Make Healthy Skin A Year-Round Habit
Every November, National Healthy Skin Month is a reminder to practice healthy skin habits. But don’t make November the only month of good skin care. Better, glowing skin is attainable all year-round with these five practical tips.
Tip #1: Avoid the most common cancer
Skin cancer continues to be the most diagnosed type of cancer that could be prevented. The reason for this is that many people don’t take proper precautions with their skin. Everyone should apply sunscreen daily all year long, even during the winter months. Overexposure to sun not only leads to skin cancer, but also contributes to wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. Look for a sunscreen that is labeled broad-spectrum and has an SPF of at least 30.
Tip #2: Wash and moisturize the right way
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people wash their face every morning and evening, as well as after exercising. Their guidelines also outline to use a mild cleanser and apply a gentle moisturizer while skin is still damp. Because using water that is too hot can dry out skin, make sure that showering and face washing is done with lukewarm water.
Tip #3: Skin type matters
Most people generally fall into one of four skin types: oily, dry, combination, or normal. Choose skin care products accordingly. For example, people with dry skin should avoid overusing retinoids. People with oily skin will need to be particularly careful to find moisturizers that are non-comedogenic, meaning they don’t block pores. For all skin types, staying hydrated and washing pillowcases once a week will help keep skin healthy and glowing.
Tip #4: Avoid lighting up
Not only is smoking harmful to the lungs, but it also damages skin. Smoking causes wrinkles and speeds up the normal aging process. This occurs not just on the face; smoking also contributes to wrinkles all over the body, particularly the inner arms. Chemicals in cigarettes damage collagen and elastin, which are fibers that keep the skin healthy and full. Damaged collagen and elastin lead to skin that sags and looks older faster.
Tip #5: Stress less for healthier skin
As with many things in life, a healthy lifestyle will contribute to healthy skin. This includes proper nutrition, regular exercise, and consistent and healthy sleep habits. Additionally, stress reduction techniques will reduce the production of stress hormones that worsen conditions like acne or rosacea.