November is National Healthy Skin Month, so it’s the perfect time to talk about skincare. Unfortunately, November is also when the weather turns cold, causing many people to experience challenges. Considering the skin is the body’s largest organ, it’s essential to take care of it.  Below are some tips to help you care for your skin properly this fall/winter:

1. Wash Your Face Daily

We know this may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many every-day habits change when the seasons change.  Remember to maintain those healthy habits. Use a mild cleanser, like Fig Gentle Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and always use lukewarm water.

2. Utilize Antiperspirants

Deodorant is important – but have you considered that minimizing sweat is essential to maintaining healthy skin?  It prevents the growth of unwanted bacteria on the skin, especially in high moisture areas like the armpits and even behind the knees.  Yup, don’t’ think of the stick to be only for the pits 😉.

3. Determine Your Skin Type

Is your skin oily ~ dry ~ a combination? Knowing your skin type will help you choose appropriate skincare products tailored to your specific needs.  If you’re not sure what your skin type is, take this great free quiz.

4. Examine Your Skin Regularly

Look for any changes in your skin like new moles or moles that have changed shape, color, or size. Anything that has been present for a long time but suddenly has begun to itch or bleed might be cause for concern. It’s better to have your skin examined rather than ignore changes. Request an appointment if you notice something different in your skin.

5. Use an Appropriate Moisturizer

One of the best things you can do to reduce winter-prone symptoms is to use an appropriate moisturizer. Use a thick moisturizer to provide your skin with the greatest protection. If possible, choose a moisturizer that has been designed specifically for your skin type. Dr. Storey recommends Fig Repair Cream for nourishing dry skin back to optimum health. It’s available in the office or online. You can also use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream or lotion based on your needs.

6. Protect Your Skin

Yes, we talk about this as often as we can, but let’s be honest – USING SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY IS IMPORTANT.  Especially under the intense San Joaquin Valley sun. Protecting your skin with clothing or a physical sunscreen (not chemical) is vital to your health. We offer a variety of sunscreen products in our office and online. Always use an SPF 30 or higher. For more on the best type of sunscreen, check out this previous blog post.

7. Consider Using Petroleum Jelly

Ok, this one is a little odd, we know, but Petroleum Jelly is fantastic at helping our skin heal from minor injuries, cuts, or dryness.  And most moisturizers have some form of Petroleum Jelly in them.  So why not just go to the source?!

8. Visit your Dermatologist Regularly

Dr. Leslie Storey | Valley Skin Institute

If you have skin issues, you need to schedule regular visits with your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will be able to assess your condition and give you recommendations specific to your needs. He or she can also prescribe more advanced treatments when needed.

The winter months can reak havoc on our skin. However, if you are proactive about caring for your skin, you can reduce the symptoms you experience and keep your skin as clear as possible. If you are dealing with unresolved issues, please contact us to schedule an appointment. You can also purchase skincare products here.