October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Although you cannot prevent cancer, these Healthy Habits can help reduce your risk :
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay physically active
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Do not smoke
- Limit alcohol consumption
Tips for Preparing your Skin for Fall
1. Start with the facts.
Sun exposure depletes collagen. Collagen is the glue-like substance that supports and connects tissues and is responsible for firmness, elasticity and protections. The sun makes collagen break down, damaging its suppleness and promoting early aging.
Diets high in essential fatty acids (cold water fish like salmon and flax seed) will repair cells and protect from further damage while diets high in antioxidants (whole grains, veggies, fruits and nuts) will repair and protect your skin.
2. Smooth skin requires exfoliation.
If your skin is dull and rough from a summer of outdoor activities even the most advanced moisturizer won’t help because your skin’s surface is covered in dry, dead skin cells. Exfoliating regularly at home will help to reveal smooth skin and improve the absorption of skin products.
3.Continue to wear your sunscreen.
Sunscreen should be worn year-round.
4. Replenish cold weather skincare products.
Start by adding some key products that replenish moisture. By addressing damaged or undernourished skin now you’ll prepare your skin for the cold weather around the corner.
5. Schedule a check up with your dermatologist.
You’re at risk for skin cancer if you spend too much time in the sun without proper precautions and the diligent use of sunblock. While regular screenings with a dermatologist are recommended, you should see a dermatologist if you notice a change in the shape, size, or coloring of any age spot or mole.