We talked with nationally-acclaimed dermatological surgeon, Dr. Dendy Engelman about how she takes care of her skin and what she wants all women to know about theirs. As one of the city’s rising-star dermatologists, she gets sent products from tons of different brands to try in hopes she’ll recommend them to patients and friends. Here, the beautiful (inside and out) doc shares with us what she uses to keep her own skin flawless. Given that Engelman’s complexion is her own best advertisement, we’re taking note that she believes in a double-washing routine at night and using SPF in powder form for easy re-application.
What’s your general philosophy when it comes to your skincare routine?
I have two rules when it comes to my skincare routine. One, it is never too early to use an eye cream. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive area on the body. It is the earliest at showing sings for aging and therefore needs to be need to keep it hydrated. Two, never sleep with makeup on.
Can you walk us through your morning and evening beauty routine?
I start with Derm Institute’s Youth Alchemy eye cream ($250)for my first layer of moisture around my eyes. Then, I use CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals, ($163) every morning to give my skin extra protection against the strong summer sun. Just five drops in the morning helps to boost UV protection – in addition to my daily and anti-pollution shield, Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart + DNA Enzyme Complex™ + Anti-Pollution + Antioxidant Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($68). I also love Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Suncreen ($64) block for re-application during the day. I have terrible seasonal allergies and will get pretty significant under eye circles as a result. I lean on Cover FX Custom Cover Drops ($44) to help camouflage these away. I add some lipstick and I am ready for the day. With all this, I am done in about 20-30 minutes!
In the evening, it is about removing the day’s grime and gunk. I follow a double-cleansing ritual. Step one involves removing the day’s cream, make-up, and dirt with a nutrient-rich towelette, like Cetaphil Cleansing Wipes ($7), to erase every trace of eye makeup with a liquid remover. Next, I use a gentle oil cleanser and lukewarm water, this is to get rid of bacteria and sebum. I use an oil-based cleanser first like Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil ($36) and then an exfoliating cleanser like Cure Natural Aqua Gel ($30) which is a water-based chemical peel. It’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Then, I move on to my serum like Derm Institute’s Youth Alchemy concentrate ($600) with antioxidants and growth factors that help prevent and correct fine lines and wrinkles and improved skin texture and tone. I follow with Skinceuticals retinol ($60) or prescription retinoid – these vitamin A derivatives are the ultimate multi-tasker. They help build collagen, correct fine lines and wrinkles, improve discoloration, reverse sun-induced damage. Skin can lose a lot of water while you sleep, so I like to use hydrating products that are specifically formulated for overnight use like Derm-Institute Anti-Oxidant Hydration Gel Masque ($120) or Elizabeth Arden Overnight Mask ($88). I dedicate another 20 minutes to making sure my skin is prepped for bed.
What are some of your favorite skincare and makeup products right now?
I am a big fan of Elizabeth Arden and Derm Institute. Both companies offer great quality products that help repair, nourish and protect my skin. I love their masks to hydrate and nourish my skin.
As for makeup, I love Tom Ford Lipstick in Indian Rose ($53), Elizabeth Arden lipstick in Nude 43 ($25) and Chanel Levres Scintillants lip gloss in #119 ($30). My go-to for foundation is Cle de Peau radiant fluid foundation ($125), Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and Givenchy Teint Couture concealer ($36).
I also just started using LUMIONskin Oxygen Mist ($24) to set my makeup and spray as a refresher throughout the day. It contains Hypocholorus acid which eliminates bacteria that may be sitting on the skin. Plus, it is 100% all natural.
What inspired you to go into a skincare profession?
Ever since my father, who is a physician, took my 10th grade chemistry class to the hospital, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. In medical school, I was drawn to dermatology because I loved being able to see the disease you are treating. Once in dermatology residency, I found myself drawn to all of the procedures that our specialty has to offer— lasers, Mohs surgery, injectables, etcetera, so I did a fellowship in Procedural Dermatology and here I am!
What’s one thing you want all women to know about their skin?
Sunscreen is key! Prevention and protection is the best way to ensure healthy, graceful aging. Apply a lot more than you think and reapply throughout the day. UVA/UVB rays increase photoaging, burn the skin and can lead to skin cancer.
What’s your favorite thing about working as a dermatologic surgeon?
My absolute favorite thing is my ability to treat skin cancers and reconstruct the surgical defect in the same day. Patients come to me with a cancer and I am able to remove it, ensure clear margins by evaluating the tumor microscopically and repair them back to normal all in one day. It is wonderful to be able to become skin cancer free and repaired in a matter of hours!