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Thunder, Lightning, Snow and Skincare…

What does skincare have to do with the weather? The biggest thing that it has in common with sudden changes in the weather is that there are changes in what you need, and that you have to be prepared. Most women carry an umbrella, tissues, lipstick and hand lotion. But few carry  facial sun block or a light moisturizer in their purse.

Why is that? Sunscreen or sunblock is potentially the most important thing you could carry with you because the sun is the biggest threat to your complexion. Buy Protect Me™ Paraben-Free Sunscreen and keep it in your purse for times when your best friend wants you to go look at that amazing rose garden or dine outside at that new restaurant with the amazing courtyard. Suddenly you’re protected from the sun’s aging rays effectively with no odor or greasiness.

The other thing that would be a wonderful addition to your purse is a light moisturizer. We should not have to say this, but please don’t use your typical hand lotion on your face. Hand lotions are often chosen with less care than facial creams, and very often come with a strong fragrance. Fragrances can irritate the more delicate skin around your eyes, and most hand creams include parabens in the list of ingredients. Parabens are potentially a hazard because they have been implicated in women’s health issues and identified as a component that can promote skin aging. They are not something you want on your face.

So let the snow and end of summer storms come. You’ve got your umbrella, rain boots and a scraper for your windshield! And, hopefully we’ve convinced you to also carry a light moisturizer for times when your skin is dry, and a facial sunscreen to protect you from exposure.

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Mango Miracle Aloe Vera Daily Moisturizer

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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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Dazzling Days of Summer

If you are from the Baby Boomer generation June 21st a/k/a the First Day of Summer may cause you to think of the Beach Boys singing Surfin’ USA. If you are younger you may have visions of Duran Duran on a sail boat singing Rio. Whatever your summer music and vision are, June is the month that it all seems to come together.

But when it comes to skin, June, July, and August are hard months that really take a toll on everything your skin holds dear. First, the sun just saps the moisture out of skin and if you have been reading this blog you know moisture is integral to skin beauty. But the heat causes evaporation and the UVA and UVB rays just directly sizzle the skin’s moisture away as the cells try to resist burning and drying. As the skin fires up its defenses and begins to tan and give up precious oils, moisture is depleted as a part of that process.

So, in the summer your skin maintenance is two fold. First, you have to protect your skin from the suns rays to begin with. A good sunblock is essential as are clothes that cover without over heating you. The next course of action is to replenish the moisture your skin has lost during a day in the sun. Mango Madness Skin Care has two good products for you.

The most important is Protect Me™ our UVA / UVB sunblock. Keep that sun away from the delicate skin on your face! Protect Me™ is paraben-free and will not irritate your skin.

Next, we have a great after-sun lotion to restore your skin’s natural moisture. Our delicious Mango Souffle Shea Butter Body Cream can be used all over after a shower or just as needed to soothe away roughness and dryness and make you feel pampered and oh, so silky!

Don’t settle for less – Mango Madness offers fast shipping, a great guarantee, and paraben-free wonderfulness in every product!

Is Tanning Safe?

We get asked that a lot, and with summer fully under way we would like to give this topic the space it deserves. First, moderate exposure to the sun is desirable. It aids the body’s production of Vitamin D and helps regulate mood.  Some people react to sunless seasons with a seasonal depression because of the loss of full spectrum light.

But moderate exposure does not include sun bathing and tanning. Many people believe that tanning in a tanning bed is safer but may be surprised to learn that the FDA considers the damage your skin receives from an indoor tanning bed to be up to 12 times that of the damage received from a similar amount of time in the sun! Another fact that few people understand is that tanning occurs when the skin is exposed to Ultra Violet Radiation and the skin cells undergo changes (including darkening) as a result. Frequent tanning has been known to lead to accelerated aging, precancerous and cancerous skin cell changes, and a depressed immune system.

What can you do then to protect your skin and get at least a little bit of a bronze glow in the summer? First, whenever you go out be sure to where a good sunblock. Sun screens and sun blocks should be paraben free and a high enough SPF to really protect your skin. Our Protect Me broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 paraben free sunblock has the sun protection, the moisturizers and is paraben-free and water resistant. It can be worn under your makeup and is non-irritating for delicate skin.

