November is National Healthy Skin Month

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:10pm

November is officially designated as National Healthy Skin Month in the US. All month long, people are encouraged to learn about the functions of skin and how to keep it healthy. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) first implemented November as healthy skin month in order to raise awareness about the importance of keeping skin fresh, hydrated and healthy all year round.

Self-care is critical, for both mental and physical health. Making skin care a priority in your health care regimen is a big part of self-care! Not only will it help you to pay more attention to your skin’s health, but it also puts you in an active role for finding and identifying potential health problems.

The skin has three layers: the hypodermis, the dermis and epidermis. The deepest layer, the hypodermis, is made of fat and tissues. The middle layer, the dermis, contains hair follicles, sweat glands and tissues. And last but not least the epidermis, our outermost skin layer, provides a waterproof barrier and contains melanin which creates skin tone.

Although, the skin is relatively thin (anywhere from .5mm to 4.0mm thickness) depending upon the area of the body in which it is located and is thickest on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.  It is thinnest on the eyelids. The average adult has about 16-22 square feet of skin, which can approximately weigh between nine and eleven pounds. The skin accounts for about 15% of your overall body weight. That’s a whole lot of skin to care for, which is why it is important to follow these simple tips for a more flawless, radiant skin glow.


Medical Esthetics by Katie top seven skin tips:

Meditation: Stress is a huge contributor to skin problems like acne and wrinkles. Making time to relax during your hectic days can greatly improve the condition of your skin. 10-15 in day make the huge difference in you aver all appearance.

Hydration: Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water! Staying hydrated will help you avoid dehydration, reduce stress, maintain fluid balance, control calories, energize muscles, aids bowl function, and keeps the skin healthy!

Lukewarm water: It can be tempting to linger under hot water in the cold months, but it’s one of the quickest ways to dry out your skin. Opt for lukewarm water, especially when washing your face or hands throughout the day.

Wash your face 2x daily: Makeup, dirt, sunscreen and dead skin can build up causing clogged pores and acne. Washing your face daily will help to remove these types of impurities.

Wear Sunscreen: Yes, it’s not beach weather anymore and even though it doesn’t feel like the sun is damaging your skin, it still can. Make sure to apply SPF 30 UVA/UVB broad spectrum sunscreen on your face. Not only will this protect you from harmful UV rays but it will also keep your skin moisturized!

Protect your lips: When people think of moisturizing, they think body and face, but they forget their lips. Rather than reaching for the chapstick when your lips are plagued with dryness or peeling, prepare them for the winter battle. Choose a lip balm with SPF properties and kiss with confidence under the mistletoe.

Check Skin: You should perform a self-exam of your skin for moles at least once a year. Dermatologists suggest tracking new moles or changes to share at your annual appointment.






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