Protection Category



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The news has exploded in the last few days with reports of a New Jersey mother being arrested for child endangerment after being accused of taking her daughter to a tanning salon.

Pictures have surfaced of the accused, Patricia Krentzil, showing a woman who literally looks burnt to a crisp. Many say that Krentzil suffers from an illness dubbed “tanorexia”, or an addiction to tanning. While Krentzil and her lawyer maintain that she is not addicted to tanning, her habits paint a different picture. The owner of the tanning salon where Krentzil frequents revealed that she tans on average five days a week for the maximum of 12 minutes each session.

What is most alarming is that Krentzil is exposing her child to her own addiction, playing an active role in influencing her daughter’s habits. A study conducted last year at East Tennessee State University investigated the indoor tanning habits of more than 200 university students. Researchers found that young women whose first indoor tanning experience was their mother were 4.6 times more likely to become heavy tanners.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, tanning beds emit UVA that in 12 times that of the sun. Extended exposure to UV radiation significantly increases one’s risk of skin cancer; people who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.


Jack Frost-Bite


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The cold weather may send some people into hibernation, but for others, the frosty climate is a wakening, a catalyst to step outside and enjoy a myriad of activities. Tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding and skating all become possible when the temperature drops. Exercise caution and awareness, however, as one of the biggest dangers to unprotected skin in frigid weather is frostbite or frostnip.

Frostnip occurs when the top layer of the skin freezes, but the underlying tissue is not damaged. Frostbite is more severe and occurs when all layers of the skin become frozen damaging tissue in the process. Areas that are vulnerable are our extremities, or the areas furthest from the heart, such as the fingers, toes or tips of the nose or ears.

To prevent frostbite, there are some quick tips for staying warm and protected:

  • Wear layers that are loose, light and comfortable: your first layer should wick moisture from your body, the second should act as insulation and the third should be warm and waterproof
  • Protect your feet and toes with socks and boots
  • Wear a hat, mittens or gloves and a scarf
  • Stay dry and change if any clothing gets wet
  • Keep hydrated
  • Don`t stay out for extended periods of time in extremely cold weather

Knowing the symptoms of oncoming frostbite can also prevent tissue damage. If you are outside and your skin starts to sting, burn, ache or throb, head indoors. Do not warm the skin with hot water or rub it. Try to gently warm the area by holding it to another warm body area (e.g. armpit). If your skin has become hard, pale, cold or feels numb and heavy, seek medical attention.


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