MZ Skin Dr Maryam Zamani shares her anti-ageing beauty secrets

Doctor behind ‘game-changing’ skincare range shares her beauty, diet and anti-ageing secrets at 48 – and the one product you need to invest in now

  • Dr Maryam Zamani launched MZ Skin to combine functionality and beauty 
  • The luxury range aims to deliver youthful, glowing and beautiful skin  
  • At 48, Dr Zamani always sticks to the same routine and never drinks coffee 
  • She also says eye cream is crucial as the eyes are the first to show ageing signs 

The doctor behind ‘game-changing’ skincare line MZ Skin has shared the secrets behind her enviable complexion – including a consistent routine, no coffee, beauty sleep and a good eye cream.

Dr Maryam Zamani, from London, was exposed to plastic surgery early on while working in Thailand for Operation Smile – an organisation that helps kids and adults with cleft lips and palates.

Upon returning to medical school she found she enjoyed delicate facial procedures and eventually moved into ophthalmology and oculoplastics – a specialty focusing on the functioning of the eye and the facial regions surrounding it.

She then moved into non-surgical aesthetics and later developed her own practice incorporating all she’d learned. 

The doctor behind 'game-changing' skincare line MZ Skin has shared the secrets behind her enviable complexion - including a consistent routine, no coffee, beauty sleep and a good eye cream

The doctor behind ‘game-changing’ skincare line MZ Skin has shared the secrets behind her enviable complexion – including a consistent routine, no coffee, beauty sleep and a good eye cream

Dr Maryam Zamani, from London, was exposed to plastic surgery early on while working in Thailand for Operation Smile - an organisation that helps kids and adults with cleft lips and palates

Dr Maryam Zamani, from London, was exposed to plastic surgery early on while working in Thailand for Operation Smile – an organisation that helps kids and adults with cleft lips and palates

Dr Zamani’s skills combined with her love for skincare and a nightly ritual then grew into her own skincare line, MZ Skin, which she started formulating in 2014.

‘I have always loved skincare since my teens when my mother bought my first Lancôme moisturiser and that continued through college and med school,’ Dr Zamani, 48, told FEMAIL.

‘Back then Shiseido was my go-to skincare. I would study, workout, come home, shower, do my nightly skincare ritual, put on pretty underwear and pyjamas and go under my cold duvet.’ 

After completing her ophthalmology training, Dr Zamani started to notice ‘doctor brands’ were starting to pop up and while they captured her attention, none were quite right.

Dr Zamani's skills combined with her love for skincare and a nightly ritual then grew into her own skincare line, MZ Skin, which she started formulating in 2014

Dr Zamani’s skills combined with her love for skincare and a nightly ritual then grew into her own skincare line, MZ Skin, which she started formulating in 2014

‘I started trying a few but was disinterested as I felt I was medicating my face… that beautiful sensory experience and ritual aspect was lost,’ she said.

‘I then started working with my own chemist creating formulas to supplement my routine.’

Dr Zamani worked with her formulator and would ask her patients and friends for feedback, tweaking as she went.

‘I had no vision of what the future would hold but when a buyer at Harrods wanted my products, MZ Skin was born. It’s been a fabulously exciting, challenging and rewarding road,’ she said.

The brand’s goal is to show clients you can have high-performance skincare that’s functional yet still beautiful; Dr Zamani describes it as a combination of ‘medically based know-how, feminine passion and determination’.

Dr Zamani keeps her routine simple and says the best regime you can have is one you are consistent with

'In the mornings I wash my face with Skin Cleanse & Clarify while I am in the shower,' she said

Dr Zamani keeps her routine simple and says the best regime you can have is one you are consistent with

What are Dr Zamani’s top diet and nutrition tips for good skin? 

I have a holistic view when it comes to beauty and believe the best routine is supported by a healthy, balanced lifestyle. With that in mind, I am a big fan of eating well. 

* I love green apples with almond butter

* Every morning I start my day with a hot water infused with ginger and lemon, then a green smoothie or freshly squeezed half mandarin and half orange juice at the office. 

* I never drink coffee and rather a matcha with almond milk if I crave something more

* My normal breakfast is either porridge (with berries, and a bit of honey) or poached eggs with toast. If I am running late, I will have a late breakfast around ten in my office or avocado toast sprinkled with chilli flakes

* I don’t like anything fried, I’m also not a huge fan of Chinese food

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‘Like me, most of us want to have that no foundation, foundation look which translates into clear skin; clear from acne, pigment, or redness. My morning regime features products that promote collagen production and prevent damage from daily pollution and environmental aggressors,’ she said.

