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Sun-Savvy Treatments to Promote Melanoma Awareness

As many of you know, SpaFinder is dedicated to promoting sun safety, especially during May, which is Melanoma Awareness Month. We’re excited to share with you what select sun-savvy spas across the country are doing to bring attention to this important cause.

Take a cue from the following spas while promoting your own treatments this month – these glowing SpaRahRah! specials are definitely something to cheer about.

Enigma Medi Spa: Philadelphia
Save 50% on Award-Winning Facial + Medical Grade Sunscreen at Enigma Medi Spa.

Relaxed Day Spa: Washington, D.C.
Save 60% on THREE Full Body Spray Tanning Sessions at Washington D.C.’s Relaxed Day Spa.

Destiny Beauty & Wellness: New York
Save 50% on Massage (or Reflexology) Plus Microdermabrasion at Destiny Beauty & Wellness.
*Destiny Spa’s owner, Linda Orhun, is also giving sun-smart SpaRahRah-ers a Guinot sunscreen application.

Le Petite Rose Day Spa: San Francisco
Save 50% and Combat the Effect of Sun Damage with Radiancy™ Micro-Phototherapy at La Petite Rose Day Spa.

Vida Emanuel: Los Angeles
Save 79% on THREE Full Body Spray Tanning Sessions at Vida Emanuel in Beverly Hills.

mySpa at the InterContinental Miami: Miami
50% Off of a Day at mySpa at the InterContinental Miami, with True Transformation Facial.
*mySpa is also supporting Melanoma Awareness Week with a COOLA™ sunscreen evaluation.

Learn more about melanoma awareness here.

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Get Ready! May Is Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma AwarenessMay is Melanoma Awareness Month and as most of our spa partners know, SpaFinder is a longtime supporter of the cause.  SpaFinder’s Melanoma Initiative has been our main philanthropic cause for several years, after our spa industry colleague and friend Alex Szekely, former president of the Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta, died of melanoma at the age of 44. SpaFinder President Susie Ellis was inspired to make it SpaFinder’s mission to educate others about melanoma awareness and prevention.

"I Will Reflect" Melanoma Awareness BraceletsSpaFinder’s “I Will Reflect” melanoma bracelets continue to grow in popularity. Bracelet sales have reached over 30,000 within the last few years, with proceeds going toward melanoma research. The “I Will Reflect” bracelet has a clear wristband that turns purple when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, reminding the wearer to apply sunscreen or find some shade.

What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. The disease begins in skin cells called melanocytes. These cells make melanin, which gives skin its pigment and also protects deep layers of the skin from the sun’s UV rays.  When skin receives too much UV light, melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous melanoma.

SpaFinder urges you to spread the word to your clients, friends, and family about the dangers of melanoma, which accounts for more than 65,000 new cases a year — and claims the lives of 11,000 of those diagnosed. It is with early detection that this disease can be stopped.

What SpaFinder is doing:

  • Offering the “I Will Reflect” bracelet for consumers and spa partners to raise awareness about early melanoma detection & prevention.
  • Spotlighting spa partners who offer treatments, events, and initiatives for Melanoma Awareness on the Club Spa blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Planning editorial features on the Club Spa blog including:
    • Sunless Tanning Spa Treatments and DIY Sunless Tanning Products
    • “Share Your Melanoma Story” open forum on the blog, aimed at creating an open space for visitors to share their experiences
    • Spotlight on The Big C – Laura Linney’s character on the new Showtime drama has melanoma
    • Sunscreens, makeup and lip balms that protect
    • SpaFinder will be making an annual donation towards melanoma awareness
    • We are offering our SpaFinder’s Melanoma Initiative as a great resource to our spa partners and consumers to educate them on prevention and tips.

What you can do:

  • Encourage your massage therapists and estheticians to discuss sun safety with clients.  It is also a good tie-in to selling your own sunscreens.  Along those lines, it is a good idea to display your sunscreens prominently and let it be known (through signage, etc.) that your business supports the Melanoma Awareness Initiative.
  • Offer the Melanoma “I Will Reflect” Bracelets to your customers as a gift or for purchase.
  • Hold an event related to Melanoma Awareness.
  • Link to SpaFinder’s Melanoma Initiative on your website to provide a resource to your customers.  Our page is chockfull of information, including:

How to Spot Melanoma
Melanoma Prevention Tips

Are You at Risk

Link & Resource


To find out more about the SpaFinder Melanoma Initiative and to purchase SpaFinder’s “I Will Reflect” bracelet,  contact Katelyn Franklin at katelyn.franklin@spafinder.com, or visit https://www.spafinder.com/melanoma.

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month – Help Spread the Word

MelanomabraceletsAs most of our spa partners know, SpaFinder’s Melanoma Initiative has been our main philanthropic cause for the past few years. After our spa industry colleague and friend Alex Szekely, former president of the Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta, died of melanoma at the age of 44, SpaFinder President Susie Ellis made it SpaFinder’s mission to help educate others about melanoma awareness and prevention.
 
SpaFinder’s “I Will Reflect” melanoma bracelets continue to grow in popularity. Bracelet sales have reached over 30,000 within the last few years, with proceeds going toward melanoma research. The “I Will Reflect” bracelet has a clear wristband that turns purple when exposed to ultra violet light, reminding the wearer to apply sunscreen or find some shade.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. The disease begins in skin cells called melanocytes. These cells make melanin, which gives skin its pigment and also protects deep layers of the skin from the sun’s UV rays.  When skin receives too much UV light, melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous melanoma.

How to spot Melanoma?

In many cases, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole.  Melanoma can also appear on the body as a new mole. Most melanomas have a black or blue-black area and may appear abnormal.

For men, melanoma often appears between the shoulders and hips, on the head, and the neck. Women most commonly find melanoma on the lower legs, palms of hands, on the soles of feet, and even under the fingernails or toenails. Although these are the most common places on the body for melanomas to appear, they can appear anywhere on the skin, hence it is important to perform routine self-examinations and get an annual head-to-toe skin check from your dermatologist.

 

Did you know?

  • UV exposure is greatest when the sun is highest in the sky between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is also greatest in the summer, at higher altitudes, and nearer the equator.
  • Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog.
  • Fresh snow reflects back about 85 percent of the sun’s rays; water reflects back about 5 percent of the sun’s rays; concrete reflects back 10 to 12 percent of the sun’s rays.
  • Protecting your skin during the first 18 years of life can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78 percent.
  • Studies have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas.


SpaFinder urges you to spread the word to your clients, friends, and family about the dangers of melanoma, which accounts for more than 65,000 new cases a year, claiming 11,000 of those diagnosed their lives. It is with early detection that this disease can be stopped.

To find out more about SpaFinder Melanoma Initiative or to purchase SpaFinder’s “I Will Reflect” bracelet, please visit https://www.spafinder.com/melanoma or contact Loreen Guertin at 212-716-1167 or lguertin@spafinder.com.

* Source: melanoma.com, skincancer.org

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