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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!

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.