Melanoma Awareness

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If you didn’t already know, May was Melanoma Awareness Month! With a quest to spoil your skin with the most pure and eco-conscious products as possible we want to help keep you protected from the sunlight’s damaging effects.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. Rates of incidence have been rapidly rising, in fact, they have increased fifteen times over the past 40 years. It is estimated that in 2016 there will be about 76,000 new cases of melanoma and around 10,000 deaths in the United States alone. Referred to as a “skin” cancer disease, many disregard melanoma as merely remaining on the surface of our bodies and therefore do not realize the seriousness in contracting this deadly disease.

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young women ages 20-39 and second most common cancer in young men. While you can’t turn back time, you can take preventative measures from here on out and help spread the message for raising sun protection awareness! Here are some precautions you can take for preventing Melanoma:

1. Apply SPF Every. Single. Day.
Even on cloudy days or days when you are going to work or running errands, it is pertinent that you still wear sun protection as UV rays can penetrate through the windows of your car, office, or even home. It’s this daily exposure that adds up and resulting in not only premature aging, but sun damage as well!

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2. Wear clothing to further protect your skin
Today’s trends make it easy to be stylish yet sun safe at the same time! Kimono tops, linen beach pants, and a wide-brimmed hats are perfect for adding that extra layer of protection when out at the beach or pool this summer.

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3. Consider a Self-Tanner
Can’t live without a tan? Consider a self-tanning formula (one that is as natural as possible, as many can be filled with harmful chemicals) and continue to layer on SPF daily. Some of these formulas can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to take extra precaution! Whatever you do, avoid indoor tanning at all costs, as tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%.

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4. Limit sun exposure from 10am – 2pm
Seek shade or limit sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 2pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. If your shadow is shorter than your height, you know the sun’s rays are at their peak!

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5. Check for signs of skin cancer at least once a month
At least once a month, take 10 minutes to check your skin, from head to toe, for signs of skin cancer. Catching melanoma in its early stages can increase the chance of being cured by 98%.
Here are the ABCDE’s for detecting melanoma:
A
Asymmetry – one half of the mole does not match the other
B
Borders – borders of the mole are rugged, notched, or blurred
C
Color – color varies from one area to another of the mole
D
Diameter – melanomas are usually 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, but can be smaller
E
Evolving – continues to change in size, shape, or color

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Happy Sun-Blocking!

This post was written by Coola Suncare

You can find their blog here

Title image taken from eminenceorganics.com

All article images were taken from coolasuncare.com and curemelanoma.org

Senior Sidewalk Social: Welcome To The 60’s

Senior Sidewalk Event Bay Ridge

The Green Spa & Wellness Center would like to thank all the Seniors that joined us for the Senior’s Sidewalk Social!

This Event was Sponsored by the Bay Ridge Center, the Merchants of Third Avenue and the Bay Ridge Age-Friendly Project. “Welcome to the 60s” took place yesterday on the sidewalks outside stores along Third Avenue from 83rd Street to 93rd Street from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The goal was to bring senior citizens together with shop owners and have them get to know one another better.

Those who stopped in The Green Spa & Wellness Center received complimentary Anti-Aging Make-up Refreshers with express lesson in the art of shading and proper makeup application techniques. Seniors enjoyed 15% off any service reserved on this day.

Here are some photos from the event.
 

Coola Suncare Station on 3rd Avenue
Coola Suncare Station on 3rd Avenue

 

Ladies Enjoying Complimentary Make-Up Refreshers
Ladies Enjoying Complimentary Make-Up Refreshers

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen – What’s the Difference?

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Choosing a sunscreen can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider (SPF, formulation, application, etc.) that it’s easy to give up and just pick the first one you see. One of the most confusing elements of the process is deciding whether to buy a physical sunscreen or a chemical one.

If you’re uncertain whether you want to transition from a chemical sunscreen to a physical one, here are some points of difference to help you choose which type of sunscreen is best for you.

Physical Sunscreen

  • Contains physical sun blockers; active mineral ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
  • Provides chemical-free broad spectrum coverage (protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
  • Remains on the surface of your skin.
  • Acts like tiny mirrors reflecting, refracting and absorbing rays.
  • Begins working as soon as you apply.
  • Less likely to cause irritation on your skin.
  • Is available in a range of SPF levels and can be very water-resistant.

Chemical Sunscreen

  • Contains organic (carbon-based) chemical compounds.
  • Provides broad spectrum coverage by combining multiple ingredients; zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide are also used in some formulas.
  • Works by penetrating your skin’s surface.
  • Absorbs the sun’s rays into the ingredients like a sponge.
  • Requires approximately 20 minutes to fully sink into your skin.
  • Increased likelihood of skin irritation due to the combination of ingredients.
  • Is available in a range of SPF levels and can be very water-resistant.

Are you ready to try a chemical-free sunscreen? Look no further because jane iredale has seven physical sunscreens that have earned The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval: PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20, Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder SPF 20, Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF 25, Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen SPF 30, LipDrink Lip Balm SPF 15 and HandDrink Hand Cream SPF 15.

Want to learn more about sunscreen? Click here to see important facts about SPF and sun exposure.

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here