‘They are simple to use, and make me feel beautiful.’

Dr Zamani keeps her routine simple and says the best regime you can have is one you are consistent with. 

‘In the mornings I wash my face with Skin Cleanse & Clarify while I am in the shower. Afterwards, I layer Brighten & Perfect 10 % Vitamin C Serum to combat oxidative damage and promote collagen production while decreasing the appearance of pigmentation, a condition I suffer from,’ she said.

‘I follow this with Soothe and Smooth to help build collagen in the delicate eye area while deeply hydrating the skin and my last step is Tint & Protect or Skin Hydrate and Nourish to help maintain hydration on my skin while also protecting it with SPF.’

In the evenings she cleanses then enhances with serums, eye cream and a moisturiser. 

'It's always nice to have time once or twice a week to enhance this with a relaxing ritual that can include ampoules, masks and a LED mask,' she said

‘It’s always nice to have time once or twice a week to enhance this with a relaxing ritual that can include ampoules, masks and a LED mask,’ she said

Dr Zamani said what makes her range stand out from the rest is its focus on keeping skincare simple

Dr Zamani said what makes her range stand out from the rest is its focus on keeping skincare simple

‘It’s always nice to have time once or twice a week to enhance this with a relaxing ritual that can include ampoules, masks and a LED mask,’ she said.

Dr Zamani said what makes her range stand out from the rest is its focus on keeping skincare simple.

‘We do not need lots of different layers of skincare, we need skincare that works effectively and synergistically together,’ she said.

‘We use actives to promote even, hydrated, glowing skin and key ingredients in the MZ range include performance-proven active that we know to work – antioxidants, retinol, peptides, stem cells and placenta.’

This, she says, is key to resolving one of the biggest mistakes women make with their skincare: overdoing it.  

What are Dr Zamani’s favourite makeup and hair products? 

• Makeup: Tom Ford bronzer, Nars orgasm blush, Charlotte Tilbury/Chanel eyeliner, Chanel Les Beigies, Hermes 10 Rose D’Ete lip, Chanel mascara

• Perfume: Dolce & Gabbana Red

• Hair: Olaplex

• SPF: Heliocare gel, Elta MD, Evy

• From MZ Skin: A trio – Soothe & Smooth eye cream to help improve dark circles and diminish fine lines, Brighten & Perfect to improve skin tone and texture and Rest & Revive to make it look like I have slept ten hours even when I haven’t

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'Sometimes when seeing different doctors, instead of looking better, they look different. The goal is to be the best version of yourself... remember less is more,' she said

‘Sometimes when seeing different doctors, instead of looking better, they look different. The goal is to be the best version of yourself… remember less is more,’ she said

‘Often people expect results before giving their skincare enough time or they use too many actives that may or may not work together and then do not know what may be exacerbating skin changes,’ she said.

‘In terms of in office procedures, sometimes people go to many different doctors for treatments. I think it is best to do your research, perhaps see a couple different people that have been recommended to you, and to build a relationship with your doctor. 

‘Sometimes when seeing different doctors, instead of looking better, they look different. The goal is to be the best version of yourself… remember less is more.’

As for reducing the effects of ageing, Dr Zamani says eye cream is the most important product.

As for reducing the effects of ageing, Dr Zamani says eye cream is the most important product

As for reducing the effects of ageing, Dr Zamani says eye cream is the most important product

'Beauty sleep and hydration is essential... and a smile always makes everything look better,' she said

‘Beauty sleep and hydration is essential… and a smile always makes everything look better,’ she said

‘The eye area is the first to show signs of ageing so ensure that you are using an effective eye cream, applied lightly using the ring finger,’ she said, adding that everyone’s night and morning routines should be different.

‘The morning is about protecting the skin, you should be wearing SPF every day to avoid premature ageing and pigmentation in later years. In the evening I recommend using a serum to assist in regenerating the skin filled with antioxidants and other ingredients), followed by a night cream. 

‘My advice to women is to start using skincare products containing retinol to smooth out fine lines, reduce pigmentation and make pores less visible. 

‘Beauty sleep and hydration is essential… and a smile always makes everything look better.’

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