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Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer. Of cancers in the United States, a staggering 50% are skin cancer. The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for your skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. Be smart. Be educated. Protect your skin.
Given how aggressively media outlets have pushed awareness of breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer over the past few years, it is astonishing that skin cancer is actually the most prevalent cancer in America. If fact, the number of skin cancer cases diagnosed annually is greater than breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers combined. Yet, compared to other common cancers, there is a lack of awareness for skin cancer.
Skin cancer is divided into the non-melanoma and melanoma categories. Non-melanoma, in the form of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, is the more common form with around 2 million cases diagnosed last year in this country. Melanoma, the more serious type of skin cancer, attributes to over 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths and is the number one cancer for the age group 25 to 29. One American dies of melanoma every hour.
Here are some staggering facts about Melanoma Skin Cancer:
Summer is quickly approaching and here are some sun safety tips:
We'd like to remind you that Mother's Day is right around the corner - Sunday, May 12th. Celebrate all the great ladies in our lives (moms, sisters, grandmas, and wifes) with a unique gift! The SunBuddy Lotion Applicator is that unique gift they'll truly appreciate and will help them maintain their perfect, soft motherly skin.
Unlike other lotion applicators on the market, the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator opens at an optimal angle of 135 degrees, making it easy to reach your whole back without having to hyperextend your arm and shoulders. The SunBuddy's rubberized extendable handle provides an extra 4 inches of reach, providing 18 inches of reach when fully opened and extended. When not used, the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator easily folds in half for easy storage and travel.
The SunBuddy's NBR Applicator Pad is latex free, washable, and silky smooth. It is made from the same soft foam that cosmetic companies have been including with their make-up products. Simply the best.
Each SunBuddy Lotion Applicator purchase also includes 2 NBR Pads and a Storage Pouch. So what are you waiting for? Click here to order the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator for Mother's Day.
Sun spots, also known as sun freckles, age spots, liver spots or solar lentigines, are caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light from either the sun or a tanning bed rather than by aging. Sun spots can develop from not using sunscreen regularly or from not taking other measures to protect the skin, such as wearing a hat or long sleeves. Although sun spots are not cancerous, you may be more at risk for skin cancer. Even so, most people don’t want sun spots on their skin.
Sun spots is a common condition of hyperpigmentation in which patches of skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin. When you skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation, your skin naturally produces a brown pigment called melanin that makes your skin tan to help absorb the radiation in a safer way. However, overexposure to the sun without sunscreen can cause excess melanin deposits to form in the skin, leaving behind freckle-like spots that can become darker or more pronounced as your skin becomes exposed to the sun.
Although there are fade creams and laser treatments that will reduce or remove sun spots, they tend to be expensive and may contain bleach.
The easiest and most obvious way to prevent sun spots is to apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily to your face, arms and shoulders before going outdoors. Sunscreen will also prevent any existing sun spots you have from growing larger and larger. Remember that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This transparent gel has been used for thousands of years to treat wounds and burns. Although there is no scientific consensus yet, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence supporting the effectiveness of aloe vera in reducing sun spots. Plus, aloe vera is natural, non-toxic when used externally, will not harm the skin, and is cheap to purchase. Apply aloe to your sun spots twice a day and watch them gradually fade away.
Vitamin C and E
High levels of Vitamin C is a natural skin brightener, but you skin will be more sensitive to sunlight, so be sure to wear sunscreen. Vitamin E oil gives your skin moisture and antioxidants it needs for healing. When applied to sun spots, Vitamin E encourages your skin cells to regenerate. As an added bonus, Vitamin E oil smooths your skin and removes imperfections.
Apply lemon juice directly to your sun spots, wait 15 minutes, and then rinse your skin. Lemon juice is safe and effective in lightening your skin. The sun spots should fade or disappear within a few weeks
Happy Easter from all of us at the SunBuddy family! It was a beautiful day here in Southern California and we hope you enjoyed your day with family and friends.
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Spring break is here and many young adults show off cool body art by getting henna tattoos. Henna tattoos are realistic-looking and temporary, lasting from a few days to several weeks before fading away. Risk free and fun, right? Well, a new warning from the FDA states that certain temporary tattoos can cause permanent damage. In this case, the warning is for “black henna” tattoos.
Unlike permanent tattoos where ink is injected under the skin, henna tattoos are drawn or stenciled onto the skin’s surface. Traditional henna is reddish-brown and is derived from a flowering plant that is native to Asia and Africa. Traditional henna has been used for skin decoration for centuries and is not part of the warning.
The FDA warning has to do with “black henna” tattoos that contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is commonly used for hair dye, smells like bleach or ammonia, and is not approved for direct application to the skin. If the temporary tattoo artist is using ink that is jet-black and stains quickly, then it is most likely PPD based.
