November has officially been designated as National Healthy Skin Month in the US. As we enter into December, now is the perfect time to reflect on the past month – how is your skin? Was your skin care routine up to par? Where can you make improvements to have the healthiest skin possible?
Of course, you should make your skin a priority every month of the year! However, in many places, November is right on the brink of the harsh winter months, so extra care for your skin is definitely important, as is knowing what you can do to keep your skin healthy. The American Academy of Dermatology named November healthy skin month in order to raise awareness about the importance of keeping skin fresh, hydrated, and healthy all year round. This includes being informed about serious skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer.
These skin care tips can help you prevent skin damage, reduce signs of aging, and protect your skin throughout the year:
Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen needs to be applied year-round, not just during the summer months. Even on the cloudiest of days, the sun’s rays can still be damaging. A heavy sunscreen may not be necessary during winter, so opt for a lighter option such as a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Eat healthy. What you eat is just as important as what you put on your skin when it comes to your skin’s health. A diet rich in Omega 3s, whole grains, and B vitamins is essential to keeping that healthy glow. Fruits, veggies, and lean proteins are also necessary for healthy, youthful skin.
Don’t forget your lips. Your lips are delicate and are exposed to the sun quite a bit. They need just as much protection as the rest of your skin, so make sure to apply a lip balm with SPF generously, especially during the dry winter months.
Stay calm. Acne and wrinkles are often caused by stressing out. Especially during the holidays, it can be almost impossible to stay calm. Make time for yourself and relax during these chaotic days, and you might see an improvement in your skin!
Moisturize. Your skin needs extra hydration during the winter months. Apply moisturizer to your whole body every morning and at night before going to bed. Don’t forget your hands and feet – they need love, too!
Meeting with a skincare specialist is another important step you should take when keeping your skin healthy, especially if you suffer from painful or irritating skin problems. See a dermatologist regularly to offer your skin the best care you can.