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Sun & Sunless

Where should your derm check for skin cancer?

by Bionic Beauty on 02.Jun.2014

With summer almost upon us – or if you’re in the south like me, it has been here for a month now – gentle reminders on sunny skin care are always welcome.

For example, did you know that your family doctor or dermatologist should be checking between your toes for signs of skin cancer?
I didn’t.

On that note, this quickie guide detailing nine places your doc should be checking for skin cancer is worth a read through. Unless I truly am the only person out there who lacked the between-the-toes intel…
9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides

Make sure your derm is checking these spots during your visit

9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides

This is a Health & Beauty article

Skin cancer can hide in some awkward or weird places — but don’t let your embarrassment allow skin cancer to be overlooked. Your dermatologist should always check these nine places (yes, including your bum and even between your toes). If they aren’t, it’s time to get a new doctor.

See where skin cancer hides

Enjoy the sun and say hey to your doc for me!
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

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Spotted: California Baby products at Publix

by Bionic Beauty on 24.Aug.2010 · 1 comment

Last week I was cruising my favorite grocery store (eh, hmm… Publix!) when I passed by the beauty aisles. My cart screeched to a stop when I spotted a familiar set of labeling and products. California Baby products at Publix?!?! Excellent!

The California Baby product line includes organic lotions, natural facial skin care, hair care (shampoos, conditioners, and treatments), body care, body wash, and sunscreens loaded with SPF. I’ve only checked some Publix’s during my recent trip to some southern states, but each one has had at least a few of the California Baby products. Some stores carry quite a large variety!

Bionic Beauty blog - California Baby organic skin care products spotted at Publix stores

Southern ladies are in luck- Check your local Publix for organic skin care goodness!

Bionic Beauty blog - California Baby organic skin care products spotted at Publix stores

If you live in the southeastern USA, locate your closest Publix store and head over to see if they’re stocking California Baby products yet. Is the California Baby brand new to you? Then be sure to catch up by reading my past reviews!

Bionic Review: Vitamin Schtick lip balm

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Jun.2010 · 11 comments

Aquafina did it first… now Glaceau, the makers of Vitamin Water drinks, have teamed with Bonne Bell to create Vitamin Schtick lip balms.
Buy Vitamin Schtick lip balm at Walgreens.comBuy Vitamin Schtick lip balm at

All the flavors come packed with SPF 20 to protect your lips this summer; and vitamin E to help moisturize. Glaceau sent me the Acai-Blueberry-Pomegranate flavor to test and review. While I certainly love the added vitamin E and SPF – this balm never really soaked into my lips. It sat on top as more of a liquid. It also wore off incredibly quick and actually dried my lips out after a few days of consistent use. Of course, you may have better luck.

For now, I’ll stick with my favorite lip balms: YBF’s Quench and all-natural My Lip Stuff.

Look for the Vitamin Schtick Lip BalmsBuy Vitamin Schtick lip balm at at your local Walgreens or grocery for $2.99.

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.

Bionic Review: Coola’s Organic Sunscreen

by Bionic Beauty on 12.Jun.2010 · 7 comments

Are you looking for a more natural Sunblock/Sunscreen for this summer? Look no further! I just finished testing Coola’s Total Body Unscented SPF 30 Organic Moisturizing Suncare in the extreme Florida sunshine. In short- it’s fabulous!

Bionic Beauty review - Coola Total Body Organic Unscented SPF 30 Sunscreen

Coola - An organic sunblock that works!!

Now for the details ~
Coola offers a variety of mineral and organic sunscreens for face, lips, and body; plus a few different scents (which they are expanding soon!). The Total Body SPF 30 is fragrance, paba, paraben, and petroleum free. The formula includes certified organic ingredients (full listing below) with several oils and Aloe for moisture. The drawback for me of many “natural” or organic sunblocks is that they leave your skin looking chalky white. Not so with Coola. It soaked right away without being too greasy.
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