This Valentine’s Day, show some appreciation to the one who protects you. The one who keeps you whole. The one who sticks with you come rain or shine, in sickness and health, through thick and thin. Your skin. You don’t need indulgent chocolates, overpriced flowers, or saccharine tokens of affection. Just you, your skin and some L-O-V-E. L is for a Little Luxury Although a day at the spa may seem like the epitome of treating yourself, you can enjoy the benefits of a deep clean without ever leaving your home.
- Indulge in a warm bath with oils or oatmeal that help hydrate your skin while you get some rest and relaxation.
- Exfoliate, calm, or otherwise pamper your face with a mask developed for your skin type.
- Invest in a good pore cleansing brush for an exfoliating deep clean – but beware that you can have too much of a good thing – so limit use to a couple times a week.
O is for Your Oft-Overlooked Hands Your hands do so much and ask for so little in return. Why not show them a little TLC? Keep your hands healthy and hydrated with a moisturizing hand cream or balm – it’ll last longer and offer better protection than lotions or gels. Kick the lush factor up a notch and splurge on a pair of moisturizing gloves to help infuse your delicate hand skin with all kinds of healthy, hydrating oils, vitamins, and extracts. V is Because Sun Protection is Very Necessary Ultraviolet (UV) rays aren’t all bad, all the time. They help your body produce Vitamin D, which strengthens bones and protects you from many diseases, and is even used in some therapies for psoriasis. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the sunscreen. UV radiation is also linked to long-term damage like wrinkles and freckling, and is the leading contributor to the most common form of cancer: skin cancer. “I know it seems like we say this a lot, but UV protection is important,” says Dr. J. Mark Jackson, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Louisville. “Something as simple as using a daily moisturizing sunscreen can help prevent UV damage while still allowing some exposure for healthy Vitamin D production.” E is for the Experts at Forefront Dermatology OK, so you don’t really need a holiday to give your skin some TLC. Whether you want to address a specific skin condition like psoriasis, eczema, or acne, or just love what you see when you look in the mirror with Botox, dermal fillers, Broadband Light therapy (BBL), or a HydraFacial. The physicians at Forefront Dermatology offer a variety of cosmetic, medical, and therapeutic services to help you love your skin. To find the Forefront physician nearest you, visit the Locations page today.