Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin:

Causes and Treatments for Vitamin D Deficiency

 

Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin.” Through an amazing and complicated process, your body converts sunlight into the vitamin that helps keep your bones strong and helps protect you from metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, infections and autoimmune diseases. Two other main sources of Vitamin D are the foods you eat and taking the vitamin as a supplement.

Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency

Lack of sunlight

Sunlight is a double-edge sword. UVA rays from the sun interact with cholesterol on the skin to begin the process of creating the Vitamin D a body needs. But UV rays also wreak havoc in the form of skin damage and skin cancer. Protecting your skin from UV rays by limiting your amount of exposure to the sun and using sunscreen is necessary for skin health, but at the same time it limits the amount of Vitamin D that your body can produce.

Dark skin

The amount of melanin in our skin determines darkness. It also acts as a protectant against UV rays by dissipating most of the UV rays absorbed into your skin – good for your skin’s health, but not for Vitamin D production.

Not enough Vitamin D in your diet

Most foods naturally containing Vitamin D are animal-based, including fish, egg yolks, cheese and beef liver. Mushrooms are the only vegetable that contain Vitamin D, but only in small amounts (interesting fact: the amount of Vitamin D in mushrooms increases 16 times when sun-dried). Some foods, such as milk, juice and cereals may be fortified with Vitamin D. If you’re a vegan, be sure to have your Vitamin D levels closely monitored by your doctor.

Health conditions

Certain health conditions can prevent the body from being able to use the vitamin after ingestion. For example, kidney disease can prevent the body from converting Vitamin D into the form the body needs. Some issues, such as celiac disease, prevent adequate intestinal absorption of the vitamin. Because fat cells remove Vitamin D from blood, obesity can also causedeficiencies.

Medications

Certain medications can prevent the body’s ability to use vitamin D. Anti-seizure medications fall into this category. Be sure to check the side effects of any medications you use for issues pertaining to Vitamin D.

Treatments for Vitamin D Deficiency

Unless you have problems with absorption, the treatment for most Vitamin D deficiencies is fairly straightforward: get more of the vitamin into your system. Your doctor can run a blood test to check your levels and then help you design a plan if there is a deficiency. Paying attention to the foods you eat is one step, as is careful, limited exposure to the sun, but your doctor will most likely recommend Vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D can be ingested as a stand-alone supplement, or you can choose to take it with a combination of other vitamins and/or minerals. Choose Vitamin D3 over D2, as it is the form that occurs naturally in your body.

If your Vitamin D level does not improve over a period of time, your doctor may chose to do additional tests. Before starting any vitamin supplements, be sure to consult with your doctor as some vitamins can interact with certain medications.

 

 

 

September 26, 2017 by Blue Lizard Staff

Practice Sun Safety Throughout the School Year

As kids are heading back to school, it’s still the heat of summer in most of the country. Keeping up your sun safety routine should be at the top of your back-to-school checklist!

Not only is it important to keep kids skin protected from the sun during these end-of-summer hot months, it’s crucial to make sure they are protected year-round while at school. But many schools don’t allow children to bring sunscreen to school or allow teachers to help apply without a doctor’s prescription, so keeping their skin protected while at school can be a challenge.

Here are a few tips to help you ensure your children stay sun safe while on the playground or doing after-school outdoor sports or activities.

Make sunscreen a part of your morning routine

Getting kids ready and out the door for school in the morning is already a hectic time, but applying sunscreen still needs to be incorporated into your routine. Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF30 or more in the morning to your child’s skin before leaving for school.

Keep sunscreen where you will be easily reminded to apply it to your younger children when getting them ready for school – whether that be the bathroom, bedroom or by the front door, keep a bottle handy so you can help them apply to their face and body. Older kids can take responsibility to apply sunscreen themselves – just make sure they make it a part of their morning routine as well. This way, they have on one coat of sunscreen that will protect them for recess, P.E. or other outdoor activities at school.

