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Here Comes Summer!

We all look forward to summer. The clothes are looser and lighter, the days are longer, there are picnics and beach days and friends are climbing aboard the boat. So our lifestyle changes when summer is in full swing. We do more so we have less time and sometimes what suffers is our skin care. But summer is really the time to pay attention to your skin because it is getting more sun.

Almost 80% of the damage to a non-smoker’s skin is caused by the sun. So summer is a time of increased fun and increased aging both at the same time. How can we minimize or prevent that?

The first clear choice is to wear a good sunscreen or sunblock. You want one that has a high SPF and also has no parabens. A sunscreen that relies on Titanium Dioxide is the best choice for the environment. A sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB is recommended for most comprehensive protection. Mango Madness Protect Me™ lives up to those requirements.

Another item to put in your bag of summer tricks is an all-over moisturizer to refresh your body after a day in the sun. Something light and luxurious feeling that goes on smoothly and makes your skin smile. We recommend our rich, aloe-vera cream for an after-sun cool down.

Last, but by no means least, we recommend that you stock up on Hydrospherex™ for the purest hyaluronic acid serum that money can buy. Hyaluronic Acid’s moisturizing properties promotes healing and boosts renewal after a day of the sun’s rays. And that’s just what your skin needs! The power of hyaluronic acid giving your skin the assistance it needs to re-hydrate depleted skin cells and maintain that healthy, beautiful skin look all year around!

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What you need to know about sunscreen

July is here and it’s the month with the highest risk of over exposure to the sun – not just because of the intense sunlight this time of the year, but also because we are typically engaged in more outdoor activities in the summer.

You may already know that sunlight causes 80% of skin aging, and we all know that we need to wear a properly formulated sunscreen to protect our skin. However, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding sunscreen.  We’ll try to clear that up.

Sun Protection Factor
First is the question, how much Sun Protection Factor (SPF) do you need? A typical fair skinned person will get a sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight for more than 20 minutes. If you multiply this 20 minutes by the SPF, you’ll get the amount of time you can remain in direct sunlight without getting a sunburn. Therefore, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 would provide 600 minutes or 10 hours of protection (assuming it stays on your skin that long). A higher SPF does not indicate any appreciable additional protection. So the answer: SPF 30 is plenty.

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Next there’s the need to protect against all forms of sunlight. Did you know that SPF only relates to the burning rays, also known as UVB?  The other form of sunlight is UVA (sometimes called Aging rays). UVA rays do not give you a sunburn, but penetrate deeper into your skin and cause damage to your DNA. So, besides getting a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, you must be sure to get one that says “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB” on the label.

Ingredients
Finally, there’s the question of: what’s in my sunscreen?  There are basically two types of active ingredients: chemicals and particulates. Some people prefer particulates (such as micronized titanium dioxide) for two reasons – chemicals can cause skin irritation and may also wash off more readily in water or from perspiring, while particulates are less likely to do so. You also want to be sure you have safe ingredients, so look for sunscreen (and all skin care) that is formulated without any harmful ingredients such as parabens.

SUMMARY: Since sunlight causes 80% of aging, you want a good sunscreen with a SPF of 30, Broad Spectrum or UVA/UVB protection, and made with particulates such as titanium dioxide but without any parabens.

FDA Issues Standards For Sunscreen Labeling

On June 14, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published its new standards for sunscreen labels.  The move is the result of years of confusion about what all the different descriptions really mean and what features offer the best protection against sunburn and ultimately, skin cancer.

FDA’s new regulations define the standard for the new “broad spectrum” coverage – sunscreens with this description on the label must pass the agency’s test for both Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Also, to be able to make the statement that the product can help prevent sunburn and reduce skin cancer risk, it must have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Mango Madness Skin Care’s Protect Me™ sunblock features titanium dioxide, which provides Broad Spectrum sunburn shielding against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30, and is also water-resistant.

Sun Damage causes 80% – 85% of skin aging

There are two kinds of ultraviolet solar radiation that can affect your exposed skin: UVA and UVB Rays. UVA Rays make up about 95% of the UV rays on earth and can cause deterioration of collagen and elastin in your skin. This can lead to thinning and wrinkling of skin – sun damage.  With age, elastin and collagen fibers gradually decrease – UV radiation speeds up this process.

Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) are the ones that cause your skin to turn red and give you a sunburn. The resulting darkening of your skin is cause by your body trying to defend itself against further solar damage by producing a pigment known as melanin.

Too much ultraviolet light will damage your skin cells. Some say that UVB isn’t as damaging as UVA rays – while they don’t penetrate your skin as deeply, UVB rays can still harm your skin.

Protect your skin with a good titanium-dioxide based, full spectrum, UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF of at least 30. Avoid direct sunlight for two hours before and after noon, and remember that tanning beds are not a safe alternative. If you want a tan, look for a good paraben-free sunless tanning lotion.

Keep Your Skin Healthy – Protect from Sunlight

Limit sun exposure.  Avoid direct sunlight during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the solar radiation is strongest. Cloudy days don’t offer much protection – many of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, especially ultraviolet.  Being around water can intensify sunlight through reflection and the fact that water’s ability to cool the skin can make people unaware they are getting burned.

Use a good UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher.  Look for “broad spectrum” sun screen – the best kind contain titanium dioxide.  Also, use waterproof sunblock so it stays on your skin if you perspire of get wet.

Protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat will help shield your face, ears, and neck.  Be sure your sunglasses filter out ultraviolet radiation.

Avoid sun tanning, which includes artificial sunlight at tanning salons.