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It’s National Healthy Skin Month!

by kelly / November, 13 2019 01:30

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Your skin is the bodies largest organ and it also has a really significant job – it’s the first line of protection against outside pollutants! So it’s important that we take care of skin. In honor of National Healthy Skin Month this November – here are some key daily tips to keep your skin at its best everyday because we really should be thinking about it year-round.

Wear Sunscreen Everyday

Protect your skin from sun daily. The sun’s UV rays are strong even on cloudy, cold winter days. In fact according to the US Food & Drug Administration “even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.”

In some instances in the winter, UV rays can be even stronger. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light, so the rays hit you twice, further increasing your risk of skin cancer and premature aging.”

So apply that broad spectrum sunscreen or SPF moisturizer and then follow these other sun protection tips listed in our post “Top 5 Sun Protection Tips”.

Wash Your Face

It’s something you need to do everyday. Most dermatologist recommend at least once a day and more if you’ve been heavily sweating or exercising. Just remember to use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.

For even more face washing tips check out our post “Are You Washing Your Face Right?”

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Apply a moisturizer daily. The best time to do is when you skin is still damp – after washing your face for example - to lock in moisture.

Check Your Skin Regularly

Unfortunately skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and one in five Americans will develop it in their lifetime. That’s why it’s so important for us to examine our skin frequently.

Look for new or unusual spots or any major changes in your skin from itching to bleeding to major irritation. Have someone that you’re comfortable with check hard to reach places on your body. For more advice on how to do a full skin care self-exam read our post “Detecting Skin Cancer – Spot It and Stop It”.

And of course, make regular visits to your physician and/or dermatologist and consult them if you have any questions on your skin.

Your Best Skin

Your skin matters and with some simple self-care, it can definitely live its best life. Make it National Healthy Skin Month every month of the year.

Want to love your skin even more? Then check out our Skin Care blog series.

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