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


It’s Time to Fall Into Moisturizing Skincare

It’s Time to Fall  Into Moisturizing Skincare.


There are many factors that cause changes in our skin (Skin is the body’s largest organ ~ our first line of defense against the elements ~ and is linked to everything that occurs within the body) such as, smoking, stress, tanning beds, processed foods, prescription drugs and the seasons of the year.

Drier air will certainly bring woes to our skin. The air lacks moisture which can lead to dull and dry skin. Also, going from a heated indoor facility into the colder outdoors wreaks havoc on our skin. If you don’t have a humidifier in your home and/or office, I highly suggest you purchase one.

Now that summer has officially faded away, there are skin care products available to reverse sun damage and as Fall and Winter arrive, you just might need to change your skin care regimen. Always remembering that sunscreen is just as important during the cold months as it is during the warm months.

Take into consideration the stress involved in the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the arrival of the New Year, which, inevitably seems to leave little time for ourselves.

When used regularly, skin care products will nourish, heal, protect and calm skin from environmental bombardments. We can’t turn back the hands of time, but we surely can slow them down.

In the skin care industry, dermatologists struggle with prescribing the right medicine for their patients. Hundreds of dollars are spent with varying results.

“Regimen is superior to medicine.” Voltaire ~ author/philosopher. A “perfect-fit” prescription is called a regimen. Since Kara Vita regimens are designed by skin type, they are easy to prescribe. We suggest you use products that are infused with high quality, pure, potent botanicals, vitamins and antioxidants. We choose to offer Kara Vita’s pharmaceutical grade skin care products (which are made at the highest standards in the skin care industry).

Antioxidants, build up the skin’s natural defenses to combat the occurrence of free radical activity i.e. Green Tea, Vitamins A, C E, & K etc.

Kara Vita offers several luxurious products for the face and body for men and women of all skin types.  Only Kara Vita carries the patent on the Lyphazome Technology delivery of product ingredients.

Ingredient Highlight: Florasun is a special grade of sunflower seed oil which is used in Kara Vita products. The oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds of a particular strain of sunflower grown just for this purpose. The resulting oil is clear and odorless and very resistant to oxidation. Florasun contains a large percentage of oleic acid, which is commonly found in the natural oils produced by the skin. This emollient oil is easily absorbed into the skin and is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.


Body Tip: Lock in Moisture

  • Use a gentle, soap-free, moisturizing cleanser.
  • Set shower temp to lukewarm and keep shower time short :05 – :10.
  • Use a soft cleanser applicator.
  • Towel-dry, but leave skin a bit moist (pat dry).
  • Apply moisturizer to still damp skin.

Don’t use the same body moisturizer on your face as your face has a different moisturizing requirement.

Treat yourself, and others, to a gift of great skin.

May we create a healthy skin prescription for you?  Contact me here

References contributed by Kara Vita Heart to Heart, SKINInc, WebMD