We’ve interviewed some of our favorite top medical experts and moms on RealSelf to get their beauty and life advice — and celebrate all they do. Happy Mother’s Day!
Dr. Sejal Shah practices in one of the most demanding markets in the world — New York City. As a dermatologic surgeon, a good portion of her practice is helping other NYC moms look fantastic. As a mother of three children herself, two boys, ages 4 and 6, and a girl, 22 months, Dr. Shah shares what helps her look — and feel — her best, too.
What is your biggest beauty challenge getting out the door in the a.m.?
Getting my makeup on with my daughter around because she wants to try everything! Yes, my 22-month old daughter wants to sample all my beauty products.
What does your skincare routine include?
In the a.m.: Teamine eye cream and vitamin C serum. Right now, I am trying the one by Skinbetter Science. And moisturizer with sunscreen, currently La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV.
At night, I usually double cleanse with a gentle cleanser and a micellar water. If I have very heavy makeup on, I use Albolene to remove it, Neogen Dermatology Bio-Peel Gauze one to two times per week, a retinol a few times a week and retinol eye cream nightly. I also use a peptide cream nightly, and I use Aquaphor on my lips throughout the day.
What else do you do to take care of you and stay healthy?
I try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night and exercise regularly. I limit high glycemic foods in my diet, eat a primarily plant-based diet and drink a lot water daily.
What are the three biggest concerns most moms who visit you have questions about?
The most things moms say when they come in is that they feel like they look tired, or they want to look refreshed. Specific concerns are fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye issues, like bags, dark circles, loss of volume, stretch marks and loose skin on the body.
What’s your favorite OTC product for busy moms?
I think it’s hard for moms to commit to using multiple products, especially in the morning. I often recommend multi-tasking products for them, in particular a sunscreen, moisturizer and antioxidant combo.
What’s your favorite quick, in-office treatment for busy moms?
There are so many treatments I love, and recommendations really vary based on skin concerns. But my two favorite treatments are Clear & Brilliant and, of course, neurotoxins, for example Botox or Dysport.
Clear & Brilliant is a gentle laser that is safe on all skin types and is really like a little pick-me-up for the skin. And yes, I get these treatments regularly myself.
What are you most looking forward to trying out?
I’m also trying to find time to get a Vivace microneedling, another popular treatment in our office, but haven’t been able to yet.
What is new or coming out soon that you are most excited about?
I think one of the most interesting areas of skincare that is being developed is personalized or bespoke skincare. Obviously, this is already a trend with in-office treatments, in which we individualize treatments and combine procedures to achieve optimal results for the patient, but this starting to happen more in skincare. I am excited to see where this goes, and how it will be used in conjunction with in-office treatments.
What’s the best beauty advice your mom shared with you?
Don’t carry too much stress. It will affect your looks.
What makes moms beautiful?
Their strength. Motherhood is an extremely difficult — but rewarding — journey and takes a lot strength, both physical and emotional. This strength and their ability to handle everything with grace is what makes moms beautiful.
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