Dr. Chantal Chiasson, Shediac, N.B.
A family friend who was a physician encouraged Chantal Chiasson to pursue a career in medicine. Dermatology appealed to her, and she now has her own clinic, the Figurra Institute, in Shediac, N.B., where she lives with her partner. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Chiasson, who is in her 40s, loves yoga, spinning and running-she’s completed a few half-marathons.
Her sun-protection advice: “When I was young, I didn’t listen to my parents and the lessons about skin cancer and sun damage, and I tried to get a tan. But now I know we should be protecting our skin as soon as we can, and that’s an important anti-aging element. I stay in the shade and wear a broad-brimmed hat when gardening and walking. I also wear sunglasses, because the eyes can get damaged with cumulative sun exposure.”
Her product advice: “Year-round, I use a moisturizer with SPF, Pro-Derm Daytime Fluid SPF 20. This is important because UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and car windows, and not only in summer. For my body, I like Elta sunscreens like Sport SPF 50. Avène High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50 is good for people whose skin easily pigments with sun exposure. Don’t forget after-sun skin care. You can reduce and even reverse, to a point, the effects of UV damage by using a good vitamin C cream or serum with more than 5% L-ascorbic acid to help fight free radicals. I use Vivier CE Peptides, typically at night.”
Dr. Andrée Mathieu-Serra, Montreal
Andrée Mathieu-Serra opened her own clinic specializing in cosmetic dermatology after having worked as a dermatologist at a Montreal hospital for more than 20 years. She chose dermatology because she likes how “we see the disease, and the results after treatment.” Born and raised in Montreal, Mathieu-Serra, 63, is married and has three daughters. In summer, she likes cycling, golfing and gardening.
Her sun-protection advice: “When I was a student, I worked outside all day long in the sun without any sun protection. At that time, having a tan was considered healthy-looking. Now we know that the sun is the most important external factor that ages our skin, and we are seeing more and more skin cancer. Pre-cancer cells are showing up around the age of 40 to 60, depending on the person’s past exposure. I try to garden in the morning or evening. For me, the right clothes are essential. I always wear a large hat and big sunglasses that wrap around the sides. And I wear long pants and long sleeves when cycling, too, even if it’s a hot day.”
Her product advice: “On mornings when I know I’ll be outdoors for a few hours, I put on a high-SPF sunscreen on the exposed parts of my body. I prefer Pro-Derm SPF 60 for my face and neck. I use a vitamin C serum first because it contains antioxidants, then I put on my sunscreen. After being in the sun-for example, if I’ve been at the beach-I use a moisturizer with peptides because it helps with skin repair.”