In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, it’s time to balance the scale this November. Your skin serves you loyally every day, so the best way to show your gratitude is to treat it with some tender love and skincare!
Serve the Skin That Serves You
Healthy and radiant skin is dependent on the consistency of routine. Asking your skin to remain committed to you when you are not committed to it is a lose-lose situation. The skin is our largest organ—naturally something that takes up that much space on our body should also be taking up space in our minds. This November, join us in celebrating National Healthy Skin Month by pledging to practice better daily skincare. Here are our top dermatologist approved tips for achieving skin worth celebrating this holiday season!
Every Routine Needs Sunscreen:
The incorporation of sunscreen in daily skincare regimens is a must! Products that include SPF aid in preserving overall skin appearance as well as healthy aging. When used on a routine basis, sunscreen shields us from premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. We advise you use SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every 2-3 hours for maximum protection.
Keep Your Hands to Yourself and Off Your Face:
Our hands encounter numerous objects and surfaces on a daily basis. Touching your face is awful for your skin as it’s an easy way to spread bacteria, dirt, and oils that contribute to poor skin and skin conditions such as acne. Minimize hand-to-face contact unless necessary, and avoid the picking, popping, and squeezing of pimples/zits to prevent scarring.
Cater To Your Skin Type:
Get to know your skin type as you would a friend! If a loved one was allergic to peanuts, you wouldn’t offer a PB&J for lunch, right? Offer your skin the same courtesy. There are five skin types you may find yourself categorized under:
- Normal Skin – balanced skin that is neither too dry nor too oily.
- Sensitive Skin – predisposed to burning, dryness, itching, or redness due to vulnerability to certain ingredients.
- Combination Skin – displaying more than one skin type at once, where certain areas, such as the T-zone, may be oily while the cheeks feel dry.
- Dry Skin – when skin produces less natural oil, dry skin occurs, leading to a rough and flakier skin appearance.
- Oily Skin – when excess oil is produced, the skin can appear shiny and feel rather greasy.
Each skin type requires different forms of targeted care. Be sure to learn yours to make informed product decisions.
Lip Care Is Skincare
Skin cancer is the most prevalent cause of cancer in the United States. However, we often forget skin cancer can form on the lips as well. The use of a lip balm that incorporates SPF 30 or higher is a great source of protection prior to engaging in outdoor activities. Now, for lips that persist in feeling chapped, we recommend petroleum jelly for additional moisture.
Remember That Less Is More
Skincare routines can seem daunting, especially when you have companies telling you all these products your skin MUST have, but more isn’t necessarily better. We’re here to remind you that more simplified skincare routines are not only more sustainable long-term but more effective for healthy, radiant skin. The use of too many products can irritate and even age the skin. Instead, aim to focus on, as we like to call them, the three musketeers of skincare: a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen!
Skincare is a form of self-love—choose to love yourself today!
Your skin relates to so many areas of your life, such as health and self-confidence. Make an appointment at Alamo Heights Dermatology to help achieve skin that reflects the true you! Contact us at (210) 255-8447 or visit us online to learn about our services!