Life Under the Ozone Hole - a Salon.com Special Report Posted by BeautyCare.com
Life Under the Ozone Hole - a Salon.com Special Report
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In Punta Arenas, Chile, preschool
children gather in the school auditorium to watch Paul the Penguin, the mascot
of a German cosmetics company, learn how to slather himself from head to web
with extra-strength sun block. Their parents scan the newspaper each morning
for the traffic-signal graphic that tells them how much dangerous ultraviolet
radiation they will be exposed to that day. A red signal means that the
radiation level is so high that it can cause some people's skin to burn within
Welcome to life under the ozone hole -- which, according to scientists,
reached its largest dimensions in September, stretching from Antarctica to
southern Chile, thousands of miles away.
In a special report, Salon health correspondent Dawn MacKeen files from
ground zero of this ecological catastrophe -- the Chilean port city of
120,000 people that has become famous, or infamous, as the place that squats
directly under the gaping hole in the earth's protective ozone layer. "What's
happening down here on the edge of nowhere is an uncontrolled science
experiment: exposing human beings in their natural habitat to long-term doses
of potentially deadly ultraviolet radiation," writes MacKeen.
In the U.S. ozone depletion is a political issue, but in Punta Arenas,
it's a nightmarish reality.
Read the full story in Salon.com at:
/CONTACT: Dayna Macy, Director, Public Relations of Salon.com,
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Nurse-Midwives Remind Families to Stay Safe in the Sun Posted by BeautyCare.com
Nurse-Midwives Remind Families to Stay Safe in the Sun
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that we are in the midst of family
vacation season, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, reminds women to keep
themselves and their families safe in the sun.
When the warnings from early summer fade, many Americans forget about the
dangers of sun exposure. However, the sun is still strong enough to cause
permanent skin damage and premature aging. Here are some important
* One or two blistering sunburns in childhood can double the risk of
developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, in later
life. Children who tan poorly, have fair skin or hair, or have a
family history of skin cancer are at greatest risk and need to be
protected. But, kids with dark skin burn too!
* Excessive sun exposure can damage the immune system and make you or
your children more susceptible to diseases such as cold sores, chicken
pox and lupus.
* Excess exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can burn the cornea of
the eye. Long term exposure to UV rays can increase the chance of
cataracts and other serious eye problems.
* Antibiotics in the tetracycline family (such as doxycycline and
minocycline) increase your sensitivity to the sun.
* Women planning to have a baby should be aware that early studies
suggest that exposure to UV rays could cause a reduction in the amount
of folates in their bodies. Since inadequate folic acid can cause
neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, too much sun may increase
* Children and adults should avoid sun exposure when the sun is
strongest. This is typically between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
* Cover skin with clothing as much as possible.
* Exposed skin should be protected with a broad spectrum sunscreen of
at least SPF 15. Reapply every two hours or according to the label.
* Do not apply sunscreen to children under six months. Keep them out of
the sun as much as possible.
* Wear sunglasses with UV protection (especially UVB).
* Perfumes and cosmetics can increase sensitivity to sunlight in some
* Tanning booths are just as dangerous as the real thing.
* If you are making plans to get pregnant, review your diet with your
health care provider. Make sure your folate (folic acid) intake is
adequate and don't go outside without sunscreen.
To obtain more information about the dangers of too much exposure to
sunlight, see your midwife or other health care provider or visit the
ACNM Web site at http://www.midwife.org .
This information is provided as a public service by the American College
of Nurse-Midwives, the oldest women's health care association in the U.S.
SOURCE American College of Nurse-Midwives
/CONTACT: Gina Harps, 202-728-9876, or John Boggess, 202-728-9872,
both of the American College of Nurse-Midwives/
Web Site: /http://www.midwife.org/
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Fruitful Yield's Nutritionist Offers Natural Sun Protection Hints Posted by BeautyCare.com
Fruitful Yield's Nutritionist Offers Natural Sun Protection Hints
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Jim Golick, a
certified nutritionist for Fruitful Yield, a chain of health food and vitamin
stores, sunlight, in moderation, is good for you. It promotes skin growth,
stimulates hormone production, enhances immunity and improves mood.
"Avoid excessive sun exposure," says Golick. "This is complicated because the
thinning ozone layer allows more UV rays to reach the earth and damage our
skin. UVA contributes to skin aging, UVB contributes to sunburn and cell
mutation in the upper skin layers.
"Approximately 20 minutes per day of sun exposure on arms and face is
enough for the manufacture of vitamin D. Sunlight and vitamin D has been
known to aid in the prevention of certain cancers. Regular sun exposure is
associated with decreases in death rates from prostate, breast and colon
"There are a few dietary secrets for sunburn protection," says Golick.
"Consume more good fats and calcium. Some of the best sources of fats are
from salmon, sardines, or flaxseed oil (6-12 capsules or 1-2 Tbsp.). Take
2-4 citrate or chelated calcium tablets, preferably with magnesium added. Try
also mixing flaxseed oil into yogurt, before or during your stint in the sun.
