Summer is almost here, and it’s SO easy to forget about the dangers of sun exposure. We totally get it. The sun feels so good, especially after that never-ending the-air-hurts-my-face, winter we had. But look, if you have had five or more sunburns, your melanoma risk doubles! True, you don’t immediately see wrinkles and fine lines after one day in the sun. It takes 10 to 20 years for long-term sun exposure to catch up with the surface of your skin. Sun dissolves the collagen and elastin in your deeper skin levels, so you may not notice a sunburn, but the UV damage is impacting the key components which keep skin young and healthy looking. In short, the risks of tanning in the sun outweigh the rewards. A spray tan is still the best way to be bronzed without the burn!
At The Glow Lounge, we take skin cancer awareness seriously. Over the past 3 decades, people have developed skin cancer more than any other cancer COMBINED. The rate of skin cancer is increasing in women under 45. With our #GlowforGood campaign, we are trying to highlight the dangers of the sun and tanning and promote UV protection and healthy tanning alternatives. About 86 percent of melanomas are linked to ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure from the sun and tanning beds. This means skin cancer was likely preventable with healthy sun protection practices.
Daily sunscreen, sun protective clothing and self-awareness play a key role in skin cancer prevention. Early detection and knowing what to look for while doing your monthly skin check may just save your life. Be sure to make a mental note of any suspicious or changing moles using the ABC’s:
A - ASYMMETRY
- The easiest way to check for asymmetry is to draw a line in the middle of the mole. The two halves should match!
- The edges of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, crusty or notched.
- Healthy moles are uniform in color. A variety of colors, especially white or blue, is bad.
- Although they can be smaller, melanomas are usually larger in diameter than a pencil eraser.
- Mole changes in size, shape, color or begins to bleed + scab are all signs of danger!
Remember to apply sunscreen daily and reapply frequently to be fully protected. Do skin self-checks every month using the ABC’s and see a board-certified dermatologist for an annual skin exam and if you notice any suspicious spots or moles. If you do your best to play it safe in the sun, you will be less likely to sunburn, develop skin damage and skin cancer. Get your glow on safely.
Join us this summer as we Glow for Good, how do you practice sun safety?