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Blog posts of '2012' 'November'


In The Know: The ABCDEs of Melanoma

- Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Melanoma (mel•a•no•ma): A highly maglinant type of of skin cancer that arises in melanocytes, the cells that product pigment.  Melanoma usually begins in a mole.

You can follow 3 simple steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer

  • Wear sunscreen when going outside - UV rays can still damage skin in the winter and on cloudy days, so it is important to use sunscreen 365 days a year.
  • Avoid tanning beds - Indoor UV tanners are 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.  Melanoma is the number one new cancer diagnosed in young adults (ages 25-29).
  • Examine your skin regulary - If you have fair skin, light eyes, many freckles, a history of sunburns, or a family history of melanoma, then you may be at higher risk.  Take notice of any changes in your skin and talk to your dermatologist.

To detect the early stages of melanoma, look for moles or growth that:

  • SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Melanoma A  Are Asymmetrical
  • SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Melanoma B  Have An Irregular Border

  • SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Melanoma C  Have Changed in Color

  • SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Melanoma D  Have a Diameter Larger than the Size of a Pencil Eraser

  • SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Melanoma E  Have Evolded in size or thickness

If you notice one or more of these signs, immediately visit your dermatologist or healthcare provider.  If detected at a very early stage, melanoma can be cured with surgery 90% of the time. 

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Design: The Perfect Weight of the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator

- Monday, November 26, 2012

During the design process for the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator, one of our major tasks was to determine its ‘perfect’ weight. To determine this perfect weight, we manufactured several samples weighing between 130 to 165 grams.

Unlike other lotion applicators from our competitors, the SunBuddy is assembled using separate components that join together to create a feature-rich product. Thus, we needed to ensure that the weight is properly distributed among the pieces to create a balanced product.

At and around 130 grams, our initial tests concluded that the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator was too light and lacking the necessary balance and mass to precisely control it. At and around 165 grams, the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator was a bit too heavy, causing our testers’ arms to quickly fatigue.

Like the story Golilocks and the Three Bears, we found that using a weight inbetween 130 grams (too light) and 165 grams (too heavy) was ‘just right’. At 145 grams, the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator is light, yet heavy enough to easily control and reach all areas of your back. Our testers couldn’t agree more.

We also discovered that 145 grams is about the same weight as a smartphone like the iPhone 4S or a large bar of soap – things that we commonly use on a daily basis with weights our bodies have subconsciously accepted to feel ‘just right’.

The next time you pick up SunBuddy Lotion Applicator, feel its weight on your palm. You may find that your head automatically nods up and down in agreeance.

Tags: Design
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Reasons Why You Need the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator

- Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Hard to Reach

SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Hard to Reach

Use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to easily apply lotion to your back and to hard to reach areas of the body. Say goodbye to making awkward requests.

Safe Sun Exposure

SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Safe Sun Exposure

The sun's UV rays are stronger than ever and skin cancer is on the rise. Use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to apply sunscreen and protect your skin from getting burned.

Dry Skin

SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Dry Skin

Use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to apply moisturizer to your flaky back during the dry winter months.


Limited Mobility

SunBuddy Lotion Applicator - Limited Mobility

Use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to regain your independence and apply lotions and creams to your body yourself.


Tags: Skin Care, Tips
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In The Know: 10 Melanoma Facts

- Friday, November 16, 2012

 10 Melanoma Facts - SunBuddy Lotion Applicator

  1. One person dies of melanoma every hour.
  2. One in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
  3. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 yeras old.
  4. The survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, is about 99%.  The survival rate fails to 15% for those with advanced disease.
  5. Melanoma accounts for only 4% of cases of skin cancer – but an astounding 80% of deaths from skin cancer.
  6. Woman aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.
  7. About 65 percent of melaoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  8. A person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she had had more than five sunburns at any age.
  9. The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over aged 50.
  10. Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer.

Data courtesy of skincancer.org, cdc.gov, and melanoma.com.

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Have a Tattoo, Rash, or Dry Skin? The SunBuddy Lotion Applicator Has Your Back

- Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The SunBuddy Lotion Applicator is not just for sunscreen. Use it to apply medication creams, body lotions, aloe vera, massage creams, soothing creams, tanning bed lotions, sunless tanners, tattoo creams, unwanted hair removal creams, and more. The SunBuddy’s removeable, replaceable, soft cosmetic pads are the most hygienic on the market. You can designate pads for certain lotions rather than use one pad for everything, as our competitors with fixed hard foam pads insist.

The compactness and discreteness of the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator make it the perfect bathroom accessory. Have a rash of your back that you cannot reach or is too embarrassing to ask your significant other or family member for help? Then use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to apply your medication cream.

Did you just get a new back piece tattoo and need help applying healing ointment to it every several hours? Then use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator at your own convenience. Remember to thoroughly wash the pads after each use and to replace the pads as often to promote a quick healing process. Or maybe you just need help applying moisturizer to your back during the dry winter months. Whatever the situation is, SunBuddy has your back.

Be sure to always have extra SunBuddy replacement pads for all your needs. You can order a 3 pack replacement package here.

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Are Sunless Tanning Lotions and Sprays a Safe Alternative?

- Thursday, November 8, 2012

The sun’s UV rays are stronger than ever and with awareness that tanning beds are not a safer alternative, many sun enthusiasts have turned to sunless tanning products.  Sunless tanning lotions and sprays work by staining the outermost layer of the skin, promising consumers that year round ‘golden brown glow’ without the harmful effects of UV radiation rays.   

Sunless tanning lotions and sprays have come a long way.  Just a few years ago, sunless tanners were heavily criticized for leaving an unnatural, pumpkin orange tan. 

