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A  briefing on stuff you're interested in, but too embarrassed to admit.          September 2, 2009



Tanniing BedThe heat is on to turn it off

Labor Day is upon us.  Fall is closing in and damn it, we want something to show for it, even if it is just a little color. We have options:  Get more vitamin D than we need from the sun, justifying it by using some kind of sunscreen (I wish they still sold 4 SPF). Another option is the skin staining/spraying routine.  Mixed results on the latter.

But one option was taken away this summer, once and for all:  tanning beds.  The World Health Organization's cancer research arm announced that it "upgraded" tanning beds to a "Group 1 carcinogenic" category.  The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has taken away any doubt about the dangers of this process. 

That means that using tanning bulbs to darken our skin is equivalent to smoking cigarettes or playing in asbestos.

Cancer organizations around the world are noting and reporting a dramatic increase in thicker and more lethal melanoma, particularly in young women. "The risk of skin melanoma is increased by 75 percent when use of tanning devices starts before 30 years of age," the organization reported earlier in the year.

Know any young women who are succumbing to the instant blush of the bulb?  Forward this newsletter and encourage them to read the whole story on LookinGood.com.


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What you missed while you were vacationing Or not.

LookinGood has officially launched and is publishing each day for your education and entertainment.  Here are some things you might have missed while you were dozing at the computer, fighting with your children, vacationing, or all three.
  • Nail options:  Mom used to drink that obnoxious gelatin to toughen her fingernails, but that's not necessary.  There are products to thicken those keratin deposits at the end of our fingers.
  • Eyelash transplant LookinGood may get weary publishing over-the-top cosmetic surgery ideas, but in the meantime, here's another announcement from the UK to pop our eyes. Literally.
  • Truth in advertising:  LookinGood reviewed the product line, Zia Natural Skin Care. It may be a reasonable product, but like so many "natural" skin care products, it is guilty of deceptive claims.
  • Lips, hips and energy:  Here are two lip balms that win the prize for innovation.  One gloss attempts to plump your lips and suppress your appetite.  The other is a gloss loaded with caffeine for an extra energy boost. Michelle used them both a couple days ago and went for a run.  I haven't seen her back yet.
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Gina Maniscalco,
Founder and Chief Vanity Officer
gina@lookingood.com

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