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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and there are more skin cancers than all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and over 9,500 get diagnosed every single day according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). On average, one of us dies from a melanoma every hour. Think of it this way, in the time it takes to finish a Flywheel class, someone somewhere in the USA has died from this deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females age 15-29, and the majority of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.
Now do we have your attention?
Thanks to daylight savings time you’ve got one less hour to catch some Zzzzzz’s, making it more important than ever to use those twilight hours wisely. Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine and Director of New York Laser & Skin Care credits a good night’s sleep as essential to maintaining beautiful skin. “Chronic sleep deprivation interferes with proper skin function and structure, leading to premature skin aging and worsening of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema,” says Kauvar. She adds “the skin recovers and repairs itself during the deep stages of sleep, when growth hormone release is at a maximum.”
Is that tribal tat you got in college not working for you anymore? Are you rethinking the rose/heart/angel/butterfly on your wrist/ankle/back/shoulder? Are the disapproving looks you get at the office when your tat is exposed cringe-worthy?
Tattoos seem to elicit a visceral reaction in all of us. Some find these adornments sexy and edgy, while others consider them a symbol of a ‘bad boy’ who has a rebellious streak or a lingering reminder of a past life. Terms like “tramp stamp” and “slag tag” also come to mind. The celebrity influence cannot be overstated either. Every starlet and stud on the red carpet – from Angelina to Hayden, Eva to Megan, Brad to Beckham – seem to be sporting some b