November is National Healthy Skin Month, so it’s a great time to care about healthy skin. The cool weather of November brings dryness, redness, and irritation to your skin, and that requires a different skincare routine than the warm summer months. Here are our best ways you can upgrade your skincare regimen for the weather this winter for healthier, more radiant skin.
Know Your Skin Type
It is easier to pick the cheapest skincare to save money, but not all cheap products are worth it – they may cause more damage than good based on your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type, it’s best to speak to a dermatologist. Our experts will select products that moisturize your skin based on skin type, health, concerns, and needs. Because no two skin types are the same, every skincare routine should be specific to your skin type.
Wash and Moisturize Twice a Day
Warm water and a mild cleanser twice a day are standards for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. Make sure to also wash after working out or swimming. Avoid cleansers that are too harsh or stripping since these can dry your skin.
Make sure to also use a gentle, unscented moisturizer after washing to prevent drying out. Don’t forget to also moisturize your body, especially after getting out of the shower.
Continue Summer Sun Care
Just because the sun is less visible during November doesn’t mean the sun’s UV rays are less harmful. The sun’s rays cause aging and dark spots on your skin no matter the time of year. Therefore, it’s extremely important to wear daily sunscreen year-round. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure to apply it every morning and reapply every few hours as long as you’re outside.
Consider Professional Treatments
Professional-grade skincare is one of the most effective ways to keep your skin healthy and moisturized during the winter. Consider implementing some of our treatments like chemical peels, microneedling, or IPL to maintain healthy skin and reverse the effects of dry weather and sun damage.
Keep Stress Levels Low
Stress-related skin breakouts, blemishes, and acne exist, and it is more prevalent during this month and the colder months where you tend to be busy with the holidays. To keep stress levels low, get a good night’s sleep every night, take vitamins, and stay hydrated. Vitamins and hydration should be part of a well-balanced diet, and exercise routines should include stress relievers like meditation and yoga.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about our best winter skincare treatments at Reserve Dermatology & Aesthetics, Dr. Liz Damstetter and our team can help. Schedule an appointment at our Glenview, IL office by calling or filling out our online form.