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I was born into a family with strong successful women all around me. Women who on paper could be mistaken for super heroes. Ones who would never expect to face health issues. Both my Mother and my Grandmother have seen the repercussions of not taking care of your skin.
She never took care of her skin. In fact, you could easily say she abused it. Mom always told me stories of how she used baby oil mixed with Iodine instead of sunscreen. As she aged, her skin issues got out of control. AND to make matters worse, she smoked - a lot. She was diagnosed with melanoma and was constantly at the doctor getting basal stem cell removed. In 2008, she had a very invasive surgery to get rid of some pesky and deep basal stem cells. Her Doctor suggested multiple treatments but she wanted to take care of it all at once. Very shortly after, my Grandma passed away suddenly from a stroke. A few days prior, she was dancing with all of her friends, living her life like a 40 year old instead of the 75 year old she was. My Grandma was taken far too quickly and had a much longer life to live. If she had taken better care of her skin, I truly believe she would still be here today.
One thing these amazing ladies taught me through their own mistakes was to pay attention to my skin. I am sure to use daily lotion with an SPF in it. I never go out in the sun without having SPF 30 on, especially on days I have long runs - nothing is worse than a runners sunburn! I also make sure to take my daily vitamins to boost overall health. I am currently taking a specialty vitamin for hair, skin and nails - getting primed for the wedding. Keeping up to knowledge on Women's Health is easy to do at Walgreens.