It doesn’t matter who you are: everyone struggles with their skin sometimes. In our weekly BellaPelle Recommends feature, we take a look at some high-profile skin problems, and show you that you don’t have to be rich to solve celebrity-grade skin problems.
Gay, straight, male, female...we don’t care who you are, Ewan McGregor is a fine figure of a man. Always charming, always charismatic and apparently a pleasure to work with, he’s had roles ranging from romantic lead to wise Jedi; from coked-up junkie to action hero. As a star actor, he’s always in shape, and, like any celebrity, he has plenty of access to quality skincare, but frequent filming out in the sun and exposed to the elements has caused its own set of problems, as in 2008 Ewan McGregor underwent treatment for skin cancer.
McGregor was talking about one of his many characteristic moles, which turned out to be cancerous. Skin cancer is a risk for anyone who spends time in the sun, and it’s especially dangerous if, like Ewan, your job sometimes demands being exposed to the elements. Proper protection against the sun can not only reduce the risk of skin cancer, but can help fight premature aging and fine lines, and preserve skin elasticity later in life.
Just like Ewan did, the best thing you can do if you spend a lot of time in the sun is to have regular checkups by a dermatologist. Only a professional will be able to tell you whether that mole on your cheek is just a beauty spot or a potentially dangerous melanoma, but it never hurts to have it checked.
But before things even get that far, there is plenty someone like Ewan McGregor could do to reduce the risk of skin cancer before even stepping outside. A sunscreen, particularly one with a moisturizer, is an outdoor worker’s best friend. The sunscreen protects against harmful radiation, while the moisturizer keeps the skin hydrated in the heat and maximises the sunscreen’s benefit. Apply your sunscreen 15-20 minutes before going outside, and make sure you reapply every two or three hours, and be particularly diligent in places where you have hair, like your scalp and eyebrows. It’s very easy to let the sunscreen sit on the hairs instead of working it into the skin where it will actually do some good!
Luckily for Ewan, he usually gets some down time between film shoots, which gives him the perfect opportunity to give his skin some TLC. If you’ve been spending time in the sun and want to get your skin back to fighting fit, consider treating yourself to a facial with plant extracts to help fight skin cancer. Stem cells from broccoli and radishes have anticarcinogenic properties, while cucumber extract can help soothe inflammation and itching from sunburn.