If You Have an Afternoon: Visit Your Dermatologist
Between prenatal ultrasounds, baby checkups, and yearly primary care appointments, squeezing in yet another doctor’s appointment is probably not high on your list. However, a dermatologist visit is an opportunity to focus on yourself, as well as get a skin cancer check.
Your dermatologist is a personal skincare Rolodex, so ask all your burning questions—like ‘what can I use on my acne while pregnant?’ or ‘what’s the best treatment for postpartum hair loss?’ during your visit. Whether or not you get a prescription for a specific skin concern, your derm can recommend products, tweaks to your routine, or steps to add to get the best bang for your buck. The appointment is important to catch any potential concerns early—like a suspicious-looking mole—but it’s also personalized advice just for your skin.
And while you’re there, if you’re looking to dip a toe into next-level treatments, Dr. Finney is a big fan of the Forever Young BBL (BroadBand Light) thanks to its array of benefits for correcting skin damage, slowing the look of skin aging, and offering results with little downtime (a darkening of pigment or redness is to be expected, at first). “This light treatment has different filters that can be applied to target specific concerns, like dark spots and redness, making it a fully customizable experience,” Dr. Finney says.
When you’re done at the dermatologist’s office and while you still have childcare, take advantage of the quiet time and stop by the drugstore to pick up new goodies and maybe eat a solo lunch, too. A little time away from your babe and with yourself is imperative to your mental health.
We know one day, one hour, or one treatment won’t knock out stress for good. However, this list is a reminder to add you back onto the family priority list with whatever time you have available. You deserve it.