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Celebrating National Healthy Skin Month in November

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on November 1st, 2023

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With November comes crisp air, crunchy leaves, and the chance to dive deep into skin care. That's right—it's National Healthy Skin Month! The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) put this month on the map to shine a light on our body's largest organ: our skin.

Why Is This Month a Big Deal for Our Skin?

Well, aside from being a month to pamper our skin, it's primarily about skin cancer awareness. Here are some startling facts:

  • 1 in 5 of us may face skin cancer by the time we hit 70.
  • Sadly, every hour, more than two individuals in the U.S. lose their battle with skin cancer.
  • Had more than five sunburns? Your melanoma risk, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, is doubled.
  • On the bright side, early detection of melanoma offers a hopeful outcome!

Top Tips for Flaunting Your Best Skin This Month:

1. Cleanse Daily: Kick-start and end your day with a soft face wash. Think of it as a mini spa session!

2. What's Your Type?: Whether oily, dry, or sensitive—know your skin. Pick products that feel like they're made just for you.

3. Rest & Rejuvenate: With holidays around the corner, remember to prioritize quality sleep and embrace the outdoors. Your skin will thank you!

4. Vitamin D and Drink Up: Seek some sunshine or a vitamin D supplement. And keep sipping that water to keep wrinkles at bay.

5. Moisturize & Shield: Post-shower, lavish your skin with a luscious cream. And oh, lips need love too! A lip balm with SPF should do the trick.

6. Every Day is Sunscreen Day: Rain or shine, make SPF 30 your bestie to fend off those sneaky aging culprits.

7. DIY Skin Check: Once a month, have a mirror moment. Spot any new or changing moles? Stay vigilant - it's key.

How Often to See the Skin Doc?

If skin cancer runs in your family or if you're the proud owner of a constellation of moles (or have that redhead charm), an annual chat with a dermatologist is a good idea. Plus, the AAD sometimes hosts free skin checks, making early detection a breeze. For more info about the importance of skin cancer screenings, check out our helpful guide. Here's to a November filled with gratitude, warmth, and radiant skin!

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