Dr. Gabriele Weichert, Nanaimo, B.C.
An ability to merge science with a people-oriented profession is why medicine appealed to Gabriele Weichert, 46, who is originally from Ottawa. She initially considered becoming an art history major, but says dermatology appeals to her “visual brain.” Weichert established her clinic, Skin Care West, in Nanaimo, B.C., where she lives with her husband and two children. In the summer, she enjoys running, mountain biking, kayaking, paddle-boarding and hiking.
Her sun-protection advice: “I’ve seen people who have significant sun damage, but when they adopt a really strict sun-protective habit, damage doesn’t compound over the years. So it’s never too late to be careful.
“What I see in my patients more than anything is that most people do use sunscreen-but only ‘kind of.’ They really under-apply it. To truly get the full SPF protection that’s stated on the bottle, it has to go on so heavy that your skin looks ridiculously white. Then rub it in.
“If I’m out and about, I wear SPF 60 and a wide-brimmed hat. I’m also a big advocate of sun-protective clothing. And if I’m at the beach with my family, I almost always have either a towel or a sarong to throw over my legs and shoulders. I’m a pretty outdoorsy person, but I can’t be out in the midday sun without feeling like I’m way too exposed, so generally I try to schedule most of my family’s outdoor activities for the late afternoon.”
Her product advice: “Neutrogena and Ombrelle, the Anthelios line from La Roche-Posay-these are all strong leaders in the sunscreen market. And they have products for the face that are thin, easy to put on, not sticky, not acne causing, that feel like a moisturizer and give you great protection.
“Also, SkinCeuticals has an antioxidant serum called CE Ferulic, which I layer sunscreen on top of. It enhances the ability of the sunscreen to protect your skin.”