The Australian sun makes this skin check indispensable

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Road Test

This week I try … screening for skin cancer

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pure White, $41.Credit:Jennifer Soo

The lowdown I am with leading dermatologist Dr Chris Kearney, whom I see twice a year for a skin check-up. Thanks to my long history under the Australian sun, I’ve experienced a few cancers – basal cell carcinomas, to be exact – which is part of the reason I am obsessed with being sun-safe. The process is simple: strip down and put on a surgical gown while Chris dons a set of souped-up magnifying glasses to examine my skin closely, including the area under my eyes, my scalp and between my toes. He finishes by checking with me to see if I have any spots I’m worried about.

Pain factor Zero.

Downtime An hour.

Results I get the all-clear.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley with Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense ($199, 100ml).Credit:Jennifer Soo

Where to get it Sydney: Sydney Specialist Dermatology; Cost: $285 for a first appointment, $220 for follow-up appointments. Melbourne: Dermatology Institute of Victoria; Cost: $365; follow-ups, $200.

At home Apply sunscreen at all times come rain, hail or shine. Try Invisible Zinc Face & Body SPF50, $20,

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Ask Stephanie

What is the best way to remove eye make-up?

I am a big fan of micellar water for this task. Simply saturate a cotton pad and gently press it to your eye area for a few seconds, then wipe away the make-up. Try Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (, $22).

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