Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah and I am an American trained General Surgeon, Burn and Burn Reconstructive Surgeon. I am board certified by the American College of Surgeons as well as a fellow of the International College of Surgeons. I have over 15 years of (extensive) experience working with human skin and skin substitutes.
As a burn surgeon running a level 3 burn center, I have had the opportunity to study and grow human skin in the lab, using autologous skin for grafting. I also used several skin substitutes from fish skin to pig skin and various artificial skin substitutes for temporary replacement of human skin in people with over 20% total body surface area skin loss. This has given me an extensive insight into the anatomy, physiology, and appearance of human skin.
How did you first discover Borghese?
My mother introduced me to Borghese. When I was in a stressful surgery residency, I noticed that my skin was dry, and I started to develop fine lines on my face. When I brought this up to my mother, she introduced me to Borghese skin care and since then, I have been using the products.
What is your personal Borghese regimen now? How do you fit Borghese into your daily routine?
I use the daily facial cleanser, Crema Saponetta Creme Cleanser, and twice a week I use the Advanced Fango Active Purifying Mud Mask – I leave it on for just 5 minutes! My daily moisturizer, Cura di Vita Protettivo SPF 15, provides UVA/UVB protection. In the evening, I apply the Power-C Firming and Brightening Serum. The capsules make application very easy – each one is a single dose. I start and end my day with the spa soothing Bagno di Vita Foaming Shower Gel.
When it comes to makeup less is more. I cannot emphasize this enough: NEVER go to bed with makeup on. Use sunscreen daily and avoid prolonged sun exposure. When it comes to skin care start early with effective products, like Borghese, and commit to daily routine to experience the short- and long-term benefits.
Tell us about why you recommend Borghese products to your patients?
Because the product works. It keeps my skin youthful, wrinkle free and radiant. My consistent advice to my patients is to start at an early age with a Borghese skin care regime and commit to daily usage; it will serve as an insurance policy for future aging. Many brands come and go. Borghese is celebrating its 65th Anniversary as an authority in skin care and mud masks. Trust the experience.
Are there any specific products you recommend for men or different recommendations for men on how to use them?
For men I normally recommend Crema Saponetta as a daily cleanser, Cura Di Vita Protettivo with SPF 15 for a daily moisturizer and the Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask once a week depending on skin type. Men tend to have coarser skin because of facial hair but they have the same effects of aging on skin.
What is your personal favorite Borghese product and why?
Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask is my all-time favorite because it works on my combination skin: it helps purify and fight the damaging effects of the sun. My new favorite is the Power-C Firming and Brightening Serum Capsules because it firms and smooths out my fine lines leaving my skin radiant with each application.
Any general advice for the Mozzafiato community on some of the most important elements of a good skin care routine?
Elements of a good skin care routine is cleanse, moisturize and exfoliate. Start early/young with a good skin care routine, commit to the routine and it will pay off in the long run. Although the skin is the largest organ, it is often ignored. Skin maintenance/preventative skin care leads to healthy skin.