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Winter Sun Safety Tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation

Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.

“It’s easy to associate winter with frostbite and windburn, but most people are unaware that UV rays can be every bit as damaging on the slopes as on the beach,” said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “With the winter sports season ahead of us, it’s more important than ever to take proper precautions on the slopes.”

Higher altitude means increased risk of sun-induced skin damage, since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage.

Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness, so you have to take extra precautions. To protect your skin from the bitter cold, heavy winds and winter sun, follow these important sun protection tips:

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher whenever you spend extended time outdoors. Apply 30 minutes before hitting the slopes. Be aware that the sun’s reflection off the snow is strong even on cloudy days. (Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds.)

Apply sunscreen liberally and evenly to all exposed skin – most skiers and snowboarders do not use enough. You should apply at least a teaspoon to the face.

Use a moisturizing sunscreen with ingredients like lanolin or glycerin. Winter conditions can be particularly harsh on the skin.

Be sure to cover often-missed spots: the lips, ears, around the eyes, and on the neck, the underside of chin, scalp and hands.

Reapply every two hours, and immediately after heavy sweating.

Always wear a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher – lips are very sensitive.

Carry a travel-sized sunscreen and lip balm with you on the slopes. Reapply on the chairlift, especially after a long, snow-blown run.

Read more winter sun safety tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation here.

Protecting Your Skin from Winter’s Bite

It’s November again, which means that across much of America, pleasant summer and autumn weather is being replaced by the cold, dry, windy weather of winter. With that weather comes dry chapped lips and skin caused by low humidity and windy conditions. For outdoor enthusiasts, that typically means chapped lips and dry, chapped fingers and hands. The pain associated with these conditions makes participation in all sports and outdoor activities more difficult.

The primary cause of drier, reddened and cracking skin is the lower humidity, the winter wind and the lower temperatures. These conditions dry out your lips, creating a natural urge to apply moisturizers or lick the lips frequently. Licking your lips results in more cracks and irritation, and more licking — a very vicious cycle. The change in weather also dries the skin on your hands, resulting in cracks around your nails. This can make even the most mundane daily tasks quite painful.

There are several things you can do to prevent chapped, painful lips and hands:

  1. Natural oils on your skin help to hold moisture, whereas showers and harsh soaps act to remove those oils. By taking warm showers and using mild soaps you can help retain some of the natural oils on your skin.
  2. Apply moisturizers to your skin that contain lanolin or petroleum jelly.
  3. Dress to prevent wind and sun exposure that can dry out your skin.
  4. Wear water proof clothing and warm, comfortable, water resistant shoes as well.
  5. Apply moisturizers and sunscreen to prevent wind and sun damage.

For areas of cracked, reddened and painful lips and skin apply products that contain 1% Hydrocortisone. The Hydrocortisone acts by reducing the inflammation associated with chapped lips and dry, scaling skin. It heals the chapped skin and cracked areas on your lips and fingers making the harsh weather more tolerable. It is also effective for fever blisters, chapped skin due to lip licking (especially in children), allergies to lipstick, and effects of chemicals in other lip balms that may cause painful, irritated lips.

Applying lotion that contains 1% Hydrocortisone can also reduce the scaling and dryness associated with winter weather. As an ingredient, it helps to make skin moisturizers more effective by healing the cracked areas on your skin.

When the winter weather makes your skin and lips miserable, reach for Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm, the only lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone and Dr. Dan’s Hand Lotion for softer, more comfortable lips and skin.

Work Outdoors? Here are 21 Ways to Protect Against Skin Cancer

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, and that means that those who work outside most of the time are at high risk for this disease. However, the dangers of skin cancer in this industry have often been neglected.

Follow these prevention guidelines for outdoor workers below to stay safe in the sun:

  • Outside jobs can sometimes be done inside or moved to a shady location. A temporary shelter can be erected or trees and buildings used for protection.
  • A shady spot should be available for lunch and coffee breaks.
  • Reorganize the job so tasks requiring outdoor work get done in the morning before 10 am and after 4 pm, to avoid the hours of greatest sun intensity.
  • Wear protective clothing and cover the skin.
  • Long-sleeved, closely-woven shirts and long trousers or skirts provide the best protection.
  • Avoid clothes that you can see light through. If light is getting through, the ultraviolet radiation is getting through as well.
  • If shorts are worn, a pair that approaches the knee will offer more protection than a shorter pair.
  • A collar will protect the skin on the back of the neck.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • A hat will keep the sun off the face, neck and ears. It will also protect bald spots.
  • Broad-brimmed hats are best. The brim should be at least 3 inches wide.
  • If a lot of bending is required, have a flap on the back of the hat, which will keep the sun off the back of the neck.
  • Hardhats can have a flap or extra brim fitted to them.
  • Use sunglasses or safety glasses that filter out UV rays.
  • Use an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen before going outdoors.
  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen when working with water or when perspiring.
  • Some substances increase the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. These include industrial chemicals such as asphalt and diphenyls, and some medications. A water-resistant sunscreen will help give protection when there is likely to be skin contact with these substances.
  • Choose a stick lotion form of sunscreen; sprays and gels often contain ingredients related to cancer or others that break down on exposure to the sun. Sprays can also be inhaled into your lungs and cause other problems.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours. If sweating freely, reapply more often.
  • Make sure the face, lips, neck, ears, arms and back of the hands are protected.
  • Ultraviolet radiation bounces off water, sand, concrete, light-colored surfaces and snow. People who work near these areas will need to take extra care.

Thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation for these great tips!

Review Roundup

This week we’ve rounded up some of our favorite reviews from across the web from doctors, patients, and others who are tired of suffering from chapped lips.

My Lips Are Cracked During Accutane Treatments, Which Lip Balms Would be Best?

“Accutane can be excessively drying (which is the point!), but can lead to dryness of the nose and lips, particularly. Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm is the best for the lips because it contains hydrocortisone, which helps soothe, heal, and take away redness. You can find it online or your pharmacy can order it for you. It should cost about $5-$8 for a stick. Aquaphor is great too, but isn’t as easy to…” Read more

“My favorites are Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm (which has Hydrocortisone) for calming inflammation in combination with Natural Ice Sport spf 30 lip balm (which contains aloe and vitamins A, D & E). Accutane causes sun sensitivity, so we recommend any SPF 15 or higher lip balm daily as needed.

If excessive dryness, redness and cracking are present or persist, we recommend a topical…” Read more


Makeup Alley: Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm

“I joined this website specifically to sing the praises of this product! This lip balm is truly a miracle for me!!! I suffered from eczema and dry lips that constantly itch, peel and burn! I may have one good day in a long while, where my lips are well-behaved, but as soon as I dared put on any lipstick or get foundation near my lips, I would pay penance with a major breakout. Numerous research into why I was suffering this badly has lead nowhere. I’ve tried everything from La Mer to plain old Blistex, to no avail. If you can name a brand or product, I can tell you that I’ve already tried it! My situation was so bad, I wouldn’t leave the house without some sort of a lip balm for fear of my lips throwing a tantrum. Then I discovered the Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm and my life changed.” Read more

“This is the absolute BEST lip balm I have ever tried, and I’ve tried them all. It does what it says. I’ve tried EVERYTHING and nothing works for my dry lips. If you visit their website and send a self addressed stamped envelope they will send you a sample to try.” Read more


Bestcovery: Best Lip Balm

“Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm is a highly effective medicated formula that instantly relieves all chapped lips, regardless of the cause. It uses 1% Hydrocortisone to reduce inflammation and heal delicate lip skin. This lip balm is so potent, it works immediately and doesn’t require constant application.” Read more

“If you have a severe skin condition that is causing lips to crack – or if the cause is from topical medications used to treat acne or psoriasis, then try Dr. Dans. This balm contains hydrocortisone to relive pain and heal the skin. It is a hypoallergenic formula, and could very well be the best option for you.” Read more

Get Your Skin Ready for Summer

The winter of 2014 has been cold and dry. It seems like one of the worst we’ve had in a long time. As a result, your skin and lips may feel dry and scaly due to the lack of moisture. Dr Dan’s CortiBalm and Dr Dan’s Hand & Body Lotion can help relieve the dry, itchy feeling associated with winter weather. Routine application can relieve the dryness and help moisturize your skin so that it feels smooth and soft.

Don’t forget that with the coming of summer there will be numerous times when Dr Dan’s products will help your skin stay it’s healthiest. For example: going for walks in the woods may result in scratches from thorns and bushes. Dr Dan’s Lotion and Anti-Itch Stick can help relieve the pain and irritation from those scratches. Our Anti-Itch Stick is great for pain because it relieves the irritation right away. The Lotion is great for application to larger areas. Both will help your skin heal faster without the pain and irritation associated with scratches that can take days to heal.

Dr. Dan’s Anti-Itch Stick also provides immediate and long lasting relief from insect bites, including mosquitoes, chiggers and more.

Get over the winter dryness and prepare yourself for the for summer by stocking your camping and outdoor gear with Dr Dan’s Skin Care Products.

Help! I have a cold sore!

Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus; most people get one outbreak, and that is it. Some of us, though, get recurrent outbreaks when our lips get irritated from sunburn, stress, or dental procedures. When the virus is active, the body’s immune system tries to fight it, ultimately leading to swelling and blisters.

Almost all dermatologists treat the virus with oral or topical prescription anti-viral medications. While they ultimately work by attacking the virus, they do nothing for the inflammation, or the symptoms. On the other hand, Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm goes to work immediately on the inflammation and pain by using Hydrocortisone in a mild base, without any other harsh chemicals that could actually worsen the situation.

So if you suffer from recurrent cold sores, see your Dermatologist for anti-viral medications and always have your Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm ready to use. If you have any doubts please request a free sample and try it for yourself; or buy a tube and if you are not satisfied, receive a full refund.