As women, looking after our faces and skin is of paramount importance to us. It’s the front we present to the world and it’s the first impression we give people. Therefore we thought it was important to get a scientific perspective on caring for our skin from day one.
We sat down with Dubai dermatologist Dr. Hassan Galadari to get his insight on skincare, the common skin issues encountered by women in the Middle East and how to go about tackling these issues. Dr. Galadari graduated from the Boston University dermatology residency program and completed his cosmetic surgery fellowship at UCSF in San Francisco. Here in Dubai he has his own private practice in Jumeirah. He also runs frequent workshops and is an assistant professor at the UAE University.
Here are a few key things Dr. Galadari told us to pay attention to in the Middle East when it comes to skincare:
1. Protecting ourselves from the sun
Not surprisingly, Dr. Galadari said one of the key factors to damaging our skin here in the Middle East is sun exposure. He says staying out of the sun and wearing the right sunblock for our skin type will go a long way. “A person has to start as early as possible,” he warns, adding that after a woman hits 18 she’ll need to take other precautions as well. Not wearing sunblock can cause pigment-related issues, which is the most common skin problem for women in the Middle East and those wrinkles that we blame on old age.
2. Caring for our skin as adults
Dr. Galadari says that there are a few necessary steps to make sure we look after our skin. After 18 he said we should use a combination of the right sunblock, a good cleanser and a product containing vitamin C. “These can help not only with pigmentary changes, but they can also help to provide a little shine and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles,” he said. He also suggests getting facials from time to time.
3. Choosing the right products for our skin type
According to Dr. Galadari each person’s skin type is defined by their genetic makeup and ethnicity, and later on habits such as sun exposure and wearing cosmetics. Women in the Middle East usually have what’s called Type 4 skin which means we tend to tan rather than burn. “We are protected because of our genetic makeup,” he says, but that doesn’t mean we are completely safe. Once you know your skin type it’s easier to understand which sunblock and vitamins are best for you.
Since the Middle East is so multicultural and filled with people from around the world, it will take time to understand what really makes people’s skin tick and how to look after our skin so that it’s always fresh and supple. In future blogs we’ll look at all the right products for tackling our skin issues and keeping our skin healthy all the time.