Despite skin cancer warnings, suntans are still glorified in the US and polls show that having a light brown tan is still regarded as fashionable and attractive.  But is there really such a thing as a 'safe tan'?

The active ingredient in sunless tanning lotions and sprays is a FDA approved chemical called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA.   The sugars in DHA react with the proteins in the outermost layer of the skin to produce a golden brown hue that lasts until it sheds off.  Although there are no studies that looked at the long-term health effects of DHA, dermatologists have initially concluded that there is no reason to expect any danger.  Also, the FDA has only received a few reports of allergic rashes from using sunless tanner lotion products. 

The important thing to keep in mind is that DHA is FDA approved for external use.  Recently toxicologists and lung experts have been weighing in on the potential dangers of inhaling tanning agents from sunless tanning sprays.  Therefore, the FDA has not approved the use of DHA in tanning booths as an all-over spray.   Using a protective eye cover and a nose plug is highly recommended to prevent the chemicals in the mist from entering the body.  

In conclusion, sunless tanning lotion is safer to use than sunless tanning sprays.  If you do opt for the spray, be sure to cover your eyes, nose and lips to avoid inhalation and ingestion.    

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Best Techniques For Using The SunBuddy Lotion Applicator On Your Back

- Monday, November 5, 2012

One of our most asked questions is how to use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator most effectively on your back.  Although the SunBuddy's soft pad is a compact 2 inches by 1.5 inches, it can cover a large area in little time with the correct technique.

The key concept to keep in mind is to not treat your back like a bedroom wall and the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator like a paint brush.  When applying lotion to your back, we do NOT recommend using a long vertical application stroke from the top to the bottom of your back.  Quite simply, your skin will absorb all of the lotion before it could cover the entire length of your back. The trick is to use various angles and short application strokes on one managable area at a time.    

Here are the 2 techniques we recommend when using the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator:

1) Thoroughly apply lotion to your whole back by dividing and conquering

Divide your back into 3 equal, but managable areas - the upper, mid, and lower.  Within each area, work from the left to the right and thoroughly apply lotion to the entire area before moving on to the next.

For applying lotion to your upper back - Fully open the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to 135 degrees and squeeze a quarter sized amount of lotion onto its pad.  Wth either hand, hold the SunBuddy by its bottom handle and slowly reach over your shoulders.  Use short, vertical application strokes while keeping the entire surface of the pad in contact with your skin.  Repeat as necessary while focusing just on your upper back.

To apply lotion to your mid back - Keep the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator fully opened. Hold its bottom handle and extend it outward to add an extra 4.5 inches in length.  Squeeze a quarter sized amount of lotion onto the pad.  With either hand, hold the SunBuddy by its bottom handle and slowly reach over your shoulders, as if you were to apply lotion to your upper back. But because the botttom handle is fully extended, the pad will now reach and make contact with your mid back.  Use short, vertical application strokes while focusing just on your mid back.  Repeat as necessary for thorough coverage.

To apply lotion to your lower back - Keep the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator fully opened and squeeze a quarter sized amount of lotion onto its pad.  Then hold the SunBuddy under your arm by the rubber grips on either the top or bottom handle.  Use short, horizontal application strokes while focusing just on your lower back. Repeat as necessary for thorough coverage.

2) Use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator For Just Those Hard To Reach Areas of the Back

For those of us who are more flexible, use your hands to apply lotion to reachable areas of your back and then the SunBuddy to finish the job.  Most likely, you will be able to reach your upper and lower back with your hands.  The SunBuddy will then be used to apply lotion for those hard to reach areas, like the area between your shoulders or your mid back.  Use one of the methods described above in the first technique to apply lotion to these areas.  Simple as that.  You'll be done and ready in no time!


Practice makes perfect and after using these techniques with the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator for just a couple of times, you will naturally make small adjustments to develop a revised technique that best suits your body.

Tags: Tips, Techniques
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2012 ING New York Marathon Canceled

- Friday, November 2, 2012

Amid outcry to initially host the New York City Marahon just days after superstorm Sandy's aftermath, Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the Marathon this morning.   Earlier this week, New Yorkers and runners alike complained that going ahead with the 26.2 mile race would be insensitive and tie up crucial city resources.  Haf a million of NYC residents are still without ample food, water, and electricity.   Supplies from the race, including food, water and generators, will be redeployed to people who need it.

Marathons inspire, unify and bring communities together.  However at this time, it is more appropriate that the community is unified and focused on a recovery effort.  Having participated and finished the 2007 Los Angeles Marathon, the 2008 San Francisco Half Marathon, and the 2011 San Francisco Half Marathon, I feel empathy for all the runners would were scheduled to run this Sunday.  Training for complete a Marathon is a grueling 3-6 month process, and I hope that the runners, especially the first-timers, do not feel that their efforts were in vain.

An estimated 40,000 runners from all around the world were expected to take part in this Sunday's 26.2 mile race.  But not all is lost.  A charity called Race 2 Recover has been started to allow Marathon runners to donate their hotel rooms to displaced New Yorkers. If you are a runner, instead of canceling your room, please consider donating it.  

Please donate to the American Red Cross online or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Tags: Marathon, Charity
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SunBuddy Now Accepting PayPal Payments

- Thursday, November 1, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the SunBuddy site now accepts PayPal as a secondary payment option.  Maybe you just sold some knick knacks on eBay and have some extra funds to spend or maybe you don't feel like filling out another registration form.  No worries. Just click on the 'Pay by PayPal' button on the shopping cart page to order the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator in no time! 

We love the convenience and peace of mind that PayPal brings to the shopping experience. With the holiday season approaching quickly, what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more about the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator.

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