Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Training Eyes To Save Lives: Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and in today's blog, we are talking with our Clinic Manager, Kimberley, all about how our team of expert clinicians are "training eyes to save lives". Here's what Kimberley had to say...
I am definitely missing being in clinic and treating my wonderful patients, but I hope everyone is staying safe and well. I'm looking forward to being back in clinic once it is safe to do so, but during lockdown and while I have a bit more time on my hands, I have been further enhancing my knowledge to help my patients even more when I am back in clinic.
I am proud to say that I have already helped so many of my patients when it comes to the early detection of skin cancer, but you can never stop learning. I always strive to have the best knowledge possible in order to help others. That's why I recently completed the "Training Eyes To Save Lives" MASCED PRO professional skin cancer awareness course.
The MASCED PRO (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) online Training Programme has been developed by national melanoma and skin cancer charity, Skcin, to significantly raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer and to promote the early detection of melanoma to improve prognosis and save lives.
The course provides practitioners like myself the knowledge and ability to identify the early signs and symptoms of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer in order to direct patients to the most appropriate services following the identification of suspicious lesions.
We should all know by now that sunscreen is the non-negotiable skincare step that everyone should be incorporating into their regime regardless of age, skin type or skin colour. Failure to protect skin from harmful UV rays not only accelerates the ageing process, causes discolouration and hyperpigmentation, but lack of such protection can also lead to skin cancer.
So whilst we are on the topic, let's talk about sunscreens!
Due to lockdown, more people than ever will be spending the summer months at home and thanks to the notoriously terrible British climate, people often underestimate the importance of applying sunscreen. Protecting your skin every day - regardless of the temperature or weather forecast - is imperative for protecting against sun damage that could lead to skin cancer.
Types of UV and light
UVA - present all year round even when it's cloudy. UVA rays not only cause premature skin ageing but can also damage skin health.
UVB - damages skin and causes skin to burn in direct sunlight. UVB rays are the main cause of skin cancer.
Visible light and Infrared - these are aspects of daylight that cause damage to skin, although less than UV rays.
Top tips when choosing and using a sunscreen
1. Expiry Dates
Yes! Sunscreens expire too. Most sunscreens sold in the UK and EU will have an open jar icon on the packaging. This shows how long they will last once opened. Check this against when you remember buying and beginning to use your sunscreen to know when it's ready to throw out and replace with a new SPF.
2. Be wary of “once a day sunscreens
Once a day doesn't really mean once a day. Sun protection should be re-applied every two hours, check out our blog all about applying & re-applying your SPF.
3. Choose a broad spectrum SPF
Choose a product that is broad-spectrum, which means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, but also infrared radiation (IR) and high energy visible light (HEV). That's why we love the Mesoestetic Mesoprotech sunscreen range.
4. The magic SPF number is 30
According to the British Association of Dermatologists, you should “use a high protection sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
5. Choose a product that you enjoy applying (and re-applying)
Once you've found a sunscreen you love, you'll enjoy wearing it every day.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Given our current "locked down lives", we know it's important to enjoy the little things and if this glorious weather is here to stay, you should absolutely enjoy it! But always ensure you're keeping your skin protected; after all, you only get one!
We're here for you
Although our clinic may be closed for now, don't forget we are still here to help and answer all your skincare questions. You can contact our clinic team for remote consultations, product reviews and any general or individual skincare advice on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help, so please stay in contact and use us as often as needed to continue your skin health journey.
Our online shop continues to operate as normal, following government guidelines, so you can continue to purchase the skincare products you love. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team on email@example.com or call 0113 282 7744.
Written for you by: Kimberley, Face the Future
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