The Lanby’s Lead Physician, Dr. Emily Bruno, sat down with Dr. Angela Lamb, M.D.*, for a conversation surrounding preventative screenings and skin wellness, from the inside out. If you missed the discussion on our Instagram, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 skincare tips from Dr. Lamb:
*Dr. Angela Lamb, M.D, an Associate Professor of Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also serves as the Director of the Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology Faculty Practice; the System Vice Chair of Dermatology Clinical Operations and Strategy; and the Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Doctors Patient Access Center.
Dr. Lamb suggests setting up a regular cadence of check ups if you:
– Have a family history of skin cancer
– Have red hair, blue eyes, or fair skin
– Have more frequent sun exposure. For example if you surf, farm, lifeguard, swim, or golf.
For those who do not fall into the above categories, regular screenings are not necessary, but are recommended at some point in your adult life. We suggest speaking with your primary care physician to see what makes most sense for you.
It’s important to take inventory of your body and observe if moles or lesions look different than usual. High risk areas to regularly check include your face, lower leg, palms, and the soles of your feet. If anything on your skin bleeds, burns, itches, or does not heal, get it checked by a dermatologist. If something sticks out and is causing discomfort, bring it up immediately.
Bad news for tanning lovers: You may think you’re glowing, but really a tan suggests your body is fighting back. When exposed to the sun, your body produces melanin to protect it from DNA damage (which makes you darker). Dr. Lamb recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ and suggests reapplying every couple of hours.
Drink plenty of water, eat a nutrient dense diet made up of fruits and vegetables, get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night, and take up a mindfulness practice to keep the stress at bay.
Like everything else, skin care is not one size fits all. What works for one person may be irritating to someone else. The constitution and sensitivities of your skin are unique. Your skin care routine should be tailored to you, and you only.
Talk to your primary care physician for guidance on how to get started on optimizing your skin care. Fore more information on The Lanby and our care team approach, book a consult call or join the club today!