Sun Safety: The Conversation Continues

by | Jun 5, 2021

Annually, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which encourages conversations around sun safety and protection. But, we want to ensure the conversation continues, and so have compiled this article with more on information about Dermalogica and SKCIN’s commitments to sun education.

Recording: Keeping Yourself and Others Sun Safe and Sun Smart

In May, we hosted ‘Keeping Yourself and Others Sun Safe and Sun Smart’ live on our Facebook page, with Patron Dermalogica, and Affiliate Skcin. Candice Gardner, Education Manager – Digital and Content at Dermalogica, spoke with Marie Tudor, CEO of Skcin – national skin cancer charity, about:

  • their recent partnership;
  • the importance of sun protection;
  • skin health;
  • and early skin cancer detection.



Resource: MASCED from Skcin


How are professionals working across hair, beauty and healthcare industries becoming the first line of defence in combating skin cancer?


Since 2018 SKCIN have been ‘training eyes to save lives’ across hair, beauty and healthcare industries nationwide. SKCIN’S MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) accreditation programmes, trains professionals how to spot the early signs and symptoms of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer and how to confidently signpost their client’s/patient’s to seek appropriate action.


The online training platforms, backed up by printed learning tools and resources have been specifically designed to embrace the power of the 300,000+ professionals working across these industry sectors – all of whom who are perfectly placed to observe abnormalities or changes that may occur on their client’s / patient’s skin (often in places they can’t see themselves) and provide trusted advice in relation to signposting and prevention. To date SKCIN have provided printed resources to over 14,000 registered professionals and fully accredited over 8,000 who are now providing a free, potentially life-saving service to well over 1 million clients /patients nationwide.


The MASCED training programmes have been reviewed by professional dermatologists and are endorsed, supported and recognised by many key industry bodies. We receive lots of reports of skin cancers diagnosed early as a result of this training. This has attracted a great deal of national and international media interest and global participation. The following example came from a self-employed beauty therapist, with around 100 clients – highlighting the evident scope of this life-saving intervention and the value professionals working across these industries can add to the communities in which they operate.


Find out more about MASCED here.



Resource: Dermalogica x Skcin partner 


Throughout Skin Cancer Awareness Month and beyond, Dermalogica will be working in partnership with SKCIN. The brand will offer thousands of Professional Skin Therapists funded training to support SKCIN’s mission of combatting rising skin cancer statistics.


In the UK alone, since the early 1990s rates of non-melanoma skin cancer have risen by 166%, with cases expected to reach almost 400,000 by 2025. The incidence of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) has risen faster than any other common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 36 males and 1 in 47 females will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime and alarmingly, it is one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15-34 age group. 


Whilst skin cancer statistics are high, around 90% of all cases are preventable. In addition, it is the only cancer we can physically see developing in its early stages, so with the correct education, we can help reverse these statistics and save lives.


Since 2018, SKCIN have been ‘training eyes to save lives’ across the hair, beauty and healthcare industries nationwide. SKCIN’S ‘MASCED’ (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) accredited courses are designed to train professionals in how to spot the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer. Professional Skin Therapists are uniquely placed to observe any abnormalities or changes to their client’s skin – often in areas clients can’t see themselves. This puts therapists in a powerful position to spot the early signs and advise their client(s) to take action, which could drastically improve prognosis.


To support the charity in 2021, Dermalogica will fund all 185+ of their Skin Therapist employees in the UK & Ireland to undertake the MASCED training, as well as offer funding for the course to all 5,000+ of their salon partners and skin therapists.


“We are extremely excited by the potential of this collaboration to generate a substantial level of awareness within this particular sector of the British beauty industry and are grateful to Dermalogica for their commitment in supporting our work and funding our bespoke online MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) training for their professional Skin Therapist community”

– Marie Tudor CEO of the SKCIN


“Marie and the team at SKCIN are inspirational, and the MASCED Training programme is exceptional. Many of us at Dermalogica have done the training as individuals and have been advocates of SKCIN for some time, so we are beyond excited to be working together to raise awareness through powerful education. And this is just the start!”

– Candice Gardner, Education Manager for Dermalogica


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