November is healthy skin month. The winter months can often bring on dehydrated skin due to artificial heat, cold dry outdoor exposure and less interest in drinking lots of water. While the clouds come out to play in November, dangerous UV rays can still come down to damage skin. Skin is our largest organ, so it is important to keep it in great shape year-round. Here a few tips to keep your skin happy and healthy!
Drink Water. During the winter months, it can be harder to stay hydrated. But don’t think of water as just the cold stuff that comes out of the sink! Water can be hot water for tea. Soup is made up of a lot of water, keeping you hydrated. Fresh fruit contains water (and skin loving vitamins)! Broaden your idea on what water means to you to stay hydrated from the inside out.
Wash your Face. A simple but important step to do daily. This removes oil, dirt, pollutants and makeup. Find a gentle cleanser that works with your skin type. Warm water is best, since hot water can irritate the skin.
Examine your Skin. Skin changes over time, and it’s important to keep track of changing moles or different itchy or sensitive skin areas. If you see changing moles, go see a Dermatologist to have a skin screening. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during a lifetime. Protect your Skin. While you may be spending less time outside, UVA rays can still get through clouds and damage the skin. Put on sunscreen on your face every day for the easiest way to prevent aging of the skin. Prevention is much easier than treatment of aging.
Moisturize. The dry winter months bring on chapped skin. Keep your skin moisturized by using a lotion or body oil. Cover bare skin with gloves and scarves when going outside. Dry skin ages faster, so cover up and moisturize the skin to prevent chapping and peeling skin. November is a great month to pull out the big scarves and cozy gloves.
Eat a Healthful Diet. Fill your plate with whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Just like these healthy foods keep your body happy, they always keep your skin glowing. These foods hold a wide variety of vitamins that help keep your skin glowing and healthy.