Fall is finally here. The leaves are in their best hue. The air is cooler. The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. But amidst all the festivities and the preparations, we women need to take some time out to take care of ourselves.
November is mostly associated with Turkey and Thanksgiving, but the American Academy of Dermatology has also designated this month as Healthy Skin Month. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is our first line of defense against pathogens. So this November take time out to care for this organ.
- Do a spot check. The Fall is the best time to check for any irregular spots you might have.
- Wear sunscreen. Even though summer is officially over, it is still highly recommended that we protect our skin from the sun with sunscreen. Excessive sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and increase the risk of cancer as well.
- Moisturize. Keep the skin hydrated and supple by lathering on moisturizer.
- Drink plenty of water. Water keeps the skin hydrated.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid tanning beds. Studies have found that using tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma.
- Don't smoke. Smoking makes our skin look older and damages the skin's elasticity.
- Manage stress through exercise and meditation. Studies have found that stress can cause skin to breakout.
Our skin is responsible for keeping us healthy, so take care of it, and take care of you.