Put a travel size bottle in your child’s backpack

If your school allows, make sure your kids have a travel size or small bottle of sunscreen in their backpack to reapply before they go to any outdoor sports activities after school. All schools have different policies about bringing sunscreen to school, so be sure to check with your particular school to see if it’s allowed. Sunscreens are considered OTC drugs so many schools won’t permit children to bring it or allow teachers to apply it to students’ skin, although many schools around the country are slowly changing these rules.

Other tips for practicing sun safety throughout the school year:

  • Encourage your kids to seek shade during recess and other time outdoors whenever possible.
  • Dress kids in protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, darker colors and clothing with UV protection when possible. Many clothing manufacturers now offer stylish UPF-clothes that offer all-day protection without the need to reapply.
  • Encourage kids to wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors. While baseball caps are very popular with kids and do a great job of protecting the scalp, they don’t protect the cheeks, ears and neck. If they prefer a baseball cap, be sure to apply sunscreen to the cheeks, ears and neck before school.
  • Be a good sun safety role model yourself. Make sure you and your spouse practice year-round skin protection so your kids understand the importance.
  • Get involved! As more schools throughout the country begin to acknowledge their role in protecting children from harmful UV radiation, you can do your part by speaking up at parent-teacher or PTA meetings to encourage teachers and administration to help kids protect their skin while they’re at school. Many of the schools that have revised their policies about allowing sunscreen at school have done so after groups of concerned parents worked together and created petitions and other movements to get these rules changed.

 

August 17, 2017 by Blue Lizard Staff

Summer Outdoor and Water Safety for Kids

 

Playing outside until dinner time, running through the sprinkler, spending the day at the local pool, visiting a waterpark, riding bikes with friends, building backyard forts, climbing trees – these are the hallmarks of childhood summers.

But with all this extra time outside and in the water, there are some precautions parents need to take to keep their kids safe and ensure maximum summer fun.

Follow these outdoor and water safety tips to protect your kids while they make summer memoires that will last a lifetime.

Sun Safety

  • For young children, schedule activities in early morning hours or evening hours when temperatures will be lower.
  • Always use sunscreen, even on cloudy days! Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 with broad-spectrum protection that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to apply to the tops of ears, feet, backs of hands and scalp.
  • Reapply sunscreen frequently, especially if swimming or sweating. At least every two hours.
  • Protect their eyes too. Make sure your kids wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Stay hydrated! Hot weather can increase risk of heat-related illness. Keep water on hand and look for shade in the hottest parts of the day.

Water Safety

  • Designate a “pool-watcher” when children are swimming. When many gather together, adults may think someone else is watching. Having one person that’s in charge can increase safety – rotate this responsibility between adults throughout the day.
  • Never depend on floaties or flotation devices to take the place of close supervision.
  • Know in advance which children can swim and those that cannot. All children need to be supervised. Remember that no child or adult is “drown-proof.”
  • Make sure safety fences and gate latches around the pool are in excellent condition and out of children’s reach.
  • Keep rescue equipment and a fully charged phone on hand in case of emergency.
  • If boating, always have kids wear life-jackets and have one available for each adult. Make sure life-jackets are appropriately fitted.
  • When at the beach, always swim where lifeguards are available if possible. Never let young children swim in the ocean alone.
  • Learn what a rip current looks like and teach your children how to spot them. Also teach your children how to swim out of one if caught in a rip current – teach children not to panic, to not try to fight the current and to swim out of it by swimming perpendicular with the shore. There are many videos available online that show how to swim out of a rip current – watch with your kids before your beach vacation.

 Keep Moving, but Safely!

  • Stay active during the summer, children and adults alike tend to gain weight during these months of vacation. Summer is a wonderful time to head outside and be active
  • Check playground equipment before letting kids play on it. Look for surfaces that are too hot that could cause burns, loose ropes, or broken swing chains or seats.
  • Always supervise children on playground equipment. Teach them safe habits to reduce chance of injury.
  • Always wear a helmet when biking, skating, skateboarding or scooting.
  • Children should not wear headphones while bike riding or walking, as they block traffic sounds and increase risk of pedestrian injuries.

Outdoor Safety: Be prepared for bug bites and more!

