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It’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about your goals and managing your calendar for the upcoming year. Here are 5 steps for planning and preparing to care for your skin.
1. Schedule Your Annual Primary Care Visit
Generally, healthy adults should see their primary care provider annually for a health assessment and any necessary lab work. At this appointment, you can bring up any skin concerns, like moles, aging, acne, etc.
Children and teenagers should follow the suggested well-child visit schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
2. Consider A Dermatologist Visit
You may be referred to a dermatologist if your primary care provider believes your health needs or your health risk level is best suited for dermatological management.
A dermatologist will be able to do a thorough skin check that involves looking at the scalp, back, nail beds, and entire body for concerning skin lesions. A dermatologist will also take a look at your personal and family history and determine how often you need a skin check, and what measures you can take at home to watch for any concerns.
3. Perform Daily Skin Care
Social media might try to convince you that having a 20-step skin routine is the new secret to healthy, glowing skin. However, many dermatologists agree that a simple routine is ideal. Most adults benefit from a 3-step skin routine:
- Exfoliation. This is the process of cycling the dead skin cells off the skin to reveal fresh skin cells underneath. A majority of specialists recommend chemical exfoliation (through skincare ingredients), rather than physical exfoliation (from dermaplaning or scrubs).
- Moisturization. Moisturizer protects the skin from everyday issues, like dryness or oiliness. Moisturizer also functions to lock in other skincare products, like serums.
- Recovery. Just like the rest of our body, the skin needs rest. This means that some days your skin might need an extra gentle face wash, a gentle moisturizer instead of your usual products, or a break from make-up.
4. Perfect Your Sun Protection Strategy
A sun protection strategy is not only the best way to prevent skin cancer, but also photo-aging and wrinkles. Wearing daily SPF is one of the most effective ways to preserve your skin.
Sun protection involves avoiding the sun unless absolutely necessary, wearing UPF-protective clothing, and wearing daily SPF.
You can give your sun protection a boost by applying a serum antioxidant like niacinamide (vitamin B3) or topical vitamin C underneath sunscreen. The antioxidants work by absorbing “free radicals” which are responsible for the damaging effects of UV light.
5. Maintain Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can have a great impact on skin health. More research is demonstrating that consuming pre, pro, and postbiotics and whole foods help with maintaining the skin microbiome. This ultimately makes the skin less prone to infection and skin-related ailments.
Which of the above 5 steps is something you’d like to work on this year? For sunscreen and UPF 50+ protective clothing, check out the UV Skinz website.