Last year, I started becoming more conscientious about my skincare routine. I’d always put on sunscreen at the beach and pool and typically would remove my makeup at night. Though there were more times than I’d like to admit that I just flopped onto my bed, tell myself I should wash my face and thought “Too tired to leave bed.” Or I’d forget to put on moisturizer with SPF before putting on makeup in the morning. But then I saw a PSA online before a YouTube video about skin cancer.
I have instances of skin cancer on both sides of my family and I grew up knowing my parents and grandparents all went to the dermatologist for regular checkups. This PSA mentioned 5 points that make you vulnerable to skin cancer (family history, freckles and moles all over, etc) and I had 4 of those points. I immediately panicked and called my mom to see if her dermatologist had any openings to see me when I was coming home in a few weeks. The checkup went great and the doctor saw nothing troubling. Phew!
But I knew I had to ditch my laissez-faire attitude when it came to taking care of my skin.