November is National Healthy Skin Month
To our overseas neighbours (USA and Canada), November is National Healthy skin month.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, it's important to take care of it. National Healthy Skin Month is in November, and this year, we'll help you get from head to toe.
Healthy Skin Month promotes skin care.The American Academy of Dermatology brought back National Healthy Skin Month to help stop skin cancer and raise awareness about it. People often don't know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world. Skin Cancer Foundation reports:
-One out of every five Americans ( same numbers in Europe) will get skin cancer by the time they are 70.
-Over 5 sunburns doubles melanoma risk.
-The most common types are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
-Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, but if caught early, it is easy to treat.
Follow these tips to celebrate National Healthy Skin Month:
- Keep good skin care habits in mind all year.
- Every day, use a gentle cleanser to wash your face.
- Find out what your skin type is and stay away from products that make skin problems worse.
- Take some time to relax and rest. As the holidays get closer, people's schedules get crazy, sweets are everywhere, and stress can cause your skin to break out.
- Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night and exercise outdoors.
- Try to get Vitamin D from the sun or take a D3 supplement every day to prevent seasonal depression and keep your bones and skin healthy.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day and watch how much alcohol you drink. Water gets rid of toxins, reduces swelling, and makes wrinkles less noticeable. Alcohol, on the other hand, does the opposite.
- After you take a shower, put on a heavier lotion or skin cream, use a lip balm with SPF protection, and wear sunscreen when you do winter sports.
- Use an SPF 30 every day, no matter the weather. Sunscreen protects you from UV rays and other things in the environment that speed up aging.
- Do a self-exam of your skin once a month to check for changes in moles and spots with strange shapes or colors that can lead to skin cancer. Changes in the skin, like an itch or rash, can also be the first sign of other health problems.
- See a dermatologist once a year if you have a family history of skin cancer, a lot of moles, freckles, red hair, or fair skin that burns easily.
- Wear UV protection or clothing when the sun is strong or in the summer.
This winter, do something special for your skin.
This winter, as you bundle up, don't forget to pay extra attention to your skin. Noting any changes and telling your doctor about them can tell you important things about your overall health. If you have acne, itchiness, or a rash that doesn't go away, it could be a sign of an allergy, an infection, an autoimmune disease, or the start of a long-term skin condition like psoriasis.
November is a great time to see your dermatologist for a checkup!
One funny fact about skin:
1-Did you know that the skin on your feet is the thickest and the skin on your eyelids is the thinnest?
Some sources say that almost half of the dust in our homes is dead skin, just like our dogs and cats.
3-We renew every month
Just like clockwork, our skin renews itself every 28 days.
4-Watch out for your skin
Changes in the skin can be a sign of changes in health.