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!

The 3 UVs

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Skin Mistakes That Make You Look Older!

Skin Mistakes That Make You Look Older

We love the idea of aging gracefully, and we’ve got nothing against laugh lines (we’ve all earned them!), but who wants to look older than they need to? Instead of investing in a bathroom full of anti-aging creams, head off signs of aging before they start by swearing off these bad skin habits ASAP.

Using the wrong cleanser.
Does your skin have a squeaky-clean feeling after you splash away your face wash? You may be overdrying your complexion by stripping away its natural moisture. Only the oiliest skin types should use foaming cleansers or washes with scrubbing beads. If your skin is dry (and most of us get drier as we age), choose a moisturizing cream cleanser. Combination skin can handle a little bit of lather, but opt for a gentle formula that won’t irritate dry patches, such as Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam ($16.29,

Making faces.
Yep, Mom was right – your face will stay that way, eventually. If you’re constantly squinting or furrowing your brow, your skin will develop permanent lines in those areas. Wear sunglasses to help avoid crow’s feet (bonus: they filter UV damage, too) and make an effort to relax your face while you concentrate or apply makeup. Yoga or meditation can help you build awareness of tense facial expressions so you can learn to relax those muscles.

Sleeping on your side or stomach.
Just like making the same facial expression over and over can lead to lines, squashing your face against a pillow night after night can cause what dermatologists call “sleep wrinkles.” If you can’t retrain your body, try minimizing the damage with a satin pillowcase or a wrinkle-preventing pillow such as the Juverest, which has a design that reduces the contact your face makes with the pillow.

Getting “a little color” in the summer.
Whether your skin turns lobster red or golden brown, any color is a sign of skin that’s been damaged by the sun. A summer tan can lead to dark spots that won’t fade come fall, and those with darker skin tones are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation because of the higher levels of melanin in their skin. Choose a faux tan instead of a real one; today’s advanced formulas are natural-looking, non-orange and some, like Jergens‘ newly reformulated Natural Glow line, even have less of a telltale tanner smell.

Over exfoliating your skin.
Exfoliation helps skin layers turn over faster, which can make your complexion look younger and more glowing. But too much exfoliation messes with the skin’s barrier, causing it to lose moisture and even be more susceptible to redness and acne. It’s easy to overdo it when you’re using a mechanical exfoliant, such as a scrub or washcloth. Instead, opt for a weekly gentle-strength chemical exfoliant or peel, which loosens dead skin cells using an acid (glycolic, salicylic, lactic) or enzyme. Always moisturize and use sunscreen after exfoliating. And avoid scrubs made with particles such as seeds or crushed shells; these exfoliants have jagged edges that create microscopic tears in the skin.

Neglecting your neck.
Our necks are exposed to the same aging effects as our faces – the skin there is similarly sensitive and sees sunlight almost year-round. When applying your moisturizer and SPF, don’t stop at the jawline. Want a more targeted treatment? Amorepacific Line Revolution Firming Neck Creme ($185, visibly smooths fine lines almost instantly.

Tanning and Lasers Don’t Mix


Via iVillage

Spending a lot of time under the hot summer sun can tan you skin, but that’s the last thing you should do while you’re undergoing a laser treatment. First, the laser adjusted for your skin tone and second, run the risk of getting burned, says Susan Taylor, M.D., dermatologist and author of “Reader’s Digest Guide to Skin Care: Professional Secrets and Natural Treatments for Glowing, Youthful Skin. ” A tan can also affect the absorption of the laser light which can cause the skin to discolor, according to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

English: Woman uses a tanning bed.

English: Woman uses a tanning bed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





Self-Tanner: What Makes it Tan Your Skin?


Love the look of tanned skin, but don’t want to bake in a tanning bed or in the sun. Self-tanning is a good opinion for you. The active ingredient in self-tanners is Dihydroxyacetone, which is a sugar (or DHA, also known as Glycerone, often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and by the fermentation of glycerin), that reacts with amino acids in the skin’s top layer making it darker. As the skin sloughs off the color slowly fades away.

Dihydroxyacetone is approved for cosmetic use by the FDA, the Canadian Health Ministry, and most of the EU member nations.  Dihydroxyacetone-based sunless tanning has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology Association, Canadian Dermatology Association and the American Medical Associationas a safer alternative to sun-bathing. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has issued a comprehensive Opinion on Dihydroxyacetone in which after considerable review concluded that tanning with Dihydroxyacetone solutions did not pose risk to the consumer.  Some studies have suggested that there may be an increase of free-radicals  to the skin when using Dihydroxyacetone.  To prevent this be sure to limit your sun exposure, apply sunblock, and incorporate an antioxidant cream in to your skincare routine.  Again it is not definitive that there is an increase of free-radical activity.  Free-radicals are unstable compounds that can damage skin cells and can lead to accelerated aging in the form of wrinkles, dry skin, dark circles under eyes, dull skin, and more.  According to WedMD, Women who often use sunless tanners may reduce their sunbathing time and tanning bed use, according to a new study.  “Using the sunless tanners can change tanning behaviors,” says researcher Suephy C. Chen, MD, associate professor of dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine. ”  People who used the sunless tanners decreased the number of times they laid out or went to tanning booths.”  In the study, nearly 37% of people who used sunless tanning products and sunbathed reported they cut down their sunbathing time. And 38% who used sunless tanners and tanning beds cut back on the tanning bed sessions.  The study is published online in the Archives of Dermatology.

Whether you choose to use a lotion or an aerosol spray make sure you thoroughly exfoliate your skin first, getting rid of any dry rough patches. This will prevent the tanner from being splotchy, streaky, or spotty when applied. If you use an aerosol protect your eyes and lips and avoid inhaling the spray. Avoid self-tanner if you have Psoriasis or Rosacea (or any other skin condition). The tanner can end up concentrated on the affected skin. Always patch test the tanner to make sure you like the color and don’t have any reaction to the product. Behind the ear, knee, or elbow are good place to try patch testing.

English: Tanned arm

English: Tanned arm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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