This can apply to supplements and vitamins too, says Monique May, MD, MHA, Physician in the Kitchen at MDM. “There can be harmful impurities present. They’re not regulated by the FDA, since they are not medications. Taken in excess, they can actually be harmful. There can also be interactions with prescription medications you may be taking.”
The Rx: Do your nutritional research when it comes to food. As for vitamins and supplements, always check with your doctor before taking anything.
You’re Not Wearing Sunscreen Year Round
Everyone knows to slather on the sunscreen in summer. But it’s not an obvious self-care ritual during the rest of the year. “Sunscreen for your face is a year-round must,” says Kathleen Cook Suozzi, MD, a dermatologic surgeon and director of aesthetic dermatology for Yale Medicine. “Patients underestimate how much chronic daily exposure to ultraviolet radiation accumulates and leads to skin aging and risk of skin cancer.”
The Rx: “Even in the winter, sunscreen should be applied to your face,” says Suozzi. “Don’t forget about reflection off snow!”