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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

How To Become a Skin Checker and Check Your Own Skin For Cancer

By Gracie Carroll

I’m currently half-way through my 29th year of life, and recently I’ve started to share my mission to achieve flawless skin by my 30th birthday. I think, to be honest, this might just be a good excuse to splurge on more facials than normal (along with expensive skincare products), but, entering my thirties does bring on more skin-related worries than just the appearance of more fine lines and *ugh* full on wrinkles.

Soaking in the sun and getting a great tan has been one of my favourite things to do for most of my life, but over the last few years I’ve definitely noticed that I’ve started to become more sensitive to the sun, and far more cautious when it comes to the protection of my skin when soaking up the rays.

Not only does protecting your skin from the sun all year round — and especially during the summer months or in warmer climates, obvi — help keep your skin to stay looking youthful and supple (hi, we all know those leathery-looking folk out there and we don’t want that) but it can help prevent skin cancer too.

The prevention of skin cancer is a concern that’s all too real for me, considering the amount of cancers that have affected the Carroll clan (it’s A LOT), and the fact that my fair-skinned father now has regular appointments with a dermatologist to remove small cancer growths on his skin. Thankfully, everything so far has been caught early, but, still, it is scary AF. Although I am not as fair as he is, apparently the fact that I get freckles when exposed to the sun is a clear sign that my skin is fair too.

Now more than ever before I look at every mole and beauty mark with total paranoia and can’t help but wonder, “ARE YOU CANCER!? WERE YOU THERE YESTERDAY?? HAVE YOU GOTTEN BIGGER?”. It can be hard to know what’s okay and what you should be concerned about, especially when you might be too afraid to Google image search (like I am) for fear of what horrors you might see. To be honest, I’m pretty sure you should not Google any medical-related thing for this exact reason.

Thankfully there is some good news! Recently I was very excited to learn about La Roche-Posay’s  Become a Skin Checker Program to help me, you and everyone out there check their own skin and more accurately determine whether or not seeing a professional is necessary. Did you know that 90% of skin cancers are curable if detected in time? I mean, what more reason do you need to Become a Skin Checker and ensure you and your loved ones are in good skin health?

Now in its third year, the La Roche-Posay Become a Skin Checker campaign is committed to providing better access to information on how to adopt safe sun habits for everyone. So what do you need to do to save your skin? All you need to get started is follow these 3 easy steps.

Step #1Become A Skin Checker, meaning check your skin and the skin of the ones you love on a regular basis with the ABCDE method. You can find the ABCDE mother HERE.

Step #2: Protect your skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen as Anthelios, the #1 recommended suncare by dermatologists in Canada, and the most-advanced UVA/UVB sun protection. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60 for it’s compact size and lightweight feel – perfect for throwing into your makeup bag or purse during the summer months, and all year round.

Step #3: Play safe in the sun by wearing your UV Patch — the 1st connected UV patch that educates how to play safe in the sun. Look out for one of the 20,000 UV patches that La Roche-Posay will be distributing across the country this year.

If you Become a Skin Checker and still feel concerned about any suspicious moles after checking them with the ABCDE method, talk to your doctor.

Cheers to great skin!



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