National Skincare Awareness Month
September is National Skincare Awareness Month. With summer coming to an end, it’s a good time to check in with your skin, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure. Here are our top 3 skincare reminders:
1. Extend your skincare beyond your face. Your neck skin is thinner and has less collagen, making it more prone to wrinkling. And we’ve all seen the lines that can form from looking down at your phone (“tech neck”) and sleeping with your head tucked in. In addition, your neck and chest are vulnerable to sagging and dark spots from sun exposure. So don’t forget to include those areas in your skincare routine. They deserve moisturizer, serums, and definitely spf!
2. Don’t put away your sunscreen. Cooler weather doesn’t necessarily mean less sun damage. Your skin barrier provides UV protection and that weakens during cold, dry weather. You can experience sun burns and sun damage all year round, whether it’s cloudy or snowy. Dermatologists say that five or more sunburns doubles your risk of melanoma. Yikes!
3. Monitor your skin monthly. Do a skin self-exam. Check for anything that changes in size, shape or color, bleeds spontaneously or doesn’t heal, constantly itches or is painful. See your dermatologist if you have concerns. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early!