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Dermatologist-Recommended Habits to Get Healthy, Glowing Skin

Every woman dreams of radiant, healthy skin that looks effortlessly beautiful. That coveted lit-from-within glow isn’t just a matter of genetics or makeup magic, though. So we asked our board-certified dermatologists at Team Dermatology how women (and men) can achieve their most luminous complexion yet without splurging on expensive skin treatments. Here are dermatologist-approved habits to achieve healthy, glowing skin: 


Sun Protection

Let’s start with the non-negotiable: sun protection. Sun exposure is the leading cause of premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots. Dr. Asra Ali emphasizes, “Sunscreen is the single most important thing you can do for your skin. It’s like a superhero shield, protecting you from harmful UV rays that damage your skin cells.”

Here’s how to be a sun protection pro:

  • Sunscreen every day, rain or shine: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every single morning, regardless of the weather.
  • Beyond lotions: Sunscreen comes in various forms – lotions, creams, gels, and even mists. Find one that suits your skin type and preference.
  • Reapplication is key: Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Sun-protective clothing: UPF-rated clothing offers an extra layer of defense. Opt for wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses for added protection.
  • Seek shade: During peak sun hours (usually 10 am to 4 pm), find some shade to give your skin a break.

By making sun protection a daily habit, you’ll be laying the foundation for healthy, glowing skin for years to come. 

Dermatologist-Recommended Sunscreens


For tinted sunscreen formulated for sensitive skin, Dr. Ali and Dr. Nguyen recommend the 

EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. 

This broad-spectrum sunscreen contains niacinamide (vitamin B3) to reduce blemishes, discoloration, and sun damage. It is oil-free, lightweight, leaves no residue, and is fragrance-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic. 

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For those looking for a moisturizing sunscreen with tinted and unintended versions, the EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 is a top pick. 


It has SPF 40 protection and contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic.

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Gentle Cleansing and Exfoliation

Cleansing removes dirt, oil, and makeup buildup that can clog pores and dull your skin’s natural glow. However, over-cleansing can also strip away essential oils, leaving your skin irritated and dehydrated. Dr. Laura Nguyen advises, “Think of cleansing as a delicate dance. You want to remove impurities without disrupting your skin’s natural balance.”

Here’s how to find your cleansing rhythm:

  • Cleanse twice a day: Wash your face once in the morning and again before bed to remove sweat, dirt, and makeup.
  • Gentle does it: Choose a cleanser formulated for your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive). Look for fragrance-free and non-comedogenic formulas (won’t clog pores), like the RENEW Gentle Papaya Facial Cleanser. 

This gentle lightly foaming wash is specially designed for sensitive, irritated, and post-procedure skin. It contains papaya enzymes to soften the skin, green tea, and vitamin E to calm and enhance the skin barrier, and is free of fragrance, gluten, soap, and parabens.

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  • Lather up lightly: Use lukewarm water and avoid scrubbing harshly. Massage the cleanser gently in circular motions for about 30 seconds.
  • Exfoliation for brighter skin: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can make your skin look dull and rough. However, over-exfoliation can be counterproductive. Aim for exfoliation 1-2 times a week, depending on your skin type. Choose a gentle scrub or chemical exfoliant (AHAs or BHAs).

Hydration and Nourishment

Hydration is the foundation of healthy, glowing skin. Just like a well-watered plant thrives, your skin will too with proper hydration. Here’s a two-pronged approach:

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: A good moisturizer traps water in your skin, keeping it plump and supple. Choose a moisturizer based on your skin type. 

If you have sensitive skin or are concerned about skin barrier damage and dryness, we recommend the EltaMD Skin Recovery Light Moisturizer Breakdown. 

This sensitivity-free, non-comedogenic, and vegan moisturizer is a good option for those looking for a lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer that focuses on repairing the skin barrier, calming redness, and improving hydration.

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  • Diet for glowing skin: What you eat shows on your skin. Nourish your body with a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like those found in avocados, nuts, and fatty fish. These foods provide essential vitamins and antioxidants that promote skin health.
  • Drink up for dewy skin: Water is your skin’s best friend. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.


Lifestyle Habits

Taking care of your overall well-being significantly impacts your skin’s health. Here are some lifestyle tips to prioritize:

  • Sleep is your skin’s BFF: During sleep, your skin repairs and regenerates itself. Research shows that poor sleep quality can accelerate the visible signs of aging on the skin, like the development of fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Our dermatologists recommend getting  7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to allow for skin repair and renewal. 
  • Manage stress for a calmer, clearer complexion: Stress can wreak havoc on your skin, leading to breakouts and inflammation. Practice stress-management techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

Don’t Forget the Extras.

  • Don’t forget your pillowcase: Cotton pillowcases can absorb moisture from your skin and irritate it. Consider switching to a silk or satin pillowcase, which can reduce friction and be gentler on your skin.
  • Clean your makeup brushes regularly: Dirty makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and contribute to breakouts. Wash your brushes weekly with a gentle cleanser and air dry them completely.
  • Be gentle with your skin: Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as this can transfer dirt and bacteria. Also, be gentle when applying and removing makeup.
  • Listen to your skin: Everyone’s skin is unique. Pay attention to how your skin reacts to different products and adjust your routine accordingly.


Why See a Dermatologist? 

A dermatologist can assess your individual needs and recommend personalized skincare solutions, especially if you have specific concerns like acne, rosacea, or eczema. But a visit to the dermatologist goes beyond just product recommendations.

Our board-certified dermatologists Dr. Ali and Dr. Nguyen bring more to the table than just skin care; they offer a deep understanding of skin issues that erode a person’s confidence. If you’re looking for the best dermatologists in Sugar Land, Texas, look no further than Dr. Ali and Dr. Nguyen at Team Dermatology. 

Call us to schedule a consultation today. We serve patients at our convenient locations in Memorial and Sugar Land, Texas, with our services extending to nearby communities like Baytown, Conroe, Deer Park, Tomball, The Woodlands, Richmond, Stafford, and surrounding areas.

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TEAM Dermatology advises you of the departure of Dr. Kuda Maloney from our Memorial and Sugar Land locations in November of  2023.  Dr. Maloney will be pursuing interests outside of private practice and we wish her the best in achievement of her future endeavors. Please contact our office to arrange for your care with another provider in our offices.