November is National Healthy Skin Month
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body? It’s an organ we wear on the outside and an essential part of what keeps every individual alive and functioning. That’s why November is an important time as National Healthy Skin Month, and here at Daniel Q. Richardson M.D. Plastic Surgery, we want to ensure that you’re not neglecting your skin. Below are some of our best healthy skin tips.
Sunscreen Every Day
You’ve heard this one many times before, but it’s worth mentioning again and again. It doesn’t matter if you’re a supermodel or super athlete, every individual needs to apply sunscreen daily. The recommendation is for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s water-resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Regular application of sunscreen prevents sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging.
Say No To Tanning Beds
If you believe that there are safe tanning beds, you’d be mistaken. Just a single tanning bed session could harm your skin in a major way, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. You’re increasing the risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent, squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent. Reach for the self-tanner instead to create that golden glow, or try a spray tan. Many celebrities do faux tans.
Simple Skincare Routine
Having a clear, radiant complexion doesn’t mean buying numerous jars of products. Simplify your regimen with formulas that agree with your skin type. Choose a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Many skincare pros also recommend applying a vitamin C serum in the morning and a retinol product at night. These products will help prevent aging signs like wrinkles or age spots.
Lip Balm With SPF
Your lips deserve special treatment because lip tissue is vulnerable to dryness. The lips are constantly exposed to the elements and need SPF protection of 30 or higher. Because they lack oil glands, your lips have a much lower ability to hold water than the rest of the skin on your face. Don’t leave home without your lip balm.
Hands Off The Face
It can be a habit that many of us don’t realize we’re doing. Touching the face throughout the day can cause issues, especially with an oily complexion. Dirt, oil, and bacteria can spread from your hands to your face, and that can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Refrain from picking or squeezing pimples to avoid inflaming your acne or risking acne scars.
Skin Check Routine
Here’s one habit that skincare experts encourage: Regularly check your skin for spots that are new, look different from others, itch or bleed, etc. These can be signs of skin cancer, which is especially treatable when detected early. If you find a suspicious-looking spot, make an appointment with a dermatologist.
Some Healthy Lifestyle Basics
To maintain ageless skin, it is recommended to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest (7-8 hrs. sleep), and stay hydrated to maintain a healthy skin lipid barrier. These habits are great for your skin and your overall health.
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