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New Yale study reveals if you tan in a tanning bed, you have a 69% increased chance of skin cancer!

I think every one of us already knows how bad tanning beds really are, yet even in my circle of friends I still know women who use them! We know they have been linked to an increased risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer, and a new study by Yale reveals they ALSO raise the odds of developing the most common forms of skin cancer.

Scientists at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut found that young people who tanned on the indoor beds had a 69 per cent increased chance of suffering from early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

“Indoor tanning was strikingly common in our study of young skin cancer patients, especially in the women, which may partially explain why 70 per cent of early-onset BCCs are in females,” Susan T. Mayne, the senior author of the study and a professor at the School of Public Health, said in a statement.

The findings, which are reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, support earlier research from the University of Minnesota, where scientists discovered that people who used tanning beds, regardless of the type or for how long, were 74 per cent more likely to develop melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

Mayne and her colleagues interviewed 750 people younger than 40 years old. They analyzed the type of tanning beds used, for how long and how often, any burns that resulted and the age when the beds were first used.

They noted that the risks increased with the number of years the tanning beds had been used.

“We were also surprised to find that one-third of our study participants with BCC had already had at least one additional BCC before age 40, which is very alarming as skin cancers increase in frequency in age,” Mayne added.

About 30 million people in the United State use indoor tanning beds, which the World Health Organization classifies as a human carcinogen. In the United States tanning beds are considered a medical device.

Medical experts in the United States have called for stronger regulations on the use of tanning beds.

Cases of melanoma have been rising for the past three decades. Although it only accounts for about for five per cent of skin cancer cases it causes the majority of death from the disease. About 70,230 new cases will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Cases of basal cell cancers are also on the rise but they are likely to be cured if detected and treated early.

“Importantly, indoor tanning is a behavior that individuals can change,” said Leah M. Ferrucci, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Public Health and a co-author of the research.

“In conjunction with the findings on melanoma, our results for BCC indicate that reducing indoor tanning could translate to a meaningful reduction in the incidence of these two types of skin cancer,” she added.

So I gotta ask…. do you use a tanning bed? If so – what would it take to convince you NOT to use one? Why is a tanning bed worth the risk?

Speak up in the comments below!

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BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector is a must-have!

Introducing BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, a water-based moisturizer with an SPF of 20+ and light-diffusing particles of shimmer that creates instant radiance and vitality and reduces imperfections.

  • Contains ultra-fine mica to reflect light, making the skin appear healthy and glowing
  • The shimmering properties help illuminate darkened patches of the skin and even out skin tone
  • Contains broad spectrum SPF 20+ to protect against 96% of both UVA and UVB rays
  • Contains anti-oxidant vitamins A, B, D, and E to aid in tissue repair, increase collagen renewal and moisture holding capacity, while simultaneously protecting against pollution and free radical damage
  • Contains soothing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients
  • Apply as a base over the entire face using Foundation Brush #18, Foundation/Concealer Brush #58, or Multi-Use Brush #59 and add a touch of Compact Concealer to blemishes if required.
  • Set with Fine Loose Finishing Powder for a natural looking glow.
  • Mix with a small amount of Luminous Skin Colour for a radiant complexion.
  • Apply all over the face, then swirl Mineral Powder Foundation on all over the face for a “glow from within” look.
  • Use to highlight cheekbones, brow bones, and temples by dabbing over foundation and powder for an extra-dewey look using your fingers or Extra Small Polishing Brush #55, Small Polishing Brush #56 or Multi-Use Brush #59.
  • For maximum shimmer and radiance, apply over a BECCA Primer and leave skin unpowdered.

Like I said earlier, I’m not much of a foundation person. This product is just for people like me! It’s the perfect lotion if you want your face to glow a little bit – without applying foundation! My face shimmers – NOT sparkles. You can hardly even tell the shimmer is there, your skin just looks glowy. (I know it’s not a word, but I’m using it anyway.)

I like how natural it looks. It doesn’t look cheap – or like I should be heading to a club. It just makes my skin look healthy! You should try it!

PS: It also has this really light, barely-there-scent that just smells amazing!

