Monday, May 17, 2010

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month so it is my duty as a Esthetician to bring a few important messages to your attention. First and foremost it alarms me to know that 50% of Americans still don’t use sunscreen when one if five people will develop skin cancer during the course of a lifetime.

If you are one of those people or know someone who is, take the time this month to get educated or educate someone and help save a life. I'm not going to lie, I have dabbled in the tanning bed a few times, and I am a beach baby as well. HOWEVER, as I've educated myself not only for my profession but for my overall health I have learned the hard way that the Sun is NOT your best friend.

Do yourself a favor, be responsible about your skin. Get checked by a dermatologist to make sure all those moles, freckles, etc are NOT Skin Cancer. Its a scary thing to think about yes, but it can happen. Wear sunscreen EVERYDAY on your face. I don't care if you live where the sun don't shine, wear it. I love when I have clients tell me oh I never go out in the sun so I don't have to wear it. Yes you do. You drive to work, grocery store, etc...the sun penetrates through the windows in your car. Um yeah you may not "literally" be out in the sun but you are still putting yourself at risk. So be responsible, teach your kids early what the importance of sunscreen and taking care of your skin means. It is our biggest organ and it needs as much protection as possible.

La Roche-Posay recently launched so you can join the cause. For each person that joins the cause, a donation is made to the Women’s Dermatologic Society and Skin Cancer Foundation to help educate people on sun protection. You can also find out information on sun safety and locate a derm near you to get your skin checked.