Real people. Real sun safety stories.
Our mission has always been to create a product that helps prevent skin cancer and increasing awareness of sun safety.
If you’ve been keeping up with Solar Screen, you know we care a great deal about sun-safety and back our application with UV index research and data. We wanted to pay it forward by sharing some of our favorite resources around the internet surrounding sun safety and technology. Here is the Solar Screen list for top five sun and safety experts around the web.
Chelsea: Adventures With My Enemy Melanoma!
As you may have guessed, Chelsea is dedicated to sharing her battle with stage III melanoma with the world. A self proclaimed “beach lovin’ girl who used to associate being tan as being beautiful.”
The Reality Check Award: We give Chelsea and her page the “Reality Check Award” because when you’re reading her blog and the comments of her followers and fans, it feels really unfiltered… because it is unfiltered. Sometimes graphic images depicting life after surgery and a precarious battle against UV rays make Chelsea’s journal-like writing a gut-check for those thinking about sunscreen as a nuisance.
What the fans are saying: “ You are a true inspiration! Your stories have helped me gain the knowledge and hope to defeat this terrible disease.”
Where to Find Chelsea:
Katie Wilkes: Pretty in Pale
One her personal website/quest for skin cancer prevention, Katie Wilkes lists “SPF” as one of her loves in life. Katie, we have an immediate connection! Katie talks about her fight with melanoma in a very open and public way. It’s refreshing. She is candid when it comes to her mentality as a teenager. “tanning gave me a sense of control that I’d never had before. With the swipe of my debit card (and 12 sweaty minutes in a tanning bed) I was able to transform into a whole new woman.” With a lot of noise on the internet when it comes to skin-care and skin cancer prevention, clarity is refreshing. Katie’s website provides that clarity.
The Creativity Award: Pretty in Pale, what a great name for a website. Bucking the peer-pressure induced trips to the tanning salons and the message that tan is beautiful, Katie masterfully maneuvers societal pressures when it comes to skin tones. It feels like she’s writing to you personally.
What the fans are saying: Our stories are all too similar. Although I’m so sorry that you developed melanoma so young, it made me feel less alone to read about someone else who was diagnosed at 23. Most of the time I read about people much older than me, thank you for sharing your story and for allowing me to feel less alone.”
Where to Find Katie:
Between blogs, the nightly news and Netflix Documentaries, it’s easy to be afraid to eat anything that doesn’t come from your backyard organic garden or touch anything that hasn’t been sterilized. We recognize that with all the warnings about processed food, UV rays and dangerous particulate matter … some things are simply out of our control. HealthyChild.org writes from about living responsibly but also living. It means taking precautions, but still going outside, still trying new things and raising a child that might fall down from time-to-time.
The Pulitzer Prize for Sun Safety: If there were such a thing, HealthyChild.org would win. Delivering articles about babies and sun exposure, sunscreen reviews and tips about how to keep your kid safe in the sun, HealthyChild.org is a practical resource for mothers and fathers looking for ways to protect their kids from harmful UV rays. They also have an extremely active Facebook page and following.
What the fans are saying:
“I found we were having more problems with dermatitis and I have become very picky about what we let into our home. I’m satisfied, now. Thanks for raising awareness!”
Yeah, we know. Websites with .gov at the end of them typically lack the flair and fun of a magazine, media or content curator website. But if it’s quality research and data on sun safety you’re after, the Environmental Protection Agency website delivers the goods.
Fact or Fiction Award: As we mentioned earlier, there’ a lot of noise to sift through on the internet about skin cancer prevention. The EPA does a great job of sticking to scientific sources and medical journals. While building Solar Screen, we knew we had to know everything about UV index and how it was calculated. EPA.gov gave us clear data on how to do that. In case you were wondering, “The calculation starts with measurements of current total ozone amounts over the entire globe, obtained via two satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration” (EPA.Gov).
EPA’s Greatest Hits:
Protect Your Health: “Don’t Fry Day”
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What the Fans Are Saying:
The EPA offers a survivor spotlight series. Meet Marcelle Leahy from Vermont: “Growing up, I was always in the sun and sunburned. All that sun finally caught up to me in 2003 when my new dermatologist decided to biopsy a discolored spot on my face. I’d had it for years, but something about it didn’t feel right.”
The Media Madness Award: We like to think outside the box. I mean, how else did we think of an application that tells you the intensity of the sun’s rays and when to put on sunscreen? LoveLiveHealth.com features articles you might not find on EPA.gov. Five Natural Oils That Protect Your Skin as Well As Sunscreen, for example. There’s something to be said about the natural side of skin-cancer prevention. Here’s a quick excerpt: “With skin cancer now the most common form of this deadly disease in the world, everyone knows how important it is to protect the body’s largest organ when going out in the sun. But many health conscious people are wary of slathering on thick layers of chemicals on a daily basis.”