Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Awareness Week

Here’s more:  Sun Safe­ty Tips.  There’s also a step-by-step guide for doing a self-exam­i­na­tion:  Head-to-Toe Self-Exam­i­na­tion



And don’t wor­ry about your Vit­a­min D lev­els — it seems that we are actu­al­ly tak­ing in enough.  Here’s what The Skin Can­cer Foundation’s State­ment:

Vit­a­min D is essen­tial for strong bones and a healthy immune sys­tem. A recent review of 1,000 stud­ies by the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine in Wash­ing­ton, DC, found that the vast major­i­ty of Amer­i­cans     are tak­ing in enough vit­a­min D, and that there is no sound evi­dence vit­a­min D insuf­fi­cien­cy is lead­ing to a wave of can­cers, heart dis­ease, dia­betes, and oth­er con­di­tions.

The Skin Can­cer Foun­da­tion sup­ports The Insti­tute of Med­i­cine of the Nation­al Acad­e­mies’ Rec­om­mend­ed Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vit­a­min D, which is 600 IU (Inter­na­tion­al Units) a day       for peo­ple between the ages of 1 and 70, and 800 IU a day for peo­ple ages 70 and old­er. For chil­dren under 1 year, ade­quate intake (AI) is 400 IU a day.

The Foun­da­tion cau­tions the pub­lic against inten­tion­al expo­sure to nat­ur­al sun­light or arti­fi­cial UV radi­a­tion (tan­ning beds) as a means of obtain­ing vit­a­min D, since the health risks of UV    expo­sure — includ­ing skin can­cer and pre­ma­ture skin aging — are sig­nif­i­cant and well proven.”  (Pub­lished on Feb­ru­ary 10, 2011)

And if you need any more moti­va­tion to be proac­tive with your skin health.…here’s an arti­cle by a young woman who was a sun worshiper…it is scary, but impor­tant and a teach­able moment.  For­mer Tan-aholic Tells Her Sto­ry.

My pas­sion is to guide you into bet­ter skin health.  For me, it’s not just about beau­ty — it’s about true good health and edu­cat­ing you about how to pro­tect your skin is what I do, every day.