by Jennifer Glose, Business Manager
Who knew that there was a whole month dedicated to healthy skin! November is National Healthy Skin Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
We all dread those dry, cracked hands that cold days of November bring. This year, be prepared to keep your skin healthy and hydrated through the winter by reading AAD’s complete skin information network on its website.
Here are some of their great tips to help your skin healthy through the colder months: Wear Sunscreen: Sunscreen is not only for the summer. The rays of the sun can still be damaging to the skin, even in the cloudy and colder days of the fall and winter.
Eat Healthy: What you eat is as important for your skin as it is for the rest of your body.
Protect Your Lips: Lip balm with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a great way to keep your lips from becoming cracked or sore and helps to protect them.
Less Stress: Too much stress can bring on acne or wrinkles. Finding time for relaxation can greatly improve the health of your skin.
Hydrate: Moisturize your body every morning and night and continue moisturiz- ing your hands throughout the day.
A wide variety of healthy and affordable skin products are available in your nearest grocery store or pharmacy. Neutrogena makes a line of Healthy Skin products that aid with wrinkles, blemishes, or aging for under $13. Also, Nivea provides many options of skin care lotions for skin firming, cellulite removal, and hydration, also for under $13. Finally, Burt’s Bees markets an Intense Hydration Treatment Mask for $18, which helps your skin retain its moisture and eliminate wrinkles and lines.
In addition to helping you attain healthy skin, this month of awareness is dedicated to educating people on a variety of skin conditions. Some can be very serious, like eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Commit- ting to a monthly skin exam at a dermatol- ogist can help to detect any unfamiliar skin spots that could become cancerous if left untreated.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a board certified dermatologist, is also a best-selling author of skin care books, such as “The Wrinkle Cure,” “The Perricone Prescription,” “The Perricone Promise,” and “Forever Young.”
Perricone offers the following helpful tips to promote a healthy skin and body:
Drink 8-10 glasses of pure spring water per day
Eat healthy fats like salmon, nuts, seeds, and olive oil
Eat high quality protein like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry, and tofu
Eat low–glycemic carbohydrates like col- orful fruits, vegetables, and whole grains Perricone has a website which offers a
variety of helpful hints and educational information. He also offers a 10 question skin quiz, which provides you with a custom skincare consultation.
National Healthy Skin Month is a great way to get your skin and body in shape for the upcoming holiday gatherings of friends and family. Looking and feeling your best around the holidays is definitely important. So, as November progresses and the stress of school work intensifies, remember to take care of your mind, body, soul, and, of course, your skin.