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Compass B e au ty SUN SALUTATIONS Living in South Florida, we all have a high risk of excessive sun exposure. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet rays change the skin, causing wrinkles, brown spots and, more importantly, increasing the risk for a variety of skin cancers to develop. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today, with cure rates up to 99%. This procedure is a precise method of tumor removal in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. The procedure was developed by Frederic Mohs, M.D., in the 1930s and has been refined throughout the years. It relies on surgically removing the cancer in stages, one tissue layer at a time, and examining the tissue with a microscope to trace and ensure removal of the skin cancer. Mohs Surgery is so unique and effective because of the way in which the surgically removed tissue is examined, evaluating 100% of the margins. The advantage of this type of surgery is that it ensures complete cancer removal, while minimizing the amount of healthy tissue loss. This reduces any chance of cancer regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. T.J. Giuffrida is currently the Director of the Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Coral Gables. He’s a Board-Certified Dermatologist and distinguished by being one of the few Fellowship- Trained Mohs Surgeons in South Florida; MiamiDermCenter.com. › 34 OUR BIGGEST STAR The sun provides us with the light we need to survive and aides in energizing that skip in our step, but if we don’t learn early on how to protect ourselves from its intense rays, our skin ultimately pays the price. TEX T BY FR ANCESCA CRUZ AFTER-SUN EXPOSURE CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray is a refreshing, milky emulsion providing deep, hydrating moisture while calming & soothing flushed sensitive skin. It brings instant relief to itching, burning, irritated and inflamed skin caused by sun exposure, rosacea, eczema, rashes, laser treatments, chemical peels, waxing, minor burns and radiation treatments; $34 (6 oz.); GBSBeauty.com. ROSY & SUNKISSED Who wants to bake in the sun to look sun-kissed? Go the faux-sun route with Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Brick. From pastel pink to cranberry hues, it’s a great way to add color to your cheeks. It’s like carrying a scoop of sun wherever you go; $46; BobbiBrownCosmetics.com. SUNNY DISPOSITION The Olive Enzyme Rick Balm Cleanser from Dimitri James is rich in polyphenols and skin-resurfacing enzymes. This water-free, super-rich, nightly cleansing balm dissolves dirt, makeup, daily grime, pollution and dead skin cells. It’s so gentle it even removes eye makeup as it softens skin; $24 (4 oz.); Store.Skinn.com.