When it comes to skin, we are all aware that it is an important part of our body. But a lot of us are having trouble keeping tabs on our skin health. Because we are busy, or simply don’t know what to do. We try to fix both issues with this article, as we give you some tips on creating your own skin routine that will make it easy enough to keep your skin in an healthy condition.
Step one: Cream(s)
Skin needs to be well treated – it gets to take a lot during the day. Think about the different types of weather it endures, the UV radiation, and the lack of moisture. Therefore it’s wise to create a habit of using certain creams in your skin routine.
Sunscreen would be the one that’s on top of your list. Did you know that your skin gets in touch with UV radiation from the sun everyday? Also when it’s cloudy, the sun is powerful enough to get to your skin – and with UV being the number one cause for skin diseases like melanoma, it’s wise to take a good look at your routine.
With a lot of people unaware of the exposure to UV radiation on a daily basis, we recommend on using sunscreen as part of your skin routine. On a day with strong UV radiation, apply in the morning and if you are outside a lot do it again in the afternoon. To monitor UV exposure on a certain day, you can use apps like SkinVision or others.
To optimise your skin you can experiment with certain beauty products like bodylotions and moisturizers. These are usually packed with vitamins, minerals and all sorts of ingredients that will improve the health of your skin. It would be preferred if a cream also has UV protection.
Include in your skin routine: Use sunscreen a few times a day on days with high UV exposure. Use moisturizer based on your skin type: experiment and find out what feels good for you.
Step two: Self-checks
Before we start step two it’s important to mention that a diagnosis can only be made by a doctor. Self-checks are merely a way to detect any possible issues in an early phase.
Tsippora Shainhouse, MD at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills, talks to us about how she supports self-checks with her patients.
“Self skin checks should be performed every 1-3 months, depending on the individuals skin situation, like many versus few moles”, she says. “I explain to all of my patients who come in for full body skin exams, whether or not they have a personal or family history of skin cancer, that they need to create their own mole map for future comparison. Any changes in skin lesions should be brought to the attention of a dermatologist.”
The mole map Dr. Shainhouse is speaking of is built by creating an archive of your moles by bodypart. A simple way to do this, is through an app like SkinVision – which is available for both iPhone and Android phones – it can make an analysis of any suspicious mole and archive it for later comparison, or to show it to your doctor for further analysis.
Include in your skin routine: Self-check every month if you have a lot (40-50+) of moles, every 3 months if you have a few moles on your body.
Don’t know how many moles you have? Recent research from the King College London shows that if you have more than seven moles on your right arm – you probably have more than 50 on your body.
Step Three: Water
A lot of people forget that skin is an organ. And like all the organs in our body it needs water to function. Water hydrates the skin and supplies nutrients that will improve your overall health – as well as your skins’. When you drink enough water you will also see the actual influence it has on your skin: it will glow with health and radiance and develop fewer rinkles. An important step in your routine.
Include in your skin routine: Try and drink 2 litres of water each day to replace the water that is lost each day.
These three steps will give you a skin routine that is easy to maintain but will improve your skin health and in the process protect you by early detecting any signs of dangerous skin spots – like melanoma. If you have any additional steps you follow, please share them with us in the comments below!
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.
About the author: Roeland Pater works for SkinVision, the leading app for early detection of melanoma and improving skin health with self-checks and UV monitoring.