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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and since skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, I wanted to share some tips on how to protect and love the skin you’re in.

Did you know every hour of every day one American dies from melanoma? That’s approximately 10,000 per year.

Here are some EASY things you can do to protect yourself:

  • ALWAYS wear sunscreen and reapply as necessary. If you can see your shadow, the sun can see you! Consult your esthetician and see what they recommend for your skin type.
  • Get skin checks regularly
  • Know your skin and watch for new moles, freckles, and blemishes. If you do see something concerning, consult your dermatologist.
  • Never use an indoor tanning bed. Spray tans look just as natural and aren’t bad for your skin.
  • Wear a hat and sun protective clothing.
  • Find shaded areas and avoid the sun between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. when the UV rays are most intense.

Protect yourself, and remember, “The sun’s hot, skin cancer’s not!”