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It's vital for your health.
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The sun. It's a beautiful thing, and when it's shining, the streets, parks and beaches get really busy. The city comes alive! But it's not all good. The sun can burn! And, a history of sunburns increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanomas. Sun exposure can also cause wrinkles, dry skin and age spots.
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Like forgetting key body parts!
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Seven things you need for guaranteed summer fun, from the all-important sunblock to products that help your legs look radiant.
Summer appeared happened so quickly that you may not be quite prepared for fun in the sun. Indeed, despite an increasing awareness of the sun's risks, rates of melanoma -- the deadliest skin cancer -- have tripled over the past 35 years. I'm not a doctor, but I think that with such a pronounced risk, we need to be smart and protect our skin from harmful UV rays. However, not all sunscreens are created equally.
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When I was young (in my 20s), I felt like nothing could harm me. But now, after having a mole removed and following this, a serious discussion with my doctor on skin care and the risks, I am much more careful with how I care for my skin in the sun.
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Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It forms when the DNA of your skin is harmed, doesn't repair itself and instead mutates to form cancerous cells. Melanomas often look like moles, or develop from existing moles. It can spread from the skin to other parts of the body.
Whether climbing a mountainous terrain, swimming in a serine lake, or catching a glorious sunset, being in nature fosters well-being in infinite ways, including balancing our nervous system, impacting cardiovascular health, and influencing our mood.
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Growing up, we never talked about the importance of sun protection. We ran and played outside, without even thinking about applying sunscreen. Had I known that ignorance would lead to a stage 3b metastatic melanoma diagnosis in my mid-30s, I would've done things a lot differently.
No matter how old you are, everyone experiences winter itch at some point in their life. Most of us experience flaky, itchy, dry skin when the temperature drops and the air dries.
Jessica Alba's company Honest has been receiving complaints from parents about its sunscreen. The moms and dads are claiming that they and their children got sunburns after using the product. Get the...
WATERLOO, Ont. - Even when Rachel Pautler slathered on handfuls of sunscreen she still got burnt at the beach.Being fair-skinned certainly has its setbacks in the summertime but Pautler wasn't going t...
While complete sun abstinence is unlikely for most of us, sun "awareness" and proper sunscreen use are the most important things you can do to prevent sunburns and reduce your risk of skin cancer. There is growing evidence that the foods you consume may influence risk and offer some protection.
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Summer is the season where accidents, particularly in children, are more frequent. Many of these accidents can be prevented and a number of pediatric advocacy groups and children's hospitals have created information around prevention strategies.
There are plenty of new sunscreen products on the market today and we're using them more than ever before. But with all the incidences of skin cancer, clearly something is wrong with the way we're getting our sun exposure. Here are three concepts to understand before you step outside into the sun.
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Gone are the days when our parents attempted to slather thick, heavy lotions all over our body that had a weird scent and left a white residue.
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For the second time in 10 months, I vacationed to a hot, sunny, gorgeous place only to return to the dead of winter, pasty pale. My, how times have changed. When it comes down to it, you can buy 'tan in a can' or get a spray tan any time, but you can't buy time with your family.
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You've already been told how important it is to wear your SPF when you hit the beach or go out for a run, but did you ever consider wearing sunscreen for your morning commute? If you spend a lot of ti...
There are times when the Internet is awesome, like when it brings you videos of tiny hedgehog birthday parties or is part of a revolution to change beauty standards. And then there's times when the In...
Sun exposure is no joke. It is not to be taken lightly. Tanning salons and oils irk me with the same intensity as marketing fast food to children. Since 1970, the incidence of Melanoma has nearly tripled, while most other cancers are in retreat. Here is a breakdown of what you should know.
It's no surprise that the royal baby tops my list--I will admit to being as excited as anyone when that baby was safely born. But what I can't help but think about is the pressure for Kate to emerge from the hospital and show off baby George, which she and Prince William did so graciously.
Hot, humid weather is here and while most people's skin is sensitive to sun damage, the most common spots for sunburns are the places we forget to apply sunscreen. Top of the ears, back of the neck a...
Protective and preventative beauty products may not be as glamorous as creamy lipsticks or glossy polishes, but they are a skincare staple for fun in the sun. For the best results, look after your skin from sunscreen application to after sun care, and choose products that work with your skin type.
The official start of summer is coming up quickly, and the mercury is rising accordingly. What's also rising is the UV index, which measures the strength of the sun's rays. We know you're excited to e...
The majority of sunscreens on the market today are more harmful than beneficial. Sunscreens are designed to decrease your risk of skin cancer and allow you to enjoy the sun without worry. Unfortunately, most modern day sunscreens may increase your risk of cancer and disrupt the functioning of your hormones.
Olympic Skier, Julia Mancuso, is on the slopes every day. While temperatures may be low on the mountain, the sun's rays are still super strong. So, she has teamed up with the Spot Skin Cancer Campaign to help prevent and detect skin cancer early on. Here are some of her winter skin care tips for the slopes.
We know we have to wear sunscreen daily, that tanning beds are bad for us, etc., etc. But when it comes to sunscreen specifics -- especially in terms of updating our beauty routines for fall -- there...
The Kit Want to know how celebrities keep their skin looking so flawless? Well, behind all that makeup is usually lovely skin achieved through regular visits to the dermatologist and of course, sunscr...
The most compelling subject line from a press release I have received -- ever (keep in mind that I am a parenting editor so the stuff doesn't usually get that racy) -- was this: "Sunscreen Can Stunt Penis Growth in Boys --Yes, It's True According to Dr. Martha Howard." I haven't done the research to enquire if there is any basis for this claim, but I did want to share the fact that this is the latest in our world of everything-is-bad-for-your-kids these days.