Skin Cancer Risk - Vitamin DRecently, a study from the University of California – San Diego School of Medicine reported that higher levels of vitamin D reduce the risk of invasive cancers, including breast, lung, bladder and bowel cancer. This is fantastic news, as more people can take preventative measures against these debilitating diseases.

It is important to note, however, that the study did not include skin cancer. One person dies of melanoma every hour – with an estimated 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Debra Jaliman, who developed and founded Sea Radiance, urges people to be weary of going out in the sun unprotected to get your daily dose of D – even if just for a few minutes. Although it is believed that the sun is the most effective source of vitamin D, she recommends a much safer, reliable alternative.

Vitamin D3 supplements are a simple, safe solution. Taking a daily supplement ensures that you are getting enough vitamin D to help prevent other invasive cancers without the risk of sun damage and exposure to carcinogenic UV rays.

Be sure that you always apply an SPF 30 daily to prevent the risk of skin cancer. With over 10,000 estimated deaths from melanoma this year alone, make sure you don’t prevent other invasive cancers at the expense of your skin’s health – or your life.

Skin Damage from DrivingIf you care about protecting your skin, you probably think you’re diligent with your sunscreen. You apply SPF in a daily moisturizer and slather on the sunscreen when out in the sun, right? But, there are two areas that may be getting extra exposure that you haven’t considered.

While driving, you may think you’re protected, but your hands, reaching out towards the steering wheel, are uniquely exposed! Hands are very susceptible to signs of aging, and spots, dryness, loose skin and wrinkles will begin to appear much earlier on the thin skin of your hands. If you drive just an hour per day, that’s an extra hour in the sun on delicate skin you may not have even realized!

Select a hand cream with an SPF of at least 30 to keep in your purse or car. This will keep your skin protected, and treat dry hands and cuticles while you drive! In Japan, where sun protection is taken very seriously, it’s not uncommon to see women driving with gloves to protect their hands. You can try this option if you don’t like the greasy feel of some hand creams. Or, apply gloves over your moisturizer and enjoy your daily in-car spa treatment!

Windshields are usually treated to block UVA and UVB rays, so your face does get some protection. Side windows, however, are not treated. Make sure to keep a lip balm with SPF to apply in the car, as sun exposure through your driver’s window can also make collagen in lips break down more quickly and deplete youthful volume.

P.S. Did you know that airplanes can also pose a unique skin damage risk?

Sunscreen in WinterYou may faithfully apply sunscreen on your summer vacation. But did you know that winter skin needs protection, too?

Though we may not feel the sun’s effect as much in winter, its rays still penetrate through glass windows, especially while commuting. Winter weather actually amplifies the sun’s effect because the rays reflect off snow!

For those of us who love winter sports at high altitudes, take note: Every 1,000 feet above sea level increases UV radiation exposure 4 to 5%. This adds an increased risk of damage to skin, which causes skin to appear aged and can lead to skin cancer. Ten percent of deaths from skin cancer originate in the head and neck area, areas that we sometimes neglect to protect in winter months.

Sea Elixir, found in our Rapid Eye Lift, helps to repair sun damage from past years. It also provides some natural protection from the sun to boost your usual sunscreen!

Why leave your skin vulnerable for part of the year? In winter, reach for a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. Your skin will thank you!