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November is Healthy Skin Month, so there’s no better time to re-evaluate your skincare regimen—and make sure you’re giving your skin everything it needs to look and feel its best. But if you’re not willing to take our word for it, we asked six dermatologists to weigh in as well, and here are the essentials for keeping your skin in tip-top shape.
If you still haven’t committed to applying SPF each and every morning, 365 days a year, you’re doing your skin a major disservice. “Damaging UV rays can penetrate clouds and windows, so your skin is vulnerable regardless of season,” warns San Antonio, Texas dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay. Still not convinced? Accumul
Soaring temperatures and increased humidity not only make us feel hot and sticky, but cause our skin to look extra greasy. Even those typically with normal skin can see a surge in oil secretions, and those who normally suffer from oily skin can see it only get worse. A shiny face can make skin look dirty and unattractive as well as lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
The T-Zone—forehead, nose and chin—produces the most oil due to the heavy concentration of sebaceous glands. “Skin oil increases in hotter temperatures because of the increased perspiration, and sweat that comes from sebaceous glands,” says New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Mark. Sebaceous gland