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Dr. Yelena Yeretsky takes a holistic approach when it comes to skincare. The founder of the famed Clinique YFT Medical Aesthetics For Women and Men in Manhattan’s West Village, she has over fifteen years experience as an internationally-recognized specialist in anti-aging and aesthetic medicine. We caught up with the coveted Dr. to talk food, fads and the best in beauty.

How does what we eat effect our skin? You know the famous expression, “You are what we eat?” It literally translates to our looks. If you’re eating a loaf of bread, you’re going to look like a loaf of bread—round and puffy with lots of cellulite. Our skin is not separate from our body, it’s one organ that we can see but it represents what is going on inside of us. Our bodies are a perfect machine, so whatever we put inside our body will show up on the outside. Not eating well produces stress. Stress then shows up as fat, acne, rosacea, dry skin, and dark circles under the eye. It’s important to love our bodies and feed it only the most colorful and beautiful fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.

What tips do you have for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin? Love is what gives us the most beautiful glow in the world! Otherwise, to maintain our skin, we want to eat the best we can under the circumstances, exercise, hydrate our skin with eight glasses of water per day—coffee and champagne do not count as water—and we should follow a very simple morning and evening skincare ritual. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and applying eye cream is a must. At any age, it would be a great idea to make an appointment with an aesthetic doctor to discuss the quality of your skin and any steps you can take for preventative anti-aging care. Most importantly, we must live our lives with the utmost pleasure and fun!
What are some common mistakes people make in their daily skincare routine?
Firstly, I would say using too many different products: too many anti-aging products can over-dry the skin. You have to use what works for you, not just the hottest and latest on the market. And secondly, going to bed with makeup still on your face is one of the worst things you can do and finally, forgetting to moisturize from the neck down; don’t neglect the body!
Should you change beauty products periodically? If you decide to try a new product, give it six-eight weeks before you decide whether you like it or not. The product you use should make you feel like your most beautiful self. If you don’t feel it’s working for you, switch to something else.
As we move into Fall, what should we be thinking about when it comes to seasonal skincare? In the Fall, we come back from relaxing summer vacations so our stress levels increase. During this time, skin will require more attention. It’s crucial to stick to skincare rituals, diet, and exercise. It’s also a great time for light resurfacing procedures, like very light chemical peels or microdermabrasion in order to rebuild the skin after sun exposure and clean pores after using SPF (Remember to always leave it in the hands of a professional).