Dangers of Tanning: Duh!

Tanning is a sign that sun damage has occurred. It is triggered by exposure to both UVA and UVB light.UVA rays are considered the dominant tanning ray. UVA light penetrate deep into the skin and can tan skin without burning. When skin is exposed to UVA radiation, sun damage is caused. The UV radiation triggers certain cells called melanocytes produces more melanin pigment, which tries to protect your cells from further damage by absorbing UV radiation from the sun. As your skin gets darker, it is a sign that damage has already occurred. Additionally, as skin darkens, it increases the risk of mutations which can lead to skin cancer.

UVB rays also contribute to tanning, but is the chief cause of sunburns and reddening of the skin. The damage inflicted by UVB rays can also lead to skin cancer.

Tanning beds are especially dangerous because of the high intensity of UV light exposure. Under natural conditions, UVA is accumulated slowly and the tanning process can take several days. Tanning beds however expose users to significantly higher doses of UVA rays. In fact, indoor tanning can increase the risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

* Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Neutrogena invites you to choose skin health by takin part in our Free Skin Cancer Screenings and learning how you and your family can practice sun safe behaviors. Click here

Kaley’s Bravery in a Bottle Must-Haves

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting: Adorable and smart! Women’s Health Mag September 2014 cover star shares what helps her feel gorgeous.

Women’s Health mags online teaser didn’t reveal the whole article. What you might’ve missed from the print version was was Kaley’s Cuocu-Sweeting’s  Top 6 Bravery-In-A-Bottle must haves. So, here you go:

  1. A Spray Tan – “It doesn’t ruin your skin, and it’s almost like natural makeup.”
  2. Lip Balm – “Have a nice spray tan and kissable lips. It’s all you really need.”
  3. Lancer eye cream – “Eye cream is huge for me. Dr. Lancer’s is the best. I do it twice a day, morning and night.”
  4. Proactiv – “I haven’t been using it as much recently because my skin’s been pretty good, but as a teenager, I lived and breathed Proactiv.”
  5. M.A.C In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara – “Two words: It’s Amazing.”
  6. A manicure and pedicure – “I’m insecure about my hands; I don’t thin they’re girlie. You use your hands a lot, right? So every Sunday, I get  manicure and pedicure by myself. It’s my favorite time of the week.”

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Cancer and Cars?

Are you exposing your family to cancer causing rays while driving your car?

Recently I purchased a new car, the sun was already set and I did not pay close attention to the tint of the windows. The first time I drove it, my hubby mentioned that we should get some tint because the light pouring in the back of the car was upsetting my little one in his car seat.

I began to think….“Am I protecting my family from cancer causing rays while driving” and “Can I get wrinkles from this”?

The answer may surprise you. The Skin Cancer Foundation claims that historically dermatologists have found that patients with skin damage (cancer, wrinkles, age spots…) occurs most often on the left side of the body in Americans. Why? Because of exposure while driving.

Click to read the Skin Cancer Foundations Article.

Also, the Associated Press wrote an article on this subject in Sept ‘13. They divulge the ugly truth.

“ ..there are no requirements for sun protection [in cars]. That can vary by vehicle, and even by window within a vehicle”.

Yikes, it’s up to me to figure out if UVA and UVB rays are actually being blocked from entering the car windows. Learn what you need to know and how you can protect your family.

Interesting Facts: According Associate Press Article who interviewed Pete Dishart (product lead Pittsburgh Glass).

  1. Plastic inside windshields help to absorb UV rays. Some even block 100% of UVB (sun-burn causing rays) and 98% of UVA (cancer causing rays). That’s an SPF of 50+
  2. Some sunroofs contain same technology…but not all.
  3. Side and rear windows, on average, only block 65 UV rays. That’s only an SPF of 16.

The article doesn’t say whether the side and rear windows block out UVA rays. It’s always scary to think that you could be damaging your DNA and increasing your risk of skin cancer simply by commuting to work everyday or dropping the kids off at school. Also, what is this doing my kiddo?

3 Ways to Limit Your Family’s Exposure:

  1. UV protecting film or tint for your car windows. Both articles mention this as a great way to block excess UVA and UVB rays. Make sure you go a reputable place that knows the tinting laws of that state as well as carries UVA blocking film.
  2. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least  30 SPF. Many options are available on the market but make sure it’s UVA and UVB protectant. You need both! Ladies pay close attention to faces, neck and hands….think cheap wrinkle protection. Sunscreen isn’t that expensive.
  3. When possible wear sun protective clothing.

We spend a lot of time in our cars, let’s protect our faces from pre-maturing wrinkles and our family’s from unnecessary exposure.


Indoor Tanning More Risky Than Smoking?

JAMA Dermatology has released a study, “International Prevalence of Indoor Tanning – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

Key study takeaways at-a-glance:

  • The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.
  • In the US alone419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning. Out of this number, 6,199 are melanoma cases.

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Position:
The study results demonstrate that tanning bed use, particularly among young people, is an alarmingly widespread behavior. In the US, 35% of adults and 55% of college students have tanned, and the study found there are more than 419,000 new skin cancer cases attributable to indoor tanning each year. Worldwide, there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking.

