Holiday Skin Check Video– The Best Gift for You and Your Family

 SKin Check -- the bestNo-Nonsense Holiday GiftFor most of us holiday traditions include family  parties, great food, lighting all sorts of candles  and piles of brightly wrapped gifts.  In  our home we have added a new holiday radition– an annual  skin cancer  check.  As a heath and beauty writer I wrote about  skin cancer, but myself went decades between skin check-ups.  Then a random physical office visit uncovered  skin cancer in my husband and a precancerous spot on my leg.   If you’ve ever waited for a biopsy, you will want to do anything to avoid a repeat episode.  We vowed to have an annual skin  check but the months kept rolling by.

I relaized that a needed a date that would always trigger a reminder– and the winter holiday season seemed  perfect.  Like  who can ignore this … Continue Reading…

Can Your Sunscreen Lower Vitamin D?

Vitamin DI’m not subtle  when it comes to my enthusiasm for sunscreens and the numbers from the Skin Cancer Foundation  support my views:

* Up to age 60, up to 90% of skin aging is actually sun damage

* 5 million people in the US  are treated each year for some form of skin cancer

* The incidence of skin cancer has risen 77% between 1992 and 2006

* 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers are due to UV rays

* Melanoma is the  most common form of cancer for young adults  25-29

Despite these numbers I hear  many reasons  ( excuses?) for not using sunscreens and most of them are easily refuted.   But then there is the issue of vitamin D.

Vitamin D 101

Vitamin D is an essential … Continue Reading…

It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Barbara   Hannah Grufferman of  Best of Everything After 50  is hosting Fashion Flash. Positive Living Expert of AARP  Barbara has  a delight in living and learning that is absolutely infectious.  As the decades roll by,  its all too common to   fall into a cynical disappointed mode and rant  about  what’s wrong with our lives. Not Barbara Hannah Gufferman, and her gorgeous  redesigned blog is the perfect antidote to  mid-life  malaise.  Read it every day for stimulating  new articles on health, beauty, and social issues that deserve our attention.

Fashion FLash supports SCTAHFashion Flash Supports  “The Skin Cancer Take a Hike”

May is National Melanoma  Awareness Month and  the numbers are sobering.  … Continue Reading…

A Pill for Sun Protection by Deborah Chase

Question and Answer logoQuestion:  I’ve seen ads for sun protection pills. Do they really work?  I just  got a job offer in Tuscon, but after  two skin cancer surgeries, I’m worried about   so much  sun exposure.

Answer:  It does sound like the plot point of an episode on Twilight Zone, but sun protection   supplements like Heliocare are genuinely helpful.  They are made from the extract of a fern found in South and Central America– another good reason to protect the rain forest.

For centuries, native tribes used to apply these ferns  to inflammed and blistered skin.  In fact they were a popular folk remedy  for skin condition suchs as  eczema  and psoriasis.   Today over 70 peer reviewed studies  have demonstrated that extracts made from these ferns can protect the skin  in four  ways:

1. They are powerful antioxidants that break down free radicals … Continue Reading…

Is It Skin Cancer?

Q&A logoQuestion:  I have  little thin red lines on the left side of my face.  I know that you have said it can be a broken blood vessel called spider veins, but since I’ve spent so much time in the sun, I wonder if it could be skin cancer. 

Answer:  Little red lines are the face are usually  small broken or swollen blood vessels.  They can be causes by high blood pressure, excess alcohol consumption or too much sun.   A blow to the face from a fall or even too aggressive massage can  also trigger their appearance.  But if you are concerned about skin cancer, I would definately have it evaluated by a dermatologist.  In fact, according to New York City dermatologist  and skin cancer expert Dr Ellen Marmur,  we  all should have a complete “skin  check”  every year.  After a summer in the sun,  early … Continue Reading…