Why There Are So Many Cases of Skin Cancer in Australia

Why There Are So Many Cases of Skin Cancer in Australia

Australia, in particular, has long been recognized as a hotbed of skin cancer.

With over 750,000 diagnosed cases each year, Australia has two to three times more cases of skin cancer than found in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Why does Australia have such high rates of skin cancer, and what does that mean for you if you live there or are planning on visiting?

February 24, 2016 by Summer Kramer
Tags: skin health
Tanning Beds vs Sun: Are Tanning Beds Bad For You?

Tanning Beds vs Sun: Are Tanning Beds Bad For You?

Almost 30 million people tan indoors in the United States every year. That’s a lot. Many indoor tanning companies will tell you that lying in a tanning bed is actually safer for your skin than being in the sun. Other people insist you’re better off lying on the beach.

So which is it? Are tanning beds bad for you? And is a tanning bed really worse than the sun It’s more complicated than you might expect. Keep reading to learn more.

October 01, 2015 by Kaitlyn Tanasse
7 Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses More Often

7 Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses More Often

Why do you wear sunglasses?

According to a 2012 survey, nearly 90% of people believe that protecting their eyes is key to overall health. But most people who choose to wear sunglasses do so only to cut down on the sun’s glare.

There are many more reasons why you should wear sunglasses more often, especially when you’re enjoying the outdoors during the summer. Keep reading and I’ll tell you more about why you should remember to put a pair of sunglasses on.

1. Prevent Sun-Related Health Problems

Our eyes are sensitive. Prolonged exposure to sun can lead to a variety of ailments. Some are simply painful or irritating, others can be deadly serious. But remembering to wear a pair of high quality sunglasses can help to keep you safe from the sun’s damaging rays.

Let me start by defining what I mean by “high-quality” sunglasses. When choosing sunglasses, start by looking for sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. This provides full protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Polarized sunglasses can reduce glare, which is nice if you’re spending a lot of time on the water. Also look for sunglasses that fully cover your eyes. Wrap-around lenses are even better because they block out light and glare from the side, as well as the front.

Now let’s look at diseases and health complications that sunglasses can help protect against.

Skin Cancer

The skin around your eyes, including your eyelids is very sensitive to sunlight. And nearly 10% of skin cancers are found near the eyes. Wearing UV-protective wraparound sunglasses with large lenses can not only protect your eyes, but they’ll protect your skin, too.

Cataracts & Glaucoma

Cataracts are cloudy areas on the eye’s lens. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, prolonged and long term exposure to the sun’s UV rays contribute to cataracts. UV exposure may also worsen the symptoms of Glaucoma, another serious eye condition that can result in blindness. Sunglasses with complete UV protection can help reduce your risk of cataracts or complications from glaucoma.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is a condition where part of the retina, called the macula, deteriorates, causing impaired vision and in many cases, eventual blindness. Certain types of UV radiation can speed up this process, so wearing sunglasses may help protect you.


Also known as surfer’s eye, pterygium is a growth on the eyeball itself. It’s usually not serious, but it can be painful and annoying. Eye drops, steroids and surgery (in advanced cases) are the most common treatments.

But the best treatment, of course, is prevention. Doctors recommend wraparound sunglasses with UV protection, especially on cloudy days when the sun isn’t visible but its UV rays can still damage the eyes.

2. Protection from the Elements

The sun isn’t the only thing that can damage your eyes. Spending time outdoors, puts you at additional risk of damage from sand, dust, wind and even snow.


You might be surprised to know that spending time in the snow can be very damaging to your eyes. from the sun and can cause a condition known as snow blindness, where glare from the sun actually burns the cornea.

If you’re skiing, climbing snowy mountains or spending time in the snow (at any time of year), wear sunglasses. Make sure they cover and protect the bottom of your eyes, because of the reflective nature of the snow.


Getting sand in your eyes can be very painful and dangerous. Tiny grains of sand can actually scratch your eye and can cause permanent damage. Sunglasses that fully cover your eyes are a great way to keep sand out.

Wind & Dust

Spending a lot of time in windy, dusty areas can irritate and damage your eyes. Again, the best way to protect yourself is by wearing sunglasses that keep your eyes safe from the elements.

3. Promote Healing & Recovery

If you’ve had LASIK or PRK surgery to correct your vision, you should be extra sure to wear sunglasses. Your doctor may recommend a pair for you to wear immediately after the procedure, but continuing to wear sunglasses can protect your eyes as they heal and as you adjust to your new vision.

Corrective surgeries are commonplace, but with improper post-surgical care, there can be complications. Avoid them by following your doctor’s orders and wearing sunglasses to protect your newly restored vision.

If you’ve had cataract surgery, eyelid repair, or another procedure to correct your vision, you’ll also benefit from wearing protective sunglasses. Ask your doctor for his or her opinion and recommendations.

4. You’ll See More & Enjoy the Outdoors More

As important  as protecting your health is, there are more good reasons to wear sunglasses more often. If you’re spending time outdoors, you’ll really benefit from wearing your sunglasses.

Look at this comparison, with the polarized lens on the bottom and non-polarized on top. It’s sharper, there’s less glare, and the colors and contrast are improved:

Photo: Chripell on Flickr

If you enjoy fishing or spending time on the water, with the right sunglasses, you’ll be able to see through the glare on top of the water and notice fish and aquatic life that you never even knew was there!

5. Fewer Headaches & Migraines: You’ll be More Comfortable

Bright sunlight can be a trigger for migraines and bad headaches. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce both the frequency and intensity of these painful occurrences. And even if you’re not a headache or migraine sufferer, wearing sunglasses when out in the sun can help reduce eyestrain and fatigue, meaning that you’ll just be more comfortable and enjoy your time outdoors even more.

6. For Safer Driving & Recovery

Photo: Helvetica Fanatic on Flickr

Do sunglasses help when driving in the rain? This is a hotly debated issue, but the consensus seems to be that in light rain, during the day, the right sunglasses can improve your vision and help you to drive safer. And of course when driving into bright sunlight, sunglasses can definitely help you see better and drive more comfortably. Just make sure you don’t wear sunglasses when driving at night– that’s not recommended and it’s not safe.

7.  Sunglasses are Stylish!

Now the fun reason! Sunglasses come in many colors, shapes, and styles and there’s sure to be (at least!) one that you’ll love. You can even have different sunglasses for different activities or to coordinate with different clothing styles!

We especially love the Kitten sunglasses in Tortoise. They’re versatile and will kick your style up a notch.

The Morrison sunglasses are also a great choice if you’re looking for something with a touch of timeless style.

One of my favorite things to do is match my sunglasses to my protective sun hat. That way I’m extra protected from the sun’s rays and I stay cool and comfortable, all while looking stylish.

No matter what look you’re going for, from classically cool to modern and fashionable, there’s a pair of sunglasses that will make you look and feel great.

You’ll Look Great & You’ll be Protecting Yourself

There you have it. Those are my 7 reasons that you should be wearing sunglasses more often. You’ll not only be keeping your eyes healthy and safe, but you’ll have more fun outdoors and you’ll even look great!

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July 22, 2015 by Summer Kramer
Tags: skin health
The 10 Best Quotes About Sun Protection

The 10 Best Quotes About Sun Protection

Love the sun? Don’t hold back! Go running outside, take the kids to soccer practice, or head south for a family vacation — just don’t forget to take care of your skin. Need some sun protection motivation? Here are 10 quotes to inspire you.
May 27, 2015 by Kaitlyn Tanasse
Should You Wear Sunscreen on Cloudy Days? (Yes!)

Should You Wear Sunscreen on Cloudy Days? (Yes!)

Should you wear sunscreen? “Only if it’s sunny out!” That’s the way a lot of us think. If it’s cloudy, rainy, or cold outside, it’s easy to assume you’re safe. But anyone who’s gotten a sunburn while skiing knows that’s not true. In this post, I’ll break down the myths about weather and explain why it is so important to wear sunscreen everyday, even on cloudy days.

February 05, 2015 by Kaitlyn Tanasse
Tags: skin health
Fair & Fashionable: Our Favorite Pale Celebs

Fair & Fashionable: Our Favorite Pale Celebs

Over time tanned skin has become the Western beauty ideal for many. However we believe you don’t have to be bronze to be stylish and sexy and we have the celebrity power to back it up! Whether you say “pale”, “fair-skinned,” or “melanin-challenged,” you can feel good about taking care of your skin and avoiding sun damage just like these celebs.

Here is a list of some of our favorite gorgeous celebrities who don’t tan. You will want to steal both their beauty and style secrets!

December 05, 2014 by Kaitlyn Tanasse
Tags: skin health