November is National Healthy Skin Month! And what better time to remind us all that effective skin care doesn’t have to be difficult. The American Academy of Dermatology designated November as healthy skin month to raise awareness and discuss the importance of keeping skin fresh, healthy and hydrated all year-round. We would like to take this opportunity to bring up these simple tips that we should be doing every day, on top of using proper skin care products, to reduce the signs of aging, prevent skin damage and protect one of the most vital organs of the body:
Moisturize – Skin needs to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Applying a non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) moisturizer to the face and body in the morning and every night before bed is a simple way to help your clients look and feel their best.
Protect your skin – Sunscreen should be a part of everyone’s daily skin care regimen, and not just applied during the summer months. While the sun’s rays are more powerful in the summer, they can still be just as damaging even in the cool, cloudy winter conditions (and for those of us living in southern climates it’s always sunny!). Exposure to UVA accelerates collagen breakdown in the skin causing signs of premature aging. Check out our blog on why SPF is an essential step in every daily beauty routine: Protect your skin year-round with a daily SPF beauty routine.
Eat a Healthy Diet – The food you eat is just as influential to your skin’s health as what you apply externally. Eating a diet that is rich in B Vitamins, whole grains and Omega 3’s is essential to maintaining your skins glow. Try and incorporate plenty of fruit, vegetables and lean proteins into your diet. Cutting unhealthy fat, grease and oils from the diet can be beneficially for those with acne-prone or problem skin.
Drink Water – In order to keep your skin healthy and happy, it’s important to stay fully hydrated day in and day out. Hydrated skin has higher elasticity than dry skin, which makes it feel soft and supple with a youthful appearance. Dehydration can exacerbate the appearance of premature aging.
Don’t forget your lips – Lips need just as much protection and moisture as the rest of the skin, especially since they get quite a bit of exposure to the sun and potentially dehydrating chemicals and dyes in lipstick. Be sure to carry lip balm with SPF with you and apply generously in the dry winter months!
These are just a few simple tips to remind us all of what we can do on a regular basis, combined with a product regimen that’s formulated for your skin type, to achieve happy, healthy, glowing skin.