November is National Healthy Skin Month. If you're wondering how to celebrate, you've come to the right place. For all things healthy skin this month, here are a few cosmetic dermatology tips you need to follow.
Sunscreen is one of the simplest and most effective tools we have to protect our skin. Winter might be fast approaching, but that doesn't negate the risk of sunburn. In fact, snow can reflect sunlight and increase your risk of winter sunburn. Not only that, but UVA and UVB rays can penetrate cloud cover, which means that your skin is still at risk even when it's cloudy outside. Fortunately, sunscreen is effective all year round. The key is to apply it every day and to apply it correctly. That means making sure you've applied sunscreen at least 30 minutes before setting foot outside and ensuring that you've applied more than one layer. This is especially important if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time. The last thing you want during healthy skin month is sun damaged skin.
Exfoliating is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. This process is important for encouraging skin cell turnover and keeping your skin looking bright. One of the best ways to exfoliate is through a chemical peel. During a chemical peel procedure, your dermatologist will apply a mild chemical exfoliant to your face and leave it on for a short period of time. This solution can be customized to reflect your desired results and your skin's sensitivity level, so there's no need to worry about excess skin irritation. It's also an excellent way to treat fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical peel might sound intense, but it's ultimately a much safer bet for your skin than risking over-exfoliating and a skin rash at home. When in doubt, trust your skincare to the professionals.
Moisturizing is a key part of any skincare routine, but it's important to make sure you're using the right moisturizer for your skin. Finding the right moisturizer means taking a few things into account. First and foremost, you'll need to consider your skin type. If you have dry skin, it's best to consider a moisturizer that's oil-based. These moisturizers will help lock in moisture. If you have oily skin, on the other hand, a non-comedogenic moisturizer is going to be a better option to keep your pores unclogged. If you're not sure what skin type you have, don't hesitate to visit your dermatologist. It's also necessary to consider the time of year. Changing up your skincare routine in tandem with the seasons is a great practice to consider. As the air gets drier, you can switch to a heavier moisturizer to keep your skin soft and supple.
The best way to celebrate healthy skin is by taking care of your skin. If you have questions about skincare or you're ready to talk about taking your skin health to the next level, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.