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Sun Safety Tips
7/28/2010 3:48:39 PM

I can always tell when summer is in full swing on Monday mornings when weekenders return from the beach, looking like they forgot to apply enough sunscreen. I also see the sunburned faces and shoulders of baseball fans whenever I take the train to New York City on a day when the Yankees are playing at home.

Personally, I am a fan of biking and rollerblading outdoors during the warmer months, so I definitely have to wear sunscreen. My skin is very fond of our Sea Buckthorn Body Oil as an after-sun treat. It absorbs very easily and contains antioxidant-rich organic sesame seed oil to promote skin renewal and protect against skin-damaging influences. I try to avoid sunburn as much as I can, as the damage may be cumulative. But we’re all human after all, so if you do get sunburned, I always recommend our Burn Care. Not only is it indicated for burns and sunburns, but also for insect bites. It’s a remedy I always keep on hand. For an additional cooling effect, I sometimes briefly store it in the refrigerator.

As you may have heard, skin cancers are on the rise. In fact, skin cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Of the three types of skin malignancies, melanoma is the most dangerous; it’s the least common of skin cancers, but it accounts for about three quarters of skin cancer deaths. In order to minimize your risk of developing a skin malignancy, you should avoid the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Using sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection is recommended, as is wearing protective clothing. A diet high in antioxidants is beneficial, helping to strengthen and protect the skin from the outside in. With regard to melanoma, the classic signs are a newly developing mole that is asymmetrical, has irregular borders, changes color and is bigger than a pencil eraser. If you notice a mole like this, it should be checked by a physician.

Now get outside (in the off-peak hours), and enjoy your summer!

We’d love to hear any natural tips you have for soothing a sunburn. Leave a comment and let us know!

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