Kingslea Moore, DNP, FNP-C
I was drawn to the dermatology profession for many reasons, but the number one reason was having difficult skin and a close relationship with dermatologists growing up. Not to divulge too much information, but I struggled through many quirky skin conditions; including severe cystic scaring acne requiring accutane, eczema, warts, rosacea and a strange rash requiring biopsy, WHEW. My dermatologist was near and dear to my heart, and I knew I wanted to help people in the same way she helped me. During my undergrad, masters, and doctoral programs, I was encouraged to focus on family medicine with a broad base, and after a residency in family medicine I was still hopeful to land a job in Dermatology. Meeting Dr. Sheperd and joining her team is my equivalent to winning the lottery! Now I am able to compassionately and empathetically aid people with any level of skin care. So here it is, my no makeup selfie taken just after my first anniversary with Sheperd Integrative Dermatology.
Needless to say it has been a long journey, and I have never been happier in my skin. Now, I want to share a few “game changers” for your skin! #nomakeupselfie is obtainable for everyone.
#1. Diet: Refer to Amy Murphy, PA’s anti- inflammatory alkaline diet. Two personal triggers are dairy and gluten. Dairy is huge in flaring acne and rosacea, and gluten irritates eczema and allergies
The typical Western diet is comprised of foods, which lower the pH in the body (wrong direction!). Sugar, meat, coffee, tea and sodas sugar, alcohol, white flour, dairy, and packaged & processed foods can worsen inflammatory conditions of the skin and may even cause a bad mood. Increase
Think plants! Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, seeds… Eat fruits in moderation because they are high in sugar. Berries are best! It is important to understand that alkaline promoting foods may actually be acidic —- but their effect in the body raises the pH. Try keeping fresh lemons and limes on hand to squeeze into every glass of water that you drink – this is the quickest ticket to a more alkaline diet!
#2. Sunscreen: Every. Day. You get a certain amount of sun for free, and most of us have reached that amount. If you are noticing irregular pigmentation (brown spots and broken capillaries) or fine lines, that is a direct result from too much sun. Choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, that is a physical protection that is much different than traditional SPF. My favorite is the Elta MD physical, tinted or clear, per personal preference. Minerals, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are anti-inflammatory and calming to rosacea and acne. Our La Bella Donna powder is comprised of minerals that calm acne, rosacea, and protect from sun’s harmful rays (SPF 20).
If you are already in the great habit of a daily sunscreen, then the next step is a daily antioxidant serum. An antioxidant combination delivers environmental protection against aging by neutralizing free radicals that cause accelerated signs of aging. It provides advanced environmental protection against damaging free radicals induced by UVA, UVB, and infrared radiation A (while protecting your collagen!). Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen
#3. Hydration: Hydrate your inner health by drinking half your body weight in ounces daily, which is about 2-3 liters a day. Soak up a great renewal moisturizer at night, which is based on skin type. You can not go wrong with hydration packed Neocutis Lumiere bio-restorative eye- cream, with much needed growth factors. This gamechanger reduces the appearance of puffiness, under eye darkness, and skin aging.
#4. Rest and Exercise: Goes without saying!
Sleeping eight CONSECTIVE hours nightly will not only make your skin look and feel better, but will increase your free radical fighters and overall positivity. 30 minutes of walking daily activates your immune system and calms the mind.
#5. Retinols: There is not one size fits all for retinols!
Retinols will increase skin cell turnover, which encourages healthy skin growth while creating a more youthful appearance and keeping pore size small. It will also take care of those pesky blackheads. We will find one that is correct for your skin type with NO peeling.
#6. Laser Treatments: GAME CHANGER!
IPL Photofacial is key for pink tones of rosacea, broken capillaries, and dark spots from sun exposure growing up here in Charleston and going out on the water.
Resurfacing laser for acne scarring, the picture says it all!
I challenge you to take a #nomakeupselfie! In a perfect world, Kingslea’s Game Changer list is the ideal timeline for your journey to perfect skin. We will customize for you and work within your budget.