November is National Healthy Skin Month—it is important to keep your body’s largest organ healthy at all times. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) provides tips for National Healthy Skin Month to help your skin stay in good shape:
- Wash Your Face Every Day. Use a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Don’t forget to wash after exercising!
- Use An Antiperspirant. Consider antiperspirants rather than deodorant to reduce sweating.
- Determine Your Skin Type. Choose skin care products that are suitable for your skin type – oily, dry, combination, normal or sensitive.
- Examine Your Skin. Check regularly for signs of skin cancer. Look for unusual spots or anything changing, itching or bleeding.
- Protect Your Skin. Always seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Consider Using Petroleum Jelly. Treat minor injuries and moisturize dry skin and nails.
- Prevent Blisters and Corns. Make sure your shoes fit properly, wear nylon or moisture-wicking socks, and keep your toenails trimmed.
- Moisturize Daily. Apply lotion or cream while your skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture.
If you notice anything suspicious on your skin, see a dermatologist. For more skin care tips, visit aad.org.