Blue Lizard Blog — sun safety

Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin: Causes and Treatments for Vitamin D Deficiency

Sep 26 2017 skincare sun safety Sunscreen vitamin D

  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...

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Practice Sun Safety Throughout the School Year

Aug 17 2017 back to school Children kids sun safety Sunscreen

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...

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Summer Outdoor and Water Safety for Kids

Jul 13 2017 Children kids outdoor safety summer sun safety Sunscreen water safety

  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...

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Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: The Ultimate in Physical Blockers

Jun 19 2017 physical sunscreen sensitive skin sun safety sunscreen titanium dioxide zinc oxide

  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...

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Protecting Little Faces: Using Sunscreen on Infants and Children

Jun 06 2017 baby kids skin cancer sun safety sunscreen

  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. A 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...

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

Mar 14 2016 self tanner sun safety sunscreen tanning

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...

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Melanoma Survivor Spreads Awareness to Young People

Mar 03 2016 melanoma skin cancer sun safety

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...

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Light Chasers Educates Artists on Sun Safety and Saves Lives

Feb 23 2016 skin cancer sun safety

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...

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Understanding Rosacea

Jan 14 2016 rosacea skin care skin conditions sun safety

  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...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Skin

Dec 30 2015 holiday new years resolutions skin care sun safety

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...

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