Blue Lizard Blog

Is There a Safe Way to Tan?

Feb 12 2020

Tanning is a controversial topic: while many desire the sun-kissed look and go to great lengths to achieve the perfect tan, dermatologists strictly oppose the practice because tanned skin is actually damaged skin and puts you at a higher risk of developing skin cancers. On top of this, there are many misconceptions about tanning. Some believe that tanning is required  for vitamin D production (it isn’t), and others think that getting a light “base tan” before summer will prevent sunburn (it won’t). The Dangers of Tanning First things first: There is no such thing as a healthy natural tan, and...

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How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Child

Feb 05 2020

Whether they’re spending an afternoon in the back yard or a day at the beach, sun safety is an important part of keeping your child happy and healthy. Sunburns can happen in less than 15 minutes, and having just one blistering sunburn during childhood can more than double your chances of developing melanoma later in life.  You and your child should be wearing sunscreen any time you go outside. But, with so many options available, how can you be sure which sunscreen is best for your child? What’s the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens? There are two main types...

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Can My Medicine Make Me Sunburn More Easily?

Jan 29 2020

Some people are more sensitive to the sun than others. This could be because of sensitive skin conditions like rosacea or eczema or because of an underlying medical condition. But if you find that your skin is suddenly more sensitive than it used to be, you may want to check your medications. They could be causing what is known as a photosensitive reaction.  What is photosensitivity?  Photosensitivity is an increased sensitivity to UV rays that can cause painful or irritating inflammation. Someone with photosensitivity may break out in an itchy rash when exposed to the sun, and others may develop...

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The Itch that Rashes: Treating and Preventing Eczema

Oct 31 2019

October is National Eczema Awareness Month! Eczema is a general term for a set of chronic skin conditions.The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Red, irritated skin that itches and comes off in flakes are the most common symptoms, but some experience blisters and cracked skin.   What does eczema look like? The tell-tale signs of an eczema flare-up are patches of red, dry, itchy skin on your hands, arms, neck or face. But symptoms vary from person to person.  The biggest determining factor is age. For example, infants are usually affected by dry patches on the cheeks and...

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“A Fountain of Youth”: Dermatologists’ Top Anti-Aging Tip

Oct 14 2019

Maintaining a smooth, youthful complexion is the goal of most skincare routines, but many people believe they need a specialized serum made from volcanic ash and petals of rainforest flowers that only bloom once every decade.  But the secret to youthful skin isn’t a secret— it’s something you probably have in your medicine cabinet right now: moisturizer and sunscreen. Does Sunscreen Help Prevent Aging? Yes, sunscreen can help prevent aging, and there are things you can do to make sure you're getting the most anti-aging benefits out of your sunscreen. Make sure that you're using the right kind of sunscreen. The...

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Fall Skincare: How to Keep Skin Healthy at the End of Summer

Sep 23 2019

Fall is finally here! Bring out your sweaters and coats, and make sure your skincare routine is ready for the colder weather too. While you’re picking pumpkins and sipping cocoa, your skin needs some TLC to handle the colder, drier, harsher weather. Here’s how to make sure it’s taken care of. Fall Skincare Begins with the Right Soap Keeping your skin looking its best during the fall begins in the shower. Hot, sweaty summer weather combined with hiking, lake diving and sandy beaches meant you needed a soap that could really clean your skin. But when the temperature starts to...

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What You’re Really Putting on Your Skin: Reading Your Sunscreen Bottle

Sep 10 2019

The Ultimate Sunscreen Dictionary SPF, broad spectrum, actives, inactives and UV protection are important, but you may not know what they really are or why they're important.  Understanding your sunscreen is the first step to picking the one that’s right for you. Below is a list of a few important terms found on your sunscreen bottle that you need to know.      SPF  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a measurement of how effective a sunscreen is at blocking UVB rays (a.k.a. burning rays).  The scale seems simple: the higher the number, the better a sunscreen is at...

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Year Round Skincare: Tips for a Better Skincare Routine

Aug 15 2019

Your skin is your largest organ, and it is also your most vulnerable. It’s exposed to whatever the season throws at it, be it rain, snow, heat or sub-freezing temperatures. That's why it’s important to create a skin care routine that protects your skin year round. Healthy skin is brighter and looks younger.Taking care of your skin can give you an extra boost of confidence. Building a good skin care routine with the right products is the first step to maintaining healthy skin. Below are the top skin care products we believe everyone should keep on hand year round.   Wash your...

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What is Sensitive Skin?

Aug 08 2019

Sensitive skin is a common condition but defining it can be tricky. If you have sensitive skin, you may have symptoms that are almost constant or that appear with no obvious trigger, or you may only experience reactions under specific conditions—e.g., you may develop a rash after using a certain product. In truth, “sensitive skin” is more of an umbrella term than an actual disease. Diseases like dermatitis and rosacea claim sensitive skin as a symptom, and both conditions have their own distinctive traits and treatment routes that sets them apart. According to the AAD, many Americans have a skin...

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3 Sunscreen Myths Debunked (And Three Facts You Need to Know)

Jul 26 2019

Thanks to the internet, we have access to a seemingly unlimited wealth of information. Unfortunately, fiction can spread just as quickly as facts. Below are 3 myths (as well as 3 facts) about sunscreen and sun safety that you should remember the next time you head out for a day in the sun.  Myth: The higher the SPF, the longer the sun protection lasts  You decide to spend a little extra for a sunscreen with the highest SPF available, apply it once before hitting the beach or the pool and still end up with a severe sunburn at the end...

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