Inside Secrets of Safe Summer Sun and Fun

It's that time of year again! The flowers are blooming... the air is fresh and inviting... the sun is shining brightly giving warmth to creatures great and small... but the sun can be your worst enemy during those warm and summer months! While basking in the summer sun may be an inviting temptation... it can also carry with many unwanted consequences, like accelerated aging, sunburn, heat stroke and worst of all... skin cancer. But worry not! You can protect yourself from the negative effects of summer sun without locking yourself indoors!

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In this Issue:

---> It's not just skin deep

---> Sunscreen Tips, From the American Academy of Dermatology

---> Avoid those Pesky Mosquitoes and Toxic Chemicals this Summer

---> For Peak Performance... Hydration is the Key!

---> Announcing.. Free Products Program

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It's not just skin deep

To truly understand melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer, it's important to first understand the skin you're in. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects the body against germs and prevents the loss of too much water and other fulids. The skin also sends messages to the brain about heat, cold, touch and pain.


The skin has 3 layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. The top layer of skin the epidermis, is very thin and servies to portect the deeper layers of skin and the organs, The eipdermis itself has 3 layers. and upper , and middle and a botton layer composed of basal cells.


These basal cells divid in form keratinocytes, ( also called squamous cells) which make substance (keratin) that helps protect the body. Also present in the epidermis ar cells called melanocyte cells that produce the pigment called melanin. Melanin gives the tan or brown color to skin and helps protect the deeper layers of skin from harmful effects of the sun.


The middle layer of the skin is called the dermis. The dermis is much thicker that the epidermis. It contains hair follicles, sweat glands, blood vessels and nerves that are held in place by a protein called collagen. Collagen gives the skin it's resilience and strength.


The last and deepest layer of skin is called the subcutis. The subcutis is the lowest part of the dermis form a network conserves heat and has a shock- asorbing effect that helps protect the body's organs from injury.


Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are divided into 2 general types: nonmelanoma and melanoma. Nommelanoma skin cancers are the most common cancers of the skin. There many types of nonmelanoma skin cancers, but 2 types are most common... basal cell carcimoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the lowest layer of the epidermis. About 70% to 80% of all skin cancers in men and 80% to 90% in women are basal cell carcinomas. They usually develop in the sun-exposed areas, especially in the head and neck. Basal cell carcinoma was once found slmost exclusively in middle-aged or older people. NOw it is also baing seen in younger people.


Sqanmous cell carcinomas account for about 10% to 30% of all skin cancers. They commonly appear on sun- exposed areas such as the face, ear, neck, lip and back of the hands. Squanmous cell carcinomas tend to be more agressive than basal cell cancers. They are more likely to invade fatty tissues just veneath the skin and slightly more likely to spread to lymph nodes and or distant parts of the body.


Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes (in the epidermis). Melanoma toumers are oftern ( but not always) brown or black in color. While melanoma is almost curable in it's early stages and less common than nonmelanoma cancers, it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body makeing melanoma a far more serious form of skin cancer.


Startling Statistics

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.. probably accounting for more then 50% of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for about 4% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

Melanoma tends to occur at a younger age than most cancers. About 1 of every 30,000 girls aged 15 to 19 will develop melanoma. For boys, the rate is about 1 of every 15,000.

The american Cancer Society estimates that about 62190 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the US durning 2006. Since 1973, the mortality rate for melanoma has increased by 50%.

The #1 cause of melanoma in the US is overexposure to the sun't damaging UV rays. While sunshine is a viatal ingredient for staying healthy... it provides the body with vitamin D and can help to fight depression... you do want protect yourself from over- exposure to the sun and potential cancer causing sunburns.


The #1 Prevention is Protection!

Of course, you can protect yourself and your family from the sun's damaging rays and still enjoy the warm summer days outdoors with the proper and regular use of sunscreen. Shaklee's Enfuselle SPF 30 is a patented formula with broad-spectrum protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. When used regularly Barefoot Secret's SPF 30 can minimize visivible lines, uneven coloration, dryness and dullness. This oil-free, water proff sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin and contains patented Vital-Repair+ which helps to disarm free radicals that can creat prematurely older looking skin.


Don't Forget Your Lips!

Lips are susceptible to sunburn and cancer risk as well. Barefoot Secret Lip Treatment SPF 15 is a special revitalizing treatment with Vitamins C and E to soothe and protect the lips. It also contains lysine, calendula and borage oil for natural support and lip defense.