$41

BECCA’s Stick Foundation rocks my world…

The ultimate skin savior, creating the illusion of flawless skin by evening out skin tone and lightly concealing blemishes. A unique balance between maximum sun protection (SPF 30+) and long lasting wear.

  • The soft, creamy texture allows a totally controllable level of coverage
  • The non-powdery formulation is suitable for most skin types (including ultra-sensitive) and provides sheer to medium, natural looking coverage
  • Doubles as a sheer under-eye concealer
  • Contains broad spectrum SPF 30+ to protect against over 96% of both UVA and UVB rays
  • Contains antioxidant vitamins A, D, and E, which help to increase collagen renewal and the skin’s moisture holding capacity
  • Can be used all over the face (including the under eye area) or only where further coverage is required.
  • Use over Luminous Skin Colour or BECCA Primers and set with Fine Loose Finishing Powder for a water-resistant, long-lasting finish.
  • Use Foundation Brush #18, Foundation/Concealer Brush #58, or Multi-Use Brush #59 for an ultra-sheer, even and quick application.

I think the reason I love this stick foundation so much, is because I’m really NOT a foundation person. I don’t like the feeling of having foundation on all over my face. With this – I can put it on the areas I need to – without having to cover my whole face. I have sun spots right in my t-zone, so this foundation is a perfect fit for me. It comes in a great compact size, so it fits perfectly in my purse!

Love it!!

$44


New app lets you check your moles for cancer?

Want to check your moles without taking the time to go into a dermatologist? Well, according to a press release – there is a new app – created by a dermatologist to check whether or not your moles could cause cancer. All for $4.99! But does it work?

The days of worrying about a mole for weeks on end are over. The newly launched SpotCheck app is a groundbreaking and easy-to-use mobile app that identifies potentially dangerous moles without the time-consuming trip to a dermatologist.

With SpotCheck, users simply take a picture of their mole with a mobile device, and the image is instantly sent to a board-certified dermatologist (not to any kind of machine or scanner). For only $4.99, the user will receive a response from SpotCheck within 24-hours that categorizes moles as having either typical or atypical features. If a mole with atypical features is identified, the app will list local area dermatologists and recommend that the user make an appointment.

With the average wait time to see a dermatologist at 38 days, and busy work schedules and insurance co-pays often hindering the decision to have a mole looked at, SpotCheck alleviates those worries with a simple click.

Developed by Nick Wilkinson, SpotCheck is the first app designed to transmit images of moles through a mobile device to a dermatologist, who will scan it within 24-hours for a nominal charge, taking the marriage of mobile technology and personal health/beauty to an innovative new level.

SpotCheck was founded by Dr. Bobby Buka, “New York City’s most sought-after dermatologist” (NBC NonStop) and a favorite amongst Hollywood A-listers. Dr. Buka has offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn with a third on the way, and has appeared on The Today Show and CBS News as a skin care expert.

Allure tested the app out:

If you own an iPhone, you now have no excuse not to monitor suspicious moles on your body (not that you had much of an excuse before). SpotCheck, an app that launches this week, helps people identify dangerous moles with a click of their phone’s camera. Curious, I downloaded the app and snapped a picture of my mole (the same one I monitor regularly with my dermatologist). Within an hour, I received this message: “Your photo shows features that are generally regarded as typical of a normal mole.” (For the record, that’s consistent with what my doctor said.)

The app was developed by Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist who, for the time being, personally screens every submission. He guarantees a response within 24 hours—a promise that inspired him to create the app in the first place. According to a 2006 study by the American Academy of Dermatology, it takes an average of 38 days to set up a skin cancer screening. But it can take as little as one month for melanoma to penetrate the epidermis — at which point the chance of survival goes down to 66 percent, Buka says. “One third of those patients will die,” Buka says. “Suddenly, that 38-day window becomes very relevant.”

The app is free to download, but it costs $4.99 to submit a photo for review. If Buka determines that your mole is atypical, he will refer you to dermatologists in your area who are both board-certified and have signed a contract promising to schedule any SpotCheck referrals within two weeks. “The tricky part about melanoma compared to other cancers, is that we don’t have any chemotherapy that works,” says Buka. “The only thing we can do is remove it, which is why you have to catch it early.”

I’m a bit skeptical. Would you pay $4.99 to try it?