September is National Skin Care Awareness Month, which means that this is the best time of the year to work on improving your skin and crafting a routine to maintain it. Here are some tips and ideas to make this Skin Care Awareness Month your best yet.
Even if you’re a skincare guru with a routine that you’ve honed over the course of decades, you can still make it even better. If you’re in a good groove, it may sound silly to try something new, but it may be just the supplement your routine needs. As our skin ages, its needs change. When we’re younger, skincare may be all about keeping oily skin and acne at bay. As we age, oily skin might be less of a concern, and instead we’re struggling with dryness, wrinkles, and fine lines. It might be time to add a retinoid or collagen rich cream to your routine. These products can usually be added onto your current beauty routine without causing any disruption. Perfect candidates for using a retinoid will be noticing that their skin is not as plump or hydrated in appearance as it once was. If you’re over 30, it may be time to start using retinoids as a preventative measure.
We might lose sight of some of our skin’s most fundamental needs as we navigate new products and try to perfect our skincare regimen. The best thing you can do for your skin has nothing to do with wrinkle reduction or preventing acne, it’s sun care. Sun damage is the biggest threat to your skin, regardless of your age, location, or time of year. Sunlight carries ultraviolet radiation that can penetrate the upper layers of the skin and damage them. Our skin must repair itself, and that extra work is costly. When a person’s skin is damaged with some frequency, from tanning beds, sunbathing, or careless days in the backyard, it loses some of its ability to maintain itself. Diverting resources from regular, anti-aging maintenance to the crisis mode that sun damage causes can mean our skin is woefully unprepared for aging.
Natural processes slow with age, but adding sun damage to this decline can mean wrinkles and fine lines appearing years before they would have otherwise. Besides causing premature aging in our skin, sun damage can be dangerous to our health. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world, and while it’s not the most lethal, its threat is still very real. Thousands die each year of skin cancer caused by chronic sun damage. Take care of your skin by preventing sun damage any way that you can. The first, best line of defense is a good daily sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply it every 2 hours and seek shade when possible, especially in peak daylight hours.
There are a whole host of cosmetic treatments that your dermatologist can offer to help you on your Skin Care Awareness Month journey. A facial is an excellent way to dip your toes into the world of cosmetic dermatology. Pamper yourself with a revitalizing massage that leaves your skin cleansed, moisturized, and refreshed. Facials can target specific issues like acne or dry skin, and they can really help with stress relief.
Take things to the next level with a chemical peel, and experience the best that topical cosmetic treatments can offer. After some irritation and visible redness, your skin will begin to flake and peel off, leaving much healthier skin in its wake. Chemical peels vary in strength and what they target, so don’t let the name fool you. This treatment doesn’t need to be an intense experience, though those do yield better results.
There are other, more heavy duty treatments out there for caring for your skin as well. From Botox to dermal fillers and laser therapies, your dermatologist has dozens of tools at their disposal for improving your skin in every conceivable way. If you’re ready to take your Skin Care Awareness Month to the next level, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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