Aussie sunscreen expert reveals why your morning application is 'useless' by 9am

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An Australian sunscreen expert has revealed why your morning sunscreen application is useless by 9am in the wake of Khloe Kardashian removing a cancerous mole from her face.

On Wednesday the 38-year-old mother of True Thompson shared graphic details about her health scare after undergoing an immediate operation to remove a melanoma – which presented as a ‘lingering bump’ on her cheek.

Fortunately Khloe, who is predisposed to melanoma, was happy to report her trusted surgeon was able to ‘get everything’ and her margins now appear ‘clear.’ 

Ex Sunrise reporter and founder of Naked Sundays Samantha Brett told FEMAIL that Australians should be listening carefully to the Kardashian’s experience.

Ex Sunrise reporter and founder of Naked Sundays Samantha Brett told FEMAIL that Australians should be listening carefully to the Kardashian's experience

Ex Sunrise reporter and founder of Naked Sundays Samantha Brett told FEMAIL that Australians should be listening carefully to the Kardashian’s experience

Naked Sundays is an Australian SPF50+ brand which launched in Jan 2021 was picked up by Mecca in just eight months

Naked Sundays is an Australian SPF50+ brand which launched in Jan 2021 was picked up by Mecca in just eight months

‘In Australia we have one of the highest melanoma rates, and that rate is most prevalent in millennials. The message Khloe is sharing is such a powerful one and is so vital – get your skin checked regularly and always wear SPF everyday, but most importantly reapply every two hours,’ she said.

It’s that final point that Ms Brett wants to hone in on, explaining that it’s why applying your sunscreen at 7am before you get to work renders it useless by mid-morning if you don’t re-apply.

‘In the morning when you are getting ready, if you apply your SPF at 7am before heading out the door, by the time you have sat at your desk and had your first coffee it has been two hours,’ she said.  

Samantha Brett

Khloe Kardashian

The founder of Naked Sundays has praised Khloe Kardashian for speaking about her melanoma

‘To put into context, if you were out laying in the sun for that long, the advice is to reapply. This is one of the main reasons I set out to create Naked Sundays; the focus for us is on reapplication but most importantly, the education around reapplying your SPF and why it’s so important to not just rely on that one application the morning.’

One of Naked Sundays’ most popular products is its Hydrating Glow Mist, which allows men and women to re-apply 50+ sunscreen quickly and over the top of makeup. 

Ms Brett continued: ‘To have someone like Khloe Kardashian advocating for sun safety is such an inspiring message for the younger generation and hopefully a stark reminder to do the simplest and cheapest thing you can do for your skin; wear SPF.’

'I was told I need to have an immediate operation': Khloe Kardashian has revealed she had a tumor removed from her face

‘I was told I need to have an immediate operation’: Khloe Kardashian has revealed she had a tumor removed from her face

On Wednesday Khloe Kardashian felt compelled to finally share her story following speculation over the ‘ever-evolving bandage’ on her cheek. 

Khloe initially brushed off the blemish as a mere zit until noticing it wasn’t going anywhere after it remained on her cheek for seven months. 

‘I have seen numerous stories going around about the ever-evolving bandage on my face, with some of you wondering why I’ve been wearing one for the past few weeks.

‘After noticing a small bump on my face and assuming it was something as minor as a zit, I decided to get it biopsied seven months after realising it was not budging.

‘Dermatologist Dr Tess Mauricio (@drtessmauricio) examined it, and a second biopsy was ran by Dr. Daniel Behroozan (@drdanbehroozan) because what they were both seeing was incredibly rare for someone my age. 

Clearing the air: Khloe finally revealed her recent health scare after noticing speculation surrounding her cheek bandage

Clearing the air: Khloe finally revealed her recent health scare after noticing speculation surrounding her cheek bandage 

Good news: Khloe was happy to share her doctor was able to'get everything' and all her margins now appear'clear'

Good news: Khloe was happy to share her doctor was able to ‘get everything’ and all her margins now appear ‘clear’ 

‘A few days later I was told I need to have an immediate operation to remove a tumor from my face. I called none other than Dr. Garth Fischer, a dear friend of my families and one of the best surgeons in Beverly Hills who I knew would take incredible care of my face.

‘I’m grateful to share that Dr. Fischer @garthfishermd was able to get everything – all my margins appear clear and now we are onto the healing process. So, here we are… you’ll continue to see my bandages and when I’m allowed, you’ll probably see a scar (and an indention in my cheek from the tumor being removed) but until then I hope you enjoy how fabulous I’m making these face bandages look (heart emojis).

She followed it up with video of her with the bandage visible as the song ‘Too Sexy’ played.

‘I hope you enjoy how fabulous I’m making these face bandages look,’ she wrote.

'Fabulous': She followed it up with video of her with the bandage visible as the song'Too Sexy' played

‘Fabulous’: She followed it up with video of her with the bandage visible as the song ‘Too Sexy’ played

‘PS I am ONLY sharing this story with you so I can remind everyone to get checked, and frequently.

‘At 19 years old, I had melanoma on my back, and I had a surgery to remove that as well, so I am pre-composed to melanomas. Even those who are not, we should be checking all the time. I am someone who wears sunscreen every single day, religiously so no one is exempt from these things. Please take this seriously and do regular self-exams as well as your annual checkups.

‘Thank you to my amazing doctors!! Garth I am so beyond grateful for you!! I know how deeply you didn’t want to cut into my face, but you did it to protect me. I trust you with everything and I’m so grateful we caught this early. I was lucky and all I have is a scar to tell a story with. Most people aren’t as lucky as me and I am forever thankful and grateful.’

She concluded her message with the quote: ‘Everyone you meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Try not to judge and be kind for you have no idea what they are going through.’

Melanoma: The most dangerous form of skin cancer

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It happens after the DNA in skin cells is damaged (typically due to harmful UV rays) and then not repaired so it triggers mutations that can form malignant tumours.  

Causes

  • Sun exposure: UV and UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds are harmful to the skin
  • Moles: The more moles you have, the greater the risk for getting melanoma 
  • Skin type: Fairer skin has a higher risk for getting melanoma
  • Hair colour: Red heads are more at risk than others
  • Personal history: If you’ve had melanoma once, then you are more likely to get it again
  • Family history: If previous relatives have been diagnosed, then that increases your risk

Treatment 

This can be done by removing the entire section of the tumor or by the surgeon removing the skin layer by layer. When a surgeon removes it layer by layer, this helps them figure out exactly where the cancer stops so they don’t have to remove more skin than is necessary. 

The patient can decide to use a skin graft if the surgery has left behind discoloration or an indent. 

  • Immunotherapy, radiation treatment or chemotherapy: 

This is needed if the cancer reaches stage III or IV. That means that the cancerous cells have spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body. 

Prevention

  • Use sunscreen and do not burn
  • Avoid tanning outside and in beds 
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside
  • Keep newborns out of the sun
  • Examine your skin every month
  • See your physician every year for a skin exam 

 Source: Skin Cancer Foundation and American Cancer Society

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