May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and around the time when many of us begin to think about sun protection. After all, the temps are rising, the sun is shining, and we’re leaving behind memories of snow and frigid winds. But sun care is a year-round commitment!

We’re committed to keeping skin healthy and beautiful, and preventative sun care is the best way to do that. Read on for more on what we’re doing on our mission to raise awareness and provide the best care for our clients and ourselves.

Melanoma training with Dr. Sarina Elmariah

To aid in our mission for advanced education and top customer service, our aestheticians recently attended a melanoma training with Mass General Hospital Dermatologist Dr. Sarina Elmariah, in which they learned about signs to watch out for on clients’ skin.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, but is almost always curable if recognized and treated early according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. Symptoms can include new or changing moles, scaly patches, bumps, or other changes in skin. Dr. Elmariah refreshed our aestheticians’ knowledge of the ABCDEs of melanoma moles: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving.

Massage Therapist Chrissy B. attended the presentation and was able to compare moles and better learn what is normal. She noted that raised and irregular moles, and especially bleeding moles, are a cause for concern. “If I see an irregular mole on my client, I’ll ask if they are aware of it,” Chrissy said.

Got sun damage?

We know that talking about skin cancer can be a little scary. But the truth is that most people have some sun damage, and there are ways to help. Firstly, prevention of future sun damage (see below)! Regular self exams and yearly medical checkups are highly important to monitor any new or changing moles or skin conditions. There are also products such as Environ® and certain laser services that can treat symptoms like wrinkles, brown spots, and uneven skin tone. Get more information in our previous Ways to Help Sun Damage blog.

Sun protection with MDSolarSciences

At INTERLOCKS, we’re serious about sun care to stay healthy and beautiful. That’s why we carry sun protection products fromMDSolarSciences™ in our Beauty Apothecary. We love this brand because they’re top-quality and top-rated by EcoCert, the Environmental Working Group, and the Skin Cancer Foundation. They don’t have the typical sunscreen texture and smell—it’s more like protective skincare.

Learn more about a few of our faves below, then visit us to try these hard-working SPF products.

Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 | $70

The lightweight anti-aging lotion combines broad spectrum protection with a blend of time-released moisturizers and humectants to help keep skin hydrated and safe from the sun’s harmful rays. Collagen, antioxidants, caffeine, and niacinamide help reduce signs of UV-induced damage, restoring skin’s radiance and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 | $20

Convenient and portable, this non-whitening formula glides on flawlessly and delivers powerful mineral protection that is perfect for on-the-go application. Lightweight and water-resistant up to 80 minutes, this oil-free formula helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer and is gentle enough for the whole family – even kids 6 months and older.

MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 | $41

This multifaceted mineral BB crème provides sheer coverage and anti-aging benefits in a luxurious whipped formula. The matte finish makes this product an excellent primer for makeup or the perfect finishing touch to your beauty routine.