Save Your Skin

Friday, May 04, 2007
By Abbey Khan
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May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer and Prevention Month. Every year, too many women die from skin cancer because they don’t take the right precautions. Here are the top 3 things you can do to save your skin and your life:

Do monthly skin self-exams. Check for new moles or anything that looks suspicious including spots that resemble bug bites and pimples that are overstaying their welcome. And make sure to examine your body from head to toe, which includes your ears, lips, and the bottom of your feet.

Never leave the house without SPF, even in the winter. Just sitting in your car unprotected can accumulate in sun damage and result in skin cancer. Use sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays 30 minutes before you go outside. And don’t forget to use SPF on your lips.

olaysunscreen.jpg Olay Complete All Day UV Defense
Moisture Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF 15 ($9.99 at drugstores)
bananaboatlipbalm.jpg Banana Boat Aloe Vera with Vitamin E Sunscreen
SPF 30 ($1.99, drugstore.com)

Avoid tanning beds. Contrary to popular belief, tanning beds are not safe – period. In actuality, UVA rays from tanning beds are stronger than the sun’s rays. Can’t live without a tan, then try an at-home self-tanner or the new lotions that tan your skin gradually. These are 100% safe and give you a nice subtle glow.

sub_mistbrwn.jpg L’Oreal Sublime Glow Moisturizing MicroFine Mist SPF 15 ($9.99, drugstores)

It’s never too late to change your sun-worshipping ways. Visit your dermatologist today for more information on fighting skin cancer.


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