Sun-Kissed Danger: Storied Beauty's Guide to Skin Cancer Awareness


 Sun-Kissed Danger: SB's Guide to Skin Cancer Awareness

As we embrace the warmth of May and bask in the rejuvenating rays of the sun, it's crucial to shed light on a sobering reality: skin cancer. As a skincare concierge service, we are passionate about empowering individuals to not only look their best but also safeguard their skin's health. May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to delve into this topic and equip you with essential knowledge to protect your skin.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in both the United States and worldwide? Shockingly, statistics reveal that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Moreover, more than 2 people succumb to skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.

Did you also know that tanned skin is actually damaged skin? One particularly alarming fact is that having 5 or more sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. This shows the importance of practicing sun safety diligently, especially during outdoor activities and prolonged sun exposure.

In the United States alone, the reality shows that more than 9,500 people receive a skin cancer diagnosis each day. This means that at least one in five Americans will confront skin cancer by the age of 70. In fact, the incidence of skin cancer diagnoses consumes that of all other cancers combined.

With these facts in mind, it's evident that proactive measures are extremely important in the fight against skin cancer. Here are five preventative steps to shield yourself from the potential dangers of skin cancer:

  1. Sunscreen, Your Shield: Make sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays) a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine. Opt for a minimum SPF of 30 and reapply every two hours, especially if you're swimming or sweating. Our favorites are mineral sunscreens Plumscreen, SPF 31, or holi (soleil) SPF 50 reapplied every 2 hours using the 2 finger rule. 

  1. Seek Shade: When the sun's rays are strongest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., seek shade whenever possible. Whether it's under an umbrella, tree, or canopy, minimizing direct exposure during peak hours can significantly reduce your risk.
  2. Sun-Protective Clothing: Invest in clothing designed to provide UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) coverage, effectively acting as a physical barrier against harmful UV radiation. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses with UV protection, and if necessary, long-sleeved shirts and pants offer added defense.
  3. Stay Sun-Savvy: Be mindful of your outdoor activities and take precautions accordingly. Whether you're gardening, hiking, or lounging by the pool, plan ahead and prioritize sun safety measures.
  4. Regular Skin Checks: Perform self-examinations of your skin regularly, keeping an eye out for any changes in moles, freckles, or new growths. Additionally, schedule annual skin cancer screenings with a dermatologist for comprehensive evaluation and early detection.

By arming yourself with knowledge and adopting proactive skincare habits, you can minimize your risk of sun damage. Let's make skin cancer awareness more than just a month-long observance—it's a lifelong commitment to prioritizing our skin's health and well-being. We at Storied Beauty love a glow more than anyone, but there are dozens of amazing self-tanners on the market and ways to reach that bronzed look without compromising your health. 

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“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” - Coco Chanel

- Coco Chanel