Direct application of PPD to the skin can have horrible side effects. The FDA has received reports of redness, blisters filled with fluid, loss of pigmentation, and permanent scarring. The reactions may be immediate or may not appear for a few days or weeks after exposure. One particular report from a mother, who also happens to be a nurse, states that her daughter’s skin looked “the way of a burn victim, all blistered and raw.”
Protect your skin and if you are thinking about getting temporarily body art, be sure that the artist is not using “black henna.” Be on the lookout for jet-black ink, as it may be PPD based. When in doubt, don’t take the risk or you may be left with a permanent scar.
A new study has shown that taking a low daily dose of aspirin may prevent melanoma (skin cancer) in older women. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA analyzed data from nearly 60,000 postmenopausal Caucasian women who enrolled in a 12 year follow-up study.
Researchers found that during the 12 years, women who regularly used aspirin had a 21 percent lower overall risk for developing melanoma compared with women who did not take aspirin. Medical student Christina A. Gamba discovered that taking aspirin regularly less than one year reduced melanoma risk by 11 percent. Taking aspirin 1 to 4 years resulted in 20 percent lower risk, and taking it five years or more resulted in 30 percent lower risk.
Aspirin’s anti-inflammatory properties may have played a role but Ms. Gamba is currently reanalyzing the data to see if anti-inflammatory activity or another mechanism is responsible for the aspirin takers’ reduced risk of skin cancer. Thirty-two thousand women in the US will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and the disease will kill 3,120.
Keep in mind that signs of melanoma can begin with an irregular shaped mole that changes in color and size. Always cover up your skin and wear sunscreen. And for areas that you cannot reach, such as the middle of your back, use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator. If you wish to add aspirin to your daily regimen, be sure to speak to your doctor first.
It's that time of the year again! Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts this Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2AM. Although we will lose one hour of sleep, we will gain one hour of daylight.
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Not only is UV radiation bad for your skin, it is just as bad for your eyes. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight increases the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration (blindness), and cancerous growths on the eye. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. Excessive exposure to UV can be caused by sunlight reflected off sand, water, or pavement.
Thus, it is important that you wear sunglasses every time you are outside, no matter the season of the year. Snow reflects nearly 80 percent of sunlight while beach sand only 15%. And just because it is cloudy outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear your sunglasses. UV radiation is invisible and penetrates through clouds.
Prices for sunglasses range from few dollars to a few hundred, making it difficult to choose the right one. Do expensive brand name sunglasses necessarily mean better protection? In some cases yes, in some cases no. Sunglasses from Ray-Ban or Oakley will be more comfortable, durable, scratch resistant and higher quality than sunglasses from your local drug store. But if the cheap sunglasses offer 100% UV Protection, then they offer just as much protection as the more expensive sunglasses.
Here are some more tips for buying proper sunglasses.
UVA/UVB Protection Rating:
Look for a label that reads “UV 400”, “100% UV Protection” or “Blocks 98% of UVA and UVB Rays.” Sunglasses that block UV radiation up to 400 nanometers is the equivalent to blocking 100% of UV rays.
Avoid sunglasses with vague labels that read “UV Protective” or “UV Absorbing” because they offer little to no protection at all. Also, avoid paying extra for UV coating on sunglasses that already provide 100% UV protection.
The FDA does not regulate that sunglasses must provide any particular level of UV protection, so when in doubt, stick with brands that specialize in sunglasses such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Maui Jim.
Many brand name sunglasses have lenses that provide clear, sharp vision. Also, the plastic materials in these lenses will be thicker and won’t wrap when exposed to heat like the thinner lenses in cheap sunglasses.
However, if is possible to find sunglasses around $30-70 that are high quality and offer excellent optics with this simple test. First, hold the frame perfectly level from an arm’s distance away. Then, move the lenses slowly side to side and up and down as you focus on a stationary object (sign, parked car, door frame) in the distance. As you move the lenses across the object, the image should not shift and lines should not bend or distort.
Light vs. Dark Tints:
Don’t be fooled by dark tints. The tint of the sunglasses has nothing to do with the amount of UV protection they provide. It is more important that the sunglasses are correctly labeled to provide 100% UV Protection.
To Polarize or Not to Polarize:
Polarized lenses block horizontal waves of light that create glare. So, if you are frequently being distracted by glare while driving, boating, or skiing, then it may worth paying a little extra more. However, polarized sunglasses might interfere with clearly seeing LCD, digital, and cell phone displays. Be sure to test them out before investing the extra dollars.
Choose sunglasses that adequately shield the sensitive skin around your eyelids and prevent sunlight from entering from the side. Wrap-around shades provide the most sun protection since they cover your eyes from temple to temple. But if this style isn’t for you, then go with the current trend of having larger frames that cover your face from brow to the top of the cheekbone.