  • Keep a first aid kit ready and well stocked so you’re prepared for insect bites (as well as cuts and bruises)!
  • Use insect repellents with DEET on children only sparingly, as DEET can be toxic. Repellents with 10-30 percent concentrations of DEET may be used if you choose to do so, but do not apply to face or hands.
  • Anytime your kids have been playing outdoors, check their heads and skin for ticks. Finding a tick soon reduces the chance it can cause disease such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease. If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers and keep in a jar for a period of time so it can be tested if your child begins showing any symptoms of illness.
  • If any of your children are allergic to bees or other insects, it is vital to have medicine available to treat allergic reactions such as an EpiPen.
  • Teach your kids what poison ivy and poison oak looks like and teach them to steer clear of it.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers in the kit that includes phone numbers for doctors, dentists, poison control and emergency contacts.

Share these safety tips with friends and family, and have a safe and happy summer!

 

July 13, 2017 by Blue Lizard Staff

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: The Ultimate in Physical Blockers

 

Remember the white noses that lifeguards sported in the 1960s and 1970s? The white cream was usually a zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide-based sunscreen. It protected their noses by creating a physical barrier between their skin and the sun’s rays. Such physical blocking of the sun’s UV rays is an effective way to protect yourself from skin damage caused by the sun. The downfall was that the cream was a thick, greasy paste that caste a white sheen on the skin and no one really liked using it.

That’s not the case anymore. Through years of research, scientists at Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen have created a high-grade formula that is non-greasy and invisible when applied to the skin. All Blue Lizard products contain this formulation of zinc oxide.

Zinc oxide is available in several grades — Blue Lizard Sunscreen uses the very high-grade zinc oxide, which is preferred for pharmaceutical dermatology products. It is the only one of its kind recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Category I skin protectant. Because of its high quality, it is classified as USP (pharmaceutical) grade, a higher rating than cosmetic-grade zinc oxide. And, Blue Lizard’s zinc oxide is also recognized as a diaper rash treatment by the FDA.

Titanium dioxide is another physical blocking agent that is used in Blue Lizard products for sensitive skin and babies. It has a high refractive index, which enhances its stability and ability to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays. 

The sun produces two kinds of rays that are harmful to the skin — UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect your skin from both types of UV rays and together provide effective broad-spectrum protection. For people with sensitive skin, absorption of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can sometimes cause irritation. But with Blue Lizard, the particle sizes of both minerals are too large to penetrate the skin, so Blue Lizard products are safe to use for even the most sensitive skin.

Another important feature in a sunscreen is its ability to be stable over time in the sun. Some sunscreens require solvents or photo stabilizers to circumvent this problem. Blue Lizard’s formulation does not.

Blue Lizard was originally created in Australia, which has the highest sunscreen standards in the world. It is the sunscreen that is most recommended by dermatologists, pediatricians and pharmacists nationwide.

 

 

Protecting Little Faces:

Using Sunscreen on Infants and Children

 

Slathering on the sunscreen for lazy days at the pool or beach are warm-weather rituals for many families. But if you're tempted to let your child play outdoors for even a few minutes without the proper sun protection, you’re taking an unhealthy risk. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime risk for melanoma by 80 percent.

baby’s skin is especially delicate and burns more easily. Their sensitive skin contains less melanin, the pigment that gives our hair and eyes their color and offers some sun protection.

Follow these simple tips all year round to help protect you child from the sun’s harmful rays.

 Infants Under 6 Months

  • The use of sunscreen in infants younger than 6 months old is an often-debated topic. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The Skin Cancer Foundation recommend using sunscreen only on children older than 6 months; the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the other hand, states that using sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months of age is safe. Because of these conflicting recommendations, you should always check with your pediatrician before using sunscreen on babies under 6 months old.
  • Seek shade whenever possible under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress your baby in long sleeves and pants in a light fabric and always use a hat. There are also UV sunglasses made just for babies now that will protect those little eyes.

