Love the sun? Love your skin with Sunsport35!

I hope everyone who observes the holiday had a great Easter.  Living in the south, we are quickly putting Spring after us and it is starting to feel like summer. My family spent the afternoon lazing by the backyard pool.  Even though it is only April, its not too soon to get a sunburn!  For those with sensitive skin, luckily, Vanicream has a great line of skin care items.  Before you go out, be sure to apply your Sunsport 35sunsport35 keeps you in the swim

More SPF is Not Always Bettter
We frequently get questions about why we only carry the SPF 35 and not the SPF 60 product by Vanicream.The truth is the 60 SPF doesn’t really provide any added level of protection and the Sunsport is waterproof.  Waterproof is important even if you aren’t going to be swimming.  Just good old sweat can lessen the effectiveness of your sunscreen. With the Sunsport 35 it is never a concern.
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After the sun, be sure to use the Vanicream  cream or lotion.  Vanicream products have no formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers, parabens, masking fragrances and other common irritants found in personal care items.

So get on your Sunsport 35 and get out there!  Blue skies and sunny days await you!

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Formaldehyde in Beauty Cream?

During the winter months, dry skin is a common problem.  Women, men, young, and old all can suffer from dry, flaky or even cracked skin. So, we reach for creams and lotions to ease the stiffness and redness and add some moisture.  But exactly what are you rubbing on your skin (the largest organ in your body)? Whether it is one of the older name brands like Jergens or Vaseline or the expensive department store beauty brand like Clinique or even the brands that are dermatologist developed like Lubriderm, you may be doing more harm than good.  You might be rubbing formaldehyde on your skin without even knowing it,  You can find formaldehyde  in embalming fluid and formaldehyde in beauty cream and other personal care products.

Formaldehyde in Beauty Cream as a Preservative

The problem is that moisturizers have to have water in them to work.  And anytime you have that much moisture, you run the risk of bacterial growth.  So, most manufacturers make their products “safe” by adding preservatives such as formaldehyde (gulp that’s embalming fluid folks), quarternium-15 (a formaldehyde releaser) or one of the parabens such as methylparaben or propylparaben.  Formaldehyde is such a great preservative that they use it to halt decomposition after death.  I’ll pass on being embalmed while still alive.  Parabens have been related to a host of cancers and have even been found present in breast cancer tumors.  I’ll pass on the parabens.

Paraben Free and Formaldehyde Free Beauty Cream

What I won’t pass up is Vanicream Skin Cream.  This super moisturizer is made by Pharmaceutical Specialities and is free of parabens, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, as well as other things to avoid like fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin and dyes. It is available in a light lotion and a regular cream formulation.


I keep the 16 ounce pump size of the cream next to my bed. It’s great for rubbing on before you go to sleep. I keep another one in the bathroom to apply right after the shower, which is when dermatologists agree is the best time to apply your moisturizer.


The Lite Lotion is the perfect formulation for application to the face if you like a light moisturizer under your make-up.  Beware though, it does not have any sunscreen protection.  So skip the embalming fluid, antifreeze (look for propylene glycol), and cancer causing suspects and just moisture with Vanicream Skin Cream.  Your skin and the rest of your organs will be glad you did.

Wishing you the best of health

Cheryl Krause
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Vitamin D and Asthma

Did you get your dose of vitamin D today?  If you have asthma, that is a question you should be asking.  An article published in the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) documented the relationship between Vitamin D and asthma that is not controlled.

Follow this link to read the complete article.

It is winter time so most people are spending more times indoors where it is warm.  Even in South Florida its a bit chilly today.   One of the things being outdoors and in the sun (besides keeping us warm) is that sunlight  helps our bodies produce vitamin D.

Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that is necessary for the human body and helps us stay healthy  Vitamin D gives us strong bones and aides in absorption of other nutrients. Short term exposure to sunshine on a regular basis and a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin D enriched foods such as milk and yogurt will usually provide an adequate amount of vitamin D.

If you have asthma, you may want to discuss this article with your doctor.  It might be time for you to explore the relationship between Vitamin D and asthma if your asthma is not well controlled.

Always discuss use of supplements with your allergist.

In the meantime stay warm and try to get some sun and your Vitamin D.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause – Helping our customers since 1989
800 771-2246

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