Myth: “My diet doesn’t have an impact on my skin.”
Truth: Many of the fried fast foods found in our ethnic communities not only contribute to weight problems but skin problems too. Although diet-related skin conditions are hard to quantify, I always say, if it is affecting your waistline, it’s affecting the arteries in your heart, you can be sure it is affecting your skin, the largest organ in the body.
It is best to learn how to modify the way we cook our favorite foods so that they have less fat and balance them with greens and low carbohydrates, high protein rich food like beans (boiled not “refritos“).
Myth: “Expensive skincare products are always better for you.”
Truth: Definitely not! There are many active ingredients that have been tried and tested and proven to work, that do not have to cost a lot of money. A good sunscreen can be less than $12, and the same goes for body washes and antiperspirants, a key essential as the weather heats up! One of my favorites is Dove Invisible Dry Spray, it provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, ¼ moisturizers and leaves no white marks on 100 colors of clothing all for under $6 – with those triple benefits, you get a real bang for your buck, while also caring for your skin.
Dr. Barba is a firm believer that “simple is beautiful” and that when caring for your skin, the goal is to reveal your best features in order to have a fresh and natural look.
About Dr. Alicia Barba
Board-certified, Miami-based dermatologist, Dr. Barba is a recognized authority on cosmetic dermatology and skin treatments. She’s the founder of Barba Dermatology and Barba Skin Clinic in Miami. She has the scientific and medical training to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions and is devoted to making her patients feel comfortable in their own skin and loves sharing her expertise, insight, and tips.