Get a skin checkEvgeniy Kalinovskiy/Shutterstock
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other types of cancer combined, reports The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is why getting an annual skin check is imperative. “We’re living in a time of skin cancer epidemic—one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetimes, so earlier detection and earlier treatment are absolutely critical,” says Jeffrey S. Fromowitz, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Boca Raton, Florida. Schedule your annual checkup before the sunny days of summer arrive.
Familiarize yourself with the EWG’s “Clean Fifteen”SEE D JAN/Shutterstock
Make two copies each of the Environmental Working Group’s 2018 “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” lists, which rank this summer’s cleanest and dirtiest produce, from a pesticides’ perspective. Research has linked exposure to these chemicals with potential fertility and neurological problems. Tape one copy to your fridge and keep one in your wallet—that way you’ll always have a handy reminder of which summer superfoods have the least amount of pesticide residue (avocados and sweet corn) and which hang on to the most (strawberries). Don’t worry, just because something makes the dirty list doesn’t mean you need to abstain altogether—just wash those items extra well before consuming. Give these summer foods that are healthier than you thought a try too.