November has officially been declared National Healthy Skin Month in the United States. However that does not mean that this is not something that should be learned internationally. Many people have no idea what National Healthy Skin Month is. The American Academy of Dermatology is sponsoring and promoting teaching others about the importance of healthy skin. Skin is the largest organ on your body, if this is not protected then it leaves you vulnerable to other diseases. Forget about the glitz and glam and start caring for you skin for health reasons. If you are a parent and you are not teaching your child how to care for their skin, then this is the time to acknowledge that children need to understand this and change your way of life.
Children are primarily targeted in the fight for healthy skin because most skin cancer from the sun is actually formed BEFORE the age of 18. This indicates that the child (or now adult) was exposed to some bad sunlight earlier on. If you were one of those kids who went everywhere without your sunscreen and got constantly toasted, then it would be in your best interest to get checked by a dermatologist. It only takes ONE sunburn to damage your skin. Currently, the majority of people who are prone to acquire skin cancer is women in their 20's and 30's.
BRIEF TIPS ON SKIN CARE:
- Always eat a balanced meal. The outside appearance of your skin can quickly expose what you are eating. Unless an individual has serious medical concerns. healthy food should not make their skin dull or add numerous pounds on them. It is also important for people to know what a balanced meal looks like.
- Drink plenty of water. Water is essential to the skin because it helps flush out toxins throughout the body. It can help give you very clear skin. For more information about the importance of water visit THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER.
- Visit your local dermatologist at least once a year to check for unusual moles to make sure they are not cancer related. Between the times that you go to your annual visit to the dermatologist, make sure that you keep an eye on any moles that suddenly change in size, shape or color. Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer. This routine is especially necessary if you have been overexposed to too much sunlight.
- Wear sunblock during the summer AND winter time. Many people do not believe that the sun is present or that they can get burned in the winter time because it is cooler. This information is incorrect. The sun is hazardous to your skin 365 days a year.
- Darker skin people still need to wear sunscreen. It is common to find many individuals who believe that skin cancer does not occur in darker shades. I cannot stress this enough by saying that this is false. Although blacks and darker skinned people have more protection from the sun, this does not mean they do not need sunscreen. Skin cancer is very rare among certain dark skin, but check your skin as well, ESPECIALLY the lighter portions of your body, including the inside of your hands and the bottom of your feet.
- Avoid stress. Stress can take a big toll on not only the inside of your body, but also on the outside.
- Stay away from drugs, alcohol and smoking. Nothing harms your body more then constant exposure to these three things.
- Always moisturize your skin with lotion and do not forget to care for your lips. Whether you use lotion chap stick or lipstick, make sure that you are moisturizing your lips on a regular basis.
- Educate yourself and others. The key to prevention is knowledge.
- SECTION ONE: SKIN CANCER!
- HOW TO CARE FOR FAIR SKIN!
- FRECKLED BEAUTIES, SKIN CARE TIPS!
- LASER HAIR REMOVAL, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- SKIN CARE SERIES, SECTION 4, THE TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL
- WHAT IS TANOREXIA?
- 10 PRODUCTS THAT HELP EVEN SKIN TONE!
- BAD HABITS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK OLDER. SECTION TWO: THE "SMOKER"
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. — Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)