With summer’s rays almost upon us, it’s the best time of year to fill your clients in on the do’s and don’ts of sun exposure.
Skin cancer may be one of the fastest growing diseases in recent years. The Skin Cancer Foundation reveals an estimated 350% increase in instances over the past 15 years.
Spa professionals—who are regularly in close contact with clients’ dermis—are in a unique position to promote skin cancer detection. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and there are a variety of resources to help you spread the word about this deadly, but largely preventable disease.
SpaFinder, a global spa resource, is teaming up with thousands of facilities to distribute photosensitive wristbands that change colors when exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. The bracelets are at the centerpiece of the SpaFinder Melanoma Initiative. It educates the public about the prevention and detection of melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer. The white wristbands feature a metal faceplate engraved with the Melanoma Initiative’s motto, “I Will Reflect.” The phrase reminds wearers to keep in mind these five melanoma prevention tips—included in the bracelet’s packing:
• Be sun and skin smart.
• Wear sunscreen year-round.
• Use a minimum SPF-15 sunscreen.
• Have an annual full-body mole check by a dermatologist.
• Share this important message with others.
Spa owners interested in distributing the wristbands can purchase them in quantities of 30 or more for $2 each. Proceeds go toward melanoma research and programs to raise awareness. SpaFinder has also partnered with facilities around the globe. It’s enlisting therapists and estheticians to encourage clients to apply sunscreen regularly and schedule yearly check-ups with a dermatologist.
For more information, please visit the company’s website.
To read about the latest advancements in sunscreen skin care, pick up the May issue of DAYSPA. —Katie O’Reilly