Recently I had renowned NYC dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, on the Healthier Together Podcast, and she gave us the science-backed facts on which modern skin care trends actually work and which are total myths. Ever since it went live, there was a huge influx of requests from you all asking for the products that Dr. Bowe recommends in this episode. So, I wanted to compile these clean skin care tools in one place so you can add them to your arsenal!
I really recommend giving the full podcast episode a listen– you’re going to want to know exactly how to use these amazing products for your morning routine and skin cycling.
Even though Dr. Bowe has her own (amazing) line of skin care products, when she gave her recommendations she said, “I’m constantly testing products, by the way. I feel like this comes with a grain of salt because it’s like, ‘What is she using today?’ My kitchen and my bathroom are like a big laboratory of different products.” She gives us the low down on everything from the best products on the market right now to lifestyle practices for glowing skin and more!
And once you have your bathroom stocked, you’ll want to follow her method of skin cycling.
What is skin cycling?
Dr. Whitney Bowe is the creator of this extremely popular and science-backed skincare trend, and it actually went viral on TikTok a few years back! If you’ve never heard of it, Dr. Bowe says that skin cycling is what she’s prescribe to her clients to get the most out of their evening skin care routine by incorporating “rest nights” that allow the skin barrier and skin microbiome time to rebuild–instead of following the same skin care routine every night. Dr. Bowe tells us exactly how to follow her 4-day skin cycling process to clear up skin conditions and get glowing in the pod, so I highly recommend listening to the full episode!
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Skin care tools from the episode:
Without further ado, these are the skin care tools and products you guys cannot stop asking about.
Favorite skincare elixir: Bowe Growe
This is a microbiome-balancing elixir from Dr. Whitney Bowe’s line, and I’m absolutely obsessed with how you just drop it in water and drink to promote glowing skin from the inside out! It helps nourish the gut microbiome for a healthy complexion AND it tastes like pomegranate.
The key ingredient is Polyphenols, which Dr. Bowe swears by as the key ingredient to eat for glowing skin. Polyphenols are basically the plant-based bio-nutrients and powerful phytonutrients that give plants their vibrant colors. So, naturally, they’ll make your skin glow.
Favorite vitamin C serum: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
Dr. Bowe currently uses this daytime vitamin c antioxidant face serum. It protects your skin against free radicals, color corrects, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
Favorite moisturizer: Bowe Glowe
Dr. Bowe spent over two years developing this nourishing cream that you use twice a day, and she says unbiasedly that its still her favorite moisturizer she’s ever come across. It’s got a blend of prebiotics, post-biotics, squalene, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. And it’s been clinically tested like crazy with some of the most advanced testing protocols in the skincare industry.
Favorite sunscreen: Beauty of Joseon
It’s a Korean sunscreen and, in Korea, they have very different filters than we have in the US. In the episode, Dr. Bowe explains that Korean skincare formulas are much more cosmetically elegant and do a better job at protecting our skin in a lot of ways. She says that Beauty of Joseon sunscreen crushes it in terms of both the SPF and the UVA.
Make sure you listen to the episode to find out which two ingredients in most US sunscreens everyone should be avoiding!
Favorite exfoliator: SkinCeuticals Glycolic Acid
Dr. Bowe is loving this glycolic acid treatment as her form of exfoliation because it doesn’t just slough away dead skin cells. She says that 8% or higher actually builds collagen over time. So, it can actually help with fine lines, wrinkles and firming the skin.
Favorite exfoliator for oily skin: Moon Juice Acid Potion
If you have oily or acne prone skin, Dr. Bowe recommends this liquid exfoliator by Moon Juice. It’s got a lightweight, watery consistency to it. And it has a little bit of salicylic acid in it, which dives into the pores.
Favorite moisturizing oil for dry skin: Indie Lee Squalene Oil
If you have really dry skin or it’s the middle of winter, Dr. Bowe recommends layering this squalene oil on top of your moisturizer at night to restore the barrier.
Make sure you listen to the episode to find out which oils should NEVER go on the face.
Favorite collagen: MindBodyGreen Beauty & Gut Collagen
Dr. Bowe says that plenty of research shows that ingesting high quality collagen consistently over time can stimulate your own collagen production in your skin. It can increase hydration and help with firmness, elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles. As someone who’s done extensive research with collagen, she believes this one demonstrate the gold standard. She also gives accolades to Ancient Nutrition’s multi collagen.
Check out my 5 favorite ways to use collagen, plus my favorite collagen recipes:
- Monster Cookie Dough Collagen Bites
- Peanut Butter Cup Collagen Latte
- Lemon Meringue Collagen Latte
- Peanut Butter Cup Collagen Protein Bites
Favorite food for glowing skin: eat the rainbow!
Dr. Bowe says, “You want to try to get as many brightly colored fruits and vegetables on your plate as possible.” So, if you’re eating a salad, try to get as many colorful fruits and veggies into it as you can! That’ll make sure you’re getting a diversity of Polyphenols in your diet (the phytonutrients that make plants vibrant colors) which are not only antioxidants. They also act as prebiotics and actually rebalance your gut microbiome. And that’s so important when it comes to skin health.
These delicious recipes will help:
- Basil Corn and Blackberry Summer Salad
- Starbucks Pink Drink Green Smoothie
- Spicy Cauliflower Bolognese
Favorite lifestyle habits for glowing skin: circadian health and meditation!
We’ve been onto something with our daily circ walks, guys! Dr. Bowe confirms that circadian health is so important when it comes to our skin. She recommends waking up with the sun and, first thing, going outside and look at the sky so that blue light can enter the eye and shut down the brain’s production of melatonin. This will give you more energy during the day and the ability to sleep better at night.
Dr. Bowe also recommends meditation. She explains that when you meditate, it creates this alpha wave state in the brain that’s incredibly calming and dials down cortisol levels for long lasting effects. You can use this practice to stop emotional and psychological stress from being translated into physical inflammation in the skin!
Check out this episode with meditation expert Dr. Amishi Jha for the best tips!
Favorite light device: Fraxel laser
I’ve recently become obsessed with lasers, and Dr. Bowe recommends Fraxel laser because it’s been really well-studied to help with the health of the skin. In fact, it’s been clinically proven to help pre cancers prevent them from turning into cancer. So, you’re actually helping your skin on a DNA level. You just need to use them in a responsible way with somebody who knows what they’re doing. Find out exactly how to use a Fraxel laser in the episode!
Favorite cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Barrier Repair Gentle Cleanser
In general, Dr. Bowe says that the trick isn’t to buying the most expensive, impressive cleanser because it’s truly not going to transform your skin. The secret is to buy the cleanser that’s going to do the least amount of harm to your skin barrier. She also likes Youth to the People Superfood Face Cleanser, Versed Probiotic and Oat Milk Cleanser, and Cetaphil and Cerave.
I hope you guys enjoy these skin care tools and tips from Dr. Whitney Bowe! If you loved this episode, please give it a good rating so we can help grow our Healthier Together community.
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