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May is Melanoma Month

May 15th, 2014


~ Please take these precautions.

If the sun ever stays out long enough, perhaps we will be diligent in applying our sunscreen this season. I would like to re-emphasize the importance of protection your skin from the sun--- it's ok to feel the warmth, absorb the Vitamin D and just enjoy the summer, but being well-protected and remembering these guidelines to achieve this safely! Here are some well worthy tips from the experts at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and some brands that you can turn to for guaranteed protection.

Don't wait until its too late, American Academy of Dermatology teaches potentially life-saving behavior in recognition of .Melanoma Monday. It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the course of their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour. These are scary statistics, and I surely don't want one of them to be you. So, in recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® in May, the AAD is encouraging the public to learn how to SPOT Skin Cancer™. The campaign aims to save lives by emphasizing the importance of early detection.

“When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable,” said board-certified dermatologist, Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “Despite this, many people don’t know how to be their own detective when it comes to skin cancer, including what to look for on their skin or when they should see a dermatologist.”

To increase people’s chances of spotting skin cancer early, the Academy recommends everyone learn the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:

A – is for Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
B – is for Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
C – is for Color that varies from one area to another.
D – is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
E – is for Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
“Although skin cancer is more common among people with light or fair skin, everyone is at risk of getting this life-threatening disease,” said Dr. Coldiron. “SPOT Skin Cancer™ encourages people to invest in their health and spot skin cancer early, when it is most treatable. If you see anything on your skin that is changing, itching or bleeding, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”

To further learn how to spot skin cancer, visit the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ website – – for valuable information and resources on skin cancer prevention and detection.

And here are some worthy sunscreens- NEW and tried and true ones- to use to protect yourself everyday from the sun's harmful rays.

image-NEW L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion - FACE
This lightweight tinted face lotion from L’Oréal Paris contains color-equalizing pigments to correct, even, smooth and brighten the skin while leaving skin feeling soft, with a matte finish. Formulated with an advanced photostable patented UV filter system, powerful antioxidants and luxurious lightweight textures, the complete range is designed to every skin tone under the sun. The all in one sunscreen is available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+.
• Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 50+, 1.7 fl oz, Price: $10.99
• Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 30, 1.7 fl oz, Price: $9.99
Available at and at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

image-NEW L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray - BODY
This ultra-lightweight, liquid silk lotion from L’Oréal Paris comes in a first-to-mass alcohol-free aerosol spray form. The non-irritating and never sticky formula provides a matte, barely there finish that feels drier to the touch than typical sprays. Formulated with an advanced photostable patented UV filter system, powerful antioxidants and luxurious textures. Available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+.
• Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray SPF 50+, Price: $10.99
• Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray SPF 30, Price: $9.99
Available at and at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

image-NEW SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 - EYES
The thin, delicate skin around the eye represents 1% of the skin’s total surface area, but over 10% of skin cancers occur in the area. Delivering a new standard in eye care, this daily, 100% mineral filter base defends, enhances, and optimizes the entire eye area. Formulated specifically for the unique structure of the more sensitive skin around the eye, Physical Eye UV Defense provides broad spectrum SPF 50 protection without migrating into or irritating the eyes. Translucent color spheres create a unifying tint that enhances all skin tones, while ceramides nourish, creating a smooth, optimal canvas for make-up application. Meant to be applied all over the eye area (including the lid), tested post-injectable and proven 100% safe on even the most sensitive, traumatized skin.
Price: Available for $30 at, as well as physician offices nationwide

image- NEW H2O Plus Total Source UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 PA+++ - FACE
This weightless fluid quickly absorbs into the skin to create a transparent veil of chemical-free UV protection and blocks up to 98% of UVA and UVB rays that damage the skin. It also works to help reduce wrinkles, firm, brighten and nourish the skin. This product makes it easy to incorporate SPF into any current daily skincare regimen. The powdery, matte finish creates a perfect canvas for makeup.
Price: $65, Available at H2O Plus stores and in March

image- Meaningful Beauty® Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 Broad Spectrum - FACE
Spoil your skin with luxe ingredients and broad-spectrum protection to help rejuvenate, firm and reveal younger looking skin. Suitable for all skin types, the lightweight yet effective moisturizer is fortified with the Exclusive Microencapsulated Melon Complex and dual action Vitamin C. This cocktail of powerful antioxidants combats free radical damage and when combined with the Bearberry Extract and sunscreens, helps brighten the complexion and smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to diminish the visible signs of premature aging.
Price: $45 by calling 1-877-383-1212 or visit the site.


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