (so you don’t need to worry about re-applying), plus skincare benefits for softer, smoother skin.
2. How often should women shave their underarms?
How often you shave your underarms is really up to you. It’s important to remember that shaving is a very rough form of exfoliation for the skin, so it’s important to take precautions both before and after. Before you shave, apply a moisturizing shave cream to help prep the skin. Hair in the underarms grows in multiple different directions, so be sure to shave up, down and side-to-side. Afterwards, it’s important to put moisture back into the skin that was lost while shaving. In fact, nearly 2 in 3 women experience some kind of underarm issue, whether it be irritation, red marks, or uneven skin tone. Be sure to apply a deodorant with a moisturizing formula to alleviate these issues and restore moisture. If you have sensitive skin, try to keep shaving to a minimum if you can, especially during the winter months when a close shave may not be as important.
3. What is the best remedy for under eye circles?
If you feel you have issues under the eyes, it is important to figure out what the issue is. Is it the protrusion of fat pads that create fullness or bags (this is usually genetic and can be corrected surgically when it gets bad). Is the problem darkening of the skin or vasculature reflection from under the skin causing a reflection of darkness? Eye creams with skin brighteners may help this, as will a good concealer. Sometimes the problem is a dent or drop off from the cheek in to the eyelid skin, again causing
a reflection of light that is not favorable in this delicate area. Talking to your dermatologist may be indicated to see what the best treatment may be. One thing is clear, plenty of sleep is key for under eye circle health. I find that the appearance can quickly change from one morning to another depending on how well and how much we slept.
4. Is it important to have a daily skin routine?
Absolutely. Skincare active ingredients are everything! When you are young, cleansing, moisturizing and protecting the skin is generally enough. I find that protection tends to be overlooked in the younger years. Make sure the routine is done everywhere, not just your face. You will care in the future what your neck, chest, and hands look like. For your underarm area, protect with an antiperspirant that also moisturizes this area so that it looks good. As we get older, skincare routines become more important as we also look to brighten, repair and boost collagen to the max. We can’t help but to pay attention to other areas like the neck, hands and chest as it becomes obvious that they need attention too.
5. If you could only give one piece of advice for skincare, what would it be?
Your tan today will be the cause of many of your skin care woes in the future. It is best we learn this early on and minimize the damage to our skin when we are young. I often see skin cancer and sun spots in people who are adamant that they do not get sun. While it may be true that they have drastically minimized sun exposure in the last 5-10 years, the sun damage likely occurred when they were young. Skin cancer surgery can be disfiguring, especially when it is on the face. Surgeries always leave scars, even in the best of hands.
What a great interview this was and so much useful information. Also thanks to Simply Stylist