Yes, I’m vain. But I’m not willing to die for it

I’m talking about skin cancer.

One of the few cancers over which we have an incredible amount of control.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

One in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over their life time. One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 62 minutes).

Skin cancer is considered a life style disease and is highly preventable. What that means to me is our choices can have a direct impact on the chances of us getting it.

And we need to start the education process at a young age!

Did you know that a recent Mayo Clinic study found that over the past 40 years melanoma rates have increased by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men ages 18-39? Sadly, much of that is related to sunbathing and increased use of tanning bed lotion.

Did you know that both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization have identified UV as a proven human carcinogen?

Yes. You read that right. UV rays cause cancer and the youth of America that are being diagnosed at a rapid rate.

Tanned skin is damaged skin. Period.

A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations, can lead to skin cancer.

Oh wait, it get’s better.

There are two types of rays we get from the sun (well actually 3 but thankfully UVC rays don’t reach us) UVB or the burning rays and UVA, the aging rays. And both rays can lead to cancer.

Until recently, sunscreen only protected us from UVB rays.

You need to look for broad spectrum protection to have coverage from both and the SPF rating systems is only for UVB Protection. Sigh.

UVA rays can penetrate clouds. And glass.

Check out this picture of a women who worked in an office space with a large window on her one side.

If you take a few minutes to examine your face, chances are great you will see more aging on your left side, or the side that gets exposure from the car WINDOW!

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Want more proof that the sun makes you age prematurely? Doctors at Northwestern University are studing this man. He’s 69 years old, but the left-side of his face looks much older. Why? He drove a truck for 28 years, so the sun’s UVA rays hit that side of his skin through the window glass, penetrating his epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Just a reminder that a broad spectrum sunscreen is crucial not just at the pool this summer – but every single day!

Bottom line – with all the things in life I can not control that affect my health, being smart about the sun is simple and puts me in charge.

If you are looking for a non-greasy, SPF 30, 92% French Organic Sunscreen, checkout Votre Vu’s En Garde!

A French Women’s Secret (Part Two)… Sarah Klassen

Last week I enjoyed a cup of coffee with a client turned friend who shared with me why she loves using Votre Vu. During her post college years, she spent some time living abroad in France and learned that when it comes to skin care, there’s a vast difference. The French, she explained, love spending time in their personal spa bathroom pampering themselves. It’s not a chore, but a necessary indulgence. It’s all about the senses and treating yourself well. Every time she opens one of her Votre Vu jars, she feels pampered and special. The aromas return her to those wonderful day abroad and results have improved the quality and texture of her skin.

Bliss in a bottle

Her story reminded me of a post from Beauty Blogger Sarah Klassen that I wanted to share with you. Sarah resides in Canada and writes about her findings, ideas and thoughts all based around design. Awhile back she sampled some products and wrote the following article:

A French Women’s Secret (Part Two)

Part of the beauty and allure of French women (besides their scent, previous post here) is their enviable complexion. They firmly believe in taking good care of one’s skin and aging well. From their early teens, they religiously care for their skin at home and practice good skin care habits—washing their face every night, using a gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer morning and evening, as well as giving their skin weekly masks. Many women believe that once you turn forty, you must start intensive skin care treatments, but this is actually the opposite of what is true. Beautiful skin begins in the formative years.

If you’ll also notice, the French use far less makeup. They believe in celebrating one’s features and natural complexion. Makeup compliments, never covers.

For years, I have been searching for a skincare line that not only smells lovely, but feels great— something that would make the difference for my skin. After trying several brands, from simple skin care, to organics, to high-profiled boutique and department store lines, I felt there was nothing better out there. I was both surprised and thrilled after trying Votre Vu!

Votre Vu is a lovely premier skincare line, truly crafted in France. Unlike many other lines that claim to be French-based, (read their labels) each and every Votre Vu product is made with old-world craftsmanship by true French artisans. They cater to all skin types, from very dry to sensitive to mature skin. As a person with very sensitive skin, I was so incredibly thrilled with the results! Cultivated and perfected, the products are made in small batches with premium, naturally based, naturally-potent skincare ingredients; with the very same traditions that the French have celebrated for centuries. You truly feel the difference…

Thank you Sarah for the wonderful review!