November is Celebrated as National Healthy Skin Month

Healthy Skin

November is observed as National Healthy Skin Month in the United States. Sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), this public health awareness campaign aims to educate people about the importance of having healthy skin.

Sometimes people don’t realize the changes in skin can be a sign of serious issues like autoimmune disease, infection, or skin cancer. Raising awareness and educating people about skin health will help them notice any unusual changes that happen in their skin. This helps detect the skin problem early when it is highly treatable. According to Pharmacy Times, more than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma. If detected early, melanoma is highly treatable. National Healthy Skin Month reminds people to review common skin problems and the treatments for them.

As winter sets in, the skin will tend to turn dry and dull due to the lack of moisture. This is the right time to make people think about skin care. This campaign also provides the opportunity to promote skin care in general. Basic skin problems like dryness, acne, etc. can be treated by taking proper care of your skin. For instance, using product that is not suitable for your skin can damage it. It’s very important to know your skin type and buy a product that suits it.

Skincare is important because skin is the largest organ and outer covering of the body. It plays a vital role in protecting you from outside pathogens, holds all your internal organs together, holds body fluids to prevent dehydration, keeps your body temperature even, and more.

With all this in mind, here are some tips to help you achieve healthy skin:

  • Know your skin type and choose skin products based on that.
  • Avoid taking a long steamy shower. It is better to take a lukewarm shower for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Choose a cleanser based on your skin type. Use moisturizing cleanser or gel to cleanse your skin every day. Avoid products that contain chemicals such as alcohol, added fragrances, etc. as they strip away natural oils.
  • Choose moisturizer or body lotion carefully. Oil-based products are recommended over water-based products as they retain important hydrating oils. To lock down as much moisture as possible, apply the moisturizer immediately after washing your skin.
  • Don’t forget your lips – applying moisturizing balm on your lips can keep them from getting dry and chapped.
  • Whether it is summer or winter, wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection and protective clothing whenever you step out in the sun. Even if it is winter, the sun’s UV rays can damage the skin and cause wrinkles, liver spots, dryness, and cancer. Make sure you reapply sunscreen after two hours and after heavy sweating.
  • Always stay hydrated and eat right. A healthy diet can help a lot when it comes to maintaining healthy skin.
  • Avoid smoking as it contributes to wrinkles and makes the skin look older.
  • People tend to crank up the heat inside when it is chilly outside, but central heating can make the air in the house even drier. Keep the setting cool yet comfortable (68°F to 72°F) to maintain healthy skin.
  • Change wet clothes quickly to avoid itching.

Develop a skincare routine that will keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month by sharing these tips and spreading awareness about skin health.

Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month in November

National Healthy Skin MonthNovember is observed as National Healthy Skin Month. This public health and awareness campaign which is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy skin and about common skin problems and how they can be prevented.

One of the key goals of National Skin Cancer Month is to inform people about how they can reduce their risk of skin cancer. According to the Pharmacy Times, more than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and one person dies of the disease every hour. Fortunately, when detected early, melanoma is highly treatable. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has released new guidelines to help pharmacists provide the best possible treatment for patients with melanoma.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and so it’s important to take good care of it. Winter is approaching, it’s important to take steps to keep weather-related skin problems at bay. Here are tips to maintain healthy skin:

  • The very first step in taking care of your skin is to cleanse it every day. Remove every trace of makeup and dirt from your face before you go to bed. Use mild face wash or natural cleansers like milk, honey, coconut oil to cleanse your face. Avoid soap-based cleansers as they can make the skin dull and dry.
  • Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub to remove dead cells and then use an alcohol-free toner. This will promote a clean, fresh appearance.
  • Whether summer or winter, wear a sunscreen and protective clothing/gear whenever you step out in the sun. The sun’s UV rays damage skin and can cause various problems such as wrinkles, dry, rough skin, liver spots, and cancers.
  • Pamper your skin with a good night cream. Choose a product based on your skin type – oily, dry, combination, normal or sensitive. While summer is the time for hydration and light moisturization, winters call for heavy duty nourishment.
  • Avoid using perfumes and dyes, as these could damage the skin by causing an allergic reaction. Use an antiperspirant, rather than a deodorant, to reduce sweating.
  • Avoid smoking to get a healthy skin. Smoking causes the skin to age and decreases blood flow, depleting the skin of oxygen and nutrients. Decreased blood flow damages the elastic fibers and collagen in the skin.
  • Try homemade face masks to nourish your skin and give it a healthy glow. Natural items such as yoghurt, honey, banana not only restore the softness of your skin, but also have anti-aging effects and can make your skin look supple and toned.
  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, especially in winter when the temperature drops and the risks of dryness increase. Drinking plenty of water will help flush out toxins and in maintaining metabolism levels.
  • Eat right. What you eat is reflected in your skin, so eat right.

Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month by developing good skin care habits!