Dr. Rachel Nazarian from Schweiger Dermatology Group has published articles in medical journals, as well as widely respected dermatology textbooks and has appeared as an expert in many a women’s magazine from Vogue to Cosmopolitan. Here, I asked her to share her 5 Rules For Life. In her words:
1. Take advantage of modern science.
Humans have developed incredible tools: Vaccines, sunscreen, multi-vitamins! USE THEM. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t put on my sunscreen- or take my vitamins… And my body is better because of it. We’re living longer, and healthier lives because of these advancements, and ignoring them is a huge waste. That seasonal flu vaccine? I got it. That HPV vaccine? I got it. That SPF 100+ sunscreen- yup, you better believe I’m slathering it on at the beach. And when you see my skin (like that of a 20 year old) you’ll understand why you should too.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
One of my greatest fears was looking stupid, and rather than asking questions I would simply trust the person I considered the “expert”. But I’ve learned to ask as many questions needed until I understand WHY – whether it’s at a doctors office, talking to contractors, everyone! It’s the quickest way to grow intelligence, and nothing to be embarrassed about!
3. Pamper yourself.
No matter who you are, life is hard. We all have struggles and challenges and should take opportunities to make our lives more pleasant. Many of my patients confess they feel guilty when they purchase luxury creams for their skin, or when they get Botox and laser treatments. I ask them: do you feel better about yourself after you indulge? Do you feel a renewed sense of confidence? Does it make you want to take better care of yourself going forward? Yes. Then don’t feel one ounce of guilt. It’s not vanity— it’s investing in yourself.
4. Listen to your instincts.
This is a process that has taken me years to perfect— and I’m still learning- but there are many situations in life where your gut instinct is trying to speak to you… You have to train yourself to acknowledge that visceral feeling, and identify what it’s saying. The worst thing you can do is ignore it, because more often than not you know what the right direction is, or what the right answer is- and if your instincts are telling you something is wrong, listen! Believe me- you know more than you think, so trust yourself.
5. Don’t hoard your secrets.
You know that awesome moisturizer you found that makes your skin glow? That incredible sample sale where you get the BEST stuff for cheap? Share the info and help give someone else’s life a little boost. When everyone asks me why my skin looks so good, I lay out the truth: I do Botox, I get chemical peels, I love microneedling. I share my favorite products with everyone I love (including my husband). I take my friends to that once-a-season sale for discount cashmere. Don’t be threatened that it’ll make you weaker or lesser— it makes you stronger and more loved— and impacts people in a positive way. The universe will thank you later.
Thanks, Dr. Nazarian! Stay tuned for more Five Rules installments.
“Five Rules,” is a series on Rouge18 in which I ask others to share their five rules for life about anything and everything. You can learn a lot about a person by reading which five things govern their actions, no?