Protecting Your Skin on Skokie's New Approved Bike Path

by Kurt Doyle

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Governor Pat Quinn recently announced that he would invest $155,000 in developing a bike path in Skokie as part of his commitment to green transportation and healthy lifestyles in Illinois. We have to wonder, though, could there be any potential drawbacks to continued sun and harsh weather exposure for bikers—especially after this savage of a winter? Healthy Skin Portal investigates how sun and element exposure could wear away at your skin, and possible solutions- like sunscreen or microdermabrasion.

The money for the path will be given to the Village of Skokie to renovate a 1.18 mile stretch of the North Shore Channel Trail that runs through Northshore Sculpture Park. In a statement, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller extolled the advantages of the project: “Illinois’ growing system of multi-use trails provides Illinois children and families with the perfect opportunity to get outside and connect with nature. As these new trails are completed, they will provide an economic boost because communities that offer diverse recreational opportunities become more attractive to new families and businesses.”

Skokie State Representative Lou Lang cited further positive aspects: “This new bicycle path will not only make Skokie more connectable, but will help to draw more bicycle traffic from the North Shore Channel Trail to the downtown Skokie area, so they can experience the many restaurants and stores the city has to offer. I am encouraged by projects like this that are putting Illinoisans back to work and helping our local economy by providing much-needed jobs for area construction workers.”

These are all legitimate benefits to Skokie and its population. And on the individual level, the bike path will offer a wonderful place to bike for fun and exercise. If you’re a Skokie resident who wants to live a healthy, active lifestyle, this is great news! One downside, however, could be the effect of lots of biking on your skin. Regular biking would expose your skin to the sun in nice weather and to the wind and harsh elements in bad weather, all of which can lead to damage and aging effects. However, there’s an easy solution that allows you to bike away and still have healthy, youthful-looking skin: Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a safe, affordable, time-tested skin rejuvenation treatment option that can recharge your look, painlessly buffing away dry, damaged skin cells while encouraging the rise of new, natural collagen: the building blocks of clear, vibrant, youthful skin. The device used in Microdermabrasion treatments emits a pressurized stream of crystals on the skin's surface, with aluminum oxide being the most common. Aluminum oxide is chemically inert, making it the safe, secure microderm treatment most professionals prefer. Other crystals are sometimes used and there are even alternative, crystal-free treatments like Vibraderm™, but whichever Microdermabrasion system you choose, each one is designed to gently slough off dead skin, eliminate blackheads, shrink large pores, and leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

In addition to being effective, Microdermabrasion treatments have the added advantages of being affordable and brief. Each treatment lasts only 30-45 minutes. Frequency varies; some people only want a single treatment for rejuvenation, while others opt for regular treatments to keep their skin looking healthy and youthful. Regular treatments often start at twice per month, but over time can be reduced to once a month as part of a consistent skin care routine.

If you’re looking forward to hitting the bike path and don’t want to worry about what the sun and wind will do to your skin, look into Microdermabrasion and see if it’s right for you. You can find more information at or contact us for a free consultation.

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