Archive: Skincare

NEW REPORT: Tanning Beds DEFINITE cause of cancer.

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It’s no surprise that too much time in the tanning bed can be dangerous for your health. But a new study released yesterday reveals just how much.

International cancer experts say that the ultraviolet radiation from tanning bed bulbs is a definite cause of cancer. For years scientists have described those UVA rays as “probable carcinogens.”

Medical journal Lancet Oncology published the research. It now ranks tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and arsenic.

“Whether it’s sunshine or ultra violet tanning in a tanning bed, there is no safe way,” said Dr. Mark Koone, a dermatologist at Texoma Dermatology Clinic in Sherman.

Dr. Koone said it’s especially important for Texans to be wary of ultraviolet rays, because the sun is so intense in this region.

“If you’re getting ultra violet radiation enough to the point where you get a tan it means you’ve caused DNA damage, you’ve caused mutations in your skin,” explained Dr. Koone.

But what do these findings mean for local tanning businesses?

Joan Thompson owns Electric Beach Tan, the first tanning salon to open its doors in Denison 20 years ago. She says the reason customers keep coming back is because they enjoy the tanning experience.

“It’s just relaxing for a lot of people because it’s their me time,” said Thompson.

And even though that relaxation could come at a price, she said she isn’t too worried about her business.

“I think no, it’s not going to change people that really love to tan, because this business has been in place for too long,” said Thompson.

Dr. Koone seems to feel the same way, although he hopes people will heed the research’s findings.

“My gut feeling is the behavior overall probably won’t change that much, this is just confirming what we’ve already suspected,” said Dr. Koone.

The new analysis combined about 20 studies and concluded that the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30.

One mother said she’s been following the research and is always adamant about sun protection for her family. Kate Whitfield of Sherman said it’s an effort worthwhile and will pay off in the long run.

So as for “fake n bake?” Well she said that’s out of the question.

“We haven’t had any skin burns and we’ve never had anybody even ask to go to a tanning parlor because they know that would be not acceptable,” said Whitfield.

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Are you giving your face and body the proper TLC?

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Skin Care Dos and Don’ts

Water 101

Don’t take too many showers. Yes, it’s summertime and you’re working up a sweat, but taking multiple showers throughout the day can wreak havoc with your skin: Though you might think it’s hydrating, topically, water can have a drying effect on your epidermis. To avoid looking like a prune, douse in small doses and always moisturize immediately after showering.

Do drink plenty of water. While topically water can hinder your skin, drinking 64 ounces of water daily is essential for a healthy complexion because it flushes out toxins and keeps your insides running efficiently. Whether you drink bottled, filtered, or tap water doesn’t matter—getting your eight glasses in matters most. Remember that fruits and veggies are also good sources of H20.

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Moisturizing Musts

Don’t go overboard with rich moisturizers. While you want to keep your skin supple during summer, you can afford to lighten up—especially since thick doesn’t necessarily equal better. Heavy creams can create a barrier on the surface of your face and keep your skin from absorbing moisture. And formulas that contain synthetic ingredients can trap dead cells and leave your complexion looking dull.

Do use a nighttime face lotion. There’s evidence that skin-cell regeneration is slightly faster at night than during the day, so take advantage of your skin’s receptiveness and don’t skimp on overnight hydration.

Double Duty

Don’t apply too many face products at once, no matter how eager you are to try them out. “Using too many products can irritate the skin,” says Jeanine Downie, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.

Do nourish your skin with a nutrient-packed moisturizer—in other words, rather than use a bunch of different formulas, find a multitasking hero product that takes care of your needs in one go. Look for one that contains vitamin C, to even skin tone and minimize blotchiness, and potent antiagers like retinoic acid and niacinamide.

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Top 10 Beauty Foods

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Chow down on antioxidant- and zinc-rich oysters, dark chocolate, and blueberries for a clear complexion.

BEAUTY BITES

1. Wild salmon: A primo source for omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce skin inflammation, preventing redness, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It’s also potent in antioxidants and vitamins B and D.

2. Low-fat yogurt: In one word, calcium. Good for strong bones, nails, and teeth. One cup of plain low-fat yogurt has more calcium than a glass of skim milk.

3. Oysters: The best source of zinc, period. Zinc helps build collagen, which supports the structure of skin and speeds up renewal and repair.

4. Blueberries: Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that prevent long-term cell damage.

5. Kiwifruit: Another good source of antioxidants, kiwis are also a great source of vitamin C and potassium, all which help prevent wrinkles.

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6. Sweet potatoes: Chock-full of beta-carotene, something the body converts to vitamin A, which keeps skin smooth and is thought to protect against sun damage.

7. Spinach: This nutrient-dense leafy green is a great source of beta-carotene and lutein, which protects the eyes.

8. Tomatoes: Perhaps the only vegetable best eaten processed. Tomatoes are a major source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant also thought to protect against sunburn.

9. Walnuts: A key source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. The omega-3s found in walnuts also help fight against skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema.

10. Dark chocolate: Full of antioxidants and nutrients, cocoa (choose chocolate with at least 60 percent cocoa) increases blood flow to the skin, which in turn boosts hydration, smoothness, and protection against sun exposure.

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bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads

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Ingrown Hair Eliminating Peeling Pads can produce a slight stinging when applied to sensitive areas (including recently razored or freshly waxed skin). Avoid application for at least 12 hours after shaving, and 24 hours after waxing.

•6% glycolic acid, an alphy hydroxy acid that reduces dead skin cell buildup
•2% salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that reduces inflammation
•Witch Hazel-a botanical known to speed the healing of wounds
•Lavender Oil-a soothing, healing botanical
•Green Tea-an antioxidant that protects the skin from damage

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