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It’s officially summer and the sun has been out and shining bright. Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of your skin before it may be too late. You can easily protect your skin by doing one simple thing every morning.

Your skin plays an important role in protecting you, so why not protect it? Skin is our largest organ. According to National Geographic, skin guards our bodies from extreme temperatures, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. Without skin, we would evaporate. Crazy, right?

Skin cancer is the number one most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. That is scary! There are several ways to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. But the number one way to protect our skin daily is to wear sunscreen. How easy is that?

Every morning before I leave the house, I try my best to remember to put on my SPF 70 sunscreen on my face, neck, and hands. A daily application of sunscreen will help deter skin cancer, wrinkles, freckles, and slow down signs of aging. Listen up ladies: wear your own skin proudly! If you still tan in a tanning bed- STOP right now. Start wearing makeup which already has an SPF included. Simple steps like these will help tremendously.

Guys: sunscreen is not only for women. If you work in construction, landscaping, or anywhere else outdoors, pack some sunscreen in your vehicle and try to put it on every day. We already live in a world full of harsh chemicals and toxins, so the least we can do is try to protect our outer layer of the body. Think of how hard our body works to keep us healthy; it’s our duty to return the favor

I like a nice tan during the summer months, too. When we look tan, we feel sexier. But cancer my friends, is far from sexy. Long-lasting health is sexy. If you ever see a suspicious mole or freckle on your skin, visit your doctor ASAP. The sooner, the better. It’s never to late to start. For more information on skin care tips, visit skincancer.org.

 

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