Blue Lizard Blog

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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How to have a BLUE Christmas

Dec 04 2015 Christmas gift ideas holiday sunscreen

A BLUE Christmas doesn’t have to mean a sad and lonely one like Elvis sings about in the iconic song. Instead, have a BLUE Christmas by incorporating a little Blue Lizard into your holidays! Stocking stuffers. Filling stockings for family members is often the last thing on our holiday list and is easily forgotten. Make it easy this year by stuffing stockings with Blue Lizard products! Our 3 oz. tubes and 5 oz. bottles are the perfect size to fit most stockings and your friends and family will love getting a gift they can actually use! Themed gift baskets. Is...

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Feed Your Skin This Thanksgiving

Nov 21 2015 moisturizer skin care Skincare

As you busily prepare for your family’s Thanksgiving feast this week, don’t forget to take time out to care for yourself. We often get so caught up in the holidays and all the shopping, meals, parties and obligations that we neglect our health. With all the rushing around, exhaustion will kick in and you’ll start to feel sluggish…and where does that show up first? Your skin! Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside, and if you aren’t taking care of yourself – eating poorly, skipping meals, not getting enough sleep or forgetting to wash off makeup after...

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Caring for Winter Skin

Nov 06 2015 moisturizer skin care sunscreen winter

Along with the cold days of winter comes dryer skin.  Turning the heat on indoors is the main reason for drying skin during the winter but for some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling -- some get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed). Winter skin requires a special skin care regimen to keep skin moisturized and healthy. Here are some winter skin care tips to follow to help you avoid dry, cracked skin this winter: Moisturize more. You may have found a moisturizer that works just...

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What is Psoriasis?

Oct 29 2015 psoriasis skin conditions Skincare treatments

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin. Normally, skin cells grow gradually and flake off about every four weeks. New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of the skin as they shed. But in psoriasis, new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days rather than weeks. They build up and form thick patches called plaques, ranging in size from small to large, most often appearing on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back. Psoriasis is most common in adults, but children and...

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Transitioning to a Fall Skincare Routine

Sep 28 2015 Fall Skincare Sunscreen

  As the season changes from the hot, humid days of summer to the cooler, crisp days of fall, your wardrobe is not the only thing that needs a seasonal update. Your skincare routine needs updating as the season changes. Autumn is a time of transition and the best fall skincare routines will correct skin damage that occurred from summer and prepare your skin for winter. Lose the soap. As the days grow shorter, the temperature drops and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose moisture. While fruity, fragrant soaps and gels might feel great after a day at the...

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What Causes Skin Photosensitivity?

Sep 08 2015 photosensitivity skin conditions sun safety Sunscreen

Today, most people know about sun protection and sun damage. However, not many people know about a condition that can accelerate sun damage. This condition is called photosensitivity — an increase in the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight or artificial light often brought on by certain medications or medical conditions. When a person experiences a photosensitivity reaction, they experience one of two separate reactions, known either as a phototoxic or photoallergic reaction.            Phototoxic This is the most common type of sun sensitivity drug reaction. It occurs when skin is exposed to the sun after certain medications are...

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Protecting Little Faces: Using Sunscreen on Infants and Children

Jul 28 2015 babies children 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 melanoma risk 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 round to...

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Why Is Zinc Oxide Important in Sunscreen?

Mar 16 2015 Melanoma Skin Cancer Sunscreen Zinc

We have all heard that applying sunscreen daily is one of the many ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays. Yet choosing sunscreen can be confusing and the ingredients on the back label can often look like a foreign language! However, analyzing the sunscreen ingredient list on a product can tell you how your sunscreen is protecting you and what ultraviolet (UV) filters and active agents are being used. There are two general types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Chemical sunscreens generally work by absorbing the sun’s rays, while physical sunscreens sit on top of your skin and block...

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