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Protecting your SKIN in the SUMMER

Protecting your SKIN in the SUMMER

July 02, 2016


On average, one American dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour. The five-year survival rate for African-Americans and Latinos diagnosed with melanoma is lower than Caucasians, likely due to the fact that it is often more advanced when diagnosed. For example, the five-year survival rate for African Americans is 73 percent compared to 91 percent in Caucasians.

Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer. However, everyone, regardless of skin color, can fall prey to it. Unfortunately, many patients and even some physicians are under the impression that non-Caucasian people are immune to this disease. That is one reason people of color are diagnosed with skin cancer at later stages. These delays mean that skin cancers are often advanced and potentially fatal, whereas most skin cancers are curable if caught and treated in a timely manner.

It’s true that the vast majority of melanomas occur in fair-skinned people, but its important to know that dark-skinned people can get skin cancer, too. Melanoma rates among all Americans have been increasing for the past 30 years, probably due to failure to take sufficient protective measures against ultraviolet ray exposure and to increasing use of tanning booths. Melanoma accounts for fewer than 2 percent of skin cancer cases, but it kills more frequently than the others. In 2014, an estimated 76,100 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed, with about 9,710 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

ALM, acral lentiginous melanoma, an aggressive cancer that disproportionately afflicts African Americans and other dark-skinned people, while rare overall, primarily strikes people of color — African Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics — and it can be lethal. The disease is most often found on the palms, nail beds and soles of the feet. These are areas of the body that have less pigment and receive less exposure to the sun; they also are locations people are most likely to ignore. Tragically, this is what happened to legendary reggae musician Bob Marley: What was dismissed as a soccer injury under his toenail turned out to be an aggressive form of melanoma that ultimately caused his death at 36. His story reminds us why both medical providers and the public need to be educated about skin cancer and skin of color.

What to Look For????

If you have a bug bite, a scratch or a pimple, you know, as long as you're not picking at it, it should probably heal in a week -- two weeks at most.
If it has been a month, two months, if it hasn't healed and it starts to bleed for no reason, this is not normal. This is an indication that it needs to be looked at.

People of all ethnicities should heed the following guidelines from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

● Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
● Do not burn.
● Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
● Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
● Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
● Apply one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body — even on skin that clothes will cover — 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Use sunscreen year-round and in all kinds of weather, including overcast days.
● Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should be used on babies older than 6 months.
● Examine your skin head to toe every month.
See a physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Natural Sunscreens for the Skin

Because my family is in the sun an enormous amount of time in the summer also my kids swim a lot in a pool that has chlorine compounded with the fact that they have eczema, their skin is very sensitive and prone to sun damage.
I’m vigilant about protecting their skin thats why I use an all natural sunscreen on their skin. I have listed below the reasons why natural sunscreens are great for the skin:

• Natural sunscreens contain the beneficial minerals titanium and zinc, these minerals act as a barrier blocking UV rays. Whereas chemical sunscreens actually absorb these rays and then neutralize once in the skin.
• Natural sunscreens do not require re-application as they sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed. However chemical sunscreens utilize chemical ingredients which need to be reapplied because these ingredients become dormant.
• Natural sunscreens contain less allergenic ingredients and therefore cause less irritation.  Because of the toxic ingredients in chemical sunscreens irritation to the skin is more likely.
• Natural sunscreens help to protect the skin while soothing and nourishing at the same time whereas the pores of the skin are prone to clogging with the use of chemical sunscreens.

Certain natural oils offer SPF protection from the sun that is better than protection found in any commercially produced sunscreen. (Chemical free too!) Combine one or more of these oils and you have created a divine concoction of safe sun protection that anyone in your family can confidently use. ...

Zinc Oxide and Oils that protect the SKIN with SPF

There are several oils that protect the skin that have SPF. I have listed below the oils and with their respective SPF levels.

1) Raspberry Seed Oil- Estimated SPF of 30-50.
2) Shea Butter- SPF of approximately 6-10.
3) Carrot Seed Oil- SPF levels of 30.
4) Wheat Germ Oil- SPF level of 20.
5) Sesame oil- SPF levels between 4-10.
6) Coconut Oil- SPF levels between 4-10.
7) Hemp oil- SPF levels between 4-10.
8) Avocado oil-SPF levels between 4-10.
9) Soybean oil- SPF levels between 4-10.
10) Peanut Oil- SPF levels between 4-10.

However, none of these ingredients are necessarily adequate on their own to provide us protection for an all day sun experience. In order for an all natural sunscreen to give you protection is needs mineral zinc oxide. Zinc oxide with non-nano sized particles. The particles in the zinc oxide are 20% larger than nano-sized, and they’re French pressed and fine, so that it doesn’t absorb into your bloodstream and yet rubs in clear on the skin, with the normal consistency of sunscreen.This will give the balm real power to reflect the sun’s ray, with minimal negative effects.

Our Natural Sunscreen Lotion, Sun Shade, is made with carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil, organic sweet almond oil, organic virgin unrefined shea butter, organic virgin unrefined coconut oil, organic beeswax and and non nano zinc oxide with lavender essential oil. Our Natural Lavender Zinc Oxide Sunscreen lotion contains a blend of lavender and carrot seed oil (which also helps block UV rays) that leaves your skin smelling great and natural.
The sunscreen lotion goes on smooth and blends easily into the skin, not leaving a chalky white residue. Sun Shade, is a natural sunscreen lotion for dry skin and includes organic coconut oil, and carrot seed oil provides deep moisture to your skin to keep it soft.

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