That’s right. Sunscreen. As we move into the warmer months, wearing sunscreen remains as important as ever in our daily skincare routine. Living at high altitude means that we are so much closer to the sun and need to apply sunscreen every day.
In the world of skincare we talk so often about protecting our skin and how to avoid things like premature aging and permanent skin damage. What we don’t always talk about is the big C word. We all know it’s out there. Many of us know someone who has been diagnosed. We all think, “It could never happen to me”.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. The rate of diagnosis in Colorado is 15% higher than that of the national average, putting all of us who live here at a higher risk than our friends across the country. It may be winter, but that does not mean that we should stop protecting our skin, especially if you are like me and enjoy being outside all summer.
Meet Emily, one of our All Over Beautiful clients. Emily is a beautiful, smart, fair skinned woman in her early 20’s. As a recent graduate from Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Emily spends her time as a nanny and personal chef for a local family. Emily always wore sunscreen, never tanned – yet today she is a survivor.
It was Emily’s dad who first noticed a mole that had started to look unnatural. He asked her to get it checked out at the doctor and, after a few tests, they found out it was indeed cancerous.
Through it all, she couldn’t stop asking, “Why did I get cancer? Why me? Why am I going through this?”
While the experience was challenging, Emily said that going through it made her more aware of what is going on with her skin and inspired her to take better care of her skin as a result. “It was a wake up call,” she explained, “I never did anything wrong to my skin or exposed it purposefully, but I wasn’t helping it either.”
Post cancer, Emily’s daily skincare routine consists of a gentle exfoliation followed by m.pulse m.mortal hyaluronic acid serum and two layers of m.press day cream to keep her face moisturized. She then applies sunscreen before putting on makeup for the day.
Once a month, Emily visits AOB to see Seabron, Medical Aesthetician, for a facial, which really helps with her dry skin and she laughs as she tells me that it’s really nice to relax for an hour given her busy schedule with the kids!
Emily describes her experience with AOB as relaxing and professional. She explained that, before seeing Seabron, she had been seeing another aesthetician and was nervous to switch providers. Seabron made her feel really comfortable by checking in with her and walking her through the treatments.
When I asked Emily about what All Over Beautiful means to her, she said, “Inner beauty and inner happiness coming out makes you look and feel the most beautiful!” Throughout our meeting, I could see Emily’s inner beauty and happiness shine through in our conversation. She truly is All Over Beautiful!
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* Statistics presented come from: EPA.gov and CDC.gov