How to Get Dermatologist-Approved Natural Skin Care

Cynthia Bailey, MD|April 30, 2015

How to-Natural Skin Care Do you want the Holy Grail of skin care: professional skin care results AND natural-ingredient products? If so, you're not alone, it's the future and I want it too. Here, in Northern California, my patients demand natural skin care options. They want deeply hydrating moisturizers, sulfate-free cleansers, elegant, but natural sunscreens and anti-aging skin care products that aren't filled with chemicals. They want to feel good about their skin care choices, and they won’t tolerate "green washing" and "fake natural." I've had to become an expert in order to meet my patients' values. They are my values too. I admit it; I was raised in the 60's just outside of Berkeley, was a hippy-wannabe and made my own granola. I'm a bit of a "natural Nelly," organic veggie garden and all, and I still make granola. I've also developed a collection of products that combine dermatology science and natural ingredients as best as we can at this point. I have cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and rejuvenation products that bridge these two priorities. Green your skin care without sacrificing results. cute child applying  sunscreen  at the beach Sunscreens to check out include: Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream (my favorite), MDSolar Sciences, Suntegrity Baby, Raw Elements Lotion, and Eco Stick. If you're still not sure, check out the products on my comparison chart, to look across product characteristics.   My mineral makeups are all natural and exceptionally beautiful. No greasy or chunky products these! mineralmakeup4 My all-natural moisturizers have the right ingredients to hydrate without greasy, hippy-smelling botanicals that can cause rashes. I've blended dermatological/hypoallergenic/moisturizing technology with natural skin care. best Natural Face and Body Butter CreamAll Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion  Skin cleansers often contain a lot of chemicals. My natural, hand-crafted cleansing bar and foaming hand soap are made the old fashioned way from organic ingredients. They retain natural glycerin to prevent skin dryness. Rejuvenate and fight wrinkles with pharmaceutical-grade antioxidant products. These are high-tech in specialized containers that prevent oxidation and are made from pharmaceutical-grade actives in formulations that preserve stability without being loaded with preservatives. It's a brilliant bridge between science and natural principles, though they are not going to qualify as technically “natural” because they are pharmaceutical-grade products. They contain stable vitamin C, retinol (the best vitamin A for anti-aging), and green tea with caffeine and hyaluronic acid.  To have it all follow these steps: In the morning:

  1. Wash with the Natural Bar Soap.
  2. Apply the Green Tea, then the Vitamin C Serum.
  3. Apply the Natural Lotion or Butter where your skin is extra dry.
  4. Apply one of my sunscreens on top and dust with mineral makeup, if you wear makeup.

At night:

  1. Wash with the Natural Bar Soap.
  2. Apply the Retinol.
  3. Apply the Natural Lotion or Butter where your skin is extra dry.

Natural principles, natural ingredients and the best skin care results that science can give you.

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