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Summer Escape Issue
June is the perfect month to adopt one of the best skincare tips I’ve learned in my career: check your moles and beauty spots every 30 days. Over 90% of skin cancers can be treated if detected in time. And a monthly check only takes a few minutes with a hand mirror. Start by checking your scalp, face, hands and arms for any dark or large moles with irregular edges. You’ll want to take notice if you see any spots changing shape or size. Next, check your torso, back and feet – even between your toes. The Canadian Cancer Society says that highest rate of skin cancers in women occur on the back of the legs. For men, it is on the back. If you notice anything suspicious, see your doctor immediately.
I have firsthand experience with this. A decade ago, I was editor of Cosmetics magazine and went to interview one of the country’s top dermatologists who specializes in skin cancer treatment. She showed me how to perform a skin check and discovered a dark spot on my shoulder. She cut it out during our interview and caught it just before it turned into skin cancer. So please take the time to check your body regularly.
Be sure to stock up on good quality sunscreen this summer. Clarins, Shiseido, Kiehl’s and Clinique have very good formulas that offer broad spectrum protection and feel comfortable on skin. Remember that 80% of the signs of skin aging are due to sun damage, so not only are you protecting yourself from skin cancers, you’ll look younger, longer. Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours if you are outside in direct sunlight, since chemical blocks start to break down after that. And towelling off after a dip in a pool or lake will remove even waterproof sunblocks, so reapply after a swim. Remember, the best option for a healthy, sun-kissed glow is a bronzing palette. They look natural and are completely safe. From the Beauty the Guide team, wishing you a wonderful summer season. I hope you enjoy this issue.
Dave Lackie, editor
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