LEXINGTON, Ky. - We all know that sunbathing and indoor tanning are dangerous habits that can lead to harmful consequences. Indoor tanning is a proven human carcinogen and we've all seen the leather-like results that too much tanning can have on your skin. In a culture that places an importance on looking your best, the emphasis on tanning can be a dangerous message. This May, it's time to make some changes in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a sun-worshipper, make it a point to learn preventive measures against the harmful rays of the sun while visiting the spa.
"As a melanoma survivor, I can personally attest to the importance of regular screenings and arming yourself with the tools offered at spas to protect yourself," said ISPA President Lynne McNees. "It's particularly important for teens to hear about the harmful effects of the sun at an early age, and the spa is the perfect place for them to learn how to properly care for their skin."
Indoor tanning isn't the only danger; too much time at the beach, pool or anywhere outdoors can lead to dangerous results. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually making it the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Even more disparaging news - up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. It's time to be proactive about sun protection and ISPA members are helping you with products and treatments aimed to prevent and repair sun damage.
"Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a great opportunity for everyone to think about their skin and how to protect it," said Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic and ISPA's Medical Advisor. "It's especially important if you have increased risk factors for skin cancer such as fair skin, a history of sunburns or lots of moles."
Seen too much sun? These aloe based treatments will sooth the burn and repair parched skin:
- Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Scottsdale, AZ - Cucumber Aloe Vera Wrap will heal skin while your feet are massaged and your scalp is soothed with a conditioning treatment. 50 minutes, $165
- One Ocean Resort Hotel and Spa, Atlantic Beach, FL - Soothing Aloe Wrap includes a cooling lavender mist, healing aloe gel and rosehip lotion nourishes skin and restores moisture balance. 50 minutes, $115
- The Spa at The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV - Aloe Restoration Wrap replenishes the body's moisture reserves while you enjoy a revitalizing scalp and back massage. 50 minutes, $155
- SpaTerre at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA - Dilo Rescue Wrap is a calming sunburn treatment including a blend of cold pressed dilo and coconut oils, aloe vera and passion fruit extract. 25 minutes, $75
- Vdara Health & Beauty Spa, Las Vegas, NV - Aloe & Chamomile Sun Repair Facial reverses sun damage and aids in cellular regeneration. An environmental defense mask and botanical skin brightener lightens hyper-pigmentation. 60 minutes, $135
View a full list of ISPA members' sun care treatments and products and get sun smart during May.
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