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While we celebrate rising temps in Chicago, let’s make a commitment to perk up our skincare regimens by shielding our skin against the long-term effects of over exposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and it’s absolutely essential to keep your skin protected and healthy throughout the year by applying sunscreen regularly and performing skin cancer self-examinations. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the skin, so keeping a close eye on moles that change in color, size or texture is crucial. Take inventory of freckles and age spots, and if anything looks remotely suspicious, make an appointment to see your dermatologist. In the meantime, search for products that contain concentrations of antioxidants and a minimum of SPF 20 if you’re out in natural sunlight more than 30 minutes during the day. No, on second thought, forget the 30 minute rule and make it habit to protect your skin regularly like you brush your teeth or toast your friends during happy hour.

Nicole L. Townsend