A Note From Our Founder And Melanoma Survivor, Pamela Hill

 

To all sun gods and goddesses, tanning bed goers, “I’ll just wear a T-shirt in the sun to protect me” thinkers, and “it’s just skin cancer” believers, trust us when we say protecting your skin from the sun IS IMPORTANT.

Take Pamela Hill’s advice. Pamela is the Founder and CEO of Pamela Metamorphosis. She’s an A+ sun lover, a sunscreen wearer and a melanoma survivor. Yes, we bet you didn’t know that last fact about her.

It’s not because “it’s her job” that she preaches “wear your sunscreen!”
It’s because she’s been burned by the sun in more ways than one and doesn’t want anyone she loves, treats or knows to have to go through what she did. As a Colorado native with over 25 years of experience in skin care, she is a huge advocate for sun protection. Her battles with melanoma have opened her eyes to a different side of skin care…one that puts even more emphasis on preventative aging measures and taking precautions to care for your skin the RIGHT way. It also confirmed her steadfast belief that the best advocate for your health can be no one else but you.

While she wears her sunscreen now, Pamela grew up when sunscreen wasn’t important, or more correctly, non-existent. The “thing to do” for both women and men alike was to lather themselves in baby oil to get a better tan or in many cases, a blistering sunburn. The unfortunate reality is that one blistering sunburn is all it takes to double your chances of developing melanoma later in life. If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable – but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body where it becomes harder to treat.

Pamela has had more than one encounter with melanoma. She originally found a spot on her leg, then on her abdomen, and this time around it was located just next to her eye on her right temple. While we are relieved to report that Pamela’s diagnosis is in situ, which means it is localized to that particular spot and has not spread, she did have to remove a large portion of the area to ensure nothing would grow around it. 

This story isn’t meant to make you sad or even to scare you. It’s meant to enlighten and empower you. This procedure leaves Pamela with a rather noticeable scar, one that can’t be hidden, but really isn’t worth hiding if it means encouraging others to do their skin checks and pair up with a healthcare professional to help monitor their skin health.

Melanoma does not discriminate by age, race or gender.
While people with fairer skin are at greater risk, following the prevention tips below are in everyone’s best interest:

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days, year-round. Use a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Make sure to then apply approximately one ounce of sunscreen (a shot-glassful) and apply it around 15 minutes before sun exposure .Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen is just one component of sun safety. Remember that just because you’re wearing sunscreen, it doesn’t mean you can spend unlimited time in the sun. 

Protect Yourself 

Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when possible. Also make sure to seek shade as much as you can. Take into consideration that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Avoid Reflective Surfaces

Use extra caution near reflective environments. Water, snow and sand reflect and magnify the damaging rays of the sun, increasing your chance of sunburn.

Avoid Burning 

We get it. Sometimes sunburns seem inevitable when you live an active lifestyle, but we’re here to tell you that there are ways to avoid them. Just keep in mind that severe sunburns, especially during childhood, increase your risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. 

Say No To Tanning 

Tanning has gained popularity over the past few decades. Skin cancer had a reputation of only effecting people in an older generation. With tanning bed usage on the rise, skin cancer rates in younger people have steadily increased. This is a trend we will never get behind. 

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is without a doubt a necessary vitamin in everyone’s lifestyle. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you have to risk skin cancer just to be healthy. Replace vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements if recommended by your doctor.

Understand Your Medication 

Certain prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

Secondary prevention focuses on the early detection of melanoma. This includes both monthly self-examinations of your skin and yearly skin examinations by your physician.

 

 

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and Pamela would like to help you all save your skin this summer. Shop Buy 1, Get 1 FREE on Pamela Metamorphosis Sunscreen now. Your skin will thank you. 

 

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