The magic wand of a dermatologist

The renowned dermatologist and scientific associate of the IQ Beaute Magazine, Panagiota Riga, reveals beauty secrets as well as secrets of the everyday care.

By Mania Bousmpoura Which is the number one beauty move that you make and recommend this time of year? In autumn the skin, damaged by the summer sun, may seem dull and tired. The secret is the intensive hydration. I use a moisturizer rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Vitamin C is the “key” to the reparation, repair and maintenance of healthy cells. It reverses the process of photo aging, provokes the collagen production, smooths the fine lines and wrinkles and improves the microcirculation and thus the oxygenation of the cells. It also increases the brightness of the skin and fights pigmentation and discoloration. Which is your favorite anti-aging treatment that you use in your clinic and why? All the therapies that use hyaluronic acid, that exists in the skin to retain water and to help it look bright, well-rest and firm, but as the time passes it disappears. I strongly prefer the skin boosters that hydrate the skin and improve skin quality and firmness. The hyaluronic acid fillers deal formidably with the first wrinkles and they contribute positively to the restoration of the face volume that is lost. With their help we achieve what is known as “liquid facelift”. How much younger can a woman look with the aid of the aesthetic dermatology? Ten years younger. The dermatologist helps with a variety of therapies depending on the age and the needs of the skin. Preventive care from a young age is of a high importance in order to sustain our skin health. Furthermore proper nutrition, regular physical activities as well as avoiding smoking and sunbathing are just as important. Which type of facial therapy would you follow on the eve of an important event? My favorite last minute therapy is OxyGeneo. What exactly does this therapy do ? It rejuvenates, nourishes, oxygenates and at the same time hydrates the skin. The difference on the surface of the skin is immediately visible. What do you always have with you on your travels? A moisturizer, a sunscreen, as it should be used all year round- this time of year we can use a moisturizer with sunscreen index instead of two products-, a moisturizing body lotion and a mild face cleanser. Proper skin cleansing is just as important as hydration and sun protection. What do you carry in your bag every day? A lip balm, so that my lips are always hydrated, a hand cream, since moisturised hands are preserved and look more youthful, and a light oil-free make up or a CC moisturizer.

 I believe though, that the most important beauty secret is to be happy and to spend as much time as possible with the people we love!

Can you tell us something that can make us even more beautiful in the feature? In the past two or three years we apply these therapies, in which our own cells are used, i.e. platelets or lipocytes, in order to rejuvenate our skin. I believe that with those therapies a new era is ahead of us in the near future. Would you reveal to us a simple beauty secret that really works and you use? Thorough cleansing of the skin, hydration and sun protection–an everyday routine that takes care and protects our skin. I believe though, that the most important beauty secret is to be happy and to spend as much time as possible with the people we love! Cover Picture: www.pixelformula.com