by Michele Goldberg, Fairfield CT

Once again this year, Bigelow Tea offered a free derma scan screening on July 10, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.   Sixty-five people participate in the screenings this year, which was excellent!
A Derma Scan illuminates the skin on your face in a manner that makes it easier to see areas that may be oily, dry, or sun damaged.  Its purpose is to provide you with information about your skin that you otherwise might not know.   It is an educational (not diagnostic) tool designed to increase your awareness of skin health and safety. 
There was a raffle for some essentials to protecting yourself from the sun:
  • Lunch Cooler/water bottle- for nourishment and hydration for a day in the sun
  • Sunscreen- to protect your skin
  • Sun Visor- to protect your face
  • Sun glasses- to protect your eyes
Congratulations to Linda DiStefano who was the lucky raffle winner!
Here are some sun safety tips:
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool. This will also provide added protection from damaging sun exposure. Baseball caps provide little protection except to the face. A hat should protect the neck, face and ears.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt at all times. It should be light colored and loose fitting except when working around machinery.
  • Carry a source of water with you. Take drinks frequently—every 15 minutes.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade or in a cool environment during the hottest times of the day.
  • Adjust gradually to working in the heat over a period of 10-20 days.
  • Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Make sure children are also adequately protected.