My friend Jen has gorgeous skin. And no, it’s not because she stays out of the sun. Jen is extremely active–she surfs, walks, swims at the pool, takes her kids to the park and is a teacher so she’s out on the playground at recess. I was telling Chelsea, Kelly and Maya about how beautiful her skin was at a girl’s dinner, and all of them asked, “How does she do it? What products does she use? Are they expensive?” And I had no idea. Yes, she wears a hat and sunscreen at all times, but other than that, I didn’t know too much about her skin regimen. So Breezy Mama decided to go straight to the source and ask. And though there are a couple pricier brands, the rest are available at drugstores! Read on to learn her secrets. . . [Read more…] about Jen’s (Easy) Guide to Beautiful Skin
With the warmer weather on its way and Memorial Day weekend kicking off the beach/lake/pool season comes the threat of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Helga, a mom of two daughters, ages 6 1/2 and 9, shares her story on finding out she had melanoma and what happened next. Plus, advice from Breezy Mama go-to dermatologist, Dr. Vi on treatment, prevention and more.
How was your melanoma discovered? A routine check? A suspicious looking mole you discovered and had a dermatologist look at?
What’s the best SPF for you and your child? Should you be spray tanning? What should you keep an eye out for on your children’s skin? Dr. Vi of Comprehensive Dermatology addresses the hot topics of the sun’s effect on skin.
What’s worse: Obtaining a little color from laying out with sunscreen or getting it from a tanning bed?
Dr. Vi: Both are bad- both cause skin cancer and wrinkles. If you want a tan, use a sunless tanner with dihydroxyacetone (DHA). I like the one by Jergen’s (click here to purchase), but there are so many available now.
Is spray tan a healthier approach? Are there any known long-term side effects?
Dr. Vi: Spray tan is a healthier approach. The ingredient in spray tan is dihydroxyacetone and it is bound to the superficial layer of the skin. So, there is no real systemic absorption. We do not know if there are any real problems with inhaling the spray tan, so I prefer the rub-on sunless tanners (lotions).
How often should adults see a dermatologist for a total body mole inspection?
Dr. Vi: On average, once per year. If someone has a personal or family history of skin cancer, I may recommend skin checks every 6 months. A full skin check means that we look at all of your skin- from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Early detection of skin cancer is key to survival!
What are the signs a mole might possibly be cancerous and what should we be looking out for?
Dr. Vi: Any new or changing mole should be shown to your doctor. We say to look for the [Read more…] about Keep Your Child and Yourself Safe From the Sun: Skin Care Tips With Dr. Vi