4 Ways to Nurture & Protect Your Skin This Summer

May being Melanoma Awareness Month is always a timely reminder, as we head into the lovely summer months!  I adore sunny summer days, and lots of playing outside.  But skin cancer is a real threat, and it's a topic that hits close to home for me.  My husband and I both have had run-ins with skin cancer, and it’s not fun.  And as most people know, it’s usually preventable. Add in the fact that sun can dry you out and prematurely age you likka prune... and it's definitely worth taking a look at a few ideas to nurture and protect your skin this time of year! 4 Ways to Nurture & Protect Your Skin At this stage in my life, I have many reasons to take good care of my skin.  Being outdoors in the sunshine is one of my favorite things, so avoiding the sun is not an option.  I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to nurture your skin, protect yourself against skin cancer, and promote anti-aging as much as possible. Protect it.  Baby it.  It's the only skin you've got! # 1 Use a Sport … [Read more...]

SPF Protection for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As we head into some glorious, longer, sunny days... the month of May is dedicated to Skin Cancer Awareness. It's the perfect time of year to give thought to this topic that is ever increasing in importance.  And it's the time to make sure your family is ready to have safe fun this summer - with SPF protection from sun hats, sunscreen, and SPF clothing. Did you know that more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined?  It's been described as a "lifestyle disease", affecting people of all ages.   One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The good news is, because skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease, it is also highly preventable.   SPF Clothing All clothing is not created equal, when it comes to sun protection.  It's the same concept as sun screen, which have varying SPF levels of protection. Well, the same holds true of that tee shirt you think is keeping harmful rays off of you while … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen ~ What You Should Know About Your Sunscreen

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen is a Colorado manufacturer of broad spectrum sunscreen, lip balm, and bulk sunscreen.  They focus on skin cancer prevention, and believe that early protection and prevention is the key.  Since I've been down the not-so-fun skin cancer path before, I wholeheartedly agree with this approach. And I'm always interested in finding new quality sunscreen options to protect myself and my family.  Especially this time of year, when it becomes more crucial because we all head outside to play! The Rocky Mountain Sunscreen mission?   "...to provide the highest quality sun protection products available, in easy-to-use, convenient packaging. Through education and marketing, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen is advancing skin protection for the purpose of helping people maintain healthy skin throughout their life." What You Should Know About Your Sunscreen Did you know there are 3 different types of sunscreen formulas: Wax-Based (most sunscreens), Film-Based, and Bonding-Based … [Read more...]

Wear the Right Hat For Your Adventure [Giveaway, Ended 6/21]

I'm fairly good about sun protection, given my history of skin cancer.  I typically remember my sunscreen.  And when assembling gear for an outdoor adventure, I grab either a baseball, scout, or visor style hat. But there is a small problem with that.  It's been nagging at me in the back of my mind for awhile now.  But I'm just not a "big, straw, floppy beach hat" kinda girl.  So the voice just keeps nag, nag, nagging me while I'm out there playing in the sun, "You're not protecting your head like you should (and could) be doing."  And I keep ignoring it and doing the same ol' thing. Until my blogging friend Farrah from "The Three Under" featured a company called AdventureHat.com.  Bingo.  The coolest Aussie hat ever, just waiting there for me to make it a part of my outdoor life! Bill Conner's Australian Hats If this style even remotely interests you, you've just struck gold.  Because guess what?  Bill Conner, of Adventure Hat, created Australia’s original leather hat with a … [Read more...]

Skin Cancer Is Not My Friend

Raised on the sparkling blue waters of Lake Oahe in South Dakota, and being somewhat on the fair end of the spectrum, I received countless sunburns on my unprotected skin while growing up.  Most of it semi-deliberate, as a teen and 20 something. By age 27, I was diagnosed with Basil Cell Carcinoma on my forehead.  In the words of my doctor, "This is the type of cancer I see 80 year old farmers in here with.  It's 100% caused by sun damage.  Shame on you." It's that wonderful time of year again, when we all want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.  This is my cautionary tale of woe. I Know What Skin Cancer Looks Like, Don't I? At least I thought I did.  It's when a mole or coloration on your skin changes in shape, size, or color.  Right? For just over a year, I had a shiny red circle on my forehead, close to my hairline, with three bumps in it.  I actually had a friend tell me, "You should probably get that looked at". My exact response?  "Why?  It's not like it's skin … [Read more...]