Tag Archive: sun protection

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 5:00 pm

Ease Into Exercise To Benefit Mind, Body, and Soul

It’s time to break out those new sneakers and start an exercise program for a healthier mind, body, and soul. The calendar and weather are finally in sync, so there are fewer reasons to delay getting outdoors to begin low impact physical activity such as walking. If you have any health concerns, or it has been a long while since you have engaged in regular exercise, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before you initiate a new exercise program. It’s better to be aware of any precautions and follow recommendations so as to avoid injury and make...

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014 10:01 am

What You Need to Know About Sunscreen Labels

New labeling rules for sunscreen from the Food and Drug Administration went into effect in 2012. • The words “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock” are banned; according to the FDA, they overstate the product’s effectiveness. Be (pro)active and reapply sunscreen(Photo Credit: Victoria Kvilhaug) • Sunscreens cannot claim to provide protection for more than two hours without reapplication  or claim “instant” protection without evidence. • The term “broad spectrum” may only appear on sunscreens proven to protect against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. • Only broad spectrum sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher can...

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014 10:00 am

Selecting the Best Sun Screen Product

Remember: even toes need sunscreen(Photo Credit: Victoria Kvilhaug) With so many types of sunscreen products to choose from, how do you know which one is the best choice for you?  The key to finding the best sunscreen product is selecting one that is not only appropriate, but also acceptable. This often involves some trial and error, sampling several products until you find the one you love. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating product acceptability. It’s very simple, if you don’t love the product, you won’t use it. First, be sure to select a sunscreen product bearing a Skin Cancer Foundation...

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Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:00 am

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation

The Seal of Recommendation Program consists of four categories under which a sun protective product may receive the Seal of Recommendation for a specific category. The Seal of Recommendation granted after a review of scientific data by an independent Photobiology Committee demonstrates the product sufficiently and safely “aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.” The four categories consist of: •Daily Use                   •Active •International  •Traditional Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation The Daily Use Seal is used for sunscreens that are intended to protect customers from incidental sun exposure,...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:00 am

Simple Sun-Smart Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

The first step is becoming aware of your cumulative, daily sun or ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure. Pay close attention to both direct and indirect sun-exposure. Sun exposure awareness is a year-round necessity. While cloudy days and leafy trees may appear to diminish your exposure, in reality, their ability to filter UVR varies greatly and in effect, they do not prevent harmful UV rays from reaching you. Likewise, the need to be extra vigilant while engaging in water and snow activities is essential. Total UVR exposure in these environments may actually be amplified because of the reflective nature of water and...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:00 am

Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation’s Effect on Your Health

Let’s get technical for a moment: Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a form of energy produced by our sun. UVR is the invisible part of the light spectrum that reaches the earth. There are three types of ultraviolet rays or wavelengths contained in sunlight: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVR is measured in nanometers (or nm) and falls within the range of 100-400 nm on the electromagnetic spectrum. UVC, being the shortest of these three wavelengths (100-280 nm), can be very damaging. The good news is UVC is mostly absorbed by the atmosphere and ozone layer before it can reach earth.  A...

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