What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2018? One of ours is to perfect our skincare regime! That means that all year long we will be learning, trying and perfecting how we treat our skin. So, we are beyond excited to introduce our Women We Love this week, Dr. Maryam Zamani, Oculoplastic Surgeon & Creator of MZ Skin. MZ Skin is a precise, potent skincare range that was created to reveal, enhance and protect your skin. It was created by a woman, for women, and you can see that in the gorgeous packaging, the attention to detail, and all the clinical trials that go into each product in the line. You’ll want it in your medicine cabinet ASAP! Read on to learn how we should be taking care of our skin, and how a working mom like Maryam does it all…
How did you first enter into the beauty industry?
After completing my ophthalmology training, I worked for only one year before relocating to London. I was doing some aesethetic work and very much enjoyed it. As I needed time to have my American Board certified transferred to the equivalent in the UK, I decided to embark on an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship to gain greater experience and training. That was when I became interested in hyaluronic acid fillers, doing research for their aesthetic and reconstructive purposes.
There after I became interested in learning more and did a Dermatology Course with Cardiff university for a year followed by another oculoplastic fellowship focused on eyelid and facial surgery. I wanted to combine the surgical with the non surgical but quickly realized skin is the canvas and without a strong canvas, results are not optimal. Its been a long but very interesting and rewarding road to developing MZ Skin to help create that strong canvas and foundation to maintain and attain ones best skin and aesthetic at any age.
Why is it so important to take care of our skin at every age?
Skin is the canvas and we need to nurture and protect it from early on so that we can enjoy healthy, glowing beautiful skin for the decades to come. While it is never too late to start, we know that starting early will help slow some signs of ageing, such a fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
How should our skincare regime change with age?
As we age, there are a number of factors that impact our skin: hormonal fluctuations (with pregnancy, menopause), accumulative UV exposure, external factors (like pollution, and environmental factors), and cell turnover rate decreases, to name a few. Due to these multitude of factors, we need to address the skin differently, as we may also need to do with seasonal changes.
What is your typical day like?
Basically its like that expression- I have ‘when I open my eyes to when I close my eyes’ type of day! I am not a super early riser like so many. I organize myself in the evening so I that I can sleep in until the last possible moment, which is 7:40 to be precise.
I have breakfast with the kids, […], then I race to dress and we are out the door by 8:05 to drop the kids off at school. Fortunately everything is very convenient and I am in my office by 8:30 and start seeing patients at 8:45. Most days I finish at 1 at the clinic, and then either work on MZ Skin, meetings, calls and sometimes I have time for a fun lunch with friends. Then its school pick ups and after school activities.
While the kids are in their various activities, I tend to check up on our daily plans with MZ skin. If we are home, we have dinner together as a family. I need to exercise pretty much every day. Usually I go to the gym for 45 minutes of elliptical when the kids go to bed. And if I have my twice weekly trainer or pilatsd, I squeeze it in before or after dinner.
Once I have worked out, I come back to the computer and catch up on the emails, and prepare for the next day. My husband and I like to see friends in the evening too, so its not always possible to get it all done! I try to be in bed by midnight and start all over again. Weekends are family time and I tend to organize my week ahead so that I keep sane. I cant go to sleep without an empty in box so that can be tricky!
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I had a mentor when I was a resident and when I was about to embark on my private practice in Washington, DC there were many who told me that I shouldn’t do it, that the area was too saturated. I asked the advice of my mentor and funny enough I sent him a message just recently to thank him.
He said, “There is always room for one more, so if you want to do, do it. You will make it happen.”
And he was right then and I still think that today. There is always room for everyone to succeed so if you have the passion, just do it.
What’s next for you and the company?
It is always evolving! I want to have a strong foundation to grow on, building a team who believe and love the brand. We are of course expanding into different continents. I would love to focus a bit more on the states, as it all really started there. But opportunities come in all ways and we look forward to embarking on them as they come!