November is Healthy Skin Month
In honor of Healthy Skin Month, we asked our dermatology providers about their best skincare tips and absolute no-nos when it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. When you treat your skin properly, it will thank you in the long run. Premature aging, irritation, acne breakouts and even skin cancer can be managed or avoided with the right skincare routines and precautions.
- Avoid over washing your skin. Removing dirt and makeup is essential, but the natural oils on the skin serve to protect our skin barrier to prevent dryness or irritation
- Use moisturizers regularly! I recommend applying moisturizer liberally following a shower or bath. Blot the skin dry with your towel, then apply immediately to “lock in” the moisture.
- The skin is the window to the inner workings of our body – a healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise, and stress relief has been shown to improve the quality of the skin.
- The one piece of sunscreen advice I think is important is specifically for persons of color. While their risk of sun-induced skin cancer is lower, they should consider wearing daily sunscreen because age related discoloration is one of the top complaints. Wearing sunscreen, even just SPF 10-15 daily, would help keep skin even-toned and would help avoid having to use other potentially harmful methods to combat dyspigmentation.
- One other tidbit is nicotinamide, which is Vitamin B3, twice daily. It is an antioxidant and there is data suggesting it may decrease the risk of skin cancer. It’s definitely part of my regimen!
- First tip is: There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to a skin care routine. A good skin care regimen should vary depending on the skin type, sensitivity, and season. As we transition from summer to winter, there are two staple products that can carry over, and can be used by almost every skin type. Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serums. Vitamin C is an antioxidant to be used in the morning right after washing your face before sunscreen. It will protect your skin by neutralizing free radicals that we encounter throughout the day and will help to brighten and tighten the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a wonderful hydrating serum. During the summer it is hydrating enough to be used as a standalone product morning and night, yet light enough to use under heavier moisturizers during the winter months as the skin gets very dry and brittle.
- Second and probably the most important tip is: winter, spring, summer or fall…never forget to use your sunscreen before you leave the house. The only factor the season should affect is how often you are re applying it throughout the day. Regular use of sunscreen will not only decrease your risk of skin cancer, but it will prevent premature aging as well.
- Get your beauty rest! Getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night can have benefits for your skin. While you sleep, blood flow is increased to your skin which allows collagen to rebuild and repair damage from environmental factors. Studies have also shown premature aging, including deeper lines and dullness of the skin in people who did not get an adequate amount of sleep.
- One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is not washing your face before going to sleep. Washing your face at night is imperative in order to remove sunscreen, skincare products, makeup and debris such as dust, dirt and smoke. If you wear makeup or sunscreen during the day, I recommend first to use micellar water or an oil-based cleanser before washing your face with a gentle cleanser to ensure proper removal of products worn during the day.
- Moisturize your legs with a thick emollient before bed! This part of the body is frequently ignored and is the farthest away from our body and dries out often.
- Get your laser procedures done in the winter for the best outcome.
- Retinoids are stronger than retinol and better for anti-aging if they can be tolerated. They can be combined with a moisturizer to prevent over drying.