Ah, November. In the middle of this fall season, we all should take a pause, gather together, and remember to be thankful… for healthy skin!
Yes, November is national Healthy Skin Month! Our skin can take a beating throughout the summer, with long days outside on the beach under the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology promotes the Healthy Skin Month as a time to raise awareness of the importance of skin health — keeping it moisturized, hydrated and protected all year round. Give some of these tips a try throughout the month, as creating great skincare habits can prevent signs of aging, skin damage, or worse, skin disease in the years to come.
Protect Your Skin
Remember, here in Florida, it can be warm and sunny pretty much year round. This means you should be using a dependable sunscreen at all times, and you can’t get much more dependable than our line of Azul Sunscreens made by Trilogy Laboratories.
Azul’s Mineral Defense SPF32 is a mineral powder sunscreen that offers full UVB and UVA protection. You can even use it over top of your makeup in the morning or to refresh sunscreen during the day! Our Satin Eclipse SPF34 is a combination broad-spectrum tinted sunscreen and makeup primer. It’s infused with vitamins C and E to repair your skin. . If you want a completely natural sunscreen option, try our Ultra Natural Sunscreen SPF32. Every ingredient is naturally derived, with vitamin C and green tea to help fight free radicals, and lingonberry stem cells to protect your skin from infrared light. Stock up on these sunscreens to make sure that you will be prepared for the warm sun all Florida winter long.
Have Rejuvenating Skincare Treatments
Facials can be wonderful methods of relaxation, but there is far more to them that that. The advanced facials we offer here at Azul are not only relaxing, but they also rejuvenate and rehydrate the skin. Our Azul Platinum Facials are custom, designed just for you- delivering fantastic moisturizers and serums that will nourish your skin. We also offer the HydraFacialMD, the most popular facial among celebrities. This facial can also be customized to your skincare needs, and incorporates cleansing, exfoliating, an acid peel, extractions and skin hydration, all in just under an hour.
Remember At-Home Skincare
Coming into Azul every now and then for a skin care treatment or other beauty treatment can be a fantastic way to keep your skin healthy, but it’s only the beginning. You need to take responsibility for your own skincare, with proper skin maintenance every day.
The trick is to use the right skincare products. Many off-the-shelf skincare products promise advanced protection, but these are just marketing terms. If you want the absolute best in at-home skincare, you want to check out the Azul Blue Diamond Line, made by Trilogy Laboratories. They are the perfect complement to our in-spa skincare treatments. If you have any questions about products, be sure to ask us and we will be happy to direct you to a perfect match with your skin type and needs!
Watch Your Diet, and Drink Lots of Water
What you put into your body on a daily basis can, perhaps not surprisngly, have a huge impact on your skin’s health. Although skincare products can do wonders to help you maintain moisture, drinking water is by far the best way to hydrate your skin, from the inside out. While we don’t necessarily subscribe to the 8-glasses-a-day guideline (as many doctors believe this is overkill), increasing your daily water consumption will not only improve your skin’s health, but your overall health as well.
Similarly, the food that you put into your body can affect your skin’s health, for better or worse. The nutrients that are absorbed by the body play a huge part in keeping your skin smooth and youthful. Too much sugar can increase the likelihood of acne and other skin impurities, while healthy foods like fruits and vegetables will give your skin what it needs to thrive!
If You Are Worried, Get It Checked Out
If you ever develop a mole or other spot on your skin that you are worried about, please, get it checked out. It might not just be a discoloration or other skin impurity that we can get rid of with an acid peel or microdermabrasion. It could be something more serious. For our part, if we notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, we will give you a heads up and will either have you see Dr. Flaharty or a dermatologist. It is important that you track any skin changes and go to see a dermatologist if there is even the slightest concern. Early detection can lead to effective treatment of skin cancers and other serious skin conditions. So don’t wait, go to the doctor. You should be checked out at least once a year, and more often than that if you have a history of skin cancers.
Your skin is with you for life, so make sure that you take care of it! We’re always here to help you out with our skincare treatments, but we need to partner with you to provide your skin with the nutrition and moisture it needs, as well as the protection from sun and other kinds of damage. If you’d like to learn more about all of the skincare treatments we offer in our medical spa, you can visit our website at www.azulbeauty.com or book an appointment with us by calling (239) 415-7576. Remember, November might be national Healthy Skin Month, but skincare is important year-round!