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The Silent Killer

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  Cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

Everyone is at some risk for melanoma, but increased risk depends on several factors: sun exposure, number of moles on the skin, skin type and family history (genetics).

Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease.

If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. Melanoma kills an estimated 8,790 people in the US annually.

The American Cancer Society estimates that at present, about 38,870 in males and 29,260 in women.


Prevention is key. These guidelines include: avoiding UV tanning beds, wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, performing head-to-toe exams and yearly professional exams, and daily usage of a broad spectrum sunscreen. 120,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year. In 2010, about 68,130 of these were invasive melanomas, with about 38,870 in males and 29,260 in women.

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  • Skin cancer is divided into two groups: melanoma and non-melanoma
  • There are two common types of non-melanoma skin cancer:  basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of tumor that affects the skin
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour
  • Melanoma kills more young women than any other cancer
  • One in four persons who develop skin cancer is under the age of 40

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Source: Deborah Duffey Kara Vita

Maximize Your Wardrobe for Spring

If you are like most women, you’ve put off a complete cleaning out of your closet for far too long. You have way too much ‘stuff’ in it. . . so much so, that you really don’t know what you have. Overwhelmed?

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Many times, women keep garments and accessories for years because they feel it might come back in style, a fond memory or just darned determined to fit into it again. . . someday (Ahem).

Fashions cycle, but they don’t return quite the same way.

                  What Does Come Back                  What Does for a Short Time                             Classics in quality fabrics                 Trendy prints and styles                               Knee-length skirts                             Handbag styles                                                        Wool sweaters                                  Shoe styles

Set aside some time to assess the wardrobe within your closet. A few questions to ask are

  • Do I love it?
  • Is it flattering to my silhouette?  Refer to your Silhouette Analysis
  • Is it in my color palette?             Refer to your Color Analysis
  • Can I wear it year round?
  • Is it the image I’m trying to project?

Wardrobe planning and organization does take time, but by setting aside time to do it is well worth it. You’ll find you’ll dress with less stress!

Color. The Spring colors are out. Pantone gives us Marsala as the color of the year along with beautiful shades of blues and neutrals.

Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your life. You’re going into the workforce for the very first time, for the very first time in a long time, changing careers or retiring. You know you are ready to make some changes but just not quite sure how to start.

Contact Confident Image to help you determine the first step to a new, improved you.

Dress to Impress. A Few Words to Gentlemen

A person meeting you for the first time will make approximately one dozen impressions about you within 30 seconds.

Below are a few tips you just might want to consider to look your best.

Get fitted for the classic navy suit. It’s a must for your wardrobe and will take you anywhere. Mix ‘n match it to expand your wardrobe.

Stripes are not exclusive to Zebras. Add a striped shirt to your wardrobe. This season the stripes are bigger and bolder. The finishing touch? A subtle patterned fall weight tie.

SUIT and TAILOR jpegBuy the highest quality clothing, accessories, and business tools you can afford. Paying attention to details will help set you apart.

Clothes wear out. Check for frays, holes or piling. Replace!

If you’ve lost or gained weight, be it muscle or fat, make the adjustment with alterations or replace the garment. This is where a good tailor makes you look your best.

Shoes also wear out, so do replace worn soles and heels. Keep shoes polished.

WORN and STORAGE jpegAnother important partner for your team is a good dry cleaner. They know their business and how to keep your clothing investment in tip top shape; Think ‘mystery stain’.

 Wind down for the weekend with a quality leather strap watch.

The casual short plaid jacket is in this season; Zip it or button it – your preference. Great for layering.

Take your deep tone top coat to the next level with a tartan plaid scarf; Red comes to mind; However, be sure it is the correct shade per your season palette.

Invest in a shearling jacket. It will last for years!CASUAL and COLOR jpeg

Step into a shoe and a boot that you can wear through rain, sleet and snow.

Of course, the versatile denim shirt is always in style for a trip to the apple orchard, casual events and errands.

Remember to add a long sleeve polo shirt.

A sport coat is extremely versatile. It’ll be your grab-it-and-go jacket and elevate your chinos or jeans.

Be comfortable with your body type and clothing style. When you learn which styles best suit you, you’ll feel terrific. When you look good, you feel good and that projects confidence to others.

Get a handle on your closet. It is important to be able to go to your closet and not be overwhelmed by what you see or can’t see. Hang suits on wooden hangers that include a slacks bar, not a wire bar which will cause a crease. Remove dry cleaner bags before hanging garments in the closet as many fabrics need to ‘breathe’.

FOOD STAINS and INSECTS jpeg Regularly change out seasonal clothing and shoes. Clothing should be laundered or dry-cleaned prior to storage (Insects love soiled clothing). Store garments in the appropriate garment bag, container or chest of drawers…remembering cedar blocks and lavender sachets.

First impressions matter. What does yours tell others about you?

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In many parts of the country, summer has not quite left us yet, so it is important to continue protecting your skin from the sun’s rays.

Our favorite products for Men and Women:

Kara Vita’s SPF29 Active DNArescue Sunscreen      (Retails at $24) which meets the most rigorous guidelines for UV-blocking ingredients. The sun’s rays reflect off of concrete, snow and sand. Remember, one can even get a sunburn on cloudy days. SPF29 DNArescue is a moisturizing broad-spectrum formula for complete UVA I, UVA II and UVB protection. This formula serves as an excellent sunscreen product for people of fair skin, a history of sun sensitivity or for anyone seeking to maximize their sun protection. Fragrance and PABA-free, it provides both UVA Photostability and 100 percent UVA block per Australian Standard Testing (clinical testing on file).  For all skin types and ethnicities over age six months (Under six months avoid the sun. Cover with clothing, hats and umbrellas).

Check out the below YouTube Video (about the sun damage that we don’t see and why sunscreen is so important):                                                                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9BqrSAHbTc&feature=youtu.be

Extend Your Tan                                                                                                               It won’t be long before your tan does start to fade, but no worries as Kara Vita comes to the rescue with its SunDressed® Self Tanner (Retalls at $24). This product is a sunless tanner and moisturizer in one. It creates long-lasting, natural-looking color without the sun. Nanospheres allow hydrating and tanning bioactives to penetrate deep within the epidermis and away from daily surface exfoliation, so results last days longer than other sunless tanning products. Always moisturizing and never drying, choose SunDressed over skin-damaging sun exposure for soft, silky, glowing radiance. May be worn on body and face.

Another fab product we love is Callais Mineral Moisture Tint (Retails at $35.95). This is a good for your skin lightweight, sheer formula to create naturally radiant skin. An aloe-based formula infused with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients is available in Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. Apply in lieu of your foundation and show off a dewey, bronzed face all day long.

Try CallaisFit and Flushed Tinted Beauty Balm (Retails at $35.95). A multi-functional, lightweight, paraben free, oil-free gel that provides flawless, natural looking coverage and adds anti-aging, protective benefits for the skin. This fabulous beauty balm will help repair skin’s texture all the while minimizing the appearance of imperfections. Can be used on all skin tones.

If you prefer Mineral Powder Bronzers, Callais offers two loose and four pressed from a soft shimmer to a dark bronze. Pressed come in a refillable compact with mirror (Products Retail at $19.95 – $35.95).

Mineral Airbrush Bronzer also available (Retails at $25.95).

We love these healthy alternatives for a sun kissed look year ‘round and know you will too!

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