Earth Day is one of our favorite days here at Sea Radiance! Did you know you can even help protect the Earth with the choices you make for your skin? Read on to see how.

  • Everything we use on our bodies washes down the drains into our waterways and oceans, and harmful ingredients can affect flora and fauna! Always look for products that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes and GMOs.
  • Always remember to recycle when you are done with your products. Your community recycling program will take care of most of your empties, but some cosmetics companies will actually give you a new product in exchange for several old containers of their products!
  • Long showers not only waste water, but they can actually dry out your skin, too. Stick to just one short, warm shower a day for happier skin and environment!
  • Look for physical sun blocks with zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens stop cells from absorbing the sun, so when they wash into the ocean, they can damage coral reefs by preventing them from photosynthesizing! Physical sun blocks prevent ocean damage and are healthier for sensitive skin, as well.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Are you heading out with your sunblock in the fresh air? We’d love to know! Send us a tweet @SeaRadianceSkin

If you are constantly applying your SPF, you know your skin will thank you. Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging, as well as being the major culprit behind skin cancer. But, there’s one place you may be exposing yourself without realizing it!

Airplane Sun DamageWhen you travel on a plane and get settled in to that window seat, you’re most likely thinking about the gorgeous view. But, those ultraviolet rays coming through the window are actually intensified between four and ten percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level you travel. Not only does the recycled air of the plane leave your skin dry, but a cross-country flight can also leave you with irreversible sun damage!

Next time you fly, be sure to protect your skin from airplane sun damage with an SPF of at least 30. A scarf is also a great multi-purpose accessory that you can drape over your face while napping or use as a pillow against the window so your cheek & delicate eye skin are not directly exposed.

P.S. Did you know that driving in a car can also pose a sun damage risk? 

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?

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett, nominated this year for Best Actress for her performance in Carol, is this week’s #WCW. This is just the most recent of many awards and nominations for the 46-year-old beauty. Whether playing Queen Elizabeth, Bob Dylan or an immortal elf, Cate is always a force of nature, and we’ve admired her glow for years. She credits her mother with teaching her to protect her delicate skin from the sun, a great piece of skincare wisdom at any age. We can’t wait to see Cate walk the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards where she’ll be receiving Sea Radiance Gentle Cleanser and Rapid Eye Lift in her exclusive gift bag.

Best of luck, Cate!

 

 

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!