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Saudi Arabia: Dr. Mohammad AlShaya’s top 5 skincare tips

Read more for recommendations, tips and tricks from this Skincare Influencer

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Who is the skincare Influencer Dr. Mohammad AlShaya?

Dr. Mohammad AlShaya is a certified dermatologist and cosmetologist, with a special interest in skin care. His Instagram account, where he acts as a skincare Influencer, has over 800 thousand followers. He shares everything from product recommendations, skincare routine ideas, and the best skincare tips.

We’ve gathered his top 5 best skincare tips and tricks, so here they are:

5. Vitamin C: Save or splurge?

Skincare can be notoriously expensive, and when you’re as indecisive as we can be, it can be difficult to figure out whether to save or splurge your money on a potentially great product. However, Dr. Mohammad AlShaya recommends that Vitamin C serum is completely worth the splurge.

According to Dr. Mohammad AlShaya, Vitamin C can be expensive because it is not easy to produce and can be difficult to balance. However, its benefits are unmatched and are worth the cost. When used alongside sunscreen, Vitamin C can enhance the benefits of both products. Additionally, it is known to reduce hyperpigmentation and prevent fine lines.

Dr. Mohammad Al Shaya recommends these Vitamin C products: Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum by timeless, L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Vitamin C Serum, and CeraVe Vitamin C Serum.

4. Have a pimple before a big day?

It’s happened to us all before – the big, red, surprise pimple before Eid day or before a big job interview. But no worries, because Dr. AlShaya has you covered. He recommends 3 options: using an anti-benzoyl peroxide, an anti-benzoyl peroxide with Differin, or a salicylic acid at night with pimple patches in the morning.

Applying any one of these can remove your pimples almost instantly.

The products he recommends using for the first option are La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo and Galderma’s Benzac AC 5 Gel. For option 2, the skincare Influencer recommends the Epiduo Gel, and for option 3, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion with any pimple patches you might have.

Note: Only use the drying lotion on the pimple that suddenly appeared, but DO NOT put it on the whole face because it will dry your skin out completely.

3. Is your sunscreen causing pimples?

Dr. AlShaya states that yes, sunscreen can cause pimples, but it’s only because we don’t have a habit of removing it properly. The skincare Influencer recommends we think of sunscreen like makeup, and we need to take it off the same way too – by double cleansing.

This means taking these two steps, as recommended by Dr. AlShaya:

  1. Oil-based cleanser: There are three options you can use for an oil-based wash, specifically micellar water, a cleansing balm, and cleansing oil.
  2. Water-based cleanser: This is the same as any regular cleanser that you may use daily, whether it is for oily, mixed, normal, or dry skin.

If you’re not sure how exactly to perform a double cleanse, here is exactly how to double cleanse during your night routine by viral Korean skincare Influencer Yej on TikTok:

@yejee.lee double cleansing routine #doublecleansingmethod #koreanskincare #kbeauty #doublecleanse #cleansingoil #cleansingfoam ♬ original sound – YEJ

2. The 80/20 skincare rule

The 80/20 rule is used by all businesses, but what does it mean for skincare users? According to Dr. AlShaya, it means 80% of skincare benefits come from 20% of the effort. This means you don’t have to go above and beyond for your skincare routine.

According to the skincare Influencer, you can get by with just 4 products: a water-based cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and exfoliant. This is a common consensus among most dermatologists.

The truth is that many products aren’t needed for the same result that can come from using just these 4 products. Instead, using more than necessary may lead to adverse results, and in the end, this will exhaust you financially, as well as in terms of time and effort. According to Dr. AlShaya, this contradicts the primary goal of skincare.

1. How to repair your skin barrier

The skincare Influencer has offered an extensive helping guide on how to repair your skin barrier, “the first line of defense to protect the body from external influences and factors, and it is the basis on which it builds healthy and fresh skin”, as explained by Dr. AlShaya.

In order to tell if you’ve broken the skin barrier, look out for red, dry, itchy, and irritated skin. In order to restore it, take these 2 steps:

  1. Figure out the cause: Have you used any products incorrectly, have you used strong exfoliants, or is it just because of not taking proper care of your skin?
  2. Accordingly, restore your skin barrier: According to the skincare Influencer, you should focus on hydrating the skin. Moisturizers and Vitamin B5 products can soothe the skin from any such irritation.

The skincare Influencer recommends specifically using Cicaplast from La Roche-Posay. It doesn’t work as a daily moisturizer but does have incredible results when attempting to repair the skin barrier.

Make sure to follow Dr. AlShaya for more tips and product recommendations. He even responds to comments asking about their skincare routines and any problems that his followers may have.

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