Last week I made a dermatologist appointment to check in on my eczema, discuss wrinkle prevention, and check out a mole on my collar bone. I figured she would shrug off the mole, but she was concerned and wanted to remove it immediately. The only part that hurt was when she numbed the area and I tried to make pleasant conversation while she removed the mole and bandaged me up (I'm a complete wimp at the doctor's office).
Overall it's healing nicely and was only sore for a day or two afterward, but yesterday she called and said that it was a common form of skin cancer called Basil Cell Carcinoma. I've been trying to be diligent about wearing sunscreen and faking a tan with self tanner, but this is a wakeup call. Like most people I feel like I look better with a hint of a tan, but I'm vowing to have it always be a fake one and load up on SFP from now on.
I have been loyal to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 60, but just spotted Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 and Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment SPF 30 at a trip to Sephora so I may switch things up. I'm vowing to put it on whenever I leave the house.
I typically use L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Wipes, but a friend was just raving about St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan so I may need to pick it up. And in case you make a mistake, I've heard great things about the Bronze Buffer Self-Tan Remover.