Dr. Debbie is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic and medical dermatology. She knew she had a passion for skin in junior high, when for her very first oral presentation she chose to lecture on skin, describing how UVA and UVB rays affect it and cause cancer. When her mother asked her where she got the idea for her report, she said, “It came from within.” After fifteen years in the business, she still loves what she does. That’s pretty cool.
Is there such a thing as perfect skin, and if so, what qualities does it have?
I think perfect skin is in the eye of the beholder. We all have a different standard in what we’re looking for and what we hold beautiful. In science, we have dimensions that we say are beautiful, so if your eyes are spaced [a certain distance] apart, and if you have so much space between your eyes and your nose, and between your nose and your lips, they say that that holds beauty. I don’t know if that’s necessarily beauty, to measure people and say what is beautiful and what is not, but some people in science say that is beauty, and some people do not.
What’s your definition of beauty?
Being the best that you can be. Everybody has beautiful aspects. If I had two people side by side, and one had lighter skin and one had darker skin and one had green eyes and one had brown eyes, each is beautiful in their own way. I don’t think you can boil it down and say, “What is that one thing?” I don’t think there is one thing. We all have beauty in us, and it’s all different.
What are the three most interesting ingredients that you might want to include in some of your products, and why do you think they’re interesting?
- The acids, which I have incorporated into my skin care line. They acids are important on a daily basis—you get exfoliation, you get renewal, you build collagen.
- Antioxidants. I like coffee berry, green coffee, because it’s a very potent antioxidant.
- Retin-A. There are a lot studies that show that it reduces the signs of photo aging. It’s a great product, you just need education with it.