Allow Dr. Natasha Sandy to help you glow from the inside and out!
Dr. Natasha Sandy is a dermatologist known nationwide, partly due to one of her notable clients’ results, which he took to the air to express. New York’s Power 105 radio host, Charlamagne Tha God, told the world how Dr. Sandy improved his complexion through her dual approach to external skincare and internal health, educating him on the foods that trigger physical changes to the skin.
A board-certified physician with specialist training in Dermatology, Dr. Sandy is the first graduate of the Clinical Dermatology Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; this fellowship is one of two in the nation. Trained at Drexel University, Johns Hopkins and UMDNJ, Dr. Sandy’s philosophy is to treat skin issues from the inside out, a holistic approach to skincare. The combination of PolisheD skincare products (Dr. Sandy’s custom skincare line), other recommended products and nutritional guidance provides her patients with maximum results.
Dr. Sandy is here to offer a few 9 tips to maintain your summer body and glowing skin.
One of the best ways to maintain your beach body is to watch the foods that you consume. Dr. Sandy suggests avoiding foods high in complex sugars (high fructose corn syrup) and saturated fats. These types of food can cause inflammation in the body. Usually the warm weather triggers people to consume large amounts of ice cream; as tempting as it may be, it’s better to go for sherbet instead. As carnivals and beachfront vacations become a frequent occurrence, it can be tempting to eat fried Oreos, elephant ears and corn dogs, but fatty fried foods should also be avoided. Dr. Sandy also suggests being mindful of sodium intake. Too much salt can cause water retention in the body, causing bloating and puffiness.
So what can you eat? Dr. Sandy recommends consuming avocados, salmon, green leafy vegetables, berries and cherries. Why these foods? Avocado is a healthy fat and has protein, which helps build muscle. The salmon is also a great source of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, which can minimize inflammation. The beloved green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, which are best consumed in a raw form, contain carotenoids, which can help protect the skin from sun damage. Berries and cherries are an excellent source of the antioxidant Vitamin C, which supports the production of elastin and collagen in the skin.
To keep your beach body, Dr. Sandy suggests including some form of cardio in your routine. HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a great way to burn body fat, alternating short periods of intense exercise with periods of rest. It’s also a good idea to try running, or even brisk walking.
Weight training exercises that help build muscle are also advised, as fat continues to burn after the muscle has been exercised. For those looking for low impact exercises, Dr. Sandy suggests a pure barre class to help with toning and sculpting. After completion of the ballerina-inspired workout, you won’t be dripping in sweat. Yoga and pilates are also a great way to tone, strengthen the core and improve flexibility!
A necessity for fun in the sun is adequate sun protection. It is widely suggested that you select a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. The sunscreen options currently available are physical or chemical. When it comes to physical sunscreens, they consist of ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide. These types of sunscreens block the sun’s rays from doing damage to the skin. Often times, physical sunscreens can produce a white cast on the skin, especially on those with melanin. Dr. Sandy recommends brands such as EltaMD, La Roche-Posay and The Honest Company because they produce little to no white cast on the face. Chemical sunscreens work by chemically altering the effects of the sun’s rays when they come in contact with the sunscreen itself. Dr. Sandy also recommends using a lip balm with SPF, such as the one by EltaMD.
Another way to improve your skin is to incorporate a retinol into your routine. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that helps with the cell turnover rate. As we get older, the process of cell turnover slows down. Retinol is used in many anti-ageing products, and you can still see positive results with over-the-counter options. Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Dr. Sandy’s PolisheD Complexion Correction retinol products (available on her website) are great products.
According to Dr. Sandy, exfoliation is also key. Removing old, dull skin from the face and body allows fresh, new skin to shine. To remove dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs, use a loofah sponge or a Salux nylon cloth with PolisheD “Skin So Bright” face and body wash. Dr. Sandy also recommends L’Oreal’s Pure Sugar Scrub to exfoliate.
One other vital component to overall health is water consumption. Water is necessary to stay hydrated and ensure that the organs operate properly. Dr. Sandy suggests both drinking water and consuming foods with high water content. When the skin is properly hydrated, it will glow. Products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides, such as CeraVe, offer additional hydration.
For more information on Dr. Natasha Sandy, check out her website: https://www.drnatashasandy.com