There’s something very special about the month of November. This time of the year often feels like a natural pause before the busyness of the winter holidays sets in. One thing that sets this time of year part from the others is that for the most part, it’s remained less commercialized. Instead of an onslaught of advertising that changes the feel of the holiday, Thanksgiving primarily remains a time for gathering with friends and family over a beautiful meal. Thanksgiving also provides a time to count our many personal blessings.


Why is it though in the midst of this that it becomes so hard to recognize the little things that we do for ourselves and others? Why does it take this time to put a spotlight on things that really matter? Often with reflection we begin to see how these so-called small things really do impact life and what it might be like if we didn’t have them. Somehow, the pause brought on by a holiday season when friends and family gather near or when we distinctly feel their absence, we truly understand the impact of small things over time.


In the Stillness of Recognition


When considering things to be thankful for, the healthy functioning of the body and all of its organs is of particular importance. While we often think about keeping our heart healthy through diet and our lungs thriving through regular movement, we don’t usually give the same consideration to our skin, the body’s largest organ. While you might not think about being grateful to your skin, its continued health is dependent on how you treat it, particularly in the upcoming cold and dry weather.


Tips for Protecting your Skin


  1. Book an appointment with the dermatologist to assess what your skin needs to remain soft and protected as the weather changes.
  2. Boost the skin’s moisture levels with a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. This time of year it’s important to add another layer that creates a barrier.
  3. Even though you probably won’t be wearing shorts or swimsuits for a couple more months, it’s still important to apply SPF 30 sunscreen year-round. UV rays still penetrate through the clouds and snow reflecting the damaging rays of the sun.
  4. Add another layer of protection with gloves. The skin of the hands is thinner and more prone to dryness and cracking.
  5. Boost moisture levels indoors with a humidifier in the home. Moist air prevents skin from cracking and makes the overall environment feel more comfortable.
  6. Shorten hot showers and baths during the cold months. The heat can break down the skin’s protective lipid barrier, leading to loss of moisture and painfully dry skin.


At Sunflower Dermatology we believe protecting the skin is about more than looking great, it’s also about improving its overall functions. Sunflower Dermatology, the 2015 Gold medal Best of the Northland winner, provides medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology procedures and photodynamic. Protect the largest organ in your body and improve the long-term appearance and health of your skin with Sunflower Dermatology & Medical Day Spa.

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