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Dr. Patricia Wexler on The Art of Glowing Skin

Patricia Wexler

by The Culinistas

Dr. Wexler is an industry leading dermatological surgeon and founder of Wexler Dermatology. She has refined and reshaped the faces and bodies of over 15,000 individuals who rely on her cutting edge expertise and honest, straight-forward approach. In addition to her private practice, she is currently an associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine and board-certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Wexler is a canonical source when it comes to foods that are excellent for skin health, not to mention, her taste in music and art spans generations, Billie Eilish anyone?

How long you’ve been in business

My practice has been in business for over 30 years.

Describe your brand/skin care approach

I address my patients’ skin concerns starting with the lightest, least invasive option. From there we can add therapies as needed.

Three people you’d like to have dinner with

I greatly admire Ruth Bader Ginsberg, so sitting down with her would be an honor.  I would also like to meet Billie Eilish. I love her music and I think her performances are incredible. It’s amazing how she’s been able to appeal to so many different generations. Last but not least, one of my favorite photographers is Rachel Hovnanian, and I would love to learn about her creative process.

Who’s your skin muse?

Without a doubt, my mother. I was very lucky that she taught me about sun protection from a very young age. Sunscreen and a good hat were always a part of her routine.

Culinary staples in your kitchen

Some staples in my kitchen include fish, chicken, turkey, parmesan cheese, low-wheat grains, tomatoes, carrots, honeydew, kiwi, celery peppers, vitamin water, ginger tea, citrus fruits, berries and decaffeinated coffee.  

Glowing Skin Menu Picks

Crab Salad on Endive (with jumbo lump crab, ginger, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, endive)

Like all shellfish, crab is high in zinc, which is an immune booster to protect the skin. Peppers are high in both Vitamin A and C, to aid in the production of collagen and protection of the cells. Peppers also contain lutein, protecting against photodamage. Cilantro has the properties to remove excess oil from skin, the leaves have antioxidants, antifungal and antiseptic properties that help clear up various skin concerns. The Vitamin C improves collagen production and leaves your skin feeling smooth. And finally, cucumber is extremely hydrating.

Poached Salmon with Spring Peas (wild salmon, spring pea, shallot, crushed red pepper, lemon)

Salmon has a very strong impact on the skin because of the omega-3 fatty acid content. It helps to calm inflammation, which can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Also, when you have a high level of good fat in your body, it feeds the skin and allows it to produce the right amount of oil. Therefore, it supports the retention of moisture, which is what gives skin its glow. The snow peas in this dish are loaded with Vitamin K, which helps reduce dark circles under the eyes and folate which supports the renewal of hair cells. 

Sauteed Shrimp with Tomato and Spinach (wild shrimp, tomato, spinach, sage, garlic, lemon)

Shrimp is a fantastic source of antioxidants (like zinc), which help to protect skin cells from sun damage. One of the powerful antioxidants it contains is astaxanthin, a carotenoid, which helps to prevent wrinkles and lessen sun damage. Tomatoes are loaded with skin loving nutrients like Vitamin C, which reduces dullness and lycopene, which fights against free radicals, particularly photodamage. Spinach is a green, and greens are high in lutein and xenozanthan, contain anti-inflammatory properties and give us tremendous hydration.

Carrot Roasted Brussels Sprout (brussels sprout, carrot, golden raisin, almond, cilantro, lemon

Brussels sprouts have a very high concentration of Vitamin C which supports collagen production and works wonders for plumping and smoothing skin. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E which also supports moisturization for soft, supple skin. Carrots are in the same class as sweet potatoes, high in Vitamin A and beta-carotene which decreases free radical damage and helps with photo protection. 

Shishito Peppers (shishito pepper, peppadew pepper, lime)

Shishito peppers are full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, which interrupts the process that breaks down collagen. They are also high in Vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen and skin repair protection. 

Honeydew & Kiwi (with honeydew, kiwi, green grape, mint, pepita, sumac)

Kiwi is loaded with water soluble and fat soluble antioxidants, which fight free radical damage. Honeydew is an amazing source of hydration as it is 90% water and contains electrolytes to ensure your skin is properly hydrated. It is one of the most hydrating fruits. Kiwi is extremely high in Vitamin C, it helps in production of collagen and aids in protection of cellular breakdown. 

Thank you to Patricia Wexler for providing the beautiful photo.