Did you know that November is National Healthy Skin Month in the US? The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) implemented November as healthy skin month to raise awareness about the importance of keeping skin healthy and hydrated all year round.
There are many things people can do not just during National Skin Health Month but all year long, to prevent skin damage, reduce signs of aging and protect one of the most vital organs of the body, our skin:
- Eat a healthy diet and a “rainbow of colors”: What we consume is just as influential to our skin’s health as any product you apply to your skin. Eating a diet that’s rich in Omega 3s, whole grains and B Vitamins is essential to maintaining skin’s youthful glow. Be sure to incorporate colorful fruits and vegetables and lean proteins in your diet.
- Use natural products on your skin: Learn to read labels and be particular about the products you use. To better understand what’s in your products, check out my ingredients glossary. You can also choose from the many great natural products on Xlvita.com.
- Stay chill: Stress is not only detrimental to your health but can manifest on your skin as acne and wrinkles. Make time to relax especially during the holiday season, one of the most stressful times of the year.
- Moisturize your skin regularly: Your skin needs to stay hydrated to stay healthy especially during the winter months. Moisturize every day from head to toe. You may event want to keep a moisturizer in your bad so you can keep those hands hydrated.
- Protect your skin from the sun – Use sunscreen to help prevent signs of aging and decrease skin cancer risk. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and reapply every two hours. Wear broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses anytime you will be exposed to the sun.
- Perform a self-skin exam – Use the AAD’s body mole map to perform a monthly skin exam and keep a record of any changes and/or growths on your skin.
- Schedule an annual checkup with your dermatologist – Unfortunately, rates for skin cancer, including the potentially deadly melanoma which both my father and sister have had, are rising. Make sure you visit your dermatologist once a year for a complete skin check. It could save your life.
Be good to your skin and take care of it every day.
Wishing you a healthy holiday season.