|Dr. Jennifer Caudle is a board-certified family physician currently practicing in Washington Township, NJ.|
We sat down with physician and on-air health expert, Dr. Jennifer Caudle, to learn her top five tips for your healthiest skin this season.
What are your go-to beauty products?
JENNIFER CAUDLE: I never leave the house without putting on a little foundation and tinted lip-gloss. Both have SPF in them, which helps me avoid sun damage, and the lip-gloss helps my lips stay soft—especially with all of the cold winter weather we had this year.
How do you keep your own skin looking young and healthy?
JC: I keep my face healthy by using a gentle facial cleanser and a moisturizer that is geared toward my oily skin type. I also use products that are noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores. I try to avoid the sun because I want to minimize sun damage and wrinkles, and I always wear sunscreen. I also try to drink plenty of water and eat healthy.
Why is it important to keep a close eye on your skin?
JC: No one knows your body better than you. Make sure to check your skin for signs of skin cancer regularly, and look for moles that are new, changing, or unusual. You can do this by knowing your ABCDEs. Pay attention to moles that are Asymmetric, have irregular Borders, have multiple Colors, have a large Diameter (larger than a pencil-eraser head), or are Evolving or changing. If you notice any of these, make sure to see your doctor.
What is the best way to soothe dry, cracked winter skin?
JC: One of the best ways to fight off dry skin is to stay moisturized. I recommend keeping baths and showers short so that your skin doesn’t dry out, and avoid bathing with hot water, which can further dry the skin. Moisturize after your bath with creams, lotions, or ointments—these will help trap moisture and keep your skin soft. Also, consider using a humidifier at home, which will help keep moisture in the air.
Can stress play a part in damaging skin?
JC: Absolutely! Don’t underestimate the effect that stress can have on your skin. Research has shown that emotional stress can make the skin more sensitive and worsen skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, or psoriasis. I believe it is just as important to take care of your mind as it is to take care of your body. Make time to relax and de-stress. Some of my favorite de-stressors are yoga, Pilates, dancing, and taking walks outside in the fresh air.
Dr. Jennifer Caudle is a regular on CNN, CBS 3 Philadelphia News, and Fox 29 Philadelphia News. For more information, visit jennifercaudle.com.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURENCE GENON, COURTESY OF DR. JENNIFER CAUDLE