Rate My Sunscreen – Why the most expensive sunscreen isn’t always the best

best sunscreen consumer reportsIt’s that time of year again, where we frantically rummage in our bathroom cupboards for the sandy, goopy best sunscreen bottle of last summer or go to the store to stock up.

Whether your choice of sunscreen depends on whether it smells nice, goes on easily, is not too greasy, or is cruelty-free, be sure to check out the latest information from Consumer Reports. You might be surprised to see that some top-selling sunscreens simply don’t cut it when it comes to actually protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet light. Continue reading

Coconut Oil – A Safe, Natural Sunscreen?

coconut oil sunscreenRecent articles have highlighted the horrible irony of chemicals present in sunscreens that cause the skin to become more sensitive to the sun, leading some to wonder if natural sunscreens are, indeed, better for naturally healthy skin.

Take coconut oil, for example. Is it a safe sunscreen? Could you really sidestep all of the problems inherent in choosing a commercially produced sunblock that isn’t full of parabens, phthalates, bisphenol-A, and retinyl palmitate just by greasing yourself up with some basic kitchen staples? Continue reading

Vitamin D and Psoriasis – What’s the Connection?

sunlight and vitamin d and psoriasisEarlier this year a study was published that verified, for the first time, an upper, safe limit for vitamin D, but what if, like many in the northern hemisphere, you are deficient in this hormone-like vitamin? Could a vitamin D deficiency be a trigger for your psoriasis? Several studies published in the last year make the connection between a vitamin D deficiency and psoriasis severity so should you be supplementing, sunbathing, or is there a reason to avoid vitamin D for naturally healthy skin?

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What Does SPF Mean? New FDA Regulations Now in Effect for Sunscreens

sunscreen regulations from fdaThe sun is shining, flowers are emerging, and thoughts are turning to spring and summer. If, like me, you tend to plan ahead, you may already be thinking about the location of your sunscreen. Digging out that greasy old bottle of Coppertone may seem enough but it’s important to remember that not all sunscreens are the same.

With this in mind, the FDA’s new regulations for sunscreen marketing are now in effect, after months of delays, governing how manufacturers promote sunscreens, including how they cite SPF. What does this mean for us as savvy consumers wanting naturally healthy skin? Hopefully, it means we get a better quality product that does what it promises. Continue reading

Skin Cancer and Coffee – Reducing the Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Could bathing in coffee protect against a common form of skin cancer?

More than three cups of coffee a day could cut your risk of basal cell carcinoma according to new research, but the caffeine has little impact on other forms of skin cancer such as melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

The benefit is thought more pronounced in women and appears to be linked to caffeine rather than the coffee itself, according to the authors of a paper published in Cancer Research this week. Should you be bathing in coffee as a way to naturally healthy skin? Continue reading

Skin Cancer Prognosis Affected by Childhood Stress

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Early childhood stress reduces ability to fight skin cancer.

Childhood stress reduces ability to fight skin cancer according to a new study carried out at Ohio State University in Columbus. The scientists looked at nearly a hundred patients with basal cell carcinoma and assessed their experiences of childhood maltreatment, along with any recent stressful events.

They then examined the patients’ immune system responses to their tumors and found that early stress and a recent severe life episode created a ‘perfect storm’ of stress affecting the ability to battle this common form of skin cancer. Whilst basal cell carcinoma is immunogenic, other forms of skin cancer, such as melanoma, are not.

How might this affect approaches to skin cancer treatment? Perhaps patients will be offered counselling in addition to basal cell carcinoma treatment, using stress reduction techniques to achieve naturally healthy skin. Continue reading

Best Sunscreen is Not Always the Most Expensive According to New Safest Sunscreen Report.

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Banana Boat for Kids? Make sure you are using the best and safest sunscreen for the whole family.

The May Issue of Consumer Reports has rated eighteen of the top-selling sunscreens and found that price is no indication of performance. Some of the most hyped sunscreens, including one for kids, failed in tests of broad spectrum coverage and could leave you vulnerable to damaging sun-rays causing skin cancer.

Find out what to slather on your skin to keep it naturally healthy this summer and how best to protect yourself from skin cancer and sunburn. Continue reading

Skin Allergies May Help Fight Skin Cancer

A new study suggests that those who suffer from skin allergies may have a lower risk of skin cancer, and those suffering from other types of allergy may have a reduced cancer risk overall. Conditions such as contact dermatitis can make life miserable for many sufferers who can spend considerable amounts of time identifying skin allergens and working to reduce or eliminate their exposure to them. A study by Danish researchers has identified an association however between contact allergies and cancer risk, although the link is not direct. Continue reading