November is National Healthy Skin Month

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

Bundling up for colder weather this month should be a good reminder that your skin needs attention too. November is National Healthy Skin Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. The organization encourages individuals to schedule a checkup with a dermatologist, and to review current skin care practices for potential improvements.

Besides contributing to "good looks," healthy skin is important for other reasons, including protecting immune health. As your body's largest organ, skin helps shield your inner body from bacteria and viruses. Skin also provides protection from heat and light, regulates body temperature and stores water, fat and vitamin D.

Make improvements to your skin care regimen during Healthy Skin Month by regularly applying sunscreen (even in cloudy or cool weather), using natural moisturizers and protecting skin from the elements with gloves and scarves.