May is National Sun Awareness Month

Sun BackgroundBy Dana M. Brandt, LMT

Choosing the Right Sunscreen
Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, more than 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the US each year? The best way to protect your skin (your largest organ) from the sun is to always seek shade when possible, and use protective clothing like hats, eyeglasses, long sleeves, and pants. But if those options are not available, you should use sunscreen if you are going to be outside for a long period of time. But do you know which sunscreen is the safest to put on your skin?

When choosing a sunscreen, look for one that protect from both UV-A and UV-B radiation. These forms of radiation are shown to cause tanning, sunburns, wrinkling, premature aging, and skin cancer after long exposures in the sun without protection.

Chemical or Physical Sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreens – Work by absorbing UV radiation.
• Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure.
• Known to irritate eyes and skin.
• The most common chemical UV filter ingredient is Avobenzone, which degrades after being exposed to sunlight in less than one hour. It also degrades on contact with other UV filters such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and with metal ions such as iron oxide, which is commonly found in makeup.

Avobenzone has been found to produce free radicals after just sitting on the skin for one hour. Children and pregnant women are advised not to use products containing it.

Octocrylene, which is used in many chemical sunscreens as a stabilizer, is an endocrine disrupter, and can cause skin irritation. Endocrine disruptors interfere with your body’s endocrine system by mimicking naturally-occurring hormones like estrogen (the female sex hormone), androgen (the male sex hormone), and thyroid hormones, causing overstimulation of these hormones

Physical sunscreens – Work by reflecting UV radiation
• Starts working once applied, and provides UV-A and UV-B protection.
• Does not irritate your eyes or skin.
• Ingredients protect by forming a layer on the surface of your skin. So no harmful ingredients are absorbed directly into your bloodstream.
• Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the most common ingredients in physical sunscreens. These compounds show no sign of degradation after more than two hours of sun exposure.

The FDA has considered zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to be safe ingredients, but they do have their downsides. They tend to feel thick and greasy, and since they lay on top of your skin, they generally leave a white residue behind. But with new technology, there are more physical sunscreens coming to the market that apply on clear.

Recommended Physical Sunscreens
Thinksport LIVESTRONG Sunscreen with SPF 50
Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented with SPF 30
Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm, Sheer Tint with SPF 30
Healing-Scents Live Long Mineral Based Sunscreen with SPF 25
ECO logical skin care Baby All Natural Sunscreen with SPF 30

Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can make your own physical sunscreen by following the recipe on this website:

New Services Offered

I’m pleased to announce that I have a new service to offer all of my clients.  The new service that I am offering is a 20 minute Hot Stone Essential Oil Foot Soak along with a Heated Herbal Neck Wrap for an additional $23.  The service can be added on to any scheduled session.

What is this Hot Stone Essential Oil Foot Soak and Heated Herbal Neck Wrap?  Specially selected heated basalt stones are placed inside of a foot bath. I then customize a special essential oil blend according to your mood, and how you are feeling during your session and place that blend in the water where you will be soaking your feet for 20 minutes.  The essential oils are absorbed through your skin straight into your bloodstream to help lift your mood, assist with reducing pain and give you a sense of overall well-being.  I then use a sugar scrub and scrub your feet to help exfoliate the top layer (epidermis) of skin to promote new cell growth.  A heated up a neck wrap that is filled with aromatic herbs (Allspice: for pain relief, calming and relaxing, Black Pepper: which stimulates circulation, Cinnamon and Clove are great for for pain relief) is placed around your neck to help aid in a deeper sense of relaxation.


Attention all CLUB MEMBERS!  You are now able to upgrade your 1 hour Relaxation Massage or Reflexology Session  to an 1 1/2 hour session for an additional $34.50 (plus tax) for each session.  Get more of what you LOVE!

If you not a Club Member click here for more information.  

Let’s Talk

Communicating to me during your session is highly encouraged.  I recommend you to communicate to me about the pressure: if it’s too much or too little, if I hit any areas that are tender or painful, or if I am doing a technique that you do not like.  The more you communicate about how you’re feeling or what you are feeling during the session, the more you and your body will achieve during the session.  So please don’t be afraid to speak up.

Just as communication is important, staying hydrated by consuming enough water before and after your session, and achieving a restful sleep is just as important to achieve long term wellness.  So, be sure to check out newest NEWSLETTER where I talk about these three important topics: communication, hydration, and sleep.

I am excited to discuss any of the information you find inside, and happy to schedule your next appointment.

What To Expect After A Massage

Massage is a cumulative effect, and thus requires a regular regimen to achieve long-term wellness.  But, did you know what you do after a massage can have an impact on the “healing” of that session.  Below are some guidelines that I highly recommend you follow after your massage to achieve the best benefits for long term health and wellness..

What To Expect After A Massage