The next thing you may want to do is use a self-tanner. If you are a mature woman you may remember the orange-y color and streaky results of early “tanning lotions.” These used mostly carotene for color and the result was not natural or consistent.

Modern self-tanners give you a bronze glow in about four hours from application. They go on smoothly and do not streak. So the result looks natural and you look great without risking the damage that can come from the sun. Ready to tan without the sun? Try Tan-Fan self-tanner and get the look you want with no sunburn!

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My Skin is So Dry! Summer Just Makes it Worse!

If you are like me and suffer from dry skin, then being out in the sun only seems to dry you out more. It seems as if only Spring and Fall are good seasons. In the Summer all the fun sports and even just picnic get-togethers are designed to bring the fun outdoors where the sun can bake you. Key to keeping that dry skin happy is two main things: a good, powerful moisturizer that can hydrate cells thoroughly, and a strong sunblock to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. If you have those two things you should be in good shape.

paraben-free-face-creamFirst, the moisturizer. What you should be looking for is a paraben-free face cream that has a high quantity of Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is easily absorbed by the skin and, in a moisturizer like Maximum Moisture, is delivered at a maximum therapeutic dosage. That means you are getting all the help your skin can use. As the cream sinks in to your skin and penetrates depleted skin cells, they are renewed and smoothed and re-hydrated. Your skin feels silky smooth and soft instead of dry and flaky. But the best part is that you only feel how good it feels on the outside. On the inside, your skin cells are encouraged to produce more collagen, hold on to more moisture, and be less dry, sensitive and lined. Your face will look radiant, younger and more lovely while your skin is enjoying the moisture treatment! Learn more about Maximum Moisture skin therapy.

Sunblock-titaniumNext, choose a good SPF paraben-free sunscreen or sunblock. You want as few of the rays of the sun getting through your protection as possible. The sun has the ability to damage and wrinkle skin the way few other environmental hazards can. With a good titanium dioxide sunblock the sun’s harmful rays are deflected so that your skin stays safe. And, best of all, ProtectMe sun block has NO parabens, NO PABA, NO fragrances. so it is safe on the most delicate skin. ProtectMe is a UVA/UVB spectrum sun block with SPF 30. Learn more about ProtectMe sunblock here.

So, enjoy your summer. All you have to do is moisturize and protect that dry skin and stop worrying!

Stormy Weather

This week has been all about the “Frankenstorm,”  Sandy the Hurricane.   Extreme weather affects our energy bills, our driving, our very safety.  What many people do not realize is that extreme weather also affects our skin.

First, even on an overcast, stormy day, the sun’s rays reach your skin.  Because people do not think of that, they often fail to use a sun screen or sun block on wintery, rainy, or snowy days.  Reflected light from snow can burn and even on a cloudy day the light of the sun is shining on you.  If you are going outside do not forget your sunblock.

Second, wind and cold can chap and damage your lips and skin.  Your body needs protection from the temperature and the skin on your face and hands needs protection too.  Just as you put on the very warmest clothes you can find, you will have to take just as good care of your delicate skin.  Using a night cream that repairs your skin while you sleep is probably the most convenient way to keep your skin soft, smooth, and wrinkle-free.

Third, on cold days homes from Florida to Canada are heated and the air dries your skin.  Dry skin sags more, wrinkles more, has more surface dead skin cells and makes you look older.  Using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid or peptides every morning will protect your face from the drying effects of indoor heating.

It’s not complicated:  protect your skin with a good sunblock, moisturize every morning, and use a deep penetrating repair cream at night.  Your skin will thank you for it and you’ll be as radiant in January as you were in April or May!

Suggested products:   Protect Me™ Sunblock, Peptide 6™ wrinkle cream (builds collagen), Nocturne™ facial cream for nightly repair.

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.

The rise of melanoma can be prevented

Melanoma is the deadly kind of skin cancer – the kind that can metastasize (migrate through the body).  Not too long ago, melanoma was uncommon. In 1930, only one in 1500 individuals would get melanoma. By 1980, this number had increased to 1 in 250. Today,  we note with great concern that this number has risen to 1 in 60.

