Suppose I give you a dapper suit or a stunning dress.
This is the most exquisite dress or suit you have ever come across. I tell you that I am going to give it to you for free. You glance over the amazing outfit, and the retail price tag catches your eye: $2 million! You are ecstatic! There is not one wrinkle within the fabric, and the material is silk smooth. Nothing can compare. In the summer, it cools you off. In the winter, it gives warmth. The outfit is waterproof and protects you from the elements. You can't wait to put it on! I am willing to give it to you right now, but before you go....
Two conditions come with this outfit. The first is you must safeguard it. While it is very sturdy and resistant to damage, it has one kryptonite- the sun. The longer it stays out in the sun, the more worn and leathery it starts to appear. If it gets too much sun, it may start to rip over time. The only other condition is you have to wear the outfit everyday. You smile- it's more charming than anything you have ever worn (let alone laid eyes on) so why wouldn’t you want to wear it 24/7? You rush home to try it on....how will you take care of this outfit? Would you wear it for long periods of time in the sun?
Our skin is our wonderful suit, which is worth way more than $2 million. Without our skin we would not survive. We have one shot to get it right with our skin- if we mess it up, we can't take it in for an exchange. If we get skin cancer, we can’t rewind and start over. We can’t send our skin back for an exchange. You and I are incredibly lucky to have an organ as amazing as the skin. Let's take excellent care of beautiful skin!
Woman overlooking city- Elias Arias
Man wearing suit- Javier Reyes
Woman sitting by bridge- Laura Chouette
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