A Scientist's Guide To Life - How To Look After Your Skin
BBC Earth|September - October 2020
A Scientist's Guide To Life - How To Look After Your Skin
Consultant dermatologist Dr Bav Shergill reveals how to keep your largest organ looking peachy

LESS IS MORE.

Most people don’t need anything more than a basic cleanser and moisturiser, and sunblock if you’re going outside.

SOME SKIN NEEDS MORE HELP.

There are about 3,000 skin-related conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. If your skin is scaly, dry, and red, then you may be advised to follow a particular routine. In this case, moisturisers can help to rehydrate the skin, and short bursts of steroids can ease inflammation.

MOISTURISERS DON’T ‘GIVE’ WATER TO THE SKIN.

This is a common misconception. Moisturisers provide a protective barrier and work by allowing the body to transfer water from deep down in the skin to the top layers.

EXPENSIVE CREAMS AREN’T NECESSARILY BETTER.

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