Everyday Ways to Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month
The skin represents our largest organ and tells us a great deal about our overall health. Stress, dehydration, premature aging, poor nutrition – our skin says it all, even when we don’t want to listen. The American Academy of Dermatology designated November as National Healthy Skin Month to bring awareness to the importance of our skin and the best methods of caring for it. Here are some common ways to protect and love your beautiful skin from the Posie Cosmetics team.
Wash, Moisturize, Repeat
Life is busy, especially during November and December. When you finally get a much-deserved break, you may want to stay in your pajamas and watch Hallmark movies all day. Go for it, but don’t take a break from your skincare routine. Make sure to wash your face every day and immediately apply a moisturizer like our Day Cream after bathing. This daily habit locks in hydration for brighter, nourished skin.
Rise and Shine
Wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen on your skin and lips year-round. People often think that cloudy days don’t require sunscreen, a mistake commonly made during gloomy winter months. Even when you can’t feel the sun’s rays, they are there. If you haven’t been wearing sunscreen, repair with our Vitamin C Serum, which helps restore sun-damaged skin.
Pay Some Lip Service
Once lips become chapped, we tend to lick them or pick at the damaged skin, which prolongs the problem. Avoid dry lips by using a lip balm with SPF. The top hydrating and healing products for lips include ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, moringa oil, dimethicone, and petroleum jelly. Avoid flavored lip balms with cinnamon, menthol, or mint because these can cause dry lips if overused. It’s also a good idea to switch to creamy lipsticks during the winter months as lip mattes and powders can reduce natural moisture. If you’re already experiencing chapped lips, exfoliate them by creating a simple, at-home sugar and coconut oil scrub.
Just Add Water
Water is excellent for the skin, so drink up! Being well hydrated optimizes circulation and removes toxins from the skin. Water also helps alleviate inflammation, which wreaks havoc on our immune systems and can lead to flares in skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Staying hydrated helps with energy levels, digestion, and puffiness as well. Bonus: keeping stomachs full of water prevents some of that unhealthy holiday snacking with affects both our waistlines and complexions. Support that refreshed look by sleeping with a humidifier and trying our Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer, which uses hyaluronic acid to promote elasticity and boost suppleness.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
We often get so busy taking care of everyone else, that we don’t take time for ourselves. This lack of self-care takes a toll, especially during the holidays and the long winter months. Stress creates a chemical response that makes the skin more sensitive, reactive, and slower to heal. This can aggravate existing skin conditions while also causing acne, hives, rashes, and fever blisters. Plus, stress contributes to wrinkles and premature aging. To avoid the effects of stress, make time for exercise, and plenty of sleep. Take time for yourself every day, even if only 10-15 minutes, which is just the right amount of time to focus on keeping your skin happy and healthy.
Grab a Bite to Eat
A healthy diet benefits us inside and out. For better-looking skin, eat foods rich in Omega 3’s, such as fish, peanut butter, and broccoli. Stock up on water-dense fruits like watermelon, strawberries, and cucumbers to help with hydration. Foods like cantaloupe, avocado, and many other fruits contain high levels of vitamins A and C that replenish the skin’s nutrients and promote collagen production to maintain skin elasticity. Enzymes in lemons and oranges also boost collagen levels, so add them to your water.
Let November be a reminder to take care of yourself and your skin. There’s nothing better than looking in the mirror and seeing a beautiful, healthy face staring back. For that precious gift, it’s worth being thankful this month and all year long.