"There are natural ways to increase the production of melanin, a natural
sunburn skin protectant. Take 2 capsules of L-Tyrosine two times a day and
5 to 6 mg. of chelated copper. Tyrosine also helps with mood, alertness and
stress resistance. Copper, however, can worsen depression in some individuals
who are prone to copper excess. Most people can use it safely during the
suntan season without incident.
"Antioxidants, like vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene have been
demonstrated to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. A diet high in
fruits, veggies and certain herbs is also important.
"Remember to appropriately apply sunscreen protection when out and about
for any length of time. The more natural sunscreens and sun blocks are found
in health food stores. They usually minimize the use of potentially harmful
chemicals that can be found in mass-market products.
"With fish, flax, calcium, L-Tyrosine, copper and antioxidant protection,
you can enjoy fun in the sun without having to pay a hefty price later."
Golick is available for free consultation. Call 630-530-1445 for store
locations and appointment scheduling.
Fruitful Yield has been offering quality natural foods and vitamins for
over 35 years.
SOURCE The Fruitful Yield
/CONTACT: Pam Morris, Marketing Coordinator of The Fruitful Yield,
630-942-8094, ext. 214/
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Because Sun Damage = Skin Damage ... Posted by BeautyCare.com
Because Sun Damage = Skin Damage ...
Keri Introduces Skin Renewal Body Lotion, the First Body Lotion With
Sunscreeen and Alpha Hydroxy, to Renew & Protect Every Inch of Skin (1)
PLAINSBORO, N.J., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- First, it was our faces. Next,
it was our hands. Now, thanks to Keri Lotion, even our bodies can reap the
benefits of a product containing both Alpha Hydroxy Complex and SPF 15.
As part of their commitment to all-over soft, beautiful skin, the makers
of Keri Lotion have created Keri Skin Renewal Body Lotion, the only
therapeutic body lotion with sunscreen and an Alpha Hydroxy Complex to help
renew and protect your skin. Unlike any other leading body lotion, Keri Skin
Renewal's advanced formula works two ways: the Alpha Hydroxy Complex helps
revitalize the skin's appearance, while the SPF 15 protects the skin from UVA
and UVB damage and helps to reduce the signs of premature aging of the skin.
"Avoiding sun damage is the single best thing women can do for their
skin," notes Elyse Rafal, M.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology at
Stonybrook Medical Center. "And when you use an Alpha Hydroxy product, your
skin needs extra protection. That's why Keri Skin Renewal is such an
appealing product -- it helps protect women's skin from day to day incidental
exposure to UV rays, which can be as damaging as a burn you get at the beach."
Unleashing the Latest Therapeutic Beauty Treatment
In addition to protecting the skin from the incidental exposure to UV
rays, Keri Skin Renewal also helps improve the look of your skin through the
exfoliation process. According to Keri's skincare experts, exfoliation is a
natural process by which the skin renews itself every few weeks. As people
age this process slows. Skin Renewal's Alpha Hydroxy Complex enhances the
exfoliation process, helping to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin -- a real
benefit for women over 35 concerned about the Keri Skin appearance of their
skin. Then, Skin Renewal Lotion also uses SPF 15 sunscreen to help protect it
from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Dermatologists agree that it is
especially important to use an SPF 15 sunscreen with an Alpha Hydroxy Complex
product because as the Complex exposes new, delicate skin, it is necessary to
provide extra protection from the damaging sun. Using an Alpha Hydroxy
Complex without SPF protection leaves new skin exposed to potential UV damage.
"Skin Renewal is not a seasonal sunscreen product -- though we think it
will be the most important skin care product this summer," notes Mark Kreston,
VP of Marketing for Keri Lotion. "Rather, Keri Skin Renewal is a year round
product that should be used every day -- the SPF 15 is there to protect newly
revealed skin from the damage associated with incidental UV exposure that
occurs everyday, 365 days a year."
New Keri Skin Renewal Lotion is currently available at drug stores and
retail outlets. The lotion is available in 6.5-ounce and 15-ounce bottles.
Keri Skin Renewal is the latest product innovation to the Keri line of
moisturizing lotions. Other products include Keri Fast Absorbing, a light
feeling moisturizer with Vitamin E and aloe; and Keri Deep Conditioning
Original, an emollient-rich lotion providing soothing moisturization for more
mature, drier skin.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a diversified worldwide health and personal care
company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer medicines,
beauty care, nutritionals, and medical devices. The company is also a leader
in orthopaedic devices, ostomy care, wound management, nutritional
supplements, infant formulas, and hair and skin care products.
(1) Among leading brands, Keri Skin Renewal is the first and only body
lotion which includes an Alpha Hydroxy Complex and SPF 15 sunscreen.
SOURCE Bristol-Myers Squibb
/CONTACT: Rebecca Dickson of BSMG Worldwide, 212-445-8109, or
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Sun Tans Posted by BeautyCare.com
Sun Block in the Shade
Wear sun block on the beach even if you plan to spend the day under an umbrella. The sand reflects light that will cause you to tan or burn even in the shade.