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New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD is one of those people who was always destined to wind up in the skin-care industry. Not only was her father a physician, but she also grew up in the same town where Elizabeth Arden summered. Call it a coincidence, but it was pretty much written in the stars that she’d lead a life dedicated to making complexions beam.
Today, as one of NYC’s most trusted dermatologists, she worksÂ her skin-care magic on celebrity clients, speaks at skin-care conferences all over the world, and is one of beauty editor’s go-to sources on everything from the benefits of ingestible collagen to the best antioxidants to slather on. And she’s walking proof of what she preaches every day. Here, the skin-care and makeup products that you’ll hear her talking about and slathering from head to toe.
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âI love mascara but I find that by the end of the day (if itâs not good) it will clump up under my eyes,â admits Dr. Engelman. âThis one stays put all day and doesnât transfer to the skin. It also thickens and elongates lashes.â
âThis is my go-to from the neck down,â says Dr. Engelman. âI keep it in my shower and put it on when my skin is still damp and then towel off. I used it religiously throughout pregnancy because I was paranoid about getting stretch marks. Two babies later, and no stretch marks!â
âI spray my arms, legs, and abdomen with this everyday,â says Dr. Engelman of the spritzer which she emphasizes needs to be distributed evenly to avoid itching. âMagnesium is best absorbed through the skin (itâs one of the few elements that is absorbed better transdermally) and has many benefitsâit helps promote gastrointestinal health, reduces anxiety, recovers muscles after workouts, and makes you sleep better.â
âI like the way this moisturizer makes my skin dewy and glowy,â explains Dr. Engelman. âItâs lightweight, oil-free, and fast absorbing, and leaves skin hydrated without feeling heavy. Plus, itâs formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and kale to brighten and refine troubled skin.â
âCharcoal is oil-absorbing and helps pull impurities out of the skin without drying you out like an acidâ explains Dr. Engelman. âUse a charcoal mask once a week if you have normal skin and twice if you are more oily or acne-prone.â
âDermatologists love zinc because itâs a physical blocker and doesnât have to go through a chemical conversion, which means less chemicals on the skin,â explains Dr. Engelman. âThe only problem is that zinc (the most common physical blocker) typically leaves a white cast on the skin. This option, however, doesnât do that and is very elegantly formulated making it easy to use daily.â