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Dermatologist Q&A: essential tips for
naturally vibrant and moisturized skin
(BPT) From creams and gels to serums and
oils, moisturizers are often at the forefront of
a woman¡¯s beauty routine.
However, moisture can also be regarded for
the negative effects it can have on skin, as in
the case of sweat and surface wetness that
can lead to a range of various conditions.
These quintessential examples of ¡°good mois-
ture¡± and ¡°bad moisture¡± demonstrate that
we should consider both when it comes to a
comprehensive skin care routine.
Dove Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur shares
the difference between the good and the bad,
while offering her tips for achieving softer,
smoother skin from head to toe.
Q: First, how does our skin differ from place
to place on our bodies?
A: Fundamentally, all skin is made up of the
same building blocks, but different character-
istics such as thickness, pigmentation, hair
follicles and sweat glands all factor into how
we care for different parts of the body. For
example, the skin on our neck and face is
very fine, while the skin on our arms and legs
have more sweat glands and hair follicles.
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barrier. It can come in the form of sweat that
leaves behind salt, enzymes and odor-causing
bacteria or it can come from prolonged exposure
to water (e.g., a day in the pool, a long, hot
shower) that can actually cause the skin to crack
and fissure.
Q: How do we address the good and the bad?
A: Be sure to drink plenty of water every day
- it¡¯s a golden rule for a reason. Have your fun
in the pool and enjoy your luxurious show-
ers, but try to keep water exposure to around
15 minutes at a time. Lastly, we often think of
places like our face, neck, hands and legs when
it comes to moisturizing, but don¡¯t forget those
hybrid parts of the body like your underarms
¡®Good Moisture¡¯ For Soft Skin
where you need to
apply ¡°good moisture¡±
and ward off ¡°bad
Q: What products can
you recommend to
A: I always try to rec-
ommend multitasking
products to stream-
line and simplify my
patients¡¯ daily routine.
Dove Advanced Care
odorant is a great
option for underarms
because it provides
48-hour odor and
wetness protection
and is formulated
with moisturizing
humectants to provide
the added benefit of
softer and smoother
skin. I also recom-
mend finding a mul-
titasking daily facial
moisturizer that has
an SPF of 30 or higher
with built-in UVA/UVB
protection. Another
great tip is to wear
technical fabrics that
will not only keep you
cool, but also prevent
sweat and bacteria
from remaining on
your skin.
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more tips from Dr.
Ellen Marmur and
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Dove Advanced Care
Ways to save time & enjoy the holidays
(BPT) It may be the most wonderful time of year,
but at times, it can also feel like the most stress-
ful. This holiday season, take a fresh approach to
your ¡°to-do¡¯s list¡± to save time and energy so you
can be merry and bright. These 10 tips and tricks
will help you relax, unwind and enjoy all the best
parts of the holidays.
Wrap while shopping
It¡¯s a given that shopping early avoids the last-
minute frenzy, but you can save even more time
and stress by getting gifts wrapped while out and
about. Many department stores offer gift wrap
services, all you need to do is ask.
Streamline holiday cards
Sending cards is a holiday tradition, but it
shouldn¡¯t cause unneeded stress. No need to
worry about a dated address book - an easy trick
is to cut return address labels from each card you
receive and place in an envelope. Now it¡¯s easy to
send cards to loved ones and update your address
book without hassle.
Use baking hacks
Using premade foods is one of the simplest (yet
yummy) ways to create holiday bakery delights.
Check out for
simple, amazing recipes like Entenmann¡¯s Dreamy
Chocolate Bars that feature crumbled Rich Frosted
Donuts as the secret ingredient. While you¡¯re bak-
ing, double the batch to have an extra on hand for
a hostess gift.
Go tech free
Smartphones ringing, emails beeping, texts buzz-
ing - technology is time consuming. Avoid feeling
overwhelmed by designating tech-free times for
your family each day. Use this time (1-2 hours) to
relax and focus on each other, perhaps with a hot
cup of cocoa - the emails and messages will still
be there later.
Schedule a salon visit
With a long holiday to-do list, it¡¯s hard to find
time for you. That¡¯s why treating yourself to a
haircut or manicure can do wonders for your holi-
day spirit. Plus, you¡¯ll look and feel fantastic when
you attend all those festive get-togethers.
Opt for an open house
Having a holiday gathering adds to the season¡¯s
merriment, but where will everyone fit and how
will you feed them? Instead of a formal dinner, opt
for an open house with hors d¡¯oeuvres. You¡¯ll have
less work and more time to spend with love ones
as they come and go.
Embrace holiday breakfasts
Start every day off right by enjoying a delicious
breakfast with your family. No need to spend
hours in the kitchen cooking; instead include
iconic breakfast classics that you and the kids
love. For example, scrumptious Entenmann¡¯s Do-
nuts are undeniable when paired with fresh fruit
for a quick breakfast delight. Find more breakfast
inspiration at
There are also unique hybrid areas such
as our underarms, where the skin is
fine like on our neck, but also has more
sweat glands and hair follicles.
Q: With so many characteristics, does
all skin need moisture?
A: Absolutely. The skin is an intricate
protective layer of cells that requires
adequate hydration to stay healthy
and looking its best. A lack of moisture
can weaken the stratum corneum (our
outermost epidermal layer), which helps
protect underlying tissue from bacte-
ria and enzymes. In addition, moisture
contributes to the overall softness and
smoothness of skin and can help reduce
itchy dryness, uncomfortable irritation
and visible redness. Throughout the
day, our skin loses moisture due to a
range of factors - from fabrics we wear
to various climate conditions - and
that moisture needs to be replenished
in order to maintain the skin¡¯s overall
Q: What is the difference between good
and bad moisture?
A: ¡°Good moisture¡± is an important
element of proper skin care. It refers
to applying topical moisturizers that
are formulated to draw moisture into
the outer layer of our skin to replenish
hydration lost throughout the day.
¡°Bad moisture¡± refers to surface mois-
ture that can disrupt the skin¡¯s healthy
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