NYC cosmetic dermatologist Sejal Shah is the founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology. Hailed as a “skin and body mix master,” she’s recognized for her unique personalized approach to facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Whether it’s cutting-edge lasers or new sculpting devices, Dr. Shah nails the right cocktail of injectables and aesthetic procedures to enhance each patient’s inner and outer beauty. With over 30+ advanced medical devices in her NYC offices, her extensive expertise in lasers, breakthrough hair loss treatments, and acne and ethnic skin concerns has made her one of the most sought-after derms in the country.
1. Enjoy the journey more than the destination
It’s really easy to focus on your work or goals and forget to enjoy life. But life is short and you never know whattomorrowwill bring, so take some time actually live your life-take that vacation, have a dance party, put your gadgets away when you are spending time with friends or family.
2. Love the skin you’re in, figuratively and literally.
First and foremost learn who you are and learn to love that person. Know that you may not be perfect but you are worthy. Work on your flaws but always stay true to yourself. Second, literally take care of your skin-wear sunscreen everyday, wash your face twice a day, use effective skin care products, and don’t be afraid to try cosmetic treatments that can help you maintain that great skin. A little preventive care and maintenance go a long way and your skin will thank you for it.
3. Be flexible.
Life throws a lot of curveballs. Rather than getting bogged down when a plan doesn’t go as expected, take a step back and redirect. You’ll become a better problem solver, more efficient and overall happier.
4. Don’t fear failure.
The most successful people in this world probably didn’t get it right the first time. If you let fear of failing guide your life, you won’t accomplish much whether it’s professional, personal or just for fun. Yes it’s scary to fail but it’s not the end of the world, pick yourself up dust yourself off and keep going.
5. Ask lots of questions and ask for help.
Remember in school when your teacher said there are no dumb questions. Well, that’s so true. Asking questions is how we advance our knowledge and our society. Think of all the things you use every day whether it’s an appliance or an app, they probably originated with a question. It’s also ok to ask for help. You can’t possibly do everything or know everything so turn to someone else when you need to. By the same token, outsource the things you can, so you can focus on the more important stuff.
Thanks, Dr. Shah! Stay tuned for more 5 Rules installments. In the meantime, read Jaime Maser’s, and Lindsay Ellingson’s.