These results are not surprising given what we know about indoor tanning behaviors and society’s flawed view that an artificially tanned look is beautiful. The Foundation continually works to change perceptions about tanning through its public education efforts, including its PSA campaign Go With Your Own Glow, which is designed to encourage women to embrace and protect their natural skin tones.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that people of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds avoid indoor tanning and take precautions in the sun by limiting outdoor time between 10 am and 4 pm, seeking the shade when outdoors, using a broad spectrum SPF 15+ sunscreen (SPF 30+ sunscreen for extended stays outdoors), and wearing protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

This is the first summary of the international prevalence of indoor tanning exposure. 88 records (studies) were included in the meta-analysis, and the results include data from 406,696 participants. Analyses were performed separately for three geographic regions: the United States and Canada, Northern and Western Europe and Australia, as well as for these regions combined.


Your Winter Face – 6 Areas to watch this winter.

Your Winter Face – 6 Areas to watch this winter.

“Put your best face forward”. Check out 6 areas often forgotten during winter months. The suns rays are just as powerful now as they are in the summer. Exercise good judgement and always wear sunscreen.

  1. Cheeks, forehead and chin
  2. Lips
  3. Nose
  4. Scalp and Neck
  5. Ears
  6. Eyes

Don’t forget you can always have a warm glow year round.

Use Face, our organic anti-wrinkle moisturizing tanning cream, on your face and neck.

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Are You Sad?

Seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD effects 4-6% of the population according to WebMD. That’s a lot!!

Generally this condition effects people during the parts of the year where the less day light is present. Symptoms of this could be as mild as the occasional bad attitude and as severe more serious depressions needing medical intervention.

Most websites include light therapy as the main source of treatment, along with antidepressants.

In this business we hear so often about people still going to tanning beds to help them with this disorder. We were curious if other treatments were recommended.

Here’s what we found:

  • low fat diet
  • walking at least 30 min a day (outside preferable)
  • daily vitamin with magnesium and b complex with minerals

These are all great suggestions! Whenever you don’t feel yourself you should go see your doctor. If you want to try and treat anything without pharmaceuticals or harmful UV rays ask them for alternatives. It’s amazing what a good nutritionist can do!!


Re-Post: 3 New Sunscreen Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy (and Pretty!)


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You know that sunscreen is important—not just during the summertime but all year round. Now, the FDA has come out with new guidelines about what to use and even how to put it on.

1: Use an antioxidant serum before putting on sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain zinc oxide, which may produce free radicals—molecules that damage your DNA—when they’re out in the sun. Experts say that zinc oxide is safe, and it’s OK to keep using it; ultimately, UV rays are more dangerous than free radicals. But to get the most out of your sunscreen, put on an antioxidant serum in the morning, which may help fight free radicals (there are even sunscreens with antioxdants in them already!).

2: Put on twice as much. One ounce of sunscreen—about what it takes to fill a shot glass—is considered enough to cover your full body. But now, guidelines suggest you put on two shot glasses’ worth. It’s easy to slap it on and miss a lot of body parts (haven’t you ever ended up with random patches of burnt skin?). Using twice as much will help ensure that you’re covering your entire body.

3: Don’t towel off after getting out of the water. Sunscreens may be water-resistant for 40 to 80 minutes, but they’re never waterproof (the FDA will now no longer allow a sunscreen to be labeled as such). When you towel off, you’re basically taking all the sunscreen off. So instead, try letting the water bead up on your skin—docs say it’ll preserve the sunscreen and even keep you cooler, longer.


Rain or Shine?

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Rain can really mess with our plans, causing traffic jams or cancelled outdoor activities.  Also it can ruin your spray tan, if it hasn’t developed yet.

Don’t cancel your appointment use these 5 steps to secure your tans survival.

  1. Be prepared- Keep an umbrella in your car or your favorite hoody.
  2. Hoodies are great at keeping your tan alive. Pull your arms into the sleeves a bit and cover your hands. Pull the hood up to cover your neck and head.
  3. Use the umbrella to keep the rain off your face and feet. Your hoody will protect your back.
  4. Get a drip? No problem, grab some tanning cream and rub a fingertip’s worth around the dribbled on area and let set in over night.
  5. Avoid all together by having a mobile company, like ours, come to you!!

Should I Tan My Face?

A: Yes! By makeup artist Amie Decker owner of Amie Decker Beauty

I really do not have many pet peeves when it comes to makeup, but my biggest pet peeve by far is what I like to call the “floating head.” You all know what I am talking about, when the color of someone’s face clearly does not match the rest of their body. This look may occur when gals go a little crazy with the face bronzer and fail to blend it into their neck and chest. However, I find the biggest offence is the pale head floating on a tan body.

Which leads me to answer the question, “should I tan my face?” Answer: YES!!! A customized organic spray tan is much different than a machine conducted mystic tan. A trained spray tan artist has the ability to adjust the solution so that your face does not look orange or too dark, but instead nice and even with the rest of your skin. When brides choose not to tan their face, I end up having to apply much more foundation than I normally would just to ensure their face matches the rest of their body. I find that most women prefer natural looking skin to heavy face makeup but when face and body are vastly different the heavy foundation cannot be avoided. As a makeup artist, I much prefer for women to get a nice even spray tan on their face and body instead of relying on makeup to even everything out.

I recommend exfoliating and cleansing your face before the organic spray tan to avoid clogged pores caused by makeup worn earlier in the day. I also recommend applying a lip balm as a barrier so you can avoid tan lips. Since most of us wash our face more frequently than our body, your color on your face will most likely fade sooner than your body. I use BronzedBerry Face tanner to keep my bronzed glowing skin and therefore avoid the dreaded floating head.

Amie Decker