November is National Healthy Skin Month
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important to take good care of it. November is National Healthy Skin Month. You may not realize it, but your skin reveals a lot about your overall health. This month makes you aware of what it takes to keep your skin healthy as well as understanding how to treat and prevent common skin problems. National Healthy Skin Month stresses how to correctly use sunscreen and offers helpful tips on how to check your skin periodically to prevent skin cancer.
Chill out – Put your feet up and manage your stress. Stress makes your skin break out and can make skin conditions like psoriasis much worse. Get your rest — between seven and nine hours a day. Exercise in the fresh air from time to time and breathe.
Hydrate daily – Sometimes the simplest actions give you the greatest benefits. Hydrating your entire body by drinking eight glasses of water daily is another cool way to moisturize your precious skin. Add lemons and other fruit to make your daily drinks even more refreshing. If plain water is boring, try adding cucumbers as well. Water clears out the dangerous toxins that hurt your skin.
Check your skin for spots and blemishes – Examine your skin regularly for new or unusual spots, as well as anything changing, itching, or bleeding. Check yourself carefully for spots with unusual shapes or colors that might indicate skin cancer. Look for moles that seem to appear.
Wash every day – Wash your face every day and after exercising. Use a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.
Protect your skin – Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Moisturize daily – Apply lotion or cream while your skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture and get the best results. Use antiperspirant rather than a deodorant, to reduce sweating. Determine your skin type — oily, dry, combination, normal or sensitive — and choose skincare products tailored to that type.
If you have questions or any concerns about the health of your skin, you can contact Western Maryland Dermatology at (301) 777-7900 or visit us online at wmderma.com/contact. Source: https://www.aad.org/public/public-health/awareness-campaigns/national-healthy-skin-monthhttps://nationaltoday.com/national-healthy-skin-month/https://studenthealth.studentaffairs.miami.edu/health-education/ra-resource-page/for-national-healthy-skin-month.pdf