Blue Lizard Blog

“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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Staying on Top of Your Game Under the Sun

Jul 17 2019

Sun exposure is unavoidable, especially for outdoor athletes. A single game can last for hours, and that doesn’t even include overtime or tie-breakers. You’ve got to be able to move without the distraction of red, hot, itchy or blistered sunburned skin. Thankfully, if you plan ahead and have the right gear, protecting your skin from the sun can be quick and easy, which means you can focus on what’s important to you.    Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen This one is a given, but you may be surprised to hear how many people skip sunscreen. As much as 70 percent of the...

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What is Titanium Dioxide? Why is it in Sunscreen?

Jun 14 2019

Titanium Dioxide, like Zinc Oxide, is a white-colored powder commonly used in medications, foods and sunscreens. Unlike Zinc, however, Titanium Dioxide use was not common until the early 20th century. Titanium Dioxide was first discovered in 1821, but the right technology to mass produce and export Titanium Dioxide wasn’t developed until nearly 100 years later in 1916. Titanium Dioxide is most commonly used as a pigment. In fact, it makes up nearly 2/3rds of the worlds pigment production. “Titanium White” paints are not only named after the mineral, but most still contain it as well. How Does Titanium Dioxide Protect Skin...

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How Does the Sun Damage a Tattoo?

Jun 05 2019

Tattoos are an investment that can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. With all of the time and money spent on them--not to mention the pain of getting one-- keeping your tattoo as sharp and clean as the day you left the the artist’s chair is important. You probably already know how to keep your new ink clean and hydrated. Tattoo artists will usually provide an aftercare checklist before you leave that details the healing process for your skin. But do you have a plan for protecting your tattoo from fading in the sun? Any tattoo exposed to the sun...

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Know Your Spots: The ABCDE's of Skin Cancer

May 28 2019

Ever noticed a spot on your skin that you don’t remember seeing before? One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. An annual skin check can help identify which moles are fine and which are potentially harmful. What Is Skin Cancer? Unprotected sun exposure can lead to more than just red, sunburned skin; the sun’s rays can change and damage the DNA inside your skin cells. This damage triggers mutations and genetic defects which in turn can cause your skin cells to multiply rapidly, developing cancerous tumors. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form...

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