The culprit isn’t difficult to find.  The group most likely to get melanoma is young women who get exposed to the intense ultraviolet rays of artificial tanning beds.  This is completely preventable.

Besides contributing to skin cancer, ultraviolet radiation, whether from tanning beds or sunlight, causes most of the aging of our skin. Up to 80%, in fact.

So, you should use a good paraben-free broad spectrum sunscreen every day – even if you’re not tanning at the beach, and even on cloudy days. This is because the effects of sunlight are cumulative over your entire lifetime. UV rays are also invisible, so on an overcast day, just because it’s not as bright, there are still a lot of UV rays penetrating your skin.

But you don’t have to be pale, either. There are some excellent, non-toxic sunless tanning lotions on the market to give you that golden skin glow – safely.

5 Wrinkle Myths Exposed

There is an important similarity between the fitness and skincare industry. Both of these industries publish frequent articles. Because the majority of these publications come out on a monthly basis, their writers are always trying to come up with new article ideas. As a result, some of the articles that get published may be misleading. While chances are they’re not completely false, articles that fall into this category can give readers the wrong impression. Then over time, these initial ideas that are slightly off can grow and turn into full blown myths.

To help set the record straight, here’s the real truth about five common wrinkle myths:

Myth 1: Indoor Tanning Won’t Wrinkle Your Skin

There’s no denying that tanning beds have made a lot of progress over the last two decades. However, while they have more safety features than when they originally hit the market, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any downsides. Since beds deliver tans through the use of UVA rays, they can lead to just as many wrinkles as tanning outdoors. If you want a golden glow without the risk of wrinkles, you need to skip tanning beds and use a quality paraben free sunless tanning lotion. This type of product will give you the color you want without taking a toll on your skin.

Myth 2: The More You Pay, the Better the Results

This is a myth that companies who produce overpriced skin creams work hard to perpetuate. But the reality of the situation is there’s no reason that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on a cream to get smoother skin. This truth has been confirmed by numerous tests done by independent organizations. Instead, you can get great results from creams that cost less than $100.

Myth 3: You Can Wrinkle Your Skin By Putting on Makeup

The thinking behind this myth is that if you have to pull down your skin to put on mascara or eyeliner, you can actually cause it to wrinkle. The reason this is a myth and not a fact is your skin is designed to be elastic. As a result, simply pulling down part of your skin for a few seconds is not going to exert enough force to cause any type of damage or wrinkles.

Myth 4: Drinking Lots of Water Will Get Rid of Wrinkles

Because adequate moisturize is important for the health and appearance of skin, a common misconception is that you can get the same benefits of a quality moisturizer by drinking lots of water. While it is important to get enough water on a daily basis for your overall health, this practice won’t yield the same skin benefits as you’ll get from applying a good moisturizing cream to your face as part of your daily routine.

Myth 5: You Don’t Need to Worry About Small Doses of Sunlight

While it’s easy to assume that there’s no reason to worry about protecting your skin if you’re not actually laying out for the afternoon, the truth is that you can get exposed to a lot of sunlight throughout the day without even realizing it. Because sunlight exposure is cumulative, it can lead to wrinkles over time. Therefore, it’s important to protect yourself by using a daily sunscreen that features at least SPF 15 protection and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Don’t wear white after Labor Day, but…..

Fashion protocol will say not to wear white after Labor Day based on the tradition that Summer is over, BUT – keep wearing your sunblock!

Not only is Summer officially not over until September 20, but because the skin aging effects of sunlight are cumulative year-round, you should wear your sunblock every day.  We are advising this sun protection because the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are responsible for 80% of the visible signs of aging on your skin.

When you look for a good, protective sunscreen, be sure it says “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” and protects against both UVA and UVB.  Also, choose a sunscreen that is water resistant (per FDA, manufacturers can’t claim “waterproof” anymore – even for the best sunscreens), and reapply as necessary during the day since perspiration will dilute the protection. And of course, if you go swimming, reapply immediately afterward.

Also remember that ultraviolet light from the sun (UVA and UVB) is invisible, so if it’s a cloudy or overcast day, the harmful rays are still there.