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Melanoma Awareness Month

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.”

Melanoma typically stems from problems in melanocytes and may appear in the form of a mole and may be a variety of colors including, brown, black, skin tone, blue, or purple. Over 10,000 people from the United States a year die from melanoma.

Melanoma can be treated if caught early but if caught too late, it can be hard to eliminate as it may advance to other parts of the body.

Preventative Actions that Lower Your Risk of Melanoma:

  • Stay in the shade
  • Don’t burn your skin
  • Wear a Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF and reapply throughout the day
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure
  • Examine your skin head to toe each month following the ABCDE’s
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Wear clothes that protect your skin from the sun

UV, UVA, UVB, SPF

 
UV, UVA, UVB, SPFSkin Graph We see these abbreviations all the time, but what do they actually stand for and how do they affect you?  We should start at the beginning. The sun emits sunlight in the form of energy. This energy is the basis of all life on Earth. The energy classification is based on a spectrum and that spectrum is broken down in to several parts. However, today we are only going to focus on the effects of two of the UV sections. UV stands for ultraviolet radiation, which is made up of UVA and UVB rays. We can think of UVA as ultraviolet radiation A, or the rays that cause us to age, and UVB as the ultraviolet radiation B, or the rays that cause our skin to burn. UVA penetrate deeper in to the dermis and cause damage to the collagen and elastin found there, resulting in wrinkling and sagging of the skin. This dermal penetration also allow free radicals to damage the tissue, which can lead to skin cancer. Since most of us aren’t chemists, let’s think of a free radical stopping to damage other healthy molecules on its journey of companionship. To stop free radical’s chaotic behavior, we use antioxidants. Antioxidants are ingredients that deactivate, neutralize, or obstruct free radicals and can be found in many professional skin care lines anti-aging products. Although UVB rays make up less than 1% of the UV rays that actually reach Earth, they wreak havoc on our bodies by penetrating the top layers of the skin. UVB rays damage the skin by activating and altering melanocytes resulting in hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Melanocytes are specialized cells that are responsible for producing the pigment we see in our skin, this pigment is called melanin. Melanin is a protein that not only determines hair, eye, and skin color, but also acts as a defense mechanism to protect the skin from the sun. To make it simple, UVB rays basically damage the “on/off” switch in the melanocytes which results in an increased production yet uneven distribution of melanin.
SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and is the way we determine how many minutes a person can stay in the sun before they become sunburned. We often are confused by SPF, believing that it is blocking all of the UVA and UVB rays indefinitely, when in reality it is just lengthening the amount of time a person can be in the sun before the skin becomes red or sunburned. If a person can stay in the sun for 10 minutes before they get sunburned, an SPF 15 will allow that person to remain in the sun for 15 times longer, or 150 minutes. It is also easy to misunderstand that an SPF 30 does not have double the protection of an SPF of 15. An SPF 15 blocks about 93% of UV rays and an SPF 30 blocks about 97%, which is not a huge difference. You can get about the same amount of protection with an SPF that you would with a SPF 30 if you were vigilant about reapplication. Choose a sunscreen that you love, and will actually use because it will need to be reapplied about every 2 hours to maintain protection.

Ultrasonic Facial w/ DermaSound Elite

 

Ultrasonic Facial w/ DermaSound Elite

The Benefits Are Clear:
Gentle Exfoliation, Cellular Rejuvenation, Increased Circulation & Hydration, Superior Delivery System (gentle, safe & effective).
Sonic Cavitation:
Using distilled water propelled by ultrasound waves, dead skin cells and debris are removed from surface
in a process called Sonic Cavitation. The gentle exfoliation consistently removes the skin’s top layers,
assists in the minimization of the effects of sun damaged skin and spots,
as well as improvement of the appearance of fine lines and acne.
Sonophoresis:
The gentle vibrating action of the ultrasound waves creates a microscopic pathway allowing antioxidants and
other nutrients to penetrate deep and promote advanced rejuvenation.
Cellular Rejuvenation / Micro Current:
Achieving improvements at a cellular level, the Ultrasonic Facial revitalizes the neon charge of individual skin cells
through Micro Current Therapy.
This allows the cell to expel wastes at an optimal level. Micro current therapy replenishes ATP, which with increased
amino acid transport the protein synthesis. Micro current therapy also increases the number of growth factor
receptors, which increased production of collagen. The result is a rejuvenated complexion and ongoing
improvements long beyond the treatment period.
Ultrasound Experience:
Ultrasound facial is delivered via a hand-held stainless steel applicator held close through, which the DermaSound
Elite instrument delivers an extremely low electrical current such as that are found naturally in the body.
A warm, vibrating sensation is experienced at the point of application. The simple procedure takes approximately
45 minutes and three to five sessions are repeated in a series, depending upon skin condition.
The Ultrasonic Facial is a pleasant experience that improves circulation, increases and boosts
antioxidant absorption at the cellular level.
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