How well do you know your skin?


Your skin is the largest organ in your body. This may surprise some, but there is so much more to our skin than how it looks. It’s responsible for keeping all our internal organs snug and safe, while protecting them from our seemingly hostile external environment.

Collectively, the human body is truly miraculous, but we often take our skin for granted. When you think about all the elements skin is exposed to, it is extremely resilient and a very forgiving part of our make-up. Let’s picture this in a little more detail. We have all been sunburnt at some stage, some more than others; we have cut, grazed and bruised ourselves more times than we can probably count; we have exposed ourselves to a range of chemicals, treatments and beautifying techniques; and some of us may have had tattoos or other permanent inclusions added to our skin. Regardless of what we’ve done, for most of us, our skin continues to carry out its vital job without fault.

But what if your skin was not so forgiving! Unfortunately, sometimes our skin can retaliate in nasty ways. People who suffer from a dermatological condition will know this all too well but, along with premature ageing, there is also the possibility of skin cells turning cancerous, taking the form of the well-known Melanoma, the rarer yet more aggressive Merkel Cell Cancer or the more common, non-melanoma Squamous and Basal Cell Cancers. Considering this, you need to ask yourself – is your skin safe in your hands?

While sometimes skin concerns are unavoidable, below are our top five tips to help make sure your skin receives the best possible treatment, particularly when it comes to preventing or spotting skin cancer.

  1. Be aware of your skin.

This is listed as number one for a reason.

How well do you know your skin and what is normal and abnormal on it? Is there a new mole or has one changed colour or shape? Is there a sore that is bleeding and won’t heal? Getting to know your skin is so important as it will help you recognise any changes or abnormalities.

  1. Get a check-up with an expert

Everyone should have this done on a regular basis. Once every year is the general rule, however, if there is a family history of melanoma or if you have previously had skin cancer, do it more frequently. Regardless, if you notice anything new or something that has changed, head to your doctor or skin specialist and get it checked immediately.

  1. Protect your skin where possible

As mentioned, your skin is a crucial part of your body’s make-up so whenever possible, keep it protected from the sun and other harmful elements such as chemicals or other ailments.

  1. Think twice before you try to alter it

Before undergoing any kind of procedure, whether it be laser treatments, chemical peels, tattooing or tattoo removal we highly recommend asking questions related to the possible impact it will have on your skin, particularly in relation with sun exposure.

  1. Put sunscreen on each day

Regardless of the amount of time spent in the sun, including sunscreen application as part of your morning routine can make a huge difference. Not only will you be protecting yourself from skin cancer but you’ll help prevent ageing lines and wrinkles too. It’s also important to note that the younger you start, the more your skin will thank you in the future.

It’s time to be kind to your skin. Get to know it a little better, take yourself for a check-up, put on sunscreen each day or just do something different to make sure you’re looking after it, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make and the confidence you will have in knowing you are ok.


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