Is That Skin Cancer on My Chest?!

Want to hear something scary ? The sun is getting brighter, there is less protective ozone and we’re spending more time outdoors exposed to UV rays due to global climate changes (spring now starts earlier and fall begins later!). And if that isn’t enough to send you running to your dermatologist:  UV exposure increases 33 % for every 20 % of ozone layer loss, resulting in a 33 % increase in the rate of skin cancer. Who says? Top research …

Men And Sunscreen: Why Aren’t They Using Any?

Attention men: Before you head outdoors this summer, make sure you are wearing sunscreen. Because evidently, you need some reminding. (Ok, nagging.) A new survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation finds that men don’t seem to understand the risks of getting skin cancer. Nearly 1 in 2 men surveyed said they had not applied sunscreen in the past 12 months, and only 32 percent considered themselves very knowledgeable about how to properly use it, the Dallas News reports. Some misguided …

Checklist For A Safe And Healthy Summer

Guest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations.  June is ‘Great Outdoors Month‘ and each region of the country offers its unique way in which we welcome the summer. One of my favorite summer memories …

Enjoy Summer, Protect your Skin

Brighter colors and shorter outfits are suddenly the norm: After Memorial Day weekend, the summer is here in full swing. But along with family trips, sunshine and humidity the hot season also brings risks for your skin due to sun exposure. The first step to keep these risks at bay is to accept them and stop thinking “no, that can’t happen to me.” Next, you will find that it is not so hard to take care of your skin by …

Which Sunscreen Rates Best? Drugstore Brand A ‘Best Buy’

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summertime season — do you have enough sunscreen? Consumer Reports recently tested 18 popular brands and although none were rated excellent in all categories, several were very good and a drugstore brand even earned a “best buy” rating. Two brands failed to meet testing standards for adequate protection, including a kids’ sunscreen. Even though new rules to simplify sunscreen labels have been delayed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until December, …

Ouch. Sunscreen Makers Burn Us Again

Sunscreen makers have had a year to come up with clearer labeling, but somehow just couldn’t get it done in time for this summer’s big sunscreen-buying season. So the government gave them a pass until winter. The Food and Drug Administration ordered changes to sunscreens last summer (after 33 years of study!) but gave makers until this June to get the revised bottles with new labels on the shelf, the Associated Press reports. The idea was to help consumers know …