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SpaFinder Campaign ‘Shines Light’ on Sun Safety, with Record Number of Spas Joining 2009 Melanoma Initiative


New York, NY (May 13, 2009) − As summer swiftly approaches, SpaFinder’s third annual Melanoma Initiative is kicking into high gear. Spas around the world are partnering with SpaFinder to help educate the public on the dangers of sun exposure, promote effective and affordable sun safety habits, and raise awareness of the importance of an annual full body mole check. SpaFinder, Inc., the spa and wellness media, marketing and research company, connects over 8,500 spas and salons worldwide with millions of consumers seeking wellness and beauty information and services.

Since its inception in 2007, SpaFinder’s Melanoma Initiative has enlisted spa therapists and aestheticians, who not only have trusted relationships with their clients, but also frequently see their skin close up, to encourage them to use sunscreen regularly and schedule yearly skin exams with a dermatologist. SpaFinder is distributing educational literature to participating spas (and over the Web), that features sun safety facts and perspectives from noted skin expert Dr. Doris Day, a New York-based board-certified dermatologist, author, columnist, lecturer, and sought-after media personality.

 Joining Together, Shaping the Future

Two ‘Simmering’ Issues For Summer ’09: Tight Budgets - And Confusing New Sunscreen Controversies

Dr. Day stated that this year two issues are ‘heating up’ for consumers: strapped budgets, driving the need for affordable sunscreen options; and new controversies (i.e., whether mineral-based particles, or chemicals in some sunscreens, are safe) that may be confusing consumers, and leading them to stray from practical sun safety basics.

“If you’re using products with the components outlined below, you’re doing the right thing,” said Dr. Day. “People need to be vigilant about re-applying sunscreen every two hours when they’re outdoors, but also need to realize that sunscreen is, in essence, our last line of defense - and no silver bullet.” She added that as a doctor she encourages people to exercise, and get out and enjoy their lives—but they need to be ‘sun smart,’ that is, wear hats and sun-protective clothing whenever possible, avoid tanning salons AND use a good sunscreen.

‘I Will Reflect’ Wristbands Remind People of UV Ray Dangers

This year will see the return of SpaFinder’s popular ‘I Will Reflect’ photosensitive wristbands, which change color from white to an attractive shade of purple when exposed to harmful UVA rays. The chic bracelets bear a metal faceplate engraved with the Melanoma Initiative’s motto, “I Will Reflect,” reminding wearers to think about the five melanoma prevention tips included in the bracelet’s elegant packaging:

* Be sun and skin smart
* Wear sunscreen year round
* Use a minimum of 15 SPF sunscreen, providing UVA protection
* Have an annual full-body mole check
* Share this important message with others

“It’s awful to learn that almost every hour, one American dies of melanoma, when early detection can raise the five-year survival rate to 99 percent,” said Susie Ellis, President of SpaFinder, Inc. “Fortunately, word is spreading quickly about our Initiative, and we’ve been flooded with calls from spas, travel agents, gift shops, schools, and youth programs - even a wine tasting event in Napa - all of whom want to distribute the bracelets and support this important cause.”

Spas interested in distributing SpaFinder’s ‘I Will Reflect’ bracelets or obtaining more information about holding their own melanoma awareness events can contact Loreen Guertin at loreen.guertin@spafinder.com or 212-716-1167. Proceeds go towards melanoma research and programs that raise awareness of this deadly but largely preventable disease.

For more information on SpaFinder’s initiative, important facts about melanoma, and to purchase sun-sensitive bracelets at cost, visit: www.spafinder.com/about/philanthropy/melanoma/be-sun-smart.jsp

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Sun Safety Tip: Be ‘Queen’ or ‘King’ of the Drugstore—And Be Sun-Safe for Around $10 Dr. Doris Day says that while budgets are understandably tight, consumers should never forego an effective sunscreen. Despite $75-plus options on the market, price does not equal effectiveness and many excellent sunscreens can be found at drug and retail chains.

To navigate the literally hundreds of products on the market (and sometimes confusing labeling), consumers should look for this product information/language:

1) Contains both UVA/UVB protection
2) Provides at least 15-plus SPF protection
3) ‘Broad spectrum’ coverage
4) Photo-stabilization (active ingredients are stabilized during their exposure to sunlight)
5) A seal of recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation, which does the vetting for consumers.

While many sunscreens fit these criteria, here are a few affordable recommendations from Dr. Day:

• Any Banana Boat 30-plus SPF (From under $10)
• Neutrogena Sport Face SPF 50-70, With Helioplex (Fragrance-free Around $10)
* PURPOSE moisture lotions (from Johnson & Johnson): ‘Redness Reducing with 30 SPF’ or ‘Dual Treatment with 15 SPF’ (From @ $9-$14…or less)
* Good Skin™ All Right™ Oil-Free SPF 30; All Bright™ Moisturizing SPF 30; or All Calm™ Redness-Reducing Moisturizer SPF 30 (Fragrance-free - $14 and under)

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