All year long we’re celebrating Water’s Edge 20th anniversary of serving patients’ skincare needs as Florida’s premier skincare provider. We’ve got a lot to celebrate with the upcoming holidays nearly upon us. In addition, November is National Healthy Skin Month and the perfect time to share these tips recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists on how to keep your skin healthy throughout the year.
- Determine your skin type: oily, dry, combination, normal or sensitive. Choose skin care products tailored to your type.
- Wash your face every day and after exercising, using a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Hot water can over-dry the delicate skin on your face. Gently blot your skin dry with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately after drying off.
- Moisturize daily, applying lotion or cream while your skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture for best results. Ointments, cream, and moisturizing lotions trap existing moisture in your skin. To trap this much-needed moisture, especially in the cooler and drier months, apply moisturizer within a few minutes of washing your face or hands or drying off after a shower or bath.
- Consider using an ointment or cream rather than a lotion. Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Look for a cream or ointment that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well. Other ingredients that help soothe dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
- Choose gentle, unscented skincare products when available. Some skin care products are too harsh for dry or sensitive skin. When your skin is dry, discontinue using deodorant soaps and skincare products that contain alcohol or fragrance.
- Protect your skin daily from the sun. Seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This is important even in winter months, especially in sunny Florida.
- Examine your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer. Look for new or unusual spots as well as anything changing, itching or bleeding.
Don’t forget that your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important to take good care of it so it will last a lifetime. If you happen to notice anything suspicious on your skin, see one of our dermatology providers as soon as possible.