Skin is the largest organ of the human body. I am passionate about skincare because skin acts as one of the body’s first lines of defense.

No matter how old you are, your skin is aging. As skin ages it becomes thinner and loses fat. Over time wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and cancer may develop.

It is important to monitor your skin monthly and take care of your skin daily to stay healthy and to feel your best.

Proactively protect your skin to keep it healthy:

  • Hydrate – Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Cleanse –  Use mild soap with warm water and/or toner.
  • Exfoliate – Two to three times a week for normal skin helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Moisturize – Use lotions, creams or ointments daily.
  • Limit time in the sun during the hours between 10am – 4pm
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Avoid tanning

Skin cancer is common in the United States with the main cause being the sun. Tanning beds and lamps may also cause skin cancer.

Check you skin once a month using the ABCDE’s.

A – Asymmetry – If you draw a line through the mole to do both sides match

B – Border – Are the borders of the mole even or are borders scalloped or notched?

C- Color – Is the mole all one color or is it a variety of brown, tan, black, red, or blue?

D- Diameter – Is the mole bigger than the tip of a pencil eraser (or 1/4 inch)?

E- Evolving – Does the mole stay the same or has it changed in size shape color or elevation? Does it bleed or crust?

Proactively monitoring for problems with your skin can lead to early detection and intervention if necessary.

Download the National Institute of Health’s pamphlet on skincare and aging here.

Feature photo by Kyle Loftus.