Hooray, It’s officially summer time! Desert Camo Apparel is a local e-commerce business that started right here in Vail, AZ by a stage IV melanoma survivor in 2018, Candice Mason. They specialize in UPF50+ clothing with desert elements that block 98% or more of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Bonus- you can wear the sun protective clothing in the water too. Their product line includes leggings, tops, hats, sunscreen and more! The story behind the company is a powerful one. Candice was diagnosed in 2017 with melanoma and by 2019 the melanoma had spread to her brain, lung, spleen and pelvic wall. It all started with a simple freckle that slowly morphed overtime. Through her surgeries (including a double craniotomy), radiation, treatments and side effects, skin cancer awareness became her passion to help save lives. According to Candice, also a certified melanoma instructor, here are a few things you can do to stay sun safe this summer: seek shade, stay out of the sun between the hours of 10a-4p, wear UPF50+ clothing, and get an annual skin check with your dermatologist. Skin cancer is all inclusive and does not discriminate based on race, age, gender or beliefs. Shop online at www.desertcamoapparel.com or in store at Chic Boutique and Spa located at 25 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ.

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