What is one of the first things you see about another person? It is often their skin. Is it smooth and spotless or wrinkled and dry? Can you tell their age just by looking?
November is Healthy Skin Month. The goal is to raise awareness of the functions of the skin, skin diseases and keeping your skin healthy. While November is dedicated to skin care, it should be a year long endeavor. Your skin protects you. It’s your turn to protect your skin.
Before you take steps to prevent or correct skin damage, you should know your skin type. Knowing your skin type will help you decide what product, treatment or action is appropriate for your skin.
Take the first step and educate yourself on your skin type. Have a little fun too! Skincare and beauty go hand in hand.
Type I: Your skin tone is Light. You are pale white or freckled and always burn in the sun.
Type II: Your skin tone is Fair. You are white and usually burn in the sun.
Type III: Your skin tone is Medium. You are white to light brown and sometimes burn.
Type IV: Your skin tone is Olive. You are moderate brown and rarely burn in the sun.
Type V: Your skin tone is Brown. You are dark brown and very rarely burn in the sun.
Type VI: Your skin tone is Black. You are very dark brown to black and never burn.
It may seem obvious, but all skin types are susceptible to skin damage and skin cancer from the sun. While types I-IV may have an increased rate of skin cancers, type V and VI may be more likely to develop the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma.
Once your know your skin type, a further evaluation of your skin can only help you make the best choices in protecting, correcting and caring for your skin.
- Are you oily or dry?
- Do you have red spots?
- Do you have dark spots?
- Do you have acne?
- Do you have wrinkles?
- Do you have uneven skin tone?
- Do you have itchy, scaly areas?
Take a look in the mirror. Note your casualties of the battle with the sun. Write them down. Take that list to the dermatologist or the beauty store and start taking action to protect your skin. It should last a lifetime but not look like it!