Would you steal the best ideas for skincare products from a top dermatologist? Most definitely I would! Especially if the dermatologist is Mona Gohara, M.D., who explains why sleeping on pillows and linens exposed to dryer sheets can leave you with breakouts and pimples. A Reddit user initially posed the question, and MarieClair.com went to Dr. Gohara for answers. “Dryer sheets have been implicated for a while in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema,” says the assistant clinical professor at Yale University.
“The fragrance is the usual culprit, but it’s not a far stretch to think that it may irritate acne for the same reasons: a compromised skin barrier,” says the expert on skin care who teaches skin health in the Yale Department of Dermatology. That’s a slam dunk explanation from a knowledgeable physician.
Who would know better than Dr. Gohara about the lotions and potions that can save your skin? Hand the Danbury, Connecticut dermatologist a budget of $100, and she would buy these products for herself and recommend them for you.
“I like to mask in the morning, so I’ll brush my teeth and dry my hair while it’s on to save time,” she explains. “I’m excited about this one because I haven’t seen many vitamin C masks out there, and I’m a huge fan of the antioxidant. When it’s infused into the skin, it wards off signs of ultraviolet light, making your complexion glowy, even-toned and radiant.”
“This body wash deposits moisture deep into the skin and replaces crucial lipids that you naturally lose in the shower,” Dr. Gohara says.
“SPF is crucial, regardless of skin type or skin tone,” she explains. “I like powder formulas because you can re-apply them throughout the day—and I’m all for easy application. Plus, it color-corrects and functions as a CC Cream, so it’s a great multitasker!”
“I use this balm year-round, but I really slather it on when it’s cold outside,” she says. “Harsh winter air is particularly rough against your lips, so infusing them with hydration and moisture is key. The bonus: It doubles as a great, neutral lip gloss.
“Aside from being cruelty-free—which I love—they are much gentler on the eyelid than other lashes I’ve tried,” Dr. Gohara says. “They’re even comfortable enough to wear on a regular basis and not just for special occasions!”