Hair loss can make you feel . . . well . . . pretty terrible.

Losing hair at any age is challenging, especially as you get older, because it’s so tied in to your sense of self.

Hair loss can lead to depression, social anxiety, and low self-esteem. Thinning hair and hair loss can really have psychological effects on us. My guest in this week’s episode of GRUFFtalk podcast, Dr. Doris Day, points out the connection we make to feeling attractive and desired is hardwired into our DNA and related to our hair.

Dr. Day is a board-certified dermatologist and professor that specializes in laser, cosmetic, surgical and aesthetic dermatology. She’s been featured on shows like Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly & Ryan, sharing her passion to change the field of aesthetic dermatology. Dr. Day is also the author of 3 books, Beyond Beautiful, Forget the Facelift, and 100 Questions and Answers about Acne.

In today’s episode we’re talking about how to stop hair loss at any age and how to rejuvenate your skin at any age, as well. Dr. Day even answered a few GRUFFtalk listener questions.

What You Need to Know About Hair Loss 

Dr. Doris is not only a medical practitioner and educator in the field of dermatology, she has 30+ years of experience to back up her knowledge and expertise when it comes to treating hair loss. As she explains, one of the trickiest things about hair loss is that not all hair loss is genetic or caused by disease.

Stress can be a huge contributor to hair loss and hair thinning. As Dr. Day explains, stress can accelerate the aging of your hair and effect your hair growth cycles.

“When you see that shedding, chances are your stressor was 3 to 4 months before that.”

-Dr. Doris Day

She covers three types of shedding you’ll want to be aware of: stress shedding, androgenetic shedding, and alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune response. Dr. Day really packs a lot of information into this episode on estrogens role in stopping hair loss, growing hair back and treatment options you may want to consider, along with tips for making your hair stronger.

What Women Should Know About Their Skin at Any Age

When it comes to aging and skin concerns, Dr. Day is a wealth of information. We’re constantly inundated with products making claims of youthful, healthy, glowing, radiating skin that sell dreams of looking forever young like some of your favorite celebrities, and it can be frustrating and confusing. What products should you be using? Which products actually work? What procedures are worth trying for real results?

Dr. Day breaks down what the simplest skin care routine should consist of: cleanser, toner, vitamin C serum, and a sunscreen or moisturizer, in that order. Over the age of 50, she’s educating us all on the value of retinol, why you would want to use it, and what type of procedures get the results you’re looking for and how to get the best results.

“You have to treat the source and understand it.” -Dr. Doris Day

Dr. Doris Day’s 3 Episode Takeaways:

  • Look in mirror for what you love most about yourself
  • For hair, change your part, use volumizers and thickeners
  • For skin, it’s never too late for sun protection, good hydration, and retinol

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