March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by treating your body right! That means, exfoliating, moisturizing, sunscreen-slathering, scheduling checkups for strange bumps and marks, and of course, eating right.
It’s also still cold out, and the skin on your face is constantly exposed to air and pollutants that rob it of moisture. Old-fashioned petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, has been used for decades as an inexpensive moisturizer. It works by sealing in moisture, but it tends to be greasy and heavy.
Moisturizers with emollients and humectants, both hydrate the skin and provide a non-greasy layer that encases moisture. Humectants help retain moisture while emollients help soften and soothe skin. Together, they can temporarily minimize fine lines around the eye or on the neck, and ultimately last as long-term preventive skin care.
It’s not just your skin that you have to take care of, keep your lips luscious and line free! Trade out your lipsticks for something safer, like a lip balm with UV protection. Your lips, along with your eye, are covered by the thinnest skin on your body, so naturally it needs extra protection from the elements, especially harmful UV rays.
A survey by a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that only 47 percent of respondents used lip protection containing UV blockers. This is a daunting statistic, considering that when skin cancer develops on the lips, it has a higher risk of spreading.
Many facial moisturizers and creams contain broad-spectrum sunscreens that filter out UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 every day. Limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat, can also help protect your skin from sun damage.
Your full-body care doesn’t need to stop there though, you can also non-surgical tighten skin or lose weight with various treatments that require minimum downtime. Dr. Rokhsar is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon who specializes in non-surgical procedures with injections, fillers, and laser therapies.