November is national healthy skin month. Want to know how you can celebrate having healthy skin and keep your skin that way? Here are a few ideas for you to consider.
Not only can sun damaged skin show signs of premature aging, but it can also be a precursor to skin cancer if you're not careful. Whether you like it or not, wearing sunscreen is one of the simplest and most effective methods we have of protecting ourselves from skin cancer. If your skin is supple and healthy, you should continue to protect it with daily sunscreen application. And we mean every day, too! It might not seem like you need sunscreen when it's cloudy outside, but UVA and UVB rays can still penetrate cloud cover. That means you're still at risk for things like skin cancer and sun damage. It's also important that you apply your sunscreen properly. That means applying at least 15 minutes before you leave your home and applying more than one coat of sunscreen to your skin. Reapplying throughout the day will offer you better protection too, especially if you're planning on being in or around the water. When something this simple can keep your skin healthy, it's really a no-brainer.
Chemical peels are an excellent way to keep your skin looking smooth and bright. When you invest in a chemical peel, you'll be effectively exfoliating your skin without having to scrub it. Your dermatologist or aesthetician will choose a chemical solution based on your desired results and your skin's current needs. If your skin is already looking great, you may be fine with a mild chemical peel. The purpose of these peels is to remove the outermost layers of skin to boost collagen production and reveal smoother, brighter skin underneath. When you want to make sure your skin looks extra bright and smooth, a chemical peel is definitely a nice way to do so.
If you really want to pamper your skin during national healthy skin month, it's worth booking a facial appointment. Not only can facials help rejuvenate your skin and leave it feeling smooth, but they can also help if you're struggling with mild acne. An acne facial actually involves extractions so you can leave knowing your skin is free of blackheads and whiteheads. A facial will typically involve some kind of exfoliation, but it will be much milder than a chemical peel. In addition to making your skin look and feel amazing, facials are an excellent way to relax and let someone really take great care of your skin for you. If you want to make this national healthy skin month count, don't miss out on booking a facial for yourself.
If you have a family history of skin cancer or you're in a high risk group for developing skin cancer (more than one severe sunburn, pale skin, irregular moles), it's important to invest in regular skin cancer screenings. Yes, even if your skin is healthy! The best way to keep your skin healthy is to detect skin cancer as early as possible and treat it before it can spread. Even if you're not in a high-risk group, investing your time in yearly skin cancer screenings can help alert you to early signs of skin cancer that you couldn't have detected at home.
Keeping your skin healthy is paramount to your overall health. It is the largest organ you have, after all. If you have skin health questions that need answering, contact our team at North Pacific Dermatology to set up an appointment today.