 Children Older than 6 Months

  •  Sunscreen can be applied to all areas of the body, but be especially careful when applying sunscreen to a child’s face as you don’t want to get it in their eyes and cause stinging. Don’t forget the scalp, ears and neck.
  • Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, as it will screen out both ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) rays.
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, although SPF 30 is the most recommended by dermatologists. Anything over SPF 30 is no longer recommended by dermatologists as the extra protection is negligible and the additional chemicals may cause skin reactions in some kids.
  • Make sure to use enough sunscreen to cover all exposed areas, especially the face, nose, ears, feet and hands. Rub it in well.
  • Older children should learn to apply sunscreen themselves, and make it a routine habit.
  • If you chose to use a spray sunscreen, never spray the product directly on a child’s face. Spray in your hands first then apply to the child’s face. Since the safety of spray sunscreens is debatable and the FDA has issued concerns with inhaling their fumes, lotions are recommended by dermatologists for children for safer and more effective application.
  • Sunscreen needs time to absorb into the skin, so apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Anytime your child goes outdoors they need to wear sunscreen, not just when they are at the beach or the pool. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen before your child goes to school in the morning so they are covered during recess. All schools have different rules for bringing and applying sunscreen at school. Some, for example, require a doctor’s prescription, so be sure you know your school’s rules.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel. Even sunscreens that are water-resistant still need to be reapplied at least every two hours.

 Keep in mind that sunscreen should be used for sun protection, not as a reason to stay in the sun longer. Adults should also model what we want our children to do and wear sunscreen as well.  You’ll not only set a good example, but you’ll reduce your risk of skin cancer, sun damage and skin aging.

 

June 06, 2017 by Blue Lizard Staff

Self-tanning Tips: How to build a perfect tan without the danger

It’s almost Spring Break and you’re headed to the Florida coast for a little R&R. You can’t wait to enjoy some warm weather but are worried about your winter skin looking too pale when you put on your swimsuit for the first time in months. You know that tanning beds are dangerous and can lead to skin cancer and outdoor tanning also has risks.

 So what can you do if you want a healthy glow? Self tanner is a great and safe alternative to indoor and outdoor tanning. There are numerous self tanning products on the market that you can use to create a sun-kissed look without the risks. Self tanners come in a range of formulas from gels to creams to foams and in various shades.

The natural color of your skin should help determine the type of self tanner you buy. If you have pale skin, opt for subtle shades (look for the box that indicates fair or light skin). These shades will give you peachy-apricot coloring, rather than too orange. Bronzing when you're fair-haired and pale is all about getting a healthy glow without the color being too obvious. If you have medium or olive skin, most shades of bronzer will suit you; just choose the strength of tan you want (medium or deep).

Using self tanners can be tricky. You want to make sure you don’t end up looking like an Oompa Loompa or all splotchy and uneven.

Here’s how to create a flawless tan using self tanner:

  1. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin first with your favorite natural products
  2. Dry skin completely (drips cause streaking)
  3. For face and body, massage self tanner into skin in circular motions
  4. Use a small amount on elbows, knees, ankles, feet and hands
  5. Wash hands thoroughly with warm soap and water (orange palms are sure giveaway!)
  6. Wait 10-15 minutes until self-tanning lotion is absorbed before dressing
  7. To maintain tan level, repeat application after four to five days

Don’t forget that you still need to use sunscreen when heading outdoors to protect your skin from burning and skin damage.

 

March 14, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

Melanoma Survivor Spreads Awareness to Young People

Robyn Cook is no stranger to melanoma. Her father battled the disease when he was in his late 40s and she lost her brother to melanoma in 2015 after he put up a brief but brave 11-month fight. In 2009, Cook herself was diagnosed with Stage 1 melanoma and was treated successfully. Then in 2012, it came back with a vengeance – Stage 4 with brain metastases. After intense treatments, Cook has now thankfully been NED (No Evidence of Disease) for a little over two years.

In addition to the familial link with melanoma, Cook said she had a large amount of sun exposure when she was young and even worked in a tanning salon during college, where she used tanning beds regularly.

Now at age 48, she is trying to keep young people from making the same mistakes. She has turned the tragic loss of her brother and her own battle with melanoma into something positive. For the past two years, Cook has been visiting middle and high schools in her hometown of Princeton, Minnesota speaking on melanoma awareness and sun safety.

“I am trying to use my experience to help others so they don’t go through what I have,” Cook said. “I think having a real person share their experience has a bigger impact on these young people than just hearing that you should wear sunscreen during a health class.”

Cook talks to students about the importance of being sun wise, discouraging tanning bed use and discussing ways they can prevent skin cancer. “Melanoma is the number one cancer diagnosed in young people ages 15-29,” Cook added.

Last year, Cook also spoke at a health fair at a local community college, and on March 5, she will be the Keynote Speaker at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Annual Convention in Coon Rapids, Minn. 

Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen was happy to partner with Cook in spreading this importance message and has provided her with sunscreen samples and UV-changing bracelets to give out to students at her presentations.

In addition to her work with the schools, Cook also coordinates two races in honor of her brother.  The Second Annual Jason Fine Memorial 5K will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, where her brother lived, and also in Princeton, Minnesota. The two races will be held on March 19 and will start at the same time in their respective time zones. Part of the proceeds from the event go to a fund set up for Cook’s continued medical expenses and part are donated to the Stay Out of the Sun Foundation at the Mayo Clinic.

“Not only is the Memorial Race a way to honor and remember my brother, Jason, but finishing a 5K is another victory for me as I continue my own battle with melanoma,” Cook said.

 

March 03, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

Light Chasers Educates Artists on Sun Safety and Saves Lives

Blue Lizard is excited to be a part of Light Chasers’ 2016 Paint Out event taking place Feb. 18-24 in Sarasota, Florida. Light Chasers is the largest group of plein air painters in Florida with more than 500 members. Their mission is to foster the education, participation, appreciation and exhibition opportunities for plein air painters.

Paint Sarasota Paint Out kicked off on Feb. 18 and artists will paint for seven days. They may paint anywhere in Sarasota County but the group has designated days in specific places that have opened their doors to their artists. These places include Phillippi Estate Park, Historic Spanish Point, the Bay Front Park and downtown Sarasota, Casperson Beach and downtown Venice, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Siesta Key Beaches, and the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum. All artists will turn in their best painting on Thursday, Feb. 25. All work is judged and winners are announced at a Gala Show Opening on Feb. 27.

In addition to the Paint Out event, Light Chasers also puts on a Drawing Challenge, Quick Draw Contest, Light Chasers Annual Show, Masters Show and a weekly Paint Out on Thursday mornings.

Blue Lizard has provided 200 samples for the Paint Out event for artists who will be spending lots of time outdoors in the hot Florida sun. Terry Mason, president of Light Chasers, contacted Blue Lizard about donating sunscreen to this event because they have been very active in educating their members about sun safety after one of their local board members got skin cancer four years ago.

“She was really the hero. She came to me and said, ‘I don’t want this to happen to anyone else’ and asked me to do a campaign on sun safety for our artists. I got pamphlets from the National Cancer Institute, but that year, our board members purchased all of the sunscreen for the event. I followed up the pamphlet and the sunscreen with a letter to all of our artists with a link to a site where you could compare your skin lesions to photos of suspicious spots in order to find out if they need to be evaluated by a dermatologist,” Mason said.

“At the first Paint Out that year, a friend grabbed me and hugged me and said, ‘Thank you! You saved my life, I had melanoma!’ Since then, for the last four years, we have done this sun safety campaign every year. Every single year at least two artists have discovered they had melanoma but luckily caught it in time. Several others were diagnosed with basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer,” Mason said. “We are saving lives!”

“So thank you to Blue Lizard for helping us save lives,” Mason added.

To learn more about Light Chasers and all of the artist events they offer, visit http://lightchasersinc.com/

 

February 23, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

Understanding Rosacea

 

Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects approximately 14 million Americans. Its symptoms are usually patchy redness and inflammation, especially on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. It often starts between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects more women than men. Because symptoms start slowly, rosacea may be at first mistaken for sunburn.

What causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. The basic process seems to involve dilation of the small blood vessels of the face. Currently, it is believed that rosacea patients have a genetically mediated reduction in the ability to dampen facial inflammation that is incited by environmental factors such a sunburn, demodecosis (Demodexfolliculorumin the hair follicles), flushing and certain medications. Rosacea tends to affect the "blush" areas of the face and is more common in people who flush easily. Additionally, a variety of triggers are known to cause rosacea to flare. Emotional factors (stress, fear, anxiety, embarrassment, etc.) may trigger blushing and aggravate rosacea. A flare-up can be caused by changes in the weather, like strong winds, or a change in the humidity. Sun exposure and sun-damaged skin is associated with rosacea. Exercise, alcohol consumption and spicy food are other well-known triggers that may aggravate rosacea.

Rosacea risk factors include fair skin, English, Irish or Scottish heredity, easy blushing, and having other family members with rosacea (called "positive family history"). Rosacea can affect both men and women, although it’s more common in women. It is also more common in those ages 30 to 50 and during menopause.

Signs and symptoms

Rosacea symptoms tend to come and go. The skin may be clear for weeks, months or years and then erupt again. Rosacea tends to evolve in stages and typically causes inflammation of the skin of the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.

When rosacea first develops, it may appear, then disappear, and then reappear. However, the skin may fail to return to its normal color, and the enlarged blood vessels and pimples arrive in time. Rosacea rarely resolves spontaneously.

Rosacea generally lasts for years, and if untreated, it tends to gradually worsen. 

Treatment

While rosacea cannot be cured, it can usually be controlled with proper, regular treatments.

Available medical treatments include antibacterial washes, topical creams, oral antibiotics, lasers, pulsed-light therapies, photodynamic therapy, and isotretinoin.

Popular methods of treatment include topical medications applied by the patient once or twice a day. Topical antibiotic medication such as metronidazole applied one to two times a day after cleansing may significantly improve rosacea. Azelaic acid is another effective treatment. Both metronidazole and azelaic acid work to control the redness and bumps in rosacea.

Some patients elect combination therapies and notice an improvement by alternating metronidazole and azelaic acid: using one in the morning and one at night. Other patients find oral antibiotics or laser therapies help more severe cases of rosacea.

Sun protection

Sun exposure is a well-known flare for many rosacea sufferers. Sun protection using a wide-brimmed hat and physical sunscreens (those with zinc or titanium) are generally encouraged. Because rosacea tends to occur in mostly fair-skinned adults, the use of an appropriate daily sunscreen lotion and overall sun avoidance is recommended. 

 

January 14, 2016 by Blue Lizard Staff

New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Skin

As we get ready to bid goodbye to 2015 and welcome in the New Year, lots of folks will be making (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions.

While some resolutions such as losing weight and not eating sweets might not make it past mid-January, there are a few resolutions you should make and keep for 2016 – these resolutions will protect your skin and minimize your risks for skin cancer and skin aging.

Make a promise to use sunscreen all year-round. Maybe you are conscientious about using sunscreen in the summer months but forget about it the rest of the year – now is the time to make a resolution to make sunscreen a part of your daily routine this year. Blue Lizard Face is a great lightweight moisturizer to wear under makeup or on your face all year-round. It doesn’t clog pores as it protects with an SPF 30+.

Pledge to NEVER use a tanning bed. If you’ve been guilty of indoor tanning in the past, vow to stop forever. Indoor tanning has been shown to increase your risk for developing deadly melanoma by 74 percent. If you like the look of sun-kissed skin, use one of the many self-tanners available on the market but save your skin by pledging to never use a tanning bed again.

Pledge to check your skin regularly for changes. Pick one day a week where you check your skin for any changes to moles or other variations. Have your partner check hard-to-see areas and you can do the same for him or her. Make this a regular part of your weekly routine so you’ll be more likely to notice any changes to moles and catch any potential skin cancers early, when they are highly treatable.

Promise to get an annual skin check with a dermatologist. Go ahead and schedule an annual skin check with a dermatologist now for next year. While checking your own skin regularly is important, it’s also extremely important to get that yearly check by a professional. Don’t put it off -- vow to make this a priority this year.

And finally, promise to use only Blue Lizard Sunscreen this year!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!

 

December 30, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff
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