Hello lovelies! Dove teamed up with Atlanta-based Dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay for a virtual 1:1. They invited me to chat with her and discuss all things self-care. We had a great conversation and I learned so much about skin care, oh my gosh! As some of you know, Dove is committed to helping eradicate race-based discrimination and empower the next generation. Dove was also very sweet to send me over some beauty care goodies to try and I really like them. While at home, I’m always trying to think of ways to preserve this fifty-two year old body and skin lol. And with the pandemic facing us with everyday challenges, me pampering myself at home is totally needed.
Many women like myself have been using this time at home as an opportunity to experiment with new products or change up their routine, but as we approach the heart of the summer and transition from social distancing. From enhancing your shower experience from head to toe or the best products to combat the hot Atlanta sun, Dr. Clay will be available as a resource for all of your self-care questions, while sharing the latest on the iconic Dove Beauty Bar and New Dove Even Tone Antiperspirant. Checkout my interview inside where we discussed how she became a Dermatologist, advise for women of a certain age taking care of their skin, hydration and so much more! Have a great day everyone!
Why did you want to become a Dermatologist?
I became a dermatologist because I’ve always enjoyed helping others which lead to my interest in medicine. Having dealt with acne, eczema and a few other conditions that I was treated by a dermatologist for I know the impact that disorders of the skin can have on someone and there began my passion in dermatology. I love the field as it is always evolving and changing and each day is so diverse for me. One minute I’m seeing a newborn with a rash and the next I’m checking a 91 year old for skin cancer so each day is different and challenging in dermatology and I love it.
What made you want to collaborate with Dove?
I’ve always been a fan and loyal user of Dove beauty bar and it has always been my dream to work with them as a board-certified dermatologist who suggests their products daily. Dove has been a staple in my household for 30-ish years. I was approached by the Dove team as a skin care specialist and woman of color and I am thrilled to partner with such a diverse and inclusive brand.
For women of a certain age like myself, what advice can you give to them for taking good care of their skin?
Mature women can take good care of their skin by cleansing it gently, hydrating with hyaluronic acid, moisturizing daily and wearing a sunscreen. Then you can add in anti-aging products such as Vitamin C and retinol. If there are targeted skin issues or problems that are not improving with at home skincare I suggest seeing a board-certified dermatologist for help. Also I think it’s important not to go overboard with home remedies as I’ve seen many disastrous side effects from people using kitchen and natural ingredients on their skin.
I will admit that I’m not the best at drinking water. I have dry skin in certain areas. Is there anything that I can do or use for extra moisturizer?
For extra moisturizer I suggest starting your hydrating skincare routine in the shower with Dove Beauty Bar which has 1/4 moisturizing cream. Next it is important to moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower. Some people even sleep with a humidifier to infuse moisture into the skin which is also helpful. Finally find some creative ways to add drinking water into your routine by maybe trying flavored waters or sparkling waters. You definitely want to hydrate from the inside-out.
When do you recommend someone to get botox, plastic surgery? What is your thoughts on it?
I suggest Botox or similar wrinkle preventing injections which helps to prevent and minimize facial wrinkles that are caused by expressions such as smiling (crows feet), frowning and raising the eyebrows (forehead lines) as early as possible. It is recommended that someone start getting these treatments before the lines are permanently etched in the skin, however if these lines are already formed injections can minimize their appearance over time. These injections usually last about 3 months before they need to be repeated.