How to Keep your Skin Healthy By Elizabeth Elliott
Your skin is the largest organ of the body and the first line of defense against harmful external substances. Yet often people are surprised at how large of a role the skin plays in maintaining their overall health. This month is National Healthy Skin Month, and the JUVA team has several tips to keep your skin as healthy as possible!
Regularly moisturizing the skin allows it to maintain the barrier and reduces the chance of reacting to irritants and developing injuries. Pro-Tip: try to moisturize your skin daily after cleansing and immediately after bathing for the best penetration.
Everyone should protect their skin with an SPF 30+ sunscreen. The bulk of our sun damage occurs in younger years, especially in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, arms, and legs. If possible, remember to cover up with protective clothing if the skin will be exposed for longer periods of time. Additionally, it is crucial to use an anti-oxidant treatment on the skin to reduce the damage of free radicals that we accumulate from the environment and pollutants; which over time can increase the signs of aging.
Cleanse your face daily to avoid breakouts and blemishes, especially after exercising or removing makeup. Sweat and makeup can cause clogged pores, excess oil accumulation, and make it more difficult for the body to rid itself of dead skin. Furthermore, choose a gentle cleanser without harsh irritants or fragrances to exfoliate the entire body. You can consult your dermatologist to help choose a skin care regimen that is right for you!
People of all skin types are suggested to have an annual exam by a dermatologist to screen the skin for harmful lesions. Harmful lesions can be detected and treated before they develop into skin cancers. A dermatology provider can examine and discuss areas of concern, as well as determine a treatment plan to preserve skin and overall health.
Feel free to contact the JUVA Team with any questions or concerns. Remember to love your skin!
Elizabeth is a Physician Assistant and one of the providers at JUVA.