November is National Healthy Skin Month, so it’s a good time of year to think about your skin’s overall health — especially as the mercury dips. To help you determine if your skin is healthy, we’ve prepared this list of questions for you to think about.
- Do you wash your face every day? You should. Use a gentle cleanser with lukewarm water with no added scents or dyes. Try one like Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser.
- How often do you moisturize? “It’s a good idea to use moisturizer every day, especially if you are prone to eczema flare-ups or other sensitive skin issues. We are always available to give you ideas and tips on how to manage your skin,” offers Dr. Jose Peraza.
- When it gets cold, do you put the sunscreen away? Dr. Daniel Peraza says, “We recommend applying sunscreen to exposed skin in all seasons, no matter the temperature. The sun’s ability to harm your skin is not seasonal; it’s constant. A little precaution can prevent a lot of problems.” A new powdered sunblock, Brush on Block, can be easily applied in the winter.
- Does someone monitor your skin in areas you cannot see? It’s important to have someone look at your back, scalp, and other areas to check for irregularities.
- Have you had your annual check-up with a qualified dermatology professional? Dr. Jose Peraza recommends a yearly visit for many reasons. “We pride ourselves on following our patients throughout their skin care needs. An annual check-up can help avoid complications, monitor changes, answer questions, and give you peace of mind.”
- Have you determined your skin type? “Knowing if you have oily, dry, combination, normal, or sensitive skin makes it much easier to select the products and techniques to make your skin feel and look its best,” says Jasmine Nadeau, Certified Aesthetic Consultant.
- Does your skin change with the seasons? “If so, it’s important to look at the products you are using and the methods you employ,” offers Kira Schachinger, P.A.-C. “It’s normal to change your wardrobe with the seasons. It’s also normal to change your skin care routine.” Consider a Dermal Infusion treatment this time of year to boost hydration and exfoliate rough, dead skin.
- Are you sweating a lot? “Consider an underarm antiperspirant instead of a deodorant,” Ashwin Kumar, P.A.-C., says. “It can make you much more comfortable.”
- How hot is your shower? If your skin feels dry and red for a prolonged time after bathing, consider reducing the temperature and amount of time spent in the shower. It can make a big difference.
- Do you use a retinoid in your skin care regimen at night? If not, it should be considered. These topical vitamin A derivatives include retinol and retinoid acid, which can help minimize acne, pore size, wrinkles, and sun damage. There are many strengths and formulations available, so understanding which one is best for your skin type is important.
If you have questions about any of these points or would like more specific tips and ideas to help keep your skin healthy, contact our office to schedule an appointment today!