sunburn alert

One Blistering Sunburn

One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. 

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You have an 80% increased risk of developing melanoma if you have had five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20. 

The ABCDE's of Melanoma | Melanoma Awareness Month

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. 

Melanoma can be cured if found and treated early. 

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Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in an easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma: 

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A- ASYMMETRICAL SHAPE: MELANOMA LESIONS ARE OFTEN IRREGULAR, OR NOT SYMMETRICAL, IN SHAPE. BENIGN MOLES ARE USUALLY SYMMETRICAL.

B- BORDER: TYPICALLY, NON-CANCEROUS MOLES HAVE SMOOTH, EVEN BORDERS. MELANOMA LESIONS USUALLY HAVE IRREGULAR BORDERS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO DEFINE.

C- COLOR: THE PRESENCE OF MORE THAN ONE COLOR (BLUE, BLACK, BROWN, TAN, ETC.) OR THE UNEVEN DISTRIBUTION OF COLOR CAN SOMETIMES BE A WARNING SIGN OF MELANOMA. BENIGN MOLES ARE USUALLY A SINGLE SHADE OF BROWN OR TAN.

D- DIAMETER: MELANOMA LESIONS ARE OFTEN GREATER THAN 6 MILLIMETERS IN DIAMETER (APPROXIMATELY THE SIZE OF A PENCIL ERASER).

E- EVOLUTION: THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR MOLE(S) HAS BECOME THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO DIAGNOSING A MELANOMA. KNOWING WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. IF A MOLE HAS GONE THROUGH RECENT CHANGES IN COLOR AND/OR SIZE, BRING IT TO THE ATTENTION OF A DERMATOLOGIST IMMEDIATELY. 

If you see one or more of these markings on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Catching melanoma early can make the difference between life and death. See your dermatologist regularly for skin screenings. 

You can also use the Ugly Duckling test to spot any suspicious markings on the body. If you're seeing a mole or marking that doesn't look like the rest, then that's a red flag. Get your skin checked immediately by a dermatologist

Please note: Not all melanomas fall within the ABCDE parameters so visit your dermatologist regularly to catch any potential issues early.

SHOP your UV Wristbands and Stickers to help keep your family protected all summer long!

 

Do You Need To Wear Sunscreen In The Fall?

Fall is here and we're saying a warm hello to cooler weather, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. With all this excitement comes the need for many to retire their sunscreen bottles and sun safety items until next spring and summer. 

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However, it is extremely important to remember sun damage can occur throughout the year, no matter the season. Here are 4 facts that'll make you want to keep your sunscreen a part of your skin regimen this fall and winter season: 

1. Clouds: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds. This is the reason people often end up with serious sunburns on overcast days.

2. Snow: Snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, increasing exposure. 

3. Sunburns: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence (or a total of five sunburns sustained by any age) more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life."

4. Altitude: It is easy to get sunburned at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. According to WebMD, "UV exposure increases about 4% for every 1000 ft (305 m) gain in elevation."

Keep applying your sunscreen and UV stickers/wristbands. Your skin will thank you! 

10 Quick Facts About Sunburn Alert

1. Our UV Wristbands and Stickers make it fun and easy to remember when it's time to reapply sunscreen and seek shade. 

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2. Our patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays.

3. The bands and stickers work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults.

4. They can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

5. Wristbands are adjustable to fit any size wrist- both kids and adults.

6. They can be recycled after one day of use.

7. You can find us in stores! 

8. When the Body Sticker begins turning blue, this is your reminder that your sunscreen is losing its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and you need to reapply to the skin and wristband again.

9. When the band begins turning red, this is your reminder that your sunscreen is losing its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and you need to reapply to the skin and wristband again.

10. They come in 15 and 30 packs.

 

Protecting Your Skin Year Round

...especially while driving! According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body. Scientists have found that front windshields block an average of 96% of UV rays; however side windows only block an average of 71% of UV rays.

Learn how to stay sun protected this fall and winter season by clicking here