The skin is the largest organ of the human body and with November being National Healthy Skin Month understanding how to care for this organ should be top priority.
The skin is something one generally takes for granted and often times is not taken very good care of. Since it is responsible for protecting ones internal organs from external toxins and acts as an excretory organ, the skin should be protected in all ways possible. However, the approach to healthy skin is a multi-step process including sun protection, a healthy lifestyle, a daily skin routine, a reduction of stress and annual skin check-up’s.
1. Sun Protection: The skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays daily. Research shows that UVA rays are the culprit behind accelerated signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and thinning of the skin. Similarly, UVB rays cause damage by inducing changes at the cellular level in our skin, thereby causing skin cancers such as melanoma. Therefore, sunscreen is the #1 anti-aging and anti-skin cancer product. Using an SPF of at least 30 daily is recommended. And disregard the common misconception of not wearing sunscreen unless one is exposed to direct sunlight. Sun damage on the skin is cumulative; thus, protect it with moisturizers or makeup that contain SPF, wear wide-brimmed hats, UV protective clothing, and lip balm with an SPF while outdoors.
2. Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy diet can help one look and feel their best, and the skin absorbs its benefits. Establish a diet rich in Vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates in order to promote younger looking skin. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins as well as plenty of water.
3. Daily Skin Routine: Although sunscreen is the most important protector against the signs of aging, it’s also important to use proper cleansers and moisturizers to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. Avoid strong soaps since they strip the skin of oils. Use a mild facial cleanser once to twice daily in order to remove dirt and oil from the skin, thereby preventing clogged pores and acne. Stay away from facial scrubs, as these tend to contain sharp microbeads that actually cause small tears in the skin, which in turn promote irritation and redness. Then, understand that dry skin, as well as oily skin, needs to be moisturized with a non-comedogenic or non-pore clogging moisturizer. When one’s skin is deprived of hydration, the skin cells tend to shrivel up, accentuating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturize after cleansing and while the skin is still damp. Finally, apply a thin and even layer of an SPF of at least 30. For those who do not want to ruin their make-up with a liquid SPF, look for translucent powders that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide— two minerals that block the sun’s UV rays.
4. Manage stress: Uncontrolled stress can make skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin take steps to manage stress by setting reasonable limits and scaling back to-do lists.
5. Annual Skin Check-up’s: Lastly, get an annual skin check-up with a dermatologist. Stay vigilant by performing monthly self-exams, which are simple to do if you keep in mind the ABCDE model. A stands for Asymmetry, or one half of the lesion does not look like the other. B is for Borders; notched borders or any poorly defined border should prompt suspicion. C is for Color; skin cancers often present with multiple colors within one mole. D is for Diameter, as melanomas are often greater than 6 mm when diagnosed. E stands for Evolving; if a lesion is changing or looks different from the ones around it, be suspicious and get it looked at.
Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help keep skin from aging and prevent various skin problems. This November, take care of the largest organ in your body by being proactive and implementing simple and effective changes.
– Dr. A. Aurora Badia is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She opened Florida Skin Center in July 2001, specializing in medical dermatology for children and adults. Florida Skin Center offers the only narrow band UVB phototherapy treatment center in the area for psoriasis and eczema, full Mohs services, dermatopathology services, and a full complement of laser, cosmetic and aesthetic services. Physician Assistant Yamile Solis assisted in writing this editorial. For more information on the event or to register visit www.floridaskincenter.com.
Launched in 2011 by collaborators Sarah Gittoes and Robert Sebastian Grynkofki, the two partners, both in business and in life, took their combined interest and desire for beautifully designed jewelry to create their first collection.
The latest collection, NIMBUS, ($55 – $1250) is “inspired by the symbol of the halo. It is an exploration of painted light and mythical motifs, combining pictorial elements with geometric shapes.”
Finding the beauty in modern simplicity encapsulates the essence of Sarah & Sebastian. Robert’s industrial design and goldsmith background coupled with Sarah’s design degree creates the perfect balance in each and every piece created. The end results are beautiful clean lines that are skillfully paired with intricate design elements in every collection and inimitable bespoke pieces.
The label has introduced three collections entitled DREI, FRAULEIN and BLUME. Furthermore Sarah and Robert have collaborated with some of Australia’s finest talent in the fashion industry designing bespoke pieces for Dion Lee’s highly anticipated New York and Sydney runway shows in 2013 and 2014 as well as lavish headwear for ‘The Hatmaker’ for Australia’s popular Spring Racing Carnival in 2013 and 2014.
NIMBUS reflects the label’s constantly evolving design philosophy that holds modern minimalism at its core. A glimpse into plans for the 2016 collection stays true to this theme, a thoughtful and sophisticated range that borrows inspiration from the everyday.
– For more information visit www.sarahandsebastian.com.