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Sunscreen Tips From the American Academy of Dermatology

Use Sunscreen daily: no matter what your skin type.
Go with at least SPF 15 :The sun Protection Factor refers to the product's ability to deflect the sun's burning rays. SPF 15 means that a person who would normally burn 10 minutes would take 15 times longer to burn, or 150 minutes. Research suggests that higher SPF sunscreens are even more effective.
Pile it on: It takes about an ounce of sunscreen to cover exposed areas of the body properly. Coat dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.
Be sun smart: Avoid the sun from 10 AM to 4 PM. A good rule of thumb, if your shadow is shorter than you are. the damaging rays of the sun are at their strongest.
Wear Sunglasses: And be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat.
If you do get burned..

Let's face it. Despite some of our best efforts, sunburn happens, When it does Shaklee to the rescur! Sunburned skin is fragile, so treat it gently and give it time to heal. Here are some tipe to relieve a mild sunburn.

If you've been in a chlorinated swimming pool, rinse the pool water thoroughly, don't rub or use a cloth. Pat dry.
Take a cool (not cold) bath
Apply E oil by penetration the end of a capsule with as pin and squeezing out hte Vitamin-E oil. Gently rub into affected area.
You can also apply shaklee's soothing Herbal Green Cream Cream . It cools the skins' surface instantly
At night, apply C+E PM. It contains both Vitamins C and E for gentle skin repair while you sleep, plus adds much needed moisture back into dehydrated, sunburned skin.

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Avoid Those Pesky Mosquitoes

It's time for those pesky mosquitoes to make their appearance agin. With mosquitos, come the risk of West NIle Virus and other infections. It takes just one bite to cause and infection that could lead to serious illness or even death. While people over 50 are more likely to become seriously ill if infected with the West Nile Virus. people of any age can become miely to seriously ill.


The trught is West Nile Virus has yet to spread to epidemic proportions as predicted. In fact, the chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite remains low. What is more dangerous than the West Nile Virus itself is the exposure to the toxic chemicals.. like DEET that we encourage to douse ourselves in everyday.


Most insect repellents available today are loaded wtih otxic chemicals. It stands to reason that if insecticides kill life forms like insects, then they might have potential to harm other life forms... like humans and animals.


But what can you do? Are the only choices to either keep your family indoors all summer long, douse yourselves with toxic chemicals, or try to survive the " feeding frenzy" if you do go outside without insect repellent? NOPE!


Go ahead... Enjoy yourself Outside this Summer! There is an alternative to harmful insect repellents that is:

Non-toxic to pets, childern and adults even plants
Biodegradable it worn harm our delicate environment
pH balanced It won't dry out or chafe even the most sensitive skin
Odor FRE.E
Do you know what it is? the answer may suprise you! It's All Purpose H! Yes, thats right Shaklee's biodegradable, environmentally friendly, gently effective, highly concentrated household cleanser is also an excellent insect repellent!

Simply apply a thin layer to the skin (avoiding eyes and mouth) and your set to enjoy the outdoors, virtually insect fre.e. Plus, after you've enjoyed a day outside, simply step in the shower and rinse. Basic H will rinse away while cleansing the skin leaving no sticky residue.


It's simple.. it's pure... it's effective ... it's All Purpose H


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For Peak Performance... Hydration is the Key!
Deydration is Dangerous.. Water makes up more than 70% of the body's tissues and plays a role in nearly every body function from regulation temperature and cushioning joints to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste from the body. Dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion and kldney function. Dehydration on a daily basis can cause fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation.

Keeping your body properly hydrated during the hot, summer months is piticularly important. Staying properly hydrated is one of the most inportant health habits you could possibly do.

How do you stay hydrated and replace those important electrotytes that are lost dut to exertion and sweating? Try Performance. This exclusive drink has powered many world-class athletes and helped to break records in sopots from cycling to swimming to skiing. This scientifically proven formula has been tested by the pros... but you don't have to be an elite athlete to benefit from Performance.

Performance rehydrates faster than water alone and provides hours of energy, It's available in refreshing Lemon Lime or delicious Orange flavors to delight your palate while keeping your body functioning at peak performance for optimal fun in the summer sun.

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This issue of the Barefoot news is for educational purposed only, no promises or guarantees are in intended or implied. Barefoot Secret Company does have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their products, if you aren't satisfied with any product you are able to return it for a exchange or refund.

I hope you are enjoying the sumertime as much as we are at our house. I'm off to tend to my flowers, until next month...

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