Quick quiz: What is the largest organ in the human body? If you answered skin, you’re correct!
September is Healthy Aging Month, and because – for most of the year – we live in an oven here in Arizona, we’re featuring tips for maintaining healthy skin at all ages.
Arcadia News reached out to Felicia Munion, co-owner of Arizona Facial Plastics, to share some advice. Munion brings 15 years of aesthetic experience to her practice.
“I was a lawyer, but I left law because it’s mainly unhappy people most of the time,” Munion said. “In aesthetics, you get to make people a little bit happier. I started running the business to help my then-husband out, and slowly, over the years, I enjoyed learning all the different aspects of aesthetics.”
In 2016, Munion and her ex-husband and business partner, plastic surgeon Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh, established Arizona Facial Plastics.
“Our practice focuses on patient education,” Munion said.
The business teaches patients about nurturing skin to gain and maintain health because “healthy skin is younger-looking skin.” They also specialize in facial plastic surgery, where the goal is to provide a high level of expertise to their patients.
“We help patients understand the aging process,” Munion said, “so they know what they can do to turn back the clock since different levels of intervention are appropriate at different ages.”
Munion stressed four separate beauty and health routines that are timeless.
Use a good quality cleanser
“Heat traps pollution in the skin,” Munion said, “and then we add sweat and dirt to the equation, so make sure to wash your face twice daily with a good cleanser.”
Use a moisturizer
“When you use the appropriate moisturizer,” Munion said, “you’ll help your skin produce the right amount of oils so your skin won’t be too oily or too dry. You lock in moisture, and moist skin doesn’t show wrinkles.”
Apply sunscreen daily
“We recommend a mineral-based sunscreen because it creates a physical barrier to keep the UVA and UVB rays from getting into your skin,” Munion said. “Sun damage causes cancer, discoloration and aging, so everyone needs to use sunscreen.”
Last but certainly not least, make sure to drink lots of water. Whatever your age, hydration is incredibly important.