Archive for Avoid UV & Seek Shade

Are tanning references in TV a problem?

Jan 23, 2013 1 Comment

Even if you didn’t watch Jersey Shore, you have likely seen images of the tanning obsessed cast in the tabloids. The recently canceled show with the motto “gym, tan, laundry,” and MTV are now under fire from the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) for promoting tanning to teens and young adults.

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Parasols Are In and Great for Your Skin

Aug 09, 2012 No Comments

Look around and you’ll start seeing more parasols (a.k.a. umbrellas) on sunny days. That’s right, no rain, just in pure wonderful sunshine. Why? They’re not only a great addition to your outfit, but they help block the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer. What’s not to love?! Even celebrities are in on the parasol action.

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Is your shade structure shading your kids enough?

Jul 05, 2012 No Comments

Most portable umbrellas and canopies do not block UVA or UVB rays. They provide only a limited shade area and they do not block the UV rays that are reflected off of the ground. Mother and inventor of ezShade Linda Varga talks proper sun protection.

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Australia to Ban Tanning Beds for All? Is the U.S. Next?

Mar 02, 2012 No Comments

Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. For decades they have been taking measures to reduce the number of skin cancers by encouraging the use of sun protection through public health campaigns. Now, Australia is taking their sun safety efforts to the next level. In February, New South Whales (NSW), the most heavily populated state is Australia, declared they will prohibit the use of commercial tanning beds, regardless of age, by 2015.

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Do Windows Protect Against UV?

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments

A quick Google search on “UV window protection” indicates the answer is NO. With over 31,000 results, the first page is filled with UV-blocking films for sale that provide protection. That sun faded sofa at grandma’s house is a great visual reminder that UV does indeed pass through glass.

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Doc Learns the Hard Way to Avoid Tanning

Dec 27, 2011 4 Comments

Some stories are so powerful they need to be retold. This blog was written by Dr. Jessica Sparks Lilley, a pediatrician who learned the hard way that the risks of getting melanoma from using a tanning bed are real! Please do not use tanning beds. Please do not allow your children to use tanning beds. Help pass legislation to ban the use of tanning beds by minors.

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Should Teens Tan? California Says No.

Oct 12, 2011 6 Comments

On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill making California the first state to prohibit minors from using tanning beds. This raises the question, should teens be able to decide whether or not to use tanning beds? According to Aim at Melanoma Foundation, using a tanning bed before the age of 20 doubles a person’s risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Even more staggering is that 28 million individuals in the U.S. use tanning beds each year despite the statistics, which includes 2.3 million teens.

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Brain Studies Show Tanning Could Be Addictive

Aug 12, 2011 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered why your loved one can’t get enough of the tanning bed? They are, after all, very health conscious, they don’t smoke, they exercise and eat an organic diet. Why then would they continue to use tanning beds knowing the potential risks? Science can shed some new light on the subject.

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This Spring Break, Take a Break from Tanning

Mar 15, 2011 No Comments

Each year students around the U.S. take off for sunny destinations to celebrate Spring Break. While these vacations can be a necessary break from the stress of school, they also spur an increase of unnecessary and dangerous tanning bed use.

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Natural Skin Tones are Totally on Trend

Feb 22, 2011 No Comments

Trends in style drastically change throughout the years, and the human skin tone does not seem to be immune to fashion’s influence. Pale skin was considered desirable until the 1920’s and then the infamous bronzed look seemed to take over. So why did this change, and where are we now?

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