Healthy Skin Is Good for You
By Philip Rebentisch
The American Academy of Dermatology designates each November as National Healthy Skin Month®. Launched in 1997, it’s a time to celebrate and love your skin. But it’s not all about looking your best—smooth, glowing skin is important for overall health.
According to a 2020 article by Stanford University’s Medical Department, problematic skincare issues accounted for more than a third of office visits to primary care physicians. We invite you to keep reading to learn more about this important national skincare awareness month, how to achieve healthier skin, and why it matters to you.
Look for Signs of Change
Did you know that our skin is the body’s largest organ? Dermatologists recommend taking good care of your skin because your it can be an indicator that something is amiss.
National Healthy Skin Month brings awareness for daily sunscreen use and to examine yourself for unusual or changing spots, blemishes, or other visible signs of skin damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. That’s reason enough alone for taking care of your skin on a daily basis.
Give Thanks for Great Skin
November is the official start of the holiday season, and that means gathering with family, and friends, and posting countless photos on social media. Thanksgiving itself is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and express gratitude for the positive things in your life. In the end, November is the perfect month to develop good skincare habits that help you look and feel better when celebrating the holiday season.
National Healthy Skin Month Tips
It’s essential to take good care of your skin to maintain its health and appearance, especially as we age. In a nod to the season of giving, we’re delighted to provide tips for nurturing your skin during healthy skin month and beyond.
Create a Skincare Routine
Like many things in life, consistency often wins the day (and night). Developing and following a dedicated skincare routine will make an enormous difference in your skin’s condition. This is especially true if you have ongoing or even chronic problems.
As you most likely already know, there are countless skincare products on the market. This includes serums, exfoliants, creams, gels, and masks. Be mindful of your skin type and issues when selecting products, and consider seeking advice from a dermatologist if you have specific concerns.
As a general rule, when using a variety of products, apply them from the thinnest to the thickest consistency to ensure proper absorption.
- Morning: Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, spot treatment, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
- Night: Cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, oil, or mask.
It’s beneficial to let your skin fully absorb each product before applying another. A minimum is to wait 60 to 90 seconds between applications. If using a Retinol (Vitamin A) serum, many experts recommend waiting 20 minutes or so before applying a moisturizer. At night, begin your routine an hour or so before bed to ensure robust skin absorption so they don’t end up on your pillowcase.
Proper cleansing is the foundation of any skincare routine. Use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Cleanse your face twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. Avoid harsh soaps and excessive exfoliation, as they can strip your skin of its natural oils.
Regardless of your skin type, it’s critical to hydrate and moisturize your skin. It helps prevent dryness and itching, plumps up your skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Choose a moisturizer suitable for your skin type, and don't forget to apply it after cleansing.
Daily Sunscreen Is Critical
Sunscreen is not just for the beach or a day at the pool, it’s an essential, daily part of healthy skin. Protecting your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays is one of the most important steps you can take.
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature aging and increase the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or more, even on cloudy days. Reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, and when possible, wear protective clothing such as coverups, hats, and sunglasses.
Beauty from the Inside Out
What you eat and drink has significant impacts on your skin's health. Empower yourself to consume a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, citrus fruits and avocados, almonds, walnuts (and other nuts), seeds, colorful vegetables, leafy greens, lean proteins, and whole grains.
Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water (not sugary drinks) is also crucial for skin health, as it helps maintain the skin's moisture balance. In addition, excessive alcohol consumption can have detrimental effects on your skin, causing premature aging and a dull complexion.
It's Called Beauty Rest for a Reason
A good night's sleep is essential for our skin, so consider it self-care and aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. As with our mind and body, proper sleep helps rejuvenate, repair, and restore our skin.
On the other hand, chronic stress and poor sleep can exacerbate skin issues like acne and eczema. When possible, exercise frequently, and consider stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises. These practices can also lead to a better night’s rest and your skin will thank you for it.
Rejuran® Products for Healthy Skin
Once you commit to the idea of a daily skin regimen, it’s essential to find a reputable company whose products you can trust. We develop our natural, science-based products with our customer's needs in mind so you can rest easy about using them. Here are a few to consider:
Firmer, More Pliable Skin
As we age it's common for our skin to become less supple, and an effective firming cream is the answer. Our Advanced Face & Neck Firming Cream visibly improves the appearance of skin firmness on the face, neck, and décolletage.
Our proprietary ingredients of c-PDRN®, Peptides, and Plant Stem Cells improve the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid also helps hydrate and nourish your skin.
Fall Colors Should Be on Trees
Our Advanced Intensive Pigment Corrector helps improve the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage to brighten your skin. Formulated with Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Bisabolol, and the potent skin-renewing powers of Salicylic and Lactic Acids, it’s safe to use on your face, neck, hands, and décolletage.
Changing Seasons Without Dry Skin
As the weather becomes cooler and drier in late Fall, it can affect your skin’s health and appearance. Our Healer Nutritive Cream helps visibly revitalize dry or damaged skin with restorative moisture and protective nutrients including c-PDRN®, Hyaluronic Acid, Argan Kernel Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Jojoba Seed Oil.
A Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
As we mentioned earlier, cleansing your skin is an important part of an effective skincare regimen. We created our new Advanced Calming and Soothing Cleanser with dermatologist-recommended ingredients proven to gently cleanse and soothe sensitive skin. The natural ingredients could be a part of your Thanksgiving meal with Coconut-derived cleansing elements, Chamomile, Pomegranate, and more that soothe, hydrate, and help improve skin's elasticity.
Skincare is a personal journey, and it may take time to find the right products and routine that work best for your skin. During National Healthy Skin Month (and every day thereafter), consistency has its benefits. Time will tell what’s working and what isn’t, and you can make adjustments based on your skin's response. The most important thing is to start a routine that works for you, and make it part of your daily life. You’ll look better and feel better as well, which, after all, is part of leading a happy and healthy life.