The Importance of Hats for Sun Protection: The Brim of the Matter

We all know that a hat protects you from the sun, but

did you know for

every 1 inch of brim to your hat = a 10% lower risk of skin cancer to your face!

Ditch the baseball cap, look for brims that go all the way around the hat. Bonus many hats now offer added UPF protection, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric.


Siggi Bucket Boonie Cord Fishing Beach Cap Summer Sun Hat Wide Brim for Women UPF50+


Simplicity Women’s Summer UPF 50+ Roll Up Floppy Beach Hat with Ribbon


Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Shapeable Outback Sun Hat – Sun Protective


Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Fairway Golf Hat – Sun Protective

Indoor Tanning Can Sometimes Lead to Hospital Visits!


The Scary Facts About Tanning, Tanning Beds, and Skin Cancer!

The International Agency for Research on Cancer rate indoor tanning devices as the highest cancer risk category (Group 1): “carcinogenic to humans.”  Substances and exposures that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens.  In Group1 is listed the most dangerous cancer-causing substances agents such as plutonium, cigarettes, and solar UV radiation.
Tanning can be addictive!!!!! For some people, UV radiation can have a drug-like effect.


Tanning beds increases your chance of Melanoma by 75 percent when device use begins before age 35 study  


And one person dies every 57 minutes from Melanoma, it accounts for less than two percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Of the seven most common cancers in the US, melanoma is the only were incidence climbed 1.9 percent annually.


A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns. And one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life
Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.
Tanning bed users are 2½ times more likely to be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma has been rising, with increases up to 200 percent over the past three decades in the US. About 2 percent of squamous cell carcinoma patients – between 3,900 and 8,800 people – died from the disease in the US in 2012.

Using tanning beds make you 1½ times more susceptible to basal cell carcinoma. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell or Squamous cell carcinoma at least once.

You pay a 10-percent tax every time you use a tanning bed in the United States.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.


Age-standardized death from melanoma and other skin cancers per 100,000 inhabitants in 2004.   no data   less than 0.7   0.7–1.4   1.4–2.1   2.1–2.8   2.8–3.5   3.5–4.2   4.2–4.9   4.9–5.6   5.6–6.3   6.3–7   7–7.7   more than 7.7

Age-standardised death rates from Melanoma and other skin cancers by country (per 100,000 inhabitants).

Regular daily use of a full or broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent!

Little Known Airplane Windows UV Fact – Wear That Sunscreen!

Airplane windows are not UV (ultraviolet) proof!!!!!!

To make matters worse for every 1,000 ft/ 304.8 m UV levels increase by 4%!





On an average  flight UV rays can be up to 156% stronger than at ground level!





The solution wear sunscreen on your flight even if you are


in a middle or aisle seat and pull down the shades on the window!

Do Clouds Really Protect You From UV Rays?

How Much Sunscreen Should You Be Applying?

Be sure you’re applying enough sunscreen with a shot glass and a teaspoon!


Apply a shot glass of sunscreen to your entire body (4 oz.) and a 1/4 tsp of sunscreen to your face to ensure you’re getting the right amount.

How Long Does Waterproof Sunblock Last?

A “water-resistant” label means the sunscreen works in the water

for about 40 minutes – 80 minutes in the water, no sunscreen is

completely waterproof.  Like all sunscreens, water-resistant

products should be reapplied after two hours, regardless of water

exposure, and after toweling off.

oceanocean (Photo credit: Stephen Edgar – Netweb)

The 3 Biggest SunScreen Mistakes You Are Making!

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You weren’t born yesterday, so you already know that the sun is bad for you. Sure, it facilitates life on earth, but it also wreaks hyperpigmentation-havoc (among other things, psst wrinkles) on your skin. And if the sun is the enemy in this little metaphor, consider sunscreen to be the soldier that shields you and goes to battle against harmful UV rays.

While SPF is a hero for sure, it can only really protect you from the aforementioned skin horrors if you are using it correctly. And most dermatologists agree, women, despite their best intentions, continue to make big mistakes when it comes to correctly using and applying sunscreen. Because the efficacy of sunscreens is directly related to how they are used, this is a big deal. So what are these big blunders? So glad you asked.

Not reapplying

It’s great you remember to put sunscreen on in the morning, however by the time the sun goes down at night, your one application in the morning has totally worn off. If you are in the sun, you need to be reapplying sunscreen every two hours, says New York dermatologist Rebecca Baxt, MD.

Layering SPFs

Using two products, say your moisturizer and foundation with sunblock in them, is fine, but thinking their SPF factors combine to be one larger, more powerful SPF is not. “Women think that the SPF 15 in their makeup plus their SPF40 in their sunblock, equals a 55, which is just not true,” says Dr. Baxt. In reality, the most you are getting is the highest level you apply, and that’s it.

Relying on SPF in makeup

Sunblock in makeup is usually enough to prevent a burn when used properly, but it isn’t enough to prevent all the harmful rays that age the skin and cause skin cancer, says Baxt. “Makeup products with SPF are usually between SPF 5 and 15, which is not appropriate for direct sun exposure. I always encourage my clients to wear a minimum of SPF 15 when exposed to the sun, and the higher the better!” adds New York dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD. “Makeup is also not applied everywhere that sunscreen should be, and we often miss the neck, ears and hairline,” he says.

New Years Resolutions – Good Habits for 2013!


Hands.Pen.Paper.DupontCircle.WDC.17sep05 (Photo credit: ElvertBarnes)

The Coming New Year is a great time to put new good habits into practice!

  • Drink more water
  • Wear sunblock
  • Wear a hat
  • Exfoliate once to twice a week
  • Exercise, take a walk
  • Mediate
  • Yoga – get limber
  • Treat yourself to a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure (look good feel good!)
  • Start packing your own lunch
  • Sleep more, get better quality sleep
  • Drink less Alcohol!
  • Get more sleep
  • Quit Smoking!
  • Eat more fruits, veggies, and fiber
  • Try going organic

Have fun with it make a list of good habits you would like to start to do and make it happen!

Half a glass of water(Photo credit: Jeff Youngstrom)


Is the Hyper-Real (Sci-Fi)Tan Going to be the New Look for Spring 2013?


Android anatomy rules at Erdem at London Fashion Week’s Spring 2013 show. At Erdem, St.Tropez heralded a new era in skin perfecting: the Sci-Fi Tan.  St.Tropez Global Skin Finishing Expert Nichola Joss created the Sci-Fi Tan by combining subtle color with a perfect, “plasticy” finish.

Armed with an acrylic paintbrush, Nichola misted Instant Glow Wash Off Dark Spray over the body to provide an immediate color pay-off. Mixing the Tan Optimiser Body Butter with the Violet Skin Illuminator, she then used the brush to add fleeting accents of highlight. She finished the look with a flick on the shoulder blades and a thin line slicked down the forearms.


“This season, the Erdem girl is embracing alien-esque beauty. I wanted to give skin a ‘hyper real’, silicone-like quality that complements the neon colors of the collection and reflects light when glimpsed through the sheer panels of fabric,” said Nichola.


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