Archive for July 16th, 2009

Beauty School Lounge Brings Industry Together

By Guest Blogger | Jul 16, 2009

beauty-lounge1Beauty and cosmetology students, professionals, educators, and other enthusiasts can create profiles and connect at The Beauty School Lounge, a social networking site designed to help them make contacts and discuss trends and tips. Created by Beauty Schools Marketing Group, this interactive boutique also posts job opportunities and tutorials with comments and ratings. For more information or to join the site, visit

A New Study Reveals that Sun Protection is
Still an Afterthought for Many Young People

images-1Despite the fact that most people understand that sunscreen is the best way to prevent skin cancer, many still fail to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the sun. In a recent study conducted by the New Age Skin Research Foundation, young people between the ages of 11 and 18 revealed a number of alarming trends.

More than 68 percent didn’t wear sunglasses on sunny days.
More than 79 percent didn’t wear protective clothing.
More than 78 percent didn’t avoid direct sun exposure or stay in the shade.
More than 43 percent didn’t use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more when at the beach or pool.

“Skin cancer is an insidious disease because it appears years after the damage has been done,” says Joshua Fox, M.D., founder and medical director of Advanced Dermatology, P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. “I think that’s part of the reason people have such a hard time understanding why they need to use sunscreen now. They think, ‘Nothing is going to happen to me 20 years from now.’ But the truth is that something can.”

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it is estimated that more than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 132,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. In fact, melanoma is responsible for approximately 8,500 skin cancer deaths each year.

“When proper sun protective practices are followed consistently, skin cancer can largely be prevented,” says Fox. “We need to change habits and mindsets to help people see the necessity and urgency of protecting themselves against skin cancer.”

LaVanila, Lisa Curran Help Save Seas

By Guest Blogger | Jul 16, 2009

Swimwear and skincare give back to the ocean with the Summer Essential Kit by Lisa Curran for LaVanila. Spa-goers can reward themselves and the sea by purchasing one of two collections that combine goodies from Lisa Curran’s lavender-themed swimsuit collection with skincare products from LaVanila’s Vanilla Lavender line. With each purchase, a donation will be made to The Ocean Project, a non-profit organization that works to protect the ocean. The Summer Essential Beauty Kit ($36) comes with a LaVanila Vanilla Lavender Healthy Lip Shine, a travel-sized LaVanila Vanilla Lavender Healthy Body Butter, a LaVanila Vanilla Lavender Healthy Deodorant, and a Lisa Curran for LaVanila waterproof pouch. The Summer Essential Swimsuit Kit ($175) includes everything in the Beauty Kit, with one big exception: the LaVanila Vanilla Lavender Healthy Deodorant is replaced by one of three lavender-hued swimsuits designed by Curran. It’s a sassy way to make